25 DIY Gifts That People Will Really, Truly Love


So we’ve established that we loving giving non-stuff gifts, right? But sometimes, the holidays call for something a bit more stuff-ish than non-stuff. And I don’t know about you, but I would rather gouge my eye out with a grapefruit spoon than deal with the mall this time of year.

So DIY it is! DIY gifts can get a bad name, so I rounded up 25 beautiful, interesting, I-actually-really-want-that gifts ideas for you!

diy-gift-ideasFor the ladies in your life

Adorable throw pillow made from a vintage silk scarf.

Scented bath fizzies, sugar body scrub, and lotion bars for all-important bubble baths.

Sachets. Because we all want scented underwear, right?

These felted nesting bowls are so cute I’m almost inclined to learn how to knit. Or devotedly hope that my knitting BFF makes them for me. cough cough.

diy-gift-ideaFor kiddos 

This mobile proves that nurseries don’t have to be a mess of teddy bears and ruffles.

I have fond memories of making these scribble cookies as a child. And fighting the urge not to eat them.

You know how you give a kid a million dollar toy and they spend the next hour playing with the bubble wrap? These simple and cute toys fill that same need.

These finger puppets are too cute for words.

Stuffed animals made from your old sweaters.


For your lover 

For a sexy gift, make your own honey dust and apply with a fluffy feather


For animal-lovers

For the design nerd/animal owner in your life, the world’s hippest pet bed.

You don’t like preservatives and processed ingredients, neither do pets. Dog and cat treat recipes.


For your traveler 

Help your traveler find their luggage faster with these cute luggage tags.

Being abroad during the holidays can be hard. Make an mp3 of you and your friends rehashing funny stories. Your traveler can listen when they’re feeling homesick.

Hardcore backpackers swear by stuff sacks, little nylon bags used to divide backpack contents. Lucky for you, they’re super easy to make.

holiday-diy-giftsFor just about anybody

A car travel kit, you’re entertained and there might be fewer arguments about directions.

How sweet are you? Making cool, modern silhouette portraits your friend and their loved ones?

Put those old Milli Vanilli tapes to good use by turning them into cute wallets.

Did your wool sweater go through the wash? Make mittens out of it!

Super easy, cheap and fun to make, suitable for anybody: marble magnets
What are your favorite DIY gifts? Leave links to awesome projects in the comments!



DIY gifts most definitely don't have to suck!! I've been doing an (ongoing) series of DIY gift guides with lots of ideas for different people in your life. In order to not spam you with links, I'll just leave you the links to a couple, and the rest are linked from there.
Gifts for the Nester: http://transientexpression.com/2011/12/05/diy-gift-guide-for-the-nester-part-1/
For the Fashonista:
For the Techie:


I'm trying out trinket dishes made with paper pulp right now – you just soak 1" squares of recycled paper, blend it, then smoosh the paper pulp into a mold (helps to spray with Pam or, if you want to get fancy, mold release first). Let it dry thoroughly, then pop it out and paint.

Since I make paper in my spare time, I'm trying out some fancier things (dyeing the pulp! using different paper to make patterns!) but I've seen some simple versions of this that look totally awesome and make great small gifts (maybe with a handmade necklace to put in it?).


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