100 Great Ideas for Inexpensive Homemade Gifts

Let your imagination be your guide
Katarina Radovic / Stocksy United

Holidays, birthdays, special occasions and moments of "just because" are opportunities to give a gift to someone you care about. There's something very personal and meaningful about a gift that you took the time to make yourself. Grant your friends and family that extra special feeling with one of these 100 homemade gift ideas. There's something here for every occasion and season, not to mention ideas for everyone in your life.

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    diy ipad holder for cooking
    The Idea Room

    You'd be hard-fought to find someone today who doesn't use their phone or tablet to refer to recipes. The problem with that, is you often end up with a wet and sticky screen. This easy 3-material DIY helps prop your iPad up while you chop, simmer and stir, so you can cook without fear of ruining your tablet. Think what a great gift this will make!

    DIY iPad Holder from The Idea Room

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    A colorful DIY bath bomb
    ivicirina / Twenty20

    Skip the expensive visit to a trendy soap store and learn to make your own fizzy bath bombs at home. These soaps are quite popular, and they make an exciting yet simple gift. These would be especially great for Mother's Day paired with a bottle of wine.

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    diy placemat clutch
    Lil Blue Boo

    If you're on the hunt for a DIY gift idea that's truly unique for someone who loves a stylish accessory, we've got you covered. Grab a pretty placemat and work a little sewing magic to create this one-of-a-kind clutch that'll have everyone exclaiming, "Where'd you get that?"

    Placemat Clutch from Lil Blue Boo

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    arm knit blanket
    Made Up Style

    At this point, we're sure you've seen those gorgeous chunky arm-knit blankets that have taken over our Instagrams and Pinterest Boards. Make someone in your life very, very happy by gifting them this blanket that you've DIY'ed.

    Arm Knitted Cozy Chunky Blanket from Made Up Style

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    A hand-embroidered onesie
    Mollie Johanson

    Attending a baby shower in the near future? Whether you go with a gift from the registry or not, consider adding this very personal and adorable homemade gift. Adorn a plain onesie with the embroidery pattern of your choice and the momma-to-be will truly appreciate this standout piece among her newly acquired collection of store-bought baby clothes.

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    diy embroidered headphones
    Agus Yornet

    Headphones break all the time and unless you dole out a big chunk of change for a quality pair, you have to constantly replace them. Keep the wires safe from everyday wear and tear (and make them look pretty!) with this neat embroidery DIY. Give a pair of these to someone you know who would really appreciate these for their daily use. Bonus: the creator of this craft noted her wires no longer get tangled with the embroidery cover.

    Embroidery Headphones from Agus Yornet

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    Finding a place to store your jewelry can be a nuisance. This cute cactus ring holder also doubles as decor. It's a cool gift for that someone in your life who appreciates a fun surprise or something that's out of the ordinary.

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    Color Block Frosted Tumblers
    Vicky Barone

    These tumblers are so simple and chic. A set of two makes a perfectly fine gift on its own, but add a bottle of wine, a set of coasters and even some gourmet cheese because wine not?

    Color Block Frosted Tumblers from Vicky Barone

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    The sweetest housewarming gift, this string art project is easy to do. The craft itself is versatile; feel free to use a different shape from the house; try a pumpkin for fall or an evergreen tree for Christmas.

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    diy leather bound journal
    Melissa Esplin

    Budding writers, doodling daydreamers, dedicated journalists and serial note-takers are all ideal recipients of this special DIY. Bound a notebook in leather for a meaningful, yet startlingly simple gift.

    Leather Handbound Book from Melissa Esplin

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    Embroidered Christmas tree card
    Mollie Johanson

    For Christmas this year, send out these pretty embroidered cards. They are easy to stitch—even for beginners. Make it a group activity and mail one to everyone on your list.

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    diy antifrizz spray
    The Merrythought

    Every woman knows that humidity can be a hair-ruiner. Gift your girlfriend a bottle of this DIY lavender anti-frizz spray when she needs it most (hint: summer). A little humidity is okay (in fact, appreciated) for beachy waves, as long as you can control those waves before they go wild!

    Anti-Frizz Hairspray from The Merrythought

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    Ribbon Embroidery Bouquet
    Mollie Johanson

    A traditional bouquet of flowers is a go-to gift, but imagine the look of delight on someone's face when they receive this gorgeous embroidered bouquet. Using ribbon instead of string, this embroidery project is extra special.

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    diy engraved moscow mule cups
    Brit + Co

    Moscow Mule drinker or not, who wouldn't love to add some copper mugs to their collection of housewares? This DIY tutorial shows you how to add subtle engravements to personalize these already super-cool mugs.

    Engraved Copper Mugs from Brit + Co

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    diy sunglasses pouch
    Burda Style

    Pretty and feminine, it's hard to believe these cases aren't store-bought. Your friend will be thinking the same thing when they unwrap this gift.

    DIY Sunglasses Case from Burda Style

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    These pom-pom earrings are super creative and fun. Make these for a friend so she can showcase her personal style.

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    cinnamon sugar handscrub
    DIY Candy

    A sweet smelling hand scrub is a wonderful holiday gift idea, but you can gift this any time of year for any occasion. We love it for fall and winter especially and you'll be hard-fought to find someone who wouldn't love receiving this little jar.

    Cinnamon Sugar Hand Scrub from DIY Candy

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    custom color nailpolish
    A Beautiful Mess

    We don't know about you, but we just found out you can make your own nail polish and ​we. Are. Floored. Customize a color for your best friend, mom, sister, wife, etc. and surprise them with arguably the coolest DIY ever.

    Custom Color Nail Polish from A Beautiful Mess

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    Kids can make these bookmark gifts
    Katherine Lee

    These pretty bookmarks are the perfect kid-made gifts. There's nothing better than a child's delighted face when he or she presents their masterpiece.

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    DIY wire gift bow necklace
    Lisa Yang

    The perfect gift for bridesmaids, this DIY wire gift bow necklace is a pretty piece of jewelry that brides can hand out to all of their ladies in waiting before the big day.

    It also works well for a young woman's milestone 16th or 21st birthday, for Mother's Day, and for Valentine's Day.

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    wood burning cutting board and serving spoon and napkin ring
    Brit + Co

    If you don't have your own wood burning tool, you might just be convinced to buy one after you see these beautiful kitchen utensils. You could easily pass these off as expensive artisan finds.

    DIY Wood Burning Made Easy from The Nest

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    Homemade family photo keepsake
    Scarlett Ballantyne

    This clever method of transferring a photo onto wood gives a meaningful memory a more sophisticated appearance. This is a great gift for an anniversary, birthday, or wedding.

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    Passport Cover

    diy passport cover
    Oh No Rachio

    If you know someone who's goal in life it is to fill their passport with stamps, then you can't fail with this easy DIY gift. This passport cover is a cinch to make and it will make any passport stand out amongst your things when you need it. The best part is you can customize this project with any fabric of your choice.

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    Heirloom Beaded Picture Pendant
    Lisa Yang

    Replicate the look of an antique locket with this DIY beaded picture pendant. This is a special gift for someone you love, and it's especially perfect for Mother's Day.

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    Make your own gift wrap for bouquets
    Rita Shehan

    If you're giving the gift of a lovely bouquet, why not go the extra mile to create your own gift wrap? It really couldn't be easier, and this tutorial will show you exactly how.

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    DIY Spa Trio

    diy spa kit

    A body scrub, whipped body butter and a foot soak–all smelling of sweet, cooling peppermint–makes up this delicious spa-day treat to gift to friends and family.

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    Make It & Love It

    Some basic sewing skills is all you need to create these adorable slippers! We love these for Christmas morning, but they certainly work for birthdays, Easter, Mother's Day or other special occasions.

    DIY Mouse Slippers from Make It & Love It

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    Make this custom gift bracelet
    Mollie Johanson

    Stitch up a leather-like embroidered cuff with one of these designs. The patterns are easy to follow for beginner stitchers and the result makes a cool customized gift.

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    diy watercolor plates
    Sugar and Charm

    Create a set of these beautiful, artistic plates for a wedding gift, bridal shower or housewarming present. One-of-a-kind dishes always make a great gift idea.

    DIY Watercolor Plates from Sugar and Charm

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    Origami Earrings You Can Make
    Chrissy Pk

    These pretty DIY earrings are the perfect way for you to try your hand at origami. They are a great small and inexpensive gift option and can be customized for anyone.

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    Barn Wood Wine Rack

    wine rack diy
    I Spy DIY

    Rustic and modern, we love the farmhouse-feel of this DIY wine rack. Outshine the other guests at a wedding by bringing this into the reception–the bride and groom will not be disappointed.

    Barn Wood Wine Rack from I Spy DIY

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    diy hot air balloon baby mobile
    Craftiness Is Not Optional

    Skip the baby registry (or add on top of it) with this cute and clever mobile. These whimsical hot air balloons would look so sweet in a nursery for either a baby girl or boy.

    Up, Up and Away Mobile from Craftiness Is Not Optional

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    Bring the beauty of a tropical vacation to someone's home with this fun and bold display of art. This would make a special housewarming or hostess gift.

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    Yarn horseshoe necklace
    A Kalio Chic Life

    Here's a clever way to use up your leftover yarn. This pretty necklace is a great gift idea for your friend who has a fun and eclectic style. Not sure how to wear this? This bold statement necklace dresses up a neutral button-down blouse or crew neck tee with instant cool!

    Yarn Wrapped Horseshoe Necklace from A Kalio Chic Life

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    diy rope votives

    These charming candle holders make perfect gifts for practically anyone. They're a great way to disguise mismatched candle jars or to hide brand names. 

    Painted Rope Votives from Freutcake

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    No-sew picnic blanket
    Stephanie White

    Have a friend with a summer birthday? Surprise him or her with this easy-to-make picnic blanket and spend the day together at the park or beach.

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    Anthropologie knockoff diy pillow
    Sewing in No Mans Land

    Save your friend a couple hundred dollars when you make them these colorful accented tassel pillows that resemble a more expensive pair from Anthropologie. They probably won't even realize these are handmade!

    Anthropologie Tassel Pillow Knock-Off from Sewing in No-Man's Land

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    A fun pom-pom wreath
    Deidre Sullivan

    These fun pom-pom wreaths aren't holiday-specific, so they'll accommodate just about any holiday and any occasion. You can make an all white one for winter or try an array of colors and give it to a college student to decorate the dorm room.

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    mosaic bird bath with recycled CDs
    Me and My DIY

    How beautiful is this birdbath? While gifting a whole birdbath might seem like a bit much, we think this idea would look just as great on a dish or bowl! There has never been a better way to use up old CDs.

    Mosaic Tile Birdbath Using Recycled CDs from Me and My DIY

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    Baby Border Hand Embroidery Pattern
    Mollie Johanson

    Another great idea for baby shower gifts is this adorable embroidery border design. Create something special and frame it in a hoop for a personal gift that would look lovely in a nursery.

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    DIY Travel Art
    Stephanie White

    Know someone who's got the travel bug bad? Plane tickets are probably a welcome gift, but the expense isn't something everyone can afford. Instead, make this thoughtful artwork using a map from their favorite destination. They'll love this incredibly thoughtful gift.

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    diy peaches and cream soap
    Happiness Is Homemade

    Ten minutes is all you need to make this sweet-smelling soap. Make a few bars and tie it up with a ribbon for a pretty, simple and thoughtful gift.

    DIY Peaches and Cream Soap from Happiness Is Homemade

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    diy sugar bag planter

    We love a DIY that recycles objects we'd normally toss without a second thought! These transformed sugar bags look like cool rustic planters that would look great on any desk.

    DIY Sugar Bag Planters from Poppytalk

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    tassel placemats
    Lovely Indeed

    Whether you know someone who loves to entertain or are in need of a housewarming gift, these reversible tassel placemats are a fun and unique gift idea. We love the colorful choices in this DIY, but you can customize with any color or printed fabric.

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    diy marbled nail polish phone case
    Lovely Indeed

    We all have that one friend who bravely walks around with their phone without a case. Stop the madness by gifting them this unique DIY case. Even if all your friends have cases on their phones, we're sure you know someone who would love to receive a new one-of-a-kind phone case.

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    homemade soup mixes in a jar

    There are so many occasions where this gift is perfect: send it in a care package to college students, give it someone who's sick, make a bunch for the holidays and yours will stand out among all those jars of cookie and hot cocoa mixes.

    Homemade Soup Mix in Jar from Wholefully

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    diy personalized flower pots
    Cutesy Crafts

    If you're planning to gift a plant, go one step further and DIY these incredibly easy, personalized flower pots. These are so cute and easy to make, you might end up with one for yourself!

    Sharpie Dot Flower Pots from Cutesy Crafts

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    handprint keychain
    Grey House Harbor

    What parent or grandparent wouldn't love to receive these tiny handprints? It won't be hard to get your kids to participate in this craft since handprint and fingerprint crafts are always a hit with kids.

    Handprint Keychain from Grey House Harbor

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    diy galaxy coasters
    A Kalio Chic Life

    These galaxy coasters are so cool and trendy. They'll certainly stand out as a memorable gift to anyone you make them for.

    Galaxy Color Blocked Marble Coasters from A Kalio Chic Life

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    DIY child's bathrobe
    A Beautiful Mess

    This fluffy bath towel is the warmest and coziest way to embrace your child in an endless hug. Give them as gifts to all the kids on Christmas Eve and everyone can come downstairs Christmas morning wrapped up in their new hooded blankets.

    DIY Cozy Hooded Bath Towel from A Beautiful Mess

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    photo Mason Jar lid coasters
    Something Turquoise

    We know this DIY tutorial uses wedding photos, but you can use any type of photo to turn this into a personalized gift. Think: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, "just because" moments. There are no limitations on the gift of a good memory!

    Photo Mason Jar Lid Coasters from Something Turquoise

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    personalized etched glass bakeware
    The Thinking Closet

    This idea has the potential to be even more special. Hear us out: DIY a special message in a cake pan, fill it with a cake, deliver said cake and wait for the phone call that comes when the cake has been eaten and the surprise message at the bottom of the pan has been discovered. We think this could be even sweeter than the cake itself.

    Personalized Etched Glass Bakeware from The Thinking Closet

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    recipe ring gift idea
    Lil' Luna

    Older generations handing down family recipes to younger generations has always been a sentimental gesture everyone appreciates. Take it one step further with this DIY idea and once completed, surprise someone in your family with all of Grandma's cooking.

    Recipe Ring from Lil' Luna

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    thinking of you pop up card
    Rita Shehan

    For those times when you just need a card, try your hands at this easy pop-up card craft. The recipient of your handmade card will surely know you were thinking of them when they see the effort you put into the gift.

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    send a hug in the mail
    Paging Supermom

    Okay, this might be one of our favorites. For those family members who live farther away, surprise them with a big "hug" in the mail so they know that you love them this much.

    Send a Hug from Paging Supermom

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    DIY Embroidered Ring Pillow
    Mollie Johanson

    Weddings are expensive and there are so many details to worry about. Bring some ease-of-mind to the bride-to-be in your life by making her this beautiful, simple embroidered ring pillow. This is a thoughtful touch she'll surely appreciate.

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    collegiate scarf

    College bookstore clothing is expensive and college students can barely afford their textbooks. Help them out with this easy school scarf–no one will even know it's homemade, and when they find out, it makes it even cooler.

    Collegiate Scarf from Thimbleanna

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    tea wreath
    Kojo Designs

    While some of us practically bleed coffee (ahem), others of us prefer tea–and that's okay. Put together this clever tea wreath for the friends who will really appreciate this.

    Tea Wreath from Kojo Designs

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    Homemade wrapping paper
    The Spruce

    From confetti wrap to 3-D paper, these clever ideas will delight the recipient of your gift before he or she has even opened it.

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    mini Altoid tin toolboxes
    Alpha Mom

    You know how Dad is always the hardest to shop for? Skip the tie or assortment of craft beers this year and DIY these mini toolboxes made out of Altoid tins. They're perfect for holding nails, screws and the like. We bet Dad will be so impressed by your innovative thinking this time around (We won't tell him we gave you the idea).

    Altoid Tin Mini Toolboxes from Alpha Mom

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    Instagram calendar
    A Beautiful Mess

    In a world that's centered around Instagram (and in this case, Instagrams that are centered around dogs), we can't think of a better calendar idea for friends and family. Just be sure to skip the selfies and pick more meaningful photos.

    DIY Instagram Calendar from A Beautiful Mess

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    homemade limoncello
    The Cottage Market

    Even if you've never been to Italy, you've probably tasted Limoncello and know just how lemony and delicious it is. Mix up your own batch and fill up mason jars with it. Then top them off with the free printable labels included in the tutorial. This is a great gift for college students planning to study abroad or really anyone at all!

    Homemade Limoncello With Printable Label from The Cottage Market

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    no sew fleece blanket
    A Girl and a Glue Gun

    No-sew fleece blankets have been a popular craft for some time. These cozy throws are SO easy to make and this tutorial shows you four different ways to make them. Give these out as Christmas gift, for winter birthdays or any other time of year when warm blankets are coveted!

    No-Sew Fleece Blanket from A Girl and a Glue Gun

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    pineapple diy wine bottle covered in rocher chocolates
    Conny Simon

    This "pineapple" is so clever, you might not even realize there's a wine bottle in there! Wine and chocolate are usually a welcome gift, and this easy DIY takes the presentation factor up a notch.

    Rocher Sparkling Pineapple from Conny Simon

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    fake flower chandelier

    This gorgeous flower chandelier uses fake flowers, so it lasts. Make this for a bridal shower, baby shower or wedding and we guarantee the bride- or mamma-to-be will swoon.

    DIY Flower Chandelier from Pacifically

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    diy coffee mug holder
    Made to Be a Momma

    We love both the rustic charm and pretty blue color of this DIY mug holder. This is a wonderful homemade gift for new homeowners and serious coffee or tea drinkers.

    DIY Coffee Cup Holder from Made to Be a Momma

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    diy coffee mugs
    Laughs, Crafts & Photographs

    It really doesn't get any easier than this; draw some designs or write an inspirational message on a plain white mug, bake it in the oven and you have an inexpensive, personalized gift in no time.

    Personalized Coffee Mugs from Laughs, Crafts & Photographs

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    crochet baby cocoon free pattern
    Kathryn Vercillo

    This baby cocoon pattern can be worked in any color and is quick and easy to create. Gift this to new moms to mommas-to-be at their baby showers.

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    sangria gift idea

    There's really nothing you can't put in a jar! Show up to your next party with this and everyone–not just the hostess–will love you.

    DIY Sangria Dispenser from Fantabulosity

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    crochet teddy bear
    Lucy Kate Crochet

    A teddy bear is a classic child's toy. Stitch up a little nostalgia with this crochet teddy and gift this at a baby shower or kids' birthday party.

    Crochet Teddy Bear from Lucy Kate Crochet

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    flower tote bag diy
    DIY Candy

    Would you believe it–to make this tote, you actually hammer flowers into the fabric. Sounds a bit strange, but just look at those results! We love this as a Mother's Day gift.

    DIY Flower Tote from DIY Candy

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    Beautiful custom bath salts
    Kristin Duvall / Photographer's Choice / Getty Images

    If bath bombs are too trendy for the giftee, go traditional with sweet smelling bath salts. Pack these up in a mason jar and add some ribbon with a little note for the perfect hostess gift.

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    diy cactus cat scratch post
    Kaylee Eylander

    We admit this one's a bit silly, but it's also really fun. Every cat owner who's ever complained about how unsightly cat scratching posts are–rejoice!

    DIY Cactus Scratching Post from Kaylee Eylander

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    diy roman numeral clock
    Handmade Haven

    This clock is for pure aesthetics and we love it so much, we don't mind that it doesn't actually tell time. With some paint, stickers and pre-made wooden rounds, this "woodworking" project couldn't be any easier.

    Roman Numeral Clock from Handmade Haven

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    diy tassel wall hanging
    Homey Oh My

    Modern, trendy and fun, this wall hanging would be a really cool gift. You can make in any color or a variety of colors to fit the tastes of the person you're making this for.

    Modern Tassel Wall Hanging from Homey Oh My

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    sea glass lanterns
    Princess Pinky Girl

    Whether it's summertime or you know someone who loves beach decor, these mason jar sea glass lanterns are an ideal gift for each case. Make a set for a friend and bring them over the next time your friend hosts an outdoor party.

    Sea Glass Lanterns from Princess Pinky Girl

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    icing for dog treats
    Posh on a Budget

    Whether it's your dog's birthday or you have a friend with a dog, whip up a batch of this pup-approved "frosting" and coat some dog treats in the icing. What dog parent wouldn't love to receive a bag of these colorful biscuits?

    Icing for Dog Cookies from Posh on a Budget

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    mason jar tissue holders

    Know someone who suffers from allergies? This DIY tissue holder is a sweet gesture that they'll surely appreciate.

    Mason Jar Tissue Holder from Landeelu

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    stress balls
    Natural Beach Living

    This is a fun and easy gift to make with kids! They're squishy and colorful, which makes them a great gift for kids as well, but they're perfect for adults too. Pair a few of these with a bottle of wine and some homemade bath salts and you've got the ultimate stress-reducing gift set.

    Stress Balls from Natural Beach Living

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    dragon eggs
    Adventure in a Box

    Here's a fun idea for Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fans: dragon eggs! Get the kids in on this craft and hand these out as party favors.

    Fantasy Dragon Eggs from Adventure in a Box

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    diy candlestick cake stand

    An elegant and formal way to display cakes, cupcakes, and pastries, cake stands are a tasteful gift idea. Bring this to a housewarming, birthday or for any friend who loves to bake.

    Candlestick Cake Stand from Poppytalk

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    Kathryn Vercillo

    If you know how to crochet, this gift idea is a great option for any occasion. We love the idea of making these for the young adults in your life who've just moved into their first home or apartment.

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    diy vintage belt camera strap

    Take an old or vintage-looking belt and turn it into a camera strap. Whether the person you're gifting is amateur or pro, any photography enthusiast will love this gift, as it's unique to their craft and just plain cool.

    Vintage Belt Camera Strap from Poppytalk

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    Elementary and high school students, recent high school graduates on their way to college and recent college grads off to their first job would all appreciate some extra pencils. The gold marbling on these is so pretty; they'll certainly spruce up any desk.

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    diy leather pouch

    This leather pouch is the perfect size for holding small items like keys, makeup, money, cards–or anything else! The minimal look of the leather is suitable to anyone's style aesthetic, and who doesn't have use for an additional way to keep their things organized?

    DIY Leather Pouch from Poppytalk

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    diy boxwood wreath
    Anderson + Grant

    Simple and elegant, a boxwood wreath is a beautiful addition to both holiday and everyday decor. This one is faux, so it will last. The DIYer who created this project was able to craft her wreath in 20 minutes for $12!

    Easy Faux DIY Boxwood Wreath from Anderson + Grant

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    diy flask cover
    A Beautiful Mess

    Looking for a 21st birthday gift? Take a generic flask and give it some life with this easy customizable DIY. 

    How to Customize a Flask With Oil Cloth from A Beautiful Mess

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    turquoise cutting board
    The Navage Patch

    Okay, so this one requires some real woodworking skills, but if you can do it, this beauty is sure to be a head turner at any party.

    Turquoise Inlay Cheese Board from The Navage Patch

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    leather braided bracelet
    A Pumpkin and a Princess

    A cooler twist on the friendship bracelets you probably made in summer camp as a kid, these braided leather bracelets are the grown-up version.

    Mystery Braid Bracelet from A Pumpkin and a Princess

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    beeswax candles
    Oh Happy Day

    These gorgeous beeswax candles make great holiday or hostess gifts. Unlike some other types of candles, these are super easy to make, too!

    Beeswax Candles from Oh Happy Day

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    diy photo puzzles
    Capturing Joy

    Do you know someone who loves puzzles? This DIY allows you to personalize any jigsaw with an image of your choice. Be warned this project requires patience and precision, so it may be a bit too ambitious to try for a 1,000 piece puzzle.

    DIY Photo Puzzles from Capturing Joy

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    If you want to give a small gift to your child's new teacher at the beginning of the school year, try your hand at making this origami apple. This clever paper folding project is a modern take on the traditional gift.

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    gratitude wall hanging
    Rita Shehan

    What better way to express how grateful you are than with a wall hanging that says "gratitude?" Don't feel limited by the words and seasonal symbols on this DIY; you can easily change things up to fit the occasion or style of the person you're gifting.

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    candy gram diy
    Who Arted?

    This tutorial comes with a free printable template, so creating a candy gram has never been easier! This clever idea for a friend's birthday is sure to crack a (sweet) toothy smile.

    Candy Gram Birthday Card from Who Arted?

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    Cookie mix in a jar
    Photo: Rpsycho / Getty Images

    The holidays are a time when you want to shower absolutely everyone you know with gifts. That can get expensive. These mason jars filled with cookie mix are an inexpensive but creative idea for all the friends in your life, not to mention your 17 cousins, 12 aunts and uncles, mother-in-law, step sister... you get the idea. 

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    diy wood salt and pepper shakers
    The Merrythought

    Anyone who loves to entertain would appreciate an extra set of salt and pepper shakers. These are minimal and chic, so they'll blend in with almost any tablescape–holiday or not.

    Wood Salt & Pepper Shakers from The Merrythought

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    diy key catchall dish
    Brooklyn Limestone

    We all have that one friend or family member (ditzy cousin, anyone?) who's always losing something. This catchall dish has a clever DIY feature to help you keep track of your house key.

    Key Catchall Plate from Brooklyn Limestone

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    stamped tea towel with fern print

    It's amazing how one little fern leaf can transform an ordinary towel into a modern masterpiece. Some green paint is all you need to stamp your leaf onto a plain linen towel. Go one step further and create a whole set of beautiful stamped linens.

    Tea Towel With Fern Print from Ukkonooa

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    Handmade flowers for gift boxes
    Rita Shehan

    The wrapping and presentation can be just as much a part of the gift as the gift itself. Transform an ordinary gift box with a pretty handmade paper flower. These boxes are perfect for gift cards, jewelry, candy, and other small gifts. 

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    diy hostess apron
    First Mate Photo / Style Me Pretty

    While a utilitarian-style apron is better suited for messy and practical tasks like cooking and cleaning, a pretty hostess apron is ideal for entertaining. By the time guests have arrived to the dinner party, they'll know nonetheless that you were wearing anything less than your best the whole time. This is the ideal gift for your friend who loves to throw a good party.

    DIY Hostess Apron from Style Me Pretty