Creative DIY Gift Ideas for Everyone in Your Life
Last Updated: Dec 6, 2018
When a gift is handmade, it carries special meaning. It shows you took the time and effort to make something truly extraordinary. From coasters to cupcakes to potted plants, there are plenty of creative DIY gifts for everyone—including best friends, grandmothers, parents and party hosts.
We’ve collected 57 unique DIY gift ideas that will inspire you to start creating. Keep in mind that the best gifts are both personalized and practical. Something as simple as a cutting board can be decorated or customized in a matter of minutes. Note your favorite tutorials and try them out the next opportunity you have to give a special gift. And once you’re done with this list, don’t forget to check out our gift finder for extra help finding the perfect present.
1. Marbled Ring Dish
Create a beautiful place to store rings and other jewelry. Bake pieces of colorful clay in marbled patterns to make exquisite jewelry dishes.
2. Leather Mason Jar Sleeve
Fashion a sleeve with a handle out of heavy-duty leather. Cut a shape like a diamond or a triangle out of the sleeve to personalize the look.
3. Washi Tape Mirror
Add some personality to an ordinary mirror by using washi tape. Choose a few colors then layer the tape in a consistent pattern around the mirror.
4. Homemade Milk Candles
Make a creamy milk candle with a sweet aroma. Scents like lavender and vanilla can be added to the melted wax. Fill jars or quirky candle holders for decorative decor.
5. Roasted Cinnamon Almonds
Bake up a batch of roasted almonds with a cinnamon flair for a sweet gift. This delicious gift is perfect for greeting new neighbors, thanking hosts or surprising someone with a yummy treat.
6. Melted Bead Suncatchers
Ideal for outdoor use, suncatchers made of melted beads are durable and beautiful. Choose colors ranging from red to yellow for a bright and festive suncatcher.
7. Mini Pallet Coasters
Form wooden coasters out of popsicle sticks and thin boards. Decorate your pallets with patterned washi tape for a gift that’s great for coffee and tea lovers alike.
8. Decorative Sign
Personalized wall decor for kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms makes for truly creative gifts. Choose a quote or phrase and add images to go with it.
9. Glitter Mugs
Have a best friend or family member who loves sparkles? Dip coffee mugs into colored glitter, like gold or purple. Your loved one will feel glamorous as they sip their morning tea or coffee.
10. DIY Birthstone Bracelet
Construct a bracelet that’s easy, cute and customizable. Find birthstone beads to incorporate into the jewelry for a personal touch.
11. Dog Treat Jar
For every dog lover in your life, create a gift that’s thoughtful and useful. Glass etch encouraging words or the dog’s name onto a jar for special treats.
12. Stovetop Potpourri
Mix together a lovely smelling potpourri made of cloves and orange peels. Fill a glass jar and label it for a classy gift.
13. Love Map Wall Art
Cut heart shapes out of maps from important places: where you and your significant other met each other, where you were engaged or where you got married. Label each location and frame the piece for keepsake art gift for your significant other.
14. Painted Wooden Bowls
Enhance wooden bowl, great for nuts and appetizers, with small painted designs. Consider polka dots, stripes and flowers for your patterns.
15. Lemonade Kit with Pitcher
Give a refreshing gift: a lemonade kit complete with the pitcher and wooden spoon. Include fresh lemons and sugar for this energizing treat.
16. Custom Cheese Board
Have a friend who loves to host dinner parties? Make a custom cheese board!
17. Fabric Tote
Sew a tote bag for carrying books, magazines or crafts. Choose fabric that matches the style of the person you’re gifting it to.
18. Custom Laptop Case
Create a special laptop case for the person in your life who’s always on the move.
19. Specialty Butter
Whip up delicious butter varieties, like honey and berry, then package it in small jars. These delicious butters can be spread on toast, bagels and pancakes. It’s a perfect gift for friends or family that love to cook.
20. Homemade Salsa
Salsa and chips are a favorite snack to many. Mix a large batch of salsa together and pour it into mason jars. Tie each lid with a ribbon and tag.