10 DIY Gift Ideas Your Giftees Will Love

10 DIY Gift Ideas from The Holiday Collective

Good morning, dear readers, and happy Saturday! Marlene from Idle Hands Awake here, and I am READY for gift-giving! And receiving. Let’s not forget the receiving!

Nothing is quite as special as a handmade gift, so today I’ve gathered up 10 DIY gift ideas that will knock the socks stockings off your loved ones. Grab your craft stash and let’s get to it!

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Audrey of This Little Street recently launched a line of fabrics she designed, and among the many cute projects she’s made with the patterns are these beautiful reversible fabric storage bins. Perfect for your friend who doesn’t know where to put all her craft supplies!

This Little Street Fabric Storage Bin

Get those Instagrams out into the real world! PJ from A Girl Named PJ has a really simple and memorable gift idea—design a personalized memory game with your favorite photos from the year. (I know, that pun was awful. #sorrynotsorry)

Memory Game Gift Idea by A Girl Named PJ

Who doesn’t love a good techie gift? No one, that’s who. Fran at Fall For DIY turns a plain phone case into a leather statement piece. On-trend and so easy.

DIY Leather Phone Case by Fall For DIY

For a really fast gift idea, grab a plain tray and some pretty paper, put ’em together and voila! Melissa from Lulu the Baker will walk you through it.

Paper Lined Tray by Lulu the Baker

I just love this simple iron-on throw pillow by MJ of Pars Caeli. Except I don’t think mine would be nearly as polite, it would probably say something like “You need a haircut.”

Iron-on Pillow by Pars Caeli

This next idea is SO chic: Tan from Squirrelly Minds turns a plain nightlight into a gorgeous showstopper using an agate slice and a dusting of gold leaf. You don’t need kids to use a night light, right?

Agate Slice Night Light by Squirrelly Minds

Can I just say this clothespin family portrait by Amy from This Heart of Mine is the cutest friggin’ thing I’ve ever seen? How adorable would this be for a family that just added another little one to their home?

Clothespin Family Portrait by This Heart of Mine

Don’t you just love this paint-splattered incense holder by Stephanie of Make and Tell? You’ll never guess how easy it is to make yourself!

Make and Tell DIY Incense Holder

You can never go wrong with a good Ikea hack! Chelsea from Lovely Indeed made these cheap cutting boards look like a million bucks.

Colorblock Cutting Boards by Lovely Indeed

And finally, art is always a good gifting idea. Bre of Brepurposed shows us how to make an easy yet bold stencil letter art piece using just two supplies.

Stencil Letter Art by Brepurposed

So—who’s on your gift list? Will you be making or buying? We’d love to hear what’s got you inspired this holiday season!




Idle Hands Awake

Paper-pusher by day and paper-and-everything-else-crafter by night, Marlene believes creativity is what life was made for. Her blog Idle Hands Awake (formerly Jade and Fern) is a DIY blog for creatives in the making—because creativity is a skill that you can practice like any other. When not harassing the poor folks at her local craft store, you can find Marlene curled up with her three cats, a chai tea, and a library book. She also sometimes still has time for her husband, if he’s holding up props during photoshoots.

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  • Reply Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling November 28, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    So many great ideas, love them all!

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