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Homemade Present Ideas for Men and Women: DIY Craft Gift Tutorials

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Creative Gift How-Tos From Around The Web

If you bake, love crafts or are in any way practical, homemade gifts are a great option for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's day and other festivities—not only because people will appreciate the extra effort you've made, but because it's fun to make the gifts and it can usually save you money too.

On this page I've compiled lists of the best and most unusual how-tos and ideas for making your own gifts, from edible items to wall art, coasters and much more. The tutorials cover a range of prices and recipients, from fathers to friends and co-workers.

I hope you find the ideas helpful!

Christmas Chutney

Why Make Your Own Presents?

Apart from the practicality of actually saving yourself some money (usually), the best thing about giving and receiving home made gifts is the thoughtfulness behind the idea and the obvious time and effort spent on it, plus the fact that it is unique and personal.

A lot of people seem to think of DIY gifts as cheap, naff, or things that only kids make, like macaroni necklaces, but please take a look at the amazing things on this page and you will completely change your mind! You won't believe what you can make with basic materials.

If you are crafty or you can sew, then the world is pretty much your oyster with regards to what you could make, and bakers or cooks have a huge array of treats and goodies to choose from too. If you're neither craft-minded nor a fan of cooking, then don't despair; most ideas on this page come complete with step-by-step tutorials which guide even total beginners to victory! If you don't have time for making something from scratch, then embellishing or personalizing store-bought products is a great idea too, whether it's with personal photos in a photo album, a journal with added decoration by you, or even fun gift wrapping. OR perhaps you could buy multiple gifts with the same theme (e.g. golf, movie night, chocolate, puzzles, spa day) and make up a surprise gift box!

Kits to Assemble Yourself—Fill a Box or Basket Full of Themed Goodies!

Birthday Plant Basket

DIY Gifts & Lists of Awesome Ideas

Sharpie Embellished Mug

Turn a plain mug into a thoughtful gift with porcelain pens.

Turn a plain mug into a thoughtful gift with porcelain pens.

Top-Rated Gift Ideas

These affordable and fun present ideas could be for friends, colleagues or family - I particularly recommend the 'One Line a Day' memory book which I own and is perfect for busy people who would like to keep a regular diary.

Fun Handmade Projects To Try

Buying a cheap plain tote bag and personalizing it with fabric paint is a great idea for a gift!

Buying a cheap plain tote bag and personalizing it with fabric paint is a great idea for a gift!

More Kits, Sets and Creative Present Ideas

Sock Softies and Cuddly Toys

A softie or toy you make is a thoughtful and memorable gift for someone special, and it will be treasured.

A softie or toy you make is a thoughtful and memorable gift for someone special, and it will be treasured.

Sweet Valentine's Day Gifts

Make Your Own Recipe-Book Holder

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A recipe-book holder is a great gift for any keen cook or baker, and this project is easily achievable even for woodworking newbies, although you will need a couple of basic tools.

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What you will need:

  • Wood in the dimensions shown in the diagram—natural wood, plywood, MDF—doesn't really matter. If you want a nice-looking wood grain, use a natural wood like pine. But MDF is a cheap board and is simple to use, and you can always paint it at the end to make it look nicer!
  • Wood saw, hand or electric (scroll/band).
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Two clamps
  • Two 23" lengths of elastic tape (optional)
  • Paint, stain, or whatever you want to finish the wood with
  • A recipe book, to test the product with
  • Nails (optional)

Instructions:

I. Cut the wood pieces out as per the diagram:

  • Piece 1: a rectangle 16" x 11" (at least 1/4" thick)
  • Pieces 2 and 3: two identical triangles, with one right angle between edges 9" and 5" long. These supporting struts can be as thick as you want, but at least 1/2" thick.
  • Piece 4: one rectangle 1.5" x 10" (about 3/8" thick)
  • Piece 5: one rectangle 1" x 10" (about 1/4" thick).

II. Glue Piece 4 to Piece 1, as per the diagram. The edge of Piece 4 should be glued to Piece 1 so that it is centered and is about 1" from the bottom of Piece 1.

III. Clamp the pieces together to keep them in place until the glue dries. You could use nails instead (or as well as) if you wish by hammering nails from the back of Piece 1 into Piece 4.

IV. Attach Piece 5 with glue and clamps to the front of Piece 4 so that the bottom edges line up with each other. This forms the "lip" on the recipe-book platform which will keep the recipe book held in place.

V. You will then need to glue on the triangular Pieces 2 and 3, as in the diagram, so each one sits 3" from each side of Piece 1 and lines up with the bottom of Piece 1. This will create a slanted book holder.

VI. If you have trouble clamping the triangular pieces because they are on a slant, a trick is to basically make two mini versions of the triangle shapes of Pieces 2 and 3, so that they are smaller but the angles are the same. Turn each of these mini triangles upside down and position them on the edges of Pieces 2 and 3 respectively in order to make a parallel surface for the clamps to push against

VII. Put a recipe book in position to test that the holder works.

VIII. Use the sandpaper to smooth any rough surfaces or edges. Remove the wood dust with a slightly damp cloth to leave it nice and clean.

IX. To finish it off (making sure the holder is completely dry), you can paint it (spray or brush), stencil it with a pattern, cover with a photo collage, decoupage it with fabric, stain it (if you used natural wood), or whatever you like: it's up to you!

X. If you want to add elastic straps to the holder (to hold the pages open when necessary), then you can do this as the last step. With a recipe book in place on the holder, wrap the elastic tape piece around both the holder and the book so that the ends meet at the back (see diagram). Sew the elastic together in a join when you have judged how long you want the elastic strap to be, making sure that the elastic will be stretched enough around the book to exert pressure onto the pages.

Do this for each piece of elastic so you have two identical elastic loops. You can glue the elastic to the back of Piece 1, making sure the elastic seam is positioned at the back.

Finished!

Homemade Terrarium

Here are some tutorials on making your own terrariums: look here or here.

Edible Presents and Ideas for Keen Cooks and Bakers

Homemade Bath Products

A top idea: You could make your own bath salts and soap and put them together with loofah and sponge to create a lovely gift set.

Decorative Gifts for the Home

Woodburned Snowflake Ornament

Tree slices + wood burning tool + ribbon = pretty ornaments which would be perfect for Christmas presents.

Tree slices + wood burning tool + ribbon = pretty ornaments which would be perfect for Christmas presents.

Presents To Make By Hand

Clay Critters

Making your own little clay monsters and animals is a cute idea for a unique gift.

Here is more information on how to use and shape polymer clay.

Fun Things to Make for Kids

Betty Crocker Caramel Sauce

Homemade jams and sauces make a lovely gift. Here's the recipe for the caramel sauce shown in the photo. And here are recipes for occasions including Valentine's Day.

Homemade Gift Videos

Cool Present Ideas for Men

Domino Set

Pebbles and paint...that's all you need!

Pebbles and paint...that's all you need!

Further Things to Make for Guys

Fabric Flower Bouquet

Flowers that will last forever!

Flowers that will last forever!

Handmade Birdies

These are actually cake toppers, but they would be just as cute as decorations for a table, windowsill or mantelpiece. You just need to shape the bodies out of clay, paper mache, foam or other material, and then decorate them.

These are actually cake toppers, but they would be just as cute as decorations for a table, windowsill or mantelpiece. You just need to shape the bodies out of clay, paper mache, foam or other material, and then decorate them.

Gifts for Her and Mother's Day Ideas

Kindle Case

This is a brilliant and simple idea for a Kindle owner, recycling an old book cover into something functional. Cases for electronics are an ideal homemade gift - whether it's for a phone, Kindle, laptop or camera.

This is a brilliant and simple idea for a Kindle owner, recycling an old book cover into something functional. Cases for electronics are an ideal homemade gift - whether it's for a phone, Kindle, laptop or camera.

Ideas for Him and Father's Day Inspiration

iPad Stand

Easy gift for a gadget fan, made by simply making a slot in a block of wood.

Easy gift for a gadget fan, made by simply making a slot in a block of wood.

Practical and Useful Items to Make

Homemade Chocolate Truffles

These dark chocolate truffles have been rolled in chopped toasted walnuts, cocoa, chocolate shavings or shredded coconut.

These dark chocolate truffles have been rolled in chopped toasted walnuts, cocoa, chocolate shavings or shredded coconut.

Homemade Bath and Body Products

Plush Alphabet Set

A complete set of sewn softie letters with a handmade drawstring bag. This would make a wonderful baby shower gift!

A complete set of sewn softie letters with a handmade drawstring bag. This would make a wonderful baby shower gift!

Festive Treats, Gifts for Couples and Fun Games

Painted Pebble Fridge Magnets

Please Leave a Comment!

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Sienna Aspen on November 19, 2015:

Great ideas!

dicto on January 12, 2015:

Thank you love your ideas

Amanda R on July 18, 2014:

Wow!!! What an amazing lens. I love all these ideas and can't wait to try some! Thank you!

mjalex on June 15, 2014:

Love this cannot wait to try them. I have been looking for something like this forever. Thanks!

teelover on February 18, 2014:

There are few ideas we will definitely use!

Rock Artist on February 16, 2014:

Nice informative and useful lens, thank you for sharing it with us! My passion is rock painting and I love to give them as gifts.

Mascheta on February 08, 2014:

Got to save this sight Excellent info!

John Huf on January 21, 2014:

i love getting handmade gifts. It's so much nicer to get something handmade than just simply bought,

johnsonbrown on January 11, 2014:

Great Lens! Thanks :)

Angela F from Seattle, WA on December 22, 2013:

I love being crafty and there's about 10 things here I can't wait to try. Thanks for all the new ideas!

ikeephouse on December 21, 2013:

I totally need to make a stone domino set. So Cute!!!

KobayashiFiction on December 19, 2013:

The handmade birdies are ADORABLE!!! I want to make them RIGHT NOW!

OliviaQ on December 13, 2013:

I love this gift idea, that very funny look and nice

Baddew Fibes on December 02, 2013:

Absolutely amazing collection of ideas - thanks!

leila22 on December 01, 2013:

i love it... i can use some for my friends presents .... it's pretty nice

tonyleather on November 28, 2013:

I was really taken with some of these ideas. Thanks!

marygriff on November 20, 2013:

well written and organized. thanks for sharing

chrisilouwho on November 18, 2013:

these are some really great ideas, thank you!

Jackowacko LM on November 18, 2013:

I simply love the idea with domino stones!. Great idea.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on November 11, 2013:

Beautiful informative lens! thanks for sharing it.

tahirmahmood on November 09, 2013:

LOVE the lens!

Roscoe333 on November 04, 2013:

Love in your lense. B E A utifull

anonymous on October 31, 2013:

LOVE the lens!

pitlock on October 30, 2013:

great informative lens. I love getting new ideas to homemade gifts. I think it's the best way to give.

mel-kav on October 17, 2013:

I love - love - love this lens. Brilliant. I am bookmarking. Thanks for all the great ideas.

richardrose on October 11, 2013:

Fantastic information here. Great to actually make a gift for someone as it really gives the personal touch.

WendyArts on September 30, 2013:

Great, great lens. Thanks for putting together a wonderful resource. I will be back for ideas before the holidays this year. Years ago, I used to make almost all the gifts I gave...that's before family, when I was single.

hgb282 on September 30, 2013:

Lots of variety in gift ideas. I had to google "Christmas chutney". Fun video, nice festive background music.

Tami-Lynn from North Vancouver on September 26, 2013:

cool lense, love the birdies and the truffles!

tiff9321 on September 25, 2013:

Great ideas!!

mariacarbonara on September 19, 2013:

@Sojournstar Media: Agreed. I especially love the Ipad stand, its so simple but effective!

Angela Hobbs from The TARDIS on September 16, 2013:

great lens, added it to bookmarks

Kareen Liez from Philippines on September 14, 2013:

Great lens! So many lovely ideas for a gift. :)

anonymous on September 03, 2013:

wonderful ideas. men are especially difficult to make gifts that they will USE.

anonymous on September 02, 2013:

@Jerrad28: Wow, so many great ideas! What a treasure trove

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Marcel White on August 29, 2013:

You are a talented person and one of your talents is to make things look easy to do. I'm considering trying some of your suggestions. Thanks!

jura on August 26, 2013:

This lens have a great ideas for gifts ,TX .

ireneporter on August 15, 2013:

I'm not as crafty as you are so mine probably won't look as good, but I might as well give it a shot.

mathew31 on August 13, 2013:

Excellent ideas, with a wide variety of different possibilities!

tonyaalves3 on August 12, 2013:

This year I will be making some homemade present due to lack of funds. Thanks for sharing your helpful lens idea

rattie lm on August 11, 2013:

Terrific - now all I need is time...