Updated: Jul 27
If you were close to your cousins growing up, you know that get-togethers and fun vacations are where cousins become best friends. Cousins Day is July 24, a national holiday to celebrate your cousins! There’s nothing quite like the love cousins share. This is a special opportunity to show your cousins that the memories you’ve made together are forever in your heart.
Looking for the perfect gift for your cousin?
Here are some creative and unique cousin gift ideas, ranging from DIY gifts to lavish trips you can take as a group. Make the most out of cousin appreciation day and check out these gift ideas below.
Decorative Cousins Sign
We love this sign from JennyGems which reads, “Cousins by chance - best friends by choice.” It’s so sweet and makes a lovely inexpensive gift for cousins! Combine this gift with a lovely Softcover Photo Book with all those treasured memories of growing up together.
Custom Canvas Prints for Your BFF Cousins
Do you have that one photograph of you and your cousin that has become infamous in your family? Maybe it’s a photo of you and your cousin counterparts drawing on the living room walls together or playing “Chicken” in the pool. Capture the silly joy of cousinhood when you create a custom Canvas Print online with the SimplePrints app. We love the smaller canvas prints in the 8x12 size for silly accent photos and larger sizes, such as 16x24 or 24x36 canvas prints, for beautiful photos that are sure to captivate the whole room. This is a lovely way to share wedding day wishes or display that special snapshot of you with your cousin on their wedding day!
If you are looking for easy DIY gift ideas for cousins and friends alike, consider creating a handmade card. This card will hold more meaning than a stock card bought at the department store. Style the card with little items that represent memories. Some examples are: small seashells like the ones you used to find on the beach together, drawings of horses - a shared obsession from your childhood, or stickers from the states you lived in growing up.
Check out this easy ribbon card tutorial from The Crafty Blog Stalker for more inspiration on making your own card!
Need help filling out a card? Consider these Happy Cousin’s Day quotes:
"God made us cousins because He knew our mothers could not handle us as siblings."
“A cousin is someone who knows everything about you, and still likes you anyway.”
“Growing up with you has been the best thing to happen... Sharing every happy and sad moment has been a blessing... Happy Cousin’s Day to you.” - from Best Message
Cousins Themed Mug
This sweet mug from Baby’s Dream World on Etsy reads, “Cousins are like stars, you can’t always see them, but you know they’re always there.” This sweet custom design is the perfect girly gift for cousins! Customize the number of girls on the mug, as well as their complexion and hair tone.
Handmade Friendship Bracelets
Friendship bracelets don’t have to be just for kids anymore! Customize your own bracelets to share with your cousins with thread, or a beaded bracelet, or turn it into a fun activity to do together and attend a jewelry making class (bonus points if wine is involved!)
A Layflat Photo Book to Last a Lifetime
When you are cousins, you are cousins for life! If you and your cousins regularly meet up at your shared grandparent’s home or your parent’s houses, consider creating a memorable custom Layflat Photo Book online with the SimplePrints app, with all your favorite memories inside. Keeping this book at one central location means all the cousins get to enjoy it when they visit Grandma and your parents or grandparents can look through it all the time! Layflat Hardcover Photo Books are unique with their panoramic, gutter-less design. The pages are ultra-thick and will stand up to all your crazy cousins looking through the book!
Mini Photo Books for the Cousins Group!
After celebrating Cousin’s Day with all your cousins, you can surprise them with memory-filled mini photo books! These pocket-sized photo books are easy to create. After you’ve had time to catch up with your cousins, look through the photos that capture the spirit of the festivities. You can create mini photo books online for you and your cousins to share! Mini photo books come in sets of 3 books, each sized 3.5”x3.5” and holds up to 98 pages of photos. Capture all your favorite cousin memories with SimplePrints!
Fun Things to Do with Your Cousins
If tangible gifts aren’t your thing, consider taking your cousin for a special outing today! You can take them to lunch at their favorite restaurants or revisit your favorite vacation spots from your childhood.
Your cousins would love having a retreat at a camping area from yesteryear or any special spots that carry memories from your time growing up together.
Try something new this Cousin’s Day! If you have never climbed a rock wall or taken a ride down a water slide, it’s never too late to start now. Take your cousins with you as you experience something fun for the first time!
If you can’t physically be with your cousins today, meet them on a video call! You can watch a movie remotely or even participate in the One Chip Challenge for the ultimate spicy challenge that you will remember for years to come (participate at your own risk!)
No matter how you choose to spend Cousin’s Day, we hope that you make new memories and cherish the old. For personalized photo gift options, check out the SimplePrints app for iOS and Android.
Guest Blogger: Cameya Martin
Cameya Martin is a mother, a wife, a self-identified horse-girl, and a writer. She writes articles for small businesses, memoirs for people, and fiction for herself.