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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

Print Your Own Tote Bags

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.

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...

JaspinderKaur on August 11, 2013:

Nice lens. thanx for sharing.

socialcx1 on August 10, 2013:

Those chocolate truffles are killing me just to looking at them.

JHarbourn on August 08, 2013:

Ooo, I'm definitely into the Christmas chutney and the Kindle case! Great finds!

HughSmulders LM on August 06, 2013:

I guess that self-made presents are always of great importance, as they show how important the person who receives the gift is for the person who presents it.

winter aconite on August 04, 2013:

What a great informative lens. I've only given homemade presents occasionally (jams and chutneys) but after having read this lens I will definitely do it more often!

OILDALE1 on August 02, 2013:

Nice lens..pinned!!

mina009 on July 30, 2013:

Lots of wonderful ideas here!

ErikaV LM on July 30, 2013:

WOW, genuinely amazed with some of the ideas here! I'll definitely try to make the plush alphabet set for my nephew! Thanks! :-)

Mary Stephenson from California on June 30, 2013:

Love the stocking flowers. Many great ideas on this lens.

anonymous on June 30, 2013:

@belinhafernandes: eh..... didn't find anything but great ideas!!!! :D

anonymous on June 30, 2013:

@belinhafernandes: eh..... didn't find anything but great ideas!!!! :D

anonymous on June 17, 2013:

GREAT ideas!!!

nicolekato on June 14, 2013:

As a poor journalist, this will come in handy. Thanks for posting.

anonymous on May 08, 2013:

Great site, so many ideas, thanks for sharing them with everybody.

Klinetka on April 10, 2013:

Great ideas. I alwazs prefer homemade ifts.

belinhafernandes on April 08, 2013:

DIY Apothecary Bottle - a favorite!

belinhafernandes on April 08, 2013:

Oh, the plush alphabet set is so cute! But there must be lots and lots of other cute ideas in your links! I must be back. It's too late and I must go to bed now! Awesome lens, a lot of work in it!

thegrayrabbit on January 06, 2013:

Great lens thanks for the inspiration.

bamajean on January 03, 2013:

Happy New Year! This is a great site with lots of clever ideas. Enjoyed my trip through and I'll be back. Thanks for sharing such interesting info.

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on December 31, 2012:

Happy New Year and may 2013 be your best year yet on squidoo and in all that you do!! :D

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on December 31, 2012:

This page is astounding. I love it! You have made a real contribution for all of us here. Squid blessings to you!

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on December 28, 2012:

This page gets my vote for favorite lens of 2012. Great job and have a Happy New Year!

knitstricken on December 28, 2012:

This is an eclectic, well-rounded, *comprehensive* compendium of a lens! Hooray and thank you!

FancyThatUSA on December 24, 2012:

Ive made cookie mix in a jar for everyone this year!

oktoys on December 23, 2012:

I like homemade gifts, I offten make my own gifts and give them to my friends.

Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on December 23, 2012:

I love home made gifts, great ideas and tutorials here, well done!

rudhushudu on December 16, 2012:

Its good to see you r soo creative!

kel305 on December 14, 2012:

Great ideas!!! Very, very creative lens.

rdcbizz on December 13, 2012:

Great lens on DIY

dawnsnewbeginning on December 10, 2012:

Lots of great ideas!

TravelEase on December 10, 2012:

Very creative and innovation ideas. Some of these can be made into commercial products.

Benjamynn on December 10, 2012:

Great suggestions

seashell2 on December 10, 2012:

Wonderful ideas for homemade gifts!

PinoyBroker on December 09, 2012:

Nice to discover other homemade gifts lens.

Loraine Brummer from Hartington, Nebraska on December 07, 2012:

Now that I have wings, I'm back to give an Angel Blessing!!

HairBowHanna on December 07, 2012:

Love, love, love! Great lens.

ismeedee on December 06, 2012:

I think homemade is often the best, very personal and special. I just don't have the time and am not very skilled with making things, so find I only make things occasionally when I've planned way ahead to give myself enough time to complete and fix mistakes!! Lovely ideas here, though and I will save this page for reference!!

Stickypony LM on December 05, 2012:

I always give homemade gifts! Don't know if my girlfriend always likes that though :P

Ankushvchoudhary on December 02, 2012:

thanks for share great information!!!

johnburson on December 02, 2012:

Reminds me I have to get off my butt and start fulfilling my gift list. Thanks fo the great gift ideas. www.sandiegorealtime.com

Loraine Brummer from Hartington, Nebraska on December 01, 2012:

Great gift ideas.

DecoratingMom411 on November 27, 2012:

Great selection of gifts! Thanks for sharing those ideas!

Asher Socrates from Los Angeles, CA on November 25, 2012:

Beautiful lens and wonderful images here. I've been very inspired by my visit. Keep up the fantastic job! Thanks, Asher

jimconrad2 on November 23, 2012:

Great ways to save a few bucks.

pinoyrecipe on November 21, 2012:

cool, i really love these present ideas...

CoolKarma on November 19, 2012:

Wow, fantastic gift ideas. My favorites are the sock toys and the terrariums in a bottle.

christianstores on November 15, 2012:

never knew wall art is easy to do! thanks for this lens! great job

anonymous on November 14, 2012:

great compilation of ideas

Monette from Dubai on November 14, 2012:

That's a lot of art work

touristhaven on November 13, 2012:

very interesting, keep up with good work!

anonymous on November 12, 2012:

Thank you for putting this together!!!!

anonymous on November 11, 2012:

These are Amazing ideas!!! Thanks so much!! I went from being clueless as to what to get my friends for Christmas, to not being able to decide!! Thanks again!!

zacrew7 on November 11, 2012:

Great Lense, you should definintely check mine out and tell me what you think! https://hubpages.com/holidays/unheardofpresents

rattie lm on November 09, 2012:

Absolutely gorgeous ideas. Thanks.

dellgirl on November 08, 2012:

You have an interesting selection of Homemade Present Ideas for Men & Women and DIY Craft Gift Tutorials. I enjoyed this. Nice work.

Sara Dowling on November 07, 2012:

there are some fantastic ideas here, thanks for sharing with the not so crafty ones

crstnblue on November 06, 2012:

Very nice work. Thanks for sharing!

Blessed!

anonymous on November 02, 2012:

Going to make it a goal to make every single Christmas gift this year after seeing this post. (:

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