The 10 Best Gifts You Can DIY or Buy


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November 28, 2019
Zoe Hunt

Gifts that Anyone Will Love that You Can DIY in Less Than a Day

10 gift ideas that you can DIY or buy

1. coasters

marble coasters with gold edge made from polymer clay

You know that person who you have NO idea what to get? We all have that person. Luckily, this is the perfect gift! It’s cute and practical. Everyone needs extra coasters!

DIY Coasters Tutorial
Prefer to buy? Get them here.

2. blanket 

knit blanket folded on canopy bed with white bedding

Who doesn’t love a cozy blanket, especially in the middle of winter! This is a gift that your friend is sure to start using immediately.

DIY Knit Blanket Tutorial – If you’d rather not knit, It’s Always Autumn has a cute DIY Fleece Blanket tutorial too! Prefer to buy? Check out this one from Walmart. You can’t beat the price!

3. serving tray 

wood herringbone serving tray from birds eye view

Whether your friend or acquaintance likes to be the host or they prefer to have breakfast in bed, a tray is a fantastic gift! Like many of the items on this list, trays are practical, but also pretty! Is there a better combination than that?

Herringbone Serving Tray Tutorial -Looking for something a little easier or smaller than the herringbone tray? Check out our tutorial on how to create a live edge board. Once you do that, just stain and add some handles.

Prefer to buy? Check out this tray from World Market.

Want to DIY buy don\'t know where to start? Click here to grab your free guide!

4. wine rack

DIY wood wine rack hanging on wall with wine bottles displayed

This is the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life! Pair it with your favorite bottle of wine to really take this gift to the next level! Check out the full tutorial.

Prefer to buy? Etsy has so many different designs!

5. handwritten recipe towel

DIY recipe towel with handwritten recipe

If you’re looking for a sentimental gift, this might be the perfect one for you! Transfer a handwritten recipe to a kitchen towel using this step-by-step tutorial.

Prefer to buy? Order a handwritten recipe towel here. Or you could turn it into framed art…or a cutting board!

6. Wood Wall Art

wood squares for wall decor

These DIY wood squares are the perfect decor for any space. But beware: once you make one, you might fall in love and want to make some for yourself too!

DIY Wood Decor Tutorial – And don’t forget to download the plans! You’ll get the exact dimensions and exactly how to cut the boards to get all of the pieces you need.

We also have several more wood wall art tutorials as well. Check them out to find the perfect DIY wall art for your gift recipient.

Prefer to buy? Check out this carved wood art from World Market!

New to DIY? Download our free 5 Steps to Getting Start with DIY guide!

7. photo hanger or photo ledge

photo hanger with leaf prints

If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift that doesn’t take too much time, printing personal photos and gifting them with a photo ledge or photo hanger is a great option! We often forget to take the time to print out our photos, so it’s always extra special when someone takes the time to do it for us.

DIY Photo Hanger Tutorial Prefer to buy? Check out this photo hanger from Etsy!

8. Bath tray

DIY simple wood bath tray sitting on white freestanding tub

Whether you want clean and simple or a bath tray with all the bells and whistles, we have a tutorial for you. Pair this with some bubble bath, bath bombs, and lotion for the perfect spa lover gift!

Prefer to buy? There are so many awesome bath tray designs to choose from!

9.hexagon plant shelves

diy hexagon plant shelves with faux plants

A plant can make a home feel more welcoming and homey. Just don’t try to gift this to someone who clearly doesn’t have (or want) a green thumb, okay? Well unless you add a pretty faux plant to top it off!

Tutorial: DIY Hexagon Plant Shelves Prefer to buy? Check out these shelves from Etsy! 

10. Chalkboard

chalkboard with metal storage baskets

Perfect for kids, or teachers, or anyone who needs a menu or place to organize their life! The best part about chalkboards is that they are so versatile. Use it practically, or for fun, or just as decor! No matter what you initially choose, it’s as simple as a swipe of an eraser to go a different direction.

If you don’t want to do too much woodworking, you can always grab some chalkboard paint and turn almost anything into a chalkboard! Prefer to buy? Check out our inspiration chalkboard from Target.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our gift guide for DIYers!

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