DIY Birthday Gifts. The Most Memorable Kind of Gifts! 0

Want to give your friend or loved one a memorable birthday gift that they will not be quick to forget? Give them a DIY birthday gift or a homemade birthday gift.

If you have ever heard the phrase, “labour of love,” you might correctly understand it to mean an act performed by someone that usually involves some physical activity, and that it is often the best way to show someone that you care about them. Another phrase that means the same thing and teaches the same principle can be seen in the bible passage that says “faith without works is dead.” Works, of course, referring to a physical activity.
DIY Birthday Gift

When it comes to the birthday of a loved one, it is easy to see how the “happy birthday” messages that usually fill up peoples' social media time-lines can easily be substituted to be that “faith” in the above bible phrase. I.e. something intangible.  The ‘works’, which that passage speaks of, or the labour of love as previously stated, would be the birthday card, the phone call, the gift that you send over to a friend or loved one, the surprise lunch or dinner, the flowers, etc. etc. These are the physical acts that show your love for the birthday person. These also are the “works” that are not “dead.”

Hopefully the above statements or analogies have motivated you to want to give the most amazing and memorable birthday gift to a loved one on their upcoming birthday? There really and truly can be nothing more memorable than a hand crafted or hand-made gift. Nothing says I love you and wish you the best than something you actually and physically made yourself.

Of course it might not be particularly easy or practical to hand make something yourself, either because of time constraints, or simply because you do not know how to, or perhaps have any idea on what to make. Fret not. The following great ideas should help you out.

DIY Birthday Gifts Ideas

As stated above, if you do have the time, then a DIY gift is the ultimate birthday gift. But what exactly should you ‘do yourself’? I won’t go into specific items, because the list of ideas is just limitless. So a good starting point is searching through a great DIY website for ideas on things you can make. DIY network is one fantastic DIY website that not only gives you awesome ideas, but it also has very good videos on how to go about executing the DIY project you might decide on.

If you do not see any idea that sparks your interest in the above website, then surely this website can plug in any gaps.

You see, DIY gifts are such a win-win any day, and in some cases, they actually can be a win-win-win situation.

Let me explain…

The first win will likely belong to the birthday celebrant. When they discover that you actually made the gift item with your bare hands, or feet, or whatever the case may be, it likely is going to blow them away. First, the time and energy you put into the project, more so in this day and age when the vast majority of people complain of not having enough time for this or that. Then there is the thought of you going out of your way to make a birthday gift, as opposed to just buying it, which would have been so much easier. Those two things, and perhaps more so if the item in question is so well made, will simply blow the celebrant away and that gift will likely rank as one of the best gifts they ever had, or will have.

The second win will belong to you. Even you, will feel good about yourself and your ability to be so ‘skilled’ and creative. Not to mention thoughtful. Thoughtful enough to take the effort, time, and other resources to make a birthday gift for that special person. In any case, it doesn’t have to be just a DIY birthday gift that makes you feel this way about yourself. Any DIY project often makes you feel this way. But when there is someone who then appreciates what you have created, it makes you feel twice as good about yourself.

The third win, while it may not necessarily always come into play, the possibility always exists, as has happened to many people. You see, it just so happens that, at the end of this DIY birthday project, you just might discover a hidden talent that you never knew you had. And it of course would start with one project, then another, then another, until one day it hits you and you realize how much you like this DIY thing, especially if you have perhaps been making one specific item for these friends and family. Then you finally decide, heck, I can make a business out of this. Just ask Jen Kluger and Suzie Orol of Foxy Originals, who started her business in the exact same way. Or ever this housewife.

So, hopefully you agree with me that this third win in definitely a possibility.

Just be sure to come back here and thank me if this becomes your reality. smiley

So, back to our DIY birthday gifts. I hope I have been able to give you some convincing that there is a great possibility that that DIY birthday gift that you decide to give to a loved one can easily rank among the very best they will ever get. Unless of course the person in question is more of the materialistic type, and would rather a fancy gift bought from a store.

So what do you do if you just cannot possibly find the time to create a DIY gift, perhaps you just do not have one artistic bone in your body. In such a case, enter:

Proxy DIY Birthday Gifts

The phrase should hopefully be quite self-explanatory. But I’ll explain what it means nonetheless. A proxy DIY is someone who actually

Personalized Birch Wood Votive Candle Holders.

makes that hand (or feet) made birthday gift that you would want to give out as a birthday gift. And while perhaps not as, what’s the word, not as razzmatazz, as a self-made DIY gift, it is perhaps just as good. Because after all, you still had the original idea to do something unique and different. You just sadly did not have the time to do it, or otherwise, you would have. Hopefully.

So in such instances, getting someone who is good in such craft to bring your DIY idea to life will work. So where exactly can you find such people? Thanks to the internet, such people are only a few searches away.

Of course it will depend on where you are located. For instance, if in the UK, Etsy and the numerous sellers there is a good starting point, such as ZenThreads who specializes in customizable affordable, wearable objects, or this gems and crystals specialist. Can you begin to imagine how you can for instance can get several gems or crystals from this person and either have them made into a jewelry, or some other art work and give it to a friend as a birthday gift? In the same vein, what DIY birthday ideas can you come up with when you see this wood specialist?

Of course your location might hinder your ability to buy items in certain locations, such as people in Asia might not be too inclined to shop from sellers located in Europe, which is why Craftsvilla is a solution for people in Asia, as is Mzansi Store for Africans

DIY birthday gift- pocket knife

Personalized pocket knife by MRC Wood Products

Of course, you can decide not to go all the way and have a specific gift created from scratch. You could simply decide to go with a ready hand made good from any of these sellers in the above listed websites. They are after all hand crafted products. They just were not specifically made to specification for you, for this specific person’s birthday.



Other Great DIY Birthday Gift Ideas.

Of course DIY or hand crafted items are not the only ones that make for a memorable birthday gift. Something as simple as getting a custom made birthday card with the funniest of messages that will have them in stitches, or a card that they will not be throwing away anytime soon.

Want another idea? Is there something that the celebrant absolutely loves and adores? A musician or an actor or actress? Can you get that celeb to give the celebrant a phone call on their birthday? (And be sure to somehow record that phone call.) Or perhaps get the celeb to call into the radio station and wish the celebrant a happy birthday?

Is the celebrant a sports lover? Can you get the sports equipment to be autographed by his favourite sports icon, with a personal message written to the celebrant and delivered on their birthday?

This is exactly what happened to me, when someone I used to know had a chess board, a game I love and have loved for the past 20+ years, and had it autographed by Jan Tinman, a Dutch Grand Master and world champion. I cannot count how many times I have bragged about owning a chess board autographed by a world champion, with a personal message to me. This chess board is perhaps my most prized possession ever.

Does that give you more ideas?

How about something as simple as a personalized and ‘funny as hell’ singing birthday card? Hopefully you now get the gist.

Whatever you decide,almost anything that is not bought in a regular store will almost certainly be more appreiated. Of course it might not always be the best idea to do a DIY birthday gift, as I am sure you can imagine a friend or family who is moving houses, or goig to college, might more appreciate an item bought in store that will go towards helping them settling down in their new abode. So if their birthday coincides with this new move or relocation, then by all means get them this in-store itme. But be sure to look into the DIY birthday gift for their next birthday. 

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Half Birthdays: What The Heck Are They? 0

If you are anything like I am and are fascinated by the idea of birthdays and all things birthdays, then chances are you might have heard of the term “half-birthday.” If not, then today is your lucky day, because now you just did. Think I’m kidding? I guarantee you I kid you not. Such a thing does indeed exist. Read on and you’ll see for yourself.

What exactly is a “Half-Birthday?”

Well it is simply a day that is approximately half way between your last birthday and your next birthday. While there is some measure of uncertainty about how to calculate the exact day a half-birthday will fall on, often because of things like the time of day one was born on—morning or evening for instance, or because of the existence of a leap year, and a few others. But nonetheless, the term does exist.

To prove that I am not making the term up, have a look for yourself at its definition in You can even go right now and pick up your offline dictionary wherever you are, and check it out for yourself and see if it’s real or not.

Now if you are a bit more convinced about the existence of such a thing, lets continue shall we…

Origin of Half-Birthday’s.

So where or what exactly is the origin of half-birthdays? My research was unable to authoritatively reveal exactly it originates from, but one source has it that it originates in some western countries, where the original concept was meant to celebrate the growth of a new born baby, six months after, especially by hosting parties with family and close friends.

Another reason has it that in western countries, they are also meant to be an opportunity for school age children to celebrate their birthdays with their classmates in school, six months after, if their real birthday falls during a school break. Thus giving them an opportunity to celebrate with, and be the center of attraction among their friends and classmates for that day, as kids can often like to be.

If the above is indeed true, referring specifically to the celebration of a six month old baby, then I imagine such a thing either is, or would be appropriate for many African countries. I say this because I know for a fact that when a new baby is born in many parts of Africa, for the first several months, the baby does not get taken out of his or her home by anyone, say except for a trip to a religious house or the hospital, but certainly no socializing, and often times neither for the mother as well. So in this sense, unless people go to the new born baby’s house, they might not get to see the baby for many months.

Given the above, I imagine how a half-birthday might be a good way for the parents of the baby to introduce the child to a larger audience with a celebration.

Anyway, I digress.

So, as I said earlier, the concepts origins are from western countries, but it is fast gaining popularity for instance in Japan, and a several other Asian countries. One reported reason for the rise in popularity of the concept in that part of the world might have to do with the shrinking birth rates they have over there. Perhaps an additional birthday in a year is a way the parents' compensate for the inability to have multiple birthday celebrations, and the joys they bring, which they ordinarily might have been able to have, had they more children. But that’s just my personal take.

More on its popularity. This might perhaps best be seen from the fact that there are
approximately 425,000 results for the term in Google as seen in the following image.

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That’s almost half a million mentions of the phrase online. While admittedly 420K isn’t really that many in the greater scheme of things when it comes to how many people there are on earth, or the number of websites on the web, consider that there are also many search queries in Google that return only 2K or so results. Additionally, chances are there any many people who would know about and celebrate half-birthdays but just don’t go online to write about it.



While we are on the subject. Ready for another somewhat “bombshell?” Have you heard of the word “unbirthday?” Well, that word as well exists and has a meaning, and like half-birthday is widely used online. But that topic won’t be covered here, we will cover that topic at a later date.

So, back to half-birthdays. Perhaps the next thing you might want to know is how to calculate exactly what date is your half-birthday? Well, unless you are some super geeky mathematician, you will most likely be needing a half-birthday calculator. Or you can simply chose your birthday from this list and see your half-birthday beside it instantly. Go on, give it a try, even if you think it is a silly idea. For one thing at least now you (would) know.

Another potential advantage to knowing is that if you ever found yourself in a somewhat awkward situation where you are with someone, and the conversation suddenly goes dead, as happens to pretty much all of us, at least now you have one more conversation you can bring up.

Be sure to come back and thank me on this page. J

Who Exactly Celebrates Half-Birthdays?

I would ask if you can guess who really are the people who celebrate their half-birthdays? But the answer should very easy: Kids of course. Which group of human beings love birthday parties the most if not kids? Can you then imagine the excitement and pure joy they would get from having, perhaps an excuse, to have not one, but two birthday parties within the space of one year? But besides that here are five possible reasons to consider for celebrating your child’s half-birthday. Feel free to pick the one that best applies to you or your child’s situation.

Perhaps the best way to get a good sense of the popularity of the trend is to take a look at this Pinterest search page result and see how many various results there are. And it’s not just your everyday mom and pop who are celebrating their children’s half-birthday, even celebrities are not left out.

It’ll however surprise you to know that many adults also celebrate their half-birthdays. With some even going as far as to give you 10 reasons why you should celebrate your half-birthday.

On the flip side, there are also opponents of the half-birthday concept and think it’s an absolutely silly idea, and is just one more way of parents going overboard in spoiling their kids.

Our Take on Half-birthdays

What is our take on the concept? We see it from two angles:

On one hand, being that we are about birthdays, and birthday mates, birthday buddies and all, we no doubt think it’s a great idea, and would even encourage as many people to celebrate their half-birthdays. Obviously. J

On the flip side, we also think everyone is free to do as they wish, provided they don’t become a nuisance to others. So celebrate your half-birthday or that of your child if you wish, but do not be offended at people you might invite who might think it’s a silly idea, even if they say it to your face.