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Easy DIY Gifts for Friends and Family


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Last Updated on November 14, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

I love DIY gifts because they are more personal than store-bought gifts. They’re often more affordable too.

a collage of nine different gifts you can make yourself with title text reading 60+ DIY Gifts That Aren't Lame

I used to think you had to be a master crafter to create meaningful homemade gifts. But that’s not true!

There are dozens of easy, DIY gifts that almost anyone can make. In fact, I’ve found over 60 of them!

I’ve collected over five dozen homemade gift ideas that your friends and family would actually want to receive. I’ve organized them below into different categories to make it easier to find the type of DIY gift you’re looking for.

Whether you’re looking for diy Christmas gifts, hostess gifts, or birthday gifts, you’ll definitely be able to find the perfect gift below.

DIY Food Gifts

Food gifts are always a welcome gift since friends and family members love discovering new treats!

Gifts in a Jar

All you need are mason jars, some ingredients from the grocery store, and labels with instructions to create these popular gifts.

  1. Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar (The Country Chic Cottage)
  2. Brownie Mix in a Jar (Wondermom Wannabe)
  3. Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar (Honey & Lime)
  4. Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar (Wondermom Wannabe)
  5. Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Jar (Wholefully)
  6. Irish Coffee Gift in a Jar

DIY Christmas Food Gifts

These gifts are ideal for Christmas since they incorporate seasonal flavors and characters.

  1. DIY Hot Chocolate Gift with Peppermint Spoons (Wondermom Wannabe)
  2. Homemade Peppermint Extract (The Happier Homemaker)
  3. Snowmen Popcorn Bags and Hershey Bars (The Savvy Age)
  4. Reindeer Hot Chocolate Gift Bags (Wondermom Wannabe)

More DIY Food Gifts

The following gifts make wonderful presents any time of year.

  1. Homemade Apple Butter (To Simply Inspire)
  2. Homemade Vanilla Extract (The Happier Homemaker)
  3. Honey Lollipops (The Monday Box)
  4. Homemade Italian Seasoning (Wondermom Wannabe)
  5. Homemade Steak Rub (It Is a Keeper)

DIY Bath & Beauty Gifts

Know someone who could use a little pampering? These handmade gift ideas will help!

  1. DIY Bath Bombs (Homemade for Elle)
  2. DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion (Mama Instincts)
  3. DIY Peppermint Lip Balm (I Don’t Have Time for That)
  4. DIY Gardener Soap (Juggling Act Mama)
  5. Homemade Body Butter (Montana Homesteader)
  6. Homemade Cuticle Cream (Homemade for Elle)
  7. Homemade Dandelion Salve (Montana Homesteader)
  8. Homemade Lotion Bars (Homemade for Elle)
  9. Homemade Soap (Happy Deal Happy Day)
  10. Homemade Sugar Scrub (The Baking Fairy)
  11. DIY Poo Pourri Spray (Wondermom Wannabe)

DIY Gifts for the Home

Homemade gifts for someone’s house are wonderful because you can personalize them to match the recipient’s home decor. Alternately, these are easy ones to make in advance to keep on hand when you need a last minute gift.

  1. Cranberry Orange Stove Top Potpourri in a Jar (Honey & Lime)
  2. DIY Candle in a Teacup (Dagmar’s Home)
  3. DIY Designer Drink Coasters (PinkWhen)
  4. DIY Etched Wine Glasses (The Pinning Mama)
  5. DIY Fabric Bowl (Mosswood Connections)
  6. DIY Fleece Wreath (Wondermom Wannabe)
  7. DIY Lighted Potpourri Jar (PinkWhen)
  8. DIY Ombre Kitchen Utensils (Lydi Out Loud)
  9. DIY Peppermint Candy Bowls (Princess Pinky Girl)
  10. Sharpie Dot Mug (Organized 31)
  11. Stenciled Cork Coasters (My Suburban Kitchen)
  12. Stenciled Serving Tray (Creative Ramblings)
  13. Stenciled Tea Towels (My Suburban Kitchen)

DIY Clothing Accessories & Jewelry Gifts

If you give your best friend a handmade accessory, she’ll think of you every time she wears it!

  1. DIY Arm-Knit Chunky Cowl Scarf (PinkWhen)
  2. DIY Birthstone Bracelet (Creative Green Living)
  3. DIY Decorated Notebook (Smiling Colors)
  4. DIY Infinity Scarf (Creative Green Living)
  5. DIY No Sew Flannel Blanket Scarf (Wholefully)

Great DIY Gifts for Kids

You don’t have to spend a fortune on the latest video game or electronic to delight kids. The following gifts are proof of that.

  1. DIY Lego Table (Busy Mommy Media)
  2. DIY Money Notepad (What Mommy Wants)
  3. DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe Game (Suburbia Unwrapped)
  4. Drawstring Backpack (PinkWhen)
  5. Homemade Bath Crayons (Parenting Chaos)
  6. No-Sew Fabric Book (Powerful Mothering)
  7. No Sew Pouch (Red Ted Art)
  8. Play Dough Bubble Bath (Steam Powered Family)
  9. Rock Candy (Steam Powered Family)

More DIY Gifts

Still haven’t found the right gift idea? Here are a few more!

  1. DIY Gift Basket (Mama Instincts)
  2. DIY Leather iPad Sleeve (Wholefully)
  3. DIY Rice Heat Packs (Organized 31)
  4. DIY Shaving Kit (Creative Ramblings)
  5. DIY Tea Bag Sachets (The Rising Spoon)
  6. Monogrammed Tote Bag (Creative Ramblings)
  7. No-Sew Fleece Blanket (True Couponing)

I hope you found a few DIY gift ideas above that you can make for your friends or family. If you have additional ideas, please share them with me in the comments!

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