There is no gift more appreciated than the ones you make by hand, especially when you use wood and paper. These natural materials are the beginning of endlessly creative and attractive gift ideas, from personal journals to keepsake boxes to scrapbooks filled with good times and special memories.

Homemade gifts are the antithesis of mass-produced and off the shelf. You can personalize each gift to reflect your style, your feelings or something unique about the person you are giving to.

Make a gift together for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any occasion. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and togetherness. And gift making gives kids extra practice with reading, math and following directions.

Make it as special as your gift. Choose a pretty box and gift wrap, or make the wrap yourself using patterns of leaves, flowers or ferns. Add special details to your bow, such as fresh or paper flowers, acorns, pine cones, pretty leaves—the forest is a source of endless inspiration.

Wood and paper come from a sustainable resource—our forests. When you choose them over other materials, you actually encourage the planting of more trees.

The men and women of the wood and paper products industry plant more than 1.7 million new trees a day—about three times more than are harvested—to help ensure our forests will remain abundant. So in a way, making gifts of wood and paper is a way to give a gift to the earth.