The best gifts are ones that come from the heart. Homemade presents take time to create and are often more appreciated than a store-bought item. Don’t be frightened by the word homemade either. Many gifts can be made on a shoestring budget and don’t require artistic talent. We’ve compiled a list of homemade gifts for a boyfriend that even the tried and true materialist will appreciate.

“Open When” Envelopes

“Open When” envelopes are a great way to show him that you’re always there to lend him love and support. The goal is to create an envelope for when he may be feeling a certain way or when a special occasion comes around. “Open when you’re feeling down” or “Open on your birthday” are just a few simple examples, but you can be as creative as you want. The envelope should contain a letter. The letter may bring him comfort when he’s feeling down, or it may bring a smile to his face for a special occasion. Feel free to add other items to the envelope as well. For example, you may add a photo of the two of you in an “Open when you’re missing me” envelope. Choose a photo where the two of you are smiling and having a great time together. He’ll love you all the more for such a thoughtful gift.

Canvas Quote

This is a crafty homemade gift that doesn’t require any artistic talent. All you need is a stretched canvas, a little paint and some wooden letters. Use the wooden letters to spell out his favorite quote or a saying that relates to the love the two of your share. You can even choose something as simple as adding both of your initials. Paint the canvas and the letters beforehand. Use the same color paint to create a professional look.

Can of Dates

No, we’re not talking about the fruit. A can of dates is filled with date ideas for you and your boyfriend to share. Every week or month, the two of you can pick out an idea and spend the night together. This is ideal for the couple that is always busy or tends to spend most of their time at home. Try to think outside of the box and choose dates that will get the two of you out of your comfort zones. If you have an old coffee can and some colored paper, this gift won’t cost you a dime.

Framed Print

Free printables can easily be found online, or you can make your own in Paint or Photoshop. The print can be a quote or a simple design that you know he’ll love. Feel free to customize the print and add his name or your initials for a personal touch. All that’s left to do is print and frame. You can recycle a picture frame you have in your home, or you can purchase an inexpensive one to frame the gift. A matted frame will make the print look professional and more expensive than it really is.

Emilie Sinclair

I'm a gift idea enthusiast who loves helping people find the right present for their loved ones.