Recycled gifts are definitely not junk, for “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
These kinds of gifts may not be as expensive or flashy as a bought gift, but one thing’s for sure; the one who gave such gifts treasures you for they invested time in making such beautiful crafts. All you have to do is use your imagination to create unique and useful crafts that you can give as a gift.
They who receive handcrafted gifts will be delighted because they know that someone made an effort to make a one of a kind gift for them.
The truth is, recycled gifts are still very useful. Recycled gifts are also rare collectibles because they are unlike the things you get from stores, made by production lines.
Recycled gifts are budget-friendly, even free. You can easily make something out of anything from inside your home. It is also good for the environment.
We all know that even a single plastic container takes forever to disintegrate. Instead of throwing plastic containers, glass, or used clothes, we should make something useful instead. That way, we can give someone a present that is truly like no other.
If you don’t know where to start, here are a few ideas:
1. Old Jeans
Old jeans never become outdated. There are many ways in which you can recycle or re-purpose your old denim jeans. You can either make a fashionable bag out of it, or you can simply cut it up and make shorts.
2. Glass Bottles
You can make a beautiful flower vase from your used plastic bottles. And these vases are child friendly. Or you can make phone holders from old plastic bottles.
3. Old Colored Magazines
Pictures are constant reminders of precious moments. Beautify them in artistic frames made of old magazine pages.
A teddy bear made from old gloves are perfect gift for kids.
5. Cans of Milk
All you need is a thread, different colours of paints, and used milk cans to make a colourful wind chime.
6. Old Books
Old books can be used as jewellery box. It’s classy and unique. Or you can donate them to public schools and libraries.
You can make beautiful jewellery pieces from rubbers. Just cut it into tiny pieces and string them together by hand.
8. Old Dolls
Make a unique and creepy (in a good way) chandelier out of your outgrown dolls. Or they can be given to orphanage shelters.
9. Mason Jar
Can make any figurine decors, or piggy bank with cartoon character designs.
10. Wooden Chopping board
Design the old chop board, and then make it an iPod or a cellular phone holder. You can even carve and paint them to make wall decors.
Recycled gift ideas are a logical thing to do. Aside from the fact that newly-bought gifts are expensive, throwing old stuff away means more trash. Old things can be re-imagined into new and beautiful things. It’s a very wise way for you to de-clutter. It also works as a double-edged sword because not only can it bring joy to the receiver, it also brings out the artistic side of the giver.