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The 10 Best Gifts You Can DIY or Buy

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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.

4. dessert in a jar

dessert in  jar

Mmm dessert. This is the perfect gift for the sweet lover in your life! Everything is pre-measured so it’s easy for them to bake a fresh, homemade dessert. Plus, the packaging makes it so cute!

You can create these jars with almost any recipe, but if you aren’t sure which to make, check out Food Nouveau’s Brownies.Prefer to buy? Check out these cute jars from Etsy!

5. Candles

candle in a mason jar

They’re perfect to leave out and make a space smell great. Who wouldn’t want one as a gift?!

A Pumpkin and a Princess’ Candle Making Tutorial Prefer to buy? Check out my all-time favorite candle!

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. 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. photo transferred to wood

photo transferred to wood slab

You can transfer a printable or a personal photo to make a beautiful, custom piece of decor in little to no time.

Click here for a super simple tutorial from The Turquoise Home. Prefer to buy? Personalization Mall will transfer the photo to wood for you!

9. potted plant

potted plants in painted terracotta pots

A plant can make a home feel more welcoming and homey. Placing the plant in a cute pot can make this simple gift feel extra thoughtful! Just don’t try to gift this to someone who clearly doesn’t have (or want) a green thumb, okay?

Click here for our painted terracotta pot tutorial. Or if you want to try a watercolor technique, check out the tutorial from Woman’s Day. Prefer to buy? Check out these painted pots from Etsy! Or try these if you want a more modern design.

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.

Click here for our chalkboard tutorial! 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 guides for DIYers and crafters.

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