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Heartfelt Gifts They’ll Cherish for Years to Come

The season of giving doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag. Sometimes the best gift can come in a small package — or no package at all! If you need heartfelt gift ideas for your loved ones, check out these inexpensive and sentimental Christmas gift ideas. They’ll love your thoughtfulness, and they’ll treasure your sweet gift for many years!

Heartfelt Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Homemade Candles

If you’re up for trying unique handmade gift ideas, candles are easy to make, and you can personalize them with scents and cute vessels. Purchase small, inexpensive glass jars, or shop at thrift stores for quirky containers — bonus points if they remind you of a specific recipient!

Then, spend an afternoon in the kitchen, making your candles. For an added touch, write a sweet note, and tie it around the top of the jar with colorful twine. They’ll think of you every time they light their candle!

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Photo Crafts

Have you ever looked at an old photo and instantly felt like you were living in the sweet memory that the photo captured? That’s why photos make wonderfully personal handmade gift ideas!

With a few cheap materials and an hour or two of time, you can be well on your way to creating unforgettable, inexpensive, and sentimental Christmas gifts. Try making photo tile coasters for your BFF’s brand new apartment, or whip up some adorable mason jar photo magnets that your S.O. can use to decorate their work cubicle.

Painted Decor

Not crafty? Not a problem. DIY heartfelt gift ideas don’t have to be complicated. At Painting with a Twist, you can make something beautiful and unique — no DIY skills required. We’ll provide all the materials, and our talented instructors will take you through simple steps to creating an art piece that you can personalize for your loved one. Create something you’ll be proud to give them. It’ll be extra special because YOU put your heart and time into it!

Custom Gift Baskets

If you need easy sentimental Christmas gift ideas, try custom made gift baskets! We’re not talking about ordering a fruit basket from a fancy retailer here. Put your heart into it and show your loved ones how well you know them.

Start with your mom’s favorite candy or your brother’s favorite beer, and build an inexpensive basket of goodies around that theme. Here’s a hint: dollar stores and secondhand shops often have baskets for cheap! You can even include other favorites of theirs, like snacks (everyone loves snacks, right?!). They’ll be touched that you noticed and remembered their favorite things over the years.

A Walk (or Drive) Down Memory Lane

Sometimes the best heartfelt gift ideas aren’t a physical gift at all. For your S.O. or best friend, consider creating a one-of-a-kind holiday scavenger hunt!

You can include unique spots to see festive lights or a place to stop for hot cocoa, but be sure you have landmarks that are significant to your friendship or relationship.

The holidays are an excellent time to reflect on what we’re grateful for. Take time to revisit your favorite memories with your loved ones with thoughtfully written scavenger hunt riddles or clues.

A Day of Fun Together

There’s no better gift than making new memories together! For sentimental Christmas gift ideas that don’t require any wrapping paper, treat your loved one to a new experience together, such as a holiday paint party at Painting with a Twist. You can enjoy your favorite wine — and each other’s company! — then, gift each other your paintings after the event and have a tangible reminder of your cherished time together. Find an event you’ll both love at your local Painting with a Twist studio!

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