You can use these as ideas for unique gifts for Christmas, Thanksgiving centerpieces, Hanukkah gifts, or New Years Party favors. Heck, you can use most of them to celebrate the 4th of July if you want!
What the heck is it?
First of all, what is Fiverr? It is a website where artists offer to do work, or people request artists to do work, for $5 per job, or gig. There is an extra $.50 handling charge, but it you get a refund that is refunded as well. (I had to get a refund for one when I misread what the artist offered.) Many have add-ons that make it more, but it’s all clearly stated and the buyer needs to select the add-on items. Truthfully, the price is so low that I can’t really get mad about it.
What are some of the possibilities?
A lot of what artists there are hired to do a business related gigs – creating logos, designing websites, illustrating book covers – so I’ll admit they didn’t jump out at me for gift ideas, but then I looked at the tab all the way to the right in the top nav that says “more”.
The three categories there are “Lifestyle”, “Gifts”, and “Fun and Bizarre”. I won’t try to go into everything listed there, but I will warn you that it’s kind of like Pinterest. Once you start looking, you discover so many cool things it can suck you in for longer than you intended. If you chose a gift from here it will be unique, and not just because so many items are handcrafted.
Under Lifestyle / Animal Care and pets, there is a certified professional dog trainer who is selling the plans to make a dog agility pole course for $5. Or how about a leather collar with a bell or a cozy sweater for your dog? Or 100 Recipes to Make for Your Cat (including the right to resell and reuse them)?
Under Fun and Bizarre, you can choose a celebrity impersonator. Does your kid or friend love Lady Gaga? Dad always been a James Bond fan? Have a message recorded and surprise them! Or maybe your friends or family are pranksters and you could use some professional help with a prank. Look no further! Fiverr can help.
Do you have a friend, loved one, or teacher who dreams of making it BIG in show business? Then by all means – help them! Put three images on billboards in NYC! No, they won’t really be on a billboard (gotta love technology!) but it still looks cool!
Have you ever thought it might be cool to have Monopoly with your own street names on it? You can buy this gig and get a version designed to be printed on a standard printer, assembly instructions included. (It’s FIVE DOLLARS, although he does say prices may rise soon.) You can also have a Pong game made using someone’s head, or soap shaped like a Lego brick.
This is one my kids are ordering: a wooden Christmas ornament with the name / word of your choice in it. Whether it’s a Nana, an Opa, or Gramcracker, somehow grandparents seem to end up with names you just can’t find pre-printed on anything! And this is a gift they can cherish. Of course, if you want something more year round, you can go with an engraved coffee spoon.
That doesn’t even hit the more “normal” gigs of turning a picture into a comic style image, a caricature, or other style of artwork! Once you start looking, there are so very many possibilities! Who knew that for $5 you could get a personalized puppet video?!?
How do you do it?
Once you know what you want, request a gig from the artist – remember to include any extras and read what they provide carefully before doing this. You’ll get an email response asking for more details so they can start on the project. As it continues, you will probably exchange a few emails for details as the artist polishes their work. When its done and and you have approved it (note that most artists limit the number of revisions, or require extra payment for more revisions), the artist will send it to you.
I haven’t bought any (yet) that require shipping, so I don’t know quite how that works, but I think it’s a fantabulous way to get cool custom gifts on a budget!
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