There’s nothing more thoughtful than giving someone the perfect present, and there’s something special about making it by hand. We love DIY gifts that look like a million bucks but don’t break the bank. Here are 20 of our favorites to inspire you for that upcoming birthday, holiday, or just because.
1. Transfer Pattern Plates
Transfer paper makes it unbelievably easy to create beautiful patterns on old or inexpensive kitchenware. These updated plates are perfect for your friend furnishing a new home or looking for a subtle decor update.
2. Pom-Pom Blanket
We are obsessed with these easy pom-poms that turn a boring blanket into your dream throw. Spice up your bestie’s sofa with a blanket in colors that complement her home.
3. Yarn Wall Art
Add a dose of texture to a loved one’s wall with this beginner-friendly yarn hanging. Personalize with different colored yarn or dye to create the perfect giftable art piece.
4. Starburst Mirror
Here’s another great idea for a loved one with a new home. This starburst mirror adds just the right amount of glam to a room and only looks like it costs a million bucks!
5. Faux Agate Coasters
These coasters are the cutest, and make a great gift for your trendiest friend. We love the bright colors and touch of gold.
6. Etched Cutting Boards
These cutting boards look straight out of a Williams Sonoma catalog. It only takes one etching tool for a world of possibilities.
7. Gold-Dipped Jewelry Trays
A tray as classic as your best girlfriend. We love how sweet and simple these jewelry trays are.
8. Quartz Pendant Necklace
This necklace is feeding our love for gems and druzies. Make it yourself instead of spending a pretty penny on a boutique alternative.
9. No-Sew Hot Pads
10. Chalkboard Cheese Stone
There’s nothing better than a well-labeled cheese board, so make it easy on your loved one with one they can literally write on.
11. Printed Bowls
Transform a plain porcelain bowl into a gift your loved one will treasure. These bowls are adorable and completely customizable.
12. Passport Holder
This fun DIY will protect your favorite jetsetter’s passport as she travels the world. This gift is thoughtful AND creative – we love the words “Just Go” stamped on the cover.
13. Pinecone Fire Starters
This genius DIY is a perfect little present for the holiday season. Make pinecone fire starters dipped in candle wax and scented any way you want. We are obsessed!
14. Dipped Kitchen Utensils
Dress up some wooden kitchen utensils with a fresh pop of paint. We think these make the best housewarming gift!
15. Goat’s Milk Soap
There are a million DIY soap ideas out there, but this one out-fancies them all. We love how classic and vintage these pretty soaps look. It’s all about the packaging!
16. Hand-Dotted Tumblers
Take some generic glass tumblers or wine glasses to the next level with this easy paint DIY. Baking them in the oven ensures they’re ready for wear and tear when you give them to your best friend.
17. Infused Simple Syrups
These simple syrups are perfect for anyone trying to stock their bar cart. This year, make mixology a breeze for friends by gifting them these homemade brews.
Although great in cocktails, these simple syrups pair flawlessly with coffee (try vanilla) or tea (try mint) too!
18. Natural Beeswax Candles
All-natural beeswax candles add subtle ambiance to intimate gatherings. Package a set of 6 or 8 in a muslin bag or tie with a festive bow. Pro tip: soak your wick in essential oil for an aromatic delight.
19. Desk Calendar
This chic desk calendar is so pretty AND pretty useful. You’ll love it so much, we suggest you plan on making two.
20. Clay Monogram Keychains
These minimalist clay keychains could not get any cuter. They are easy and quick to make, so they work in a pinch. Hand them out to all of your friends – trust us, they’ll adore them as much as we do.