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Does it seem like there are too many times throughout the year we’re expected to give gifts? We’re supposed to show our appreciation for so many occasions and so many people – teachers, friends, family, co-workers – the list goes on and on. Are you happy to give thoughtful gifts to friends and family, but tired of spending so much money? If your gift-giving list is long, the expense can really add up! The following Unique + Inspiring DIY Gift Ideas can help you get rid of your gift-giving anxiety. Give your loved ones thoughtful, caring gifts they’ll love. I’m sure you’ll even find some projects you’ll want to keep for yourself, as well!
For more fun and thoughtful DIY Gift Ideas, check out the following:
Amazing DIY Gift Ideas Anyone Would LOVE to Receive
PERSONALIZED RECIPE BINDER
Zazzle has TONS of fantastic personalized gifts to choose from, including recipe binders. I love DIY recipe binders because you can pass down favorite family recipes to loved ones, and they can add their own recipes as the years go by!
I made one of these binders for my niece for Christmas a couple years ago. My mother had just passed away the year before. They had been close, so I knew my niece would appreciate having my mom’s wonderful heirloom recipes. She loved the gift so much she had tears in her eyes as she opened it!
Now, my niece can add recipes she collects through the years that she can someday pass on to her children. I bought a recipe binder from Zazzle (they have loads of designs to choose from!), used free recipe templates from Avery, and covered the printed pages with Avery Sheet Protectors to prevent food stains. It was a perfect and thoughtful gift I know my niece really loved and appreciated. It made me feel really good to give my niece a gift she liked while honoring my mother’s memory.
Turn plain old glassware into a thoughtful personalized gift they’ll love with this easy tutorial. You won’t believe how easy it is to etch your own glass with Armour Etch Cream!
From Make It + Love It
MARBLED CLAY RING DISH
These simple and gorgeous jewelry dishes are for those pieces you wear often and don’t want to put away in your jewelry box. Keep your daily rings, necklaces, and earrings in these super cute DIY dishes that are stylish enough to be a standalone decoration!
From A Beautiful Mess
GOLD DIPPED JEWELRY TRAYS
If your friend has simpler, more contemporary tastes, they may prefer this DIY jewelry tray over the super bright and colorful one above. Give a plain dish a glam makeover with this easy tutorial utilizing gold spray paint.
From A Fabulous Fete
EASY AIR DRY CLAY EARRINGS
Make sure she has some lovely jewelry to put in her jewelry dishes with these cute, lightweight DIY earrings.
From Little Red Window
PAINTED CAMERA STRAP
Give the photographer in your life a unique and stylish camera strap with this surprisingly easy tutorial.
From Design Love Fest
NO SEW SEQUIN CAMERA STRAP
If you hate sewing as much as I do (especially hand stitching), check out this super simple, no sew camera strap any glam girl would love!
From Sugar + Cloth
LEATHER CAMERA STRAP
Admittedly, the other camera straps are pretty girly, so here’s a gorgeous leather offering perfect for the man or woman with more earthy, rugged tastes.
From Almost Makes Perfect
PINECONE FIRE STARTERS
These pretty little pinecone fire starters make a wonderful gift for the friend or family member who has a traditional fireplace. Attach them to a gift package as an extra gift and decoration, or give a whole basket full to the lucky recipient!
From Something Turquoise
I love the vintage look of these lovely tea towels! If you know someone with similar tastes, check out the tutorial. These towels make a great housewarming gift!
From Lana Red Studio
LOVE + COFFEE TEA TOWELS [FREE PRINTABLES]
These tea towels are so cute and stylish, it’s hard to believe the design was made with a Sharpie! The coffee lover in your life is sure to love these towels great for regular kitchen use or just displaying their love of coffee.
From Cherished Bliss
METALLIC ROPE BASKET
Turn a cheap dollar store basket into this deluxe rope basket that would cost a small fortune in the store!
From Lydi Out Loud
HOMEMADE HEATING PAD
Help relieve their aches and pains with this thoughtful gift made with soft flannel and rice.
From Alice + Lois
DIP-DYED OMBRE TOTE BAG
This easy tutorial shows you how to turn a plain white bag into a stylish ombre accessory anyone would love to receive.
From Hi Sugarplum!
THE 20-MINUTE TOTE
Learn how to make your own tote bag with this easy tutorial that teaches you how to make this cute and handy tote in just 20 minutes!!
From Purl Soho
LACE + KNIT INFINITY SCARF
This infinity scarf is so stylish and comfortable, she’ll want to wear it every day! Stretchy t-shirt material makes this scarf super comfortable and soft while a touch of lace dresses it up a bit to make it perfect for pairing with almost any outfit.
From It’s Always Autumn
Pick out a fabric you know they’ll love to make a cool personalized gift with this DIY keychain tutorial.
From The Idea Room
GILDED EDGE AGATE COASTERS
Find coasters like these in a store, and the price will be astronomical! With this tutorial, you can buy agate slices to make your own gorgeous coasters. This site has pretty good prices on agate slices, as does this Etsy shop. Just be sure you’re buying agate slices – call them “coasters,” and the prices skyrocket!
From Making Lemonade
At first, I was intimidated with the thought of using a woodburning pen to trace the moose shape, but surprisingly, it’s super easy! You can just buy a starter woodburning tool and stencils at your local Michael’s store or online here, and you’re good to go! Cut your own wood slices with this tutorial, or you can buy them pre-cut – just make sure the wood slices are at least 4 inches in diameter, so they’re large enough to serve as coasters. These are so easy, but look so impressive!!
FAUX GRANITE COASTERS
These coasters are so beautiful, your friend will be amazed you made them yourself!
From It’s Always Autumn
GLOWING PHOTO LUMINARIES
It’s hard to believe these luminaries are DIY – they look professionally done! This easy, fun, and inexpensive project adds a personal touch to your home decor and makes a sweet and thoughtful gift for the grandparents! For more personalized gift ideas, check out 10 DIY Photo Gifts Your Friends + Family Will Cherish for Years to Come.
From Our Best Bites
CHALK PAINT HEART CANDLE HOLDER
Turn an inexpensive candle holder into something special with this easy DIY project perfect for shabby chic and beach themed decor.
From Mabey She Made It
DIP-DYED FROSTED TUMBLERS
This project is similar to the one above except instead of chalkboard paint, you use translucent frost glass paint to achieve a different look reminiscent of the beach. Perfect for the person on your list who loves beach decor.
From Vicky Barone
GOLD INITIAL MUGS
How cute are these mugs?! Plus, they’re super easy to make and super affordable – only $3 each! Add a lavender plant your friend can put in her garden, and you have an extra special, personalized, and fragrant gift.
From Earnest Home Co.
EASY DIY SOAP
This tutorial will teach you how to make super easy DIY Grapefruit Lavender and Coconut Mint soaps. These soaps are so pretty and sweet smelling no one will believe how easy they were to make!
From A House in the Hills
Here’s another gift idea utilizing the marbling technique outlined in the video above. Upgrading inexpensive, plain glass votives like this can make a cheap gift look expensive.
From Lovely Indeed
BASKETWEAVE CUP COZY
Got some crochet skills and a friend who loves to go to Starbucks every day? Give them this quick and easy homemade cup cozy, so they can protect their hands in style.
From One Dog Woof
PAINT DIPPED WOODEN SPOONS
Turn boring wooden spoons into a colorful, festive gift she’ll love with this super easy painting tutorial.
From Little Bit Funky
This super easy DIY project makes beautiful wine bottle stoppers with old wine corks and decorative drawer knobs! It’s amazing how many stylish knobs are in stores these days – even at big box stores like Lowe’s! You can also use these stoppers for other bottled gift items, such as homemade vanilla extract, flavored cooking oils and vinegars, bubblebath, and more!
From 2 Bees in a Pod
BOTTLE STOPPERS FOR DOG LOVERS
Here’s another cool DIY bottle stopper project for the dog lovers in your life. Seriously, with this project, you’re only limited by your imagination!
From Pretty Fluffy
BOTTLE GIFT BAG
If you have a sewing machine and skills, you can make this cute bottle gift bag that’s so stylish you could use it for Christmas gifts or any time of year! If you don’t want to sew a gift bag, check out this super cute no-sew felt bag tutorial [with free pattern and gift tags], free printable wine bottle gift tags, or this surprisingly chic, almost no effort tea towel hack!
From Clever Little Mouse
BIRDSEED SUET CAKE
This DIY project is for the birdwatcher on your list. This homemade suet cake recipe allows you to know exactly what you’re feeding the birds and that it’s safe and healthy. I love to make suet cakes for my chickens to warm them up when it’s cold outside.
From House of Hawthornes
TEA CUP BIRD FEEDER
Turn a cheap flea market or yard sale find into a useful bird feeder for the bird watcher in your life with this super simple and easy DIY tutorial!
From BUSHEL + A PECK
FLORAL MOUSE PAD
Store bought mouse pads aren’t nearly this nice, and you can personalize the design for each gift recipient!
From The Crafted Life
COFFEE SACK FIREWOOD CARRIER
If you are handy with a sewing machine (or at least have passable skills like I do) you can fashion a durable and functional wood carrier for that lucky friend with a fireplace out of materials you may have on hand. If you don’t have a coffee sack lying around, their unique and attractive designs make the search for one worth it!
PRO TIP: You may be able to find some of these burlap bags at your local coffee shop! It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask.
This tutorial is AMAZING!!! Why is it so great? Because this simple, attractive, and pricey-looking DIY doormat is under $10 to make!! Anyone would love to receive such a personalized and thoughtful gift!
YOGA MAT SLING
Dig out the sewing machine to make this super cute and mega useful yoga mat sling for the sporty gal or guy in your life. No sewing machine? No problem! With just a few hand sewn stitches, you can make this DIY yoga sling.
From Skip to My Lou
CANVAS PHOTO ART
Did you know you can make your own canvas photo art? I had no idea until I find this super easy tutorial that turns cherished family photos into beautiful masterpieces in no time!
BONUS: BUSHEL AND A PECK PILLOW
I absolutely LOVE this DIY pillow! My mom and grandfather both sang this song to me, so this saying has sentimental meaning to me. If you have a Cricut Explore Cutting Machine or do enough DIY projects to warrant buying one, check out this tutorial. The Cricut Machine cuts a stencil for the whole design, so you only have paint over it, which makes this craft super easy. You could probably use individual store bought letter stencils instead – just be careful to place them on your pillow just right.
From The Idea Room
This list holds tons of amazing DIY Gift Ideas! I love to make thoughtful gifts like those above that people will actually want to receive!
I would love to hear from you!
What do you think of this list? Do you think you’ll try any of these DIY tutorials? Let me know in the comments below!