50 Unforgettable DIY Gift Ideas for Friends
Buying a gift for a person you care about can be a daunting task. How much should you spend? What if they don’t even like the gift you picked out? Will they even use this gift? Luckily, if you are proficient in some DIY skills and have a few tools and a bit of imagination, you can build a gift that your friend is guaranteed to love and cherish.
The following 50 ideas will teach you how to make DIY gifts for your friends that are unique, useful, and interesting. Anyone would feel special being gifted an item that you truly put some thought, time, and effort into. And with gifts like these, you can be certain that whoever receives it will cherish the thought behind it and the time you spent making something that they’re sure to use many times in the future; giving thought to the one who made the gift each time.
1. Scented Mason Jar Candles
People love candles, and these DIY candles will help any home smell amazing. Plus, you can experiment with including different items in your candles to create unique appearances and aromas. They’re easy to make, but they’re not a gift your friends will soon forget.
2. Magnetic Wrist Band
Perfect for the hobbyist, handyman, or DIYer in your life, this magnetic wristband is a great way to help them get their work done a little faster. It can hold drill bits, screws, nails, and more. It’s a gift that they’ll keep using for a long time, and they’ll think of you every time they put it on.
3. Vertical Chessboard
No one could forget such a unique and imaginative gift as a vertical chessboard. It’s not an easy gift to make, but it’s one that will see a lot of use. Everyone who sees this on a wall is going to inquire, which will likely lead to a good game of chess. Not only is it a fun and challenging game, but it’s also an interesting piece of wall art that makes a great conversation starter.
4. Woodsy Beard Oil
This gift isn’t great for everyone, but it’s perfect for anyone with a beard that you want to take care of. Of course, it almost makes a great gag gift for your friend who really wants to grow a beard but can’t quite make it happen!
5. Leather Wrapped Grill Utensils
If your friend is a griller, then these leather-wrapped grill utensils are a great way to make a thoughtful gift for them that they’ll actually use; and probably use often. They’re easy to make and can be customized to look any way you can visualize in your mind.
6. Industrial Watch Holder
If you’ve got a friend who collects watches, then a watch holder is always a welcome gift. This one is in the industrial or steampunk style, but there are many ways to make a watch holder that your friend is sure to love. You can try to make one out of copper pipe or wood instead.
7. Framed Scrabble Art
The great thing about making scrabble art is that you can spell out any words you want, allowing you to create a special message for someone who matters to you. And the message will be clear as day, in a beautiful picture frame that will make a great addition to any wall.
8. Wooden Beer Caddy
For your beer-loving buddy, this beer caddy will help them transport their beer in safety; meaning without breaking any bottles. And you can even attach a bottle opener on the side so they never find themselves with no way to open their beer!
9. Shell Casing Triangle Peg Game
For the second amendment supporter in your life, this triangle peg game made of spent shell casings is a fun gift they’re sure to love. It’s a callback to a different time and the use of shell casings makes it a unique version of an old and beloved game.
10. Firewood Caddy
If you’ve got friends or loved ones who often have the fire lit, this firewood carrier will offer them an easier way to bring each load inside. No more bark and splinters covering the front of their shirts. With this carrier, it takes just one hand to comfortably carry a whole pile of logs.
11. Personalized Printed Candles
With these personalized printed candles, you can commemorate a moment in time, and turn it into burnable, scented art. It’s great for baby showers, birthdays, mother’s day, valentine’s day, and more.
12. Mega Jenga
Here’s a gift that will definitely see some use! If you’ve never played mega Jenga before, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. But it’s guaranteed that if these are pulled out during a party or get together, things are about to get a lot louder!
13. Homemade Shave Butter
This homemade shave butter takes shaving to a new level, adding a dose of luxury that most people never realized they were in need of. And it’s a perfect gift for people of any gender, as it can be used on faces, heads, legs, chests, and anywhere else you’re growing hair.
14. Bottlecap Fishing Lures
Fishing lures seem to cost far more than they should, and unfortunately, you always need more fishing lures! They’re just so easy to lose when they get hooked on a piece of underwater foliage. But lures don’t have to be extravagant or expensive, they just have to be flashy, which is why these bottlecap fishing lures make the perfect gift for any of your friends who love to fish.
15. Industrial / Steampunk Bookends
Steampunk is in style these days, and these steampunk/industrial bookends are a great gift for any of your friends that still have a collection of physical books. They’re thoughtful and attractive, but they’re pretty easy to build if you have some basic DIY skills and know-how.
16. Citronella Torches
For all your friends who love to drink on the back porch, these citronella torches can be made from their favorite booze bottles and will help to keep the bugs at bay on those evenings while they’re out there enjoying the fresh breeze and a nice drink.
17. Geode Night Light
This night light is attractive and simple to make; perfect for the hallway or your favorite niece or nephew’s bedroom. It’s a great choice for the person who isn’t too DIY handy yet, as it takes almost no skills or effort to put together.
18. Liquor Dispenser
There are many ways for you to create a custom liquor dispenser for the party animals and drinkers that you call friends. You can craft them from pipe or wood, and since they’ll see regular use, they’ll only be forgotten about when the bottle is empty.
19. Triple Liquor Dispenser
What’s better than a liquor dispenser that holds one bottle? A liquor dispenser that holds three bottles, of course. This one is even wall-mounted, but you can get creative and build it however you see fit.
20. Mason Jar Succulents
You’ll probably make these mason jar succulents for a different type of friend than you’d build the liquor dispensers for, but they’re still good friends, nonetheless. These are cute little mason jar containers that each house a single succulent, but how you decorate the mason jars is up to you.
21. Coat Rack
Everyone uses coats, and this is a gift that will really allow you to express your creativity by building it and finishing it in whatever way you can imagine. This is just one example, but you can find many more with a simple search, or you can come up with a design that’s entirely your own.
22. Rustic Towel Rack
Another item that everyone uses is towels. This particular towel rack looks very rustic with a horseshoe holding the towels in place. But we encourage you to put together a towel rack in a design that’s more suitable for the person you’re giving it to, which will add a nice personalized touch, making the gift more unforgettable.
23. Industrial Toilet Paper Holder
This toilet paper holder is made in the industrial/steampunk style, but it’s so useful that anyone will benefit from keeping it in their bathroom. No more running out of toilet paper, as this holder keeps the spares right beside your main role.
24. Shell Casing Thumbtacks
Shell casing thumbtacks make a very original way to hang up just about anything. Great for holding posters and pictures on the wall, they’re also perfect for marking places on a map that grandpa has been to.
25. Whiskey Bottle Soap Dispenser
It’s amazing how many things you can make from an old whiskey bottle. Just don’t give a gift like this to your alcoholic friends. They might accidentally drink the soap when they’re drunk!
26. Shotgun Shell Cabinet Doorknobs
If you have friends and family members who are 2A all the way, then these shotgun shell cabinet doorknobs are a great gift idea. They can be used on any drawers or cabinets, from desks to the entire kitchen.
27. Bullet Business Card Holder
Sticking with the bullet theme, this business card holder is a great talking piece for someone to keep on their desk. Of course, it might be a bit too polarizing for some businesspeople!
28. Custom Piston Clocks
We all have to tell time, but few people are keeping time on such a unique clock as these. You can easily make these from parts you might have laying around if you’re an avid automotive enthusiast. But if not, you can make clocks out of just about anything. Look around and see what you think might make a one-of-a-kind clock for that special someone.
29. Hanging Wine Rack
This wine rack is made with industrial pipe, but it somehow looks far more elegant than you might expect. It’s a mounted wine rack, turning three wine bottles into wall art. Of course, you can change it to fit as many bottles as your wine-loving friend would like to show off.
30. Standing Wine Rack
Not everyone has wall space to mount a wine rack, but you can easily adapt and make a standing wine rack instead. Again, this can be customized to hold as many or as few bottles as suits the person you’re making it for, and you can finish it in any color and in any style.
31. Wine Bottle Stoppers
If a wine rack is too big of a gift for the wine drinker in your life, then try these wine bottle stoppers instead. They’re small and can be made in many different ways. Or, you can give them with the wine rack since they’ll obviously be needed!
32. DIY Planters
These DIY planters are cute and will be loved by some of your closest friends or loved ones. They’re easy to make but will have a big impact.
33. Industrial Rifle Lighting Sconce
You’ll need some serious ingenuity and DIY skills to put together something like this industrial rifle lighting sconce. But if you can, it’s an art installation that will be talked about for decades. It’s a very unique piece, and it even serves the purpose of lighting up a living room or game room.
34. Beer Bouquet
This beer bouquet is an adorable way to give someone a festive present that’s more than it first appears to be.
35. Custom Scrabble Coasters
The custom scrabble gifts are always a great DIY choice since they’re so easy to customize. You can make each one special for a specific friend, with messages that suit that person’s personality. These coasters are just one of many ways to incorporate scrabble letters into a DIY gift to really send a special message.
36. Rope Lamp
Looking for a gift that seems far more expensive than it was? Try making this rope lamp. It’s designed to look just like a very expensive lamp, but it won’t cost you much more than your time to make. And anyone who knows you made it will be impressed that you created something that looks so pro!
37. Curved Mounted Bookcase
If you want to build a custom curved bookcase, you’re going to need some next-level DIY skills. But some people are absolutely capable. Of course, the friend you’d build this for would have to be extremely special…
38. Soap on a Rope
This soap on a rope smells great and makes your skin feel even better. It’s an easy to make gift that anyone in your life will appreciate once they put it to use.
39. Tiny Pool Table in a Tin
Do you know someone who loves pool so much they’d love to play it all day? Now, they can pull out this mini pool table and play anywhere they happen to be. All they need is another willing participant and any room can become a pool room.
40. Hanging Mountain Art
You can easily make hanging mountain art out of scrap wood. The best part is that there are many styles of mountain wall art out there to get inspiration from. Some of them even have lights illuminating the mountains from behind, adding an extra depth to an already incredible work of art.
41. Bacon Infused Whiskey
It seems like we’re putting bacon in everything these days, but if it’s good, then why not? This bacon-infused whiskey is a special treat you can infuse yourself and give to anyone on your friends list who loves to eat, drink, and be merry all at the same time.
42. Cornhole Boards
Gifts that see a lot of use are the best types of gifts to give. These cornhole boards are perfect for the person who likes to throw outdoor get-togethers. With these eye-catching cornhole boards outside, people will always bring it up and they’ll get used all the time.
43. Personalized or Themed Pillowcases
What’s great about a gift like this is that you can make it however you prefer. You can use a themed design like a favorite movie or sports team. Alternatively, you can make it with a nice message, or a photograph of a loved one or cherished memory together.
44. Tool Chess Pieces
A perfect addition to any homemade chess set, including the awesome vertical one we mentioned earlier. These chess pieces are made out of common hardware, but they look incredible with a coat of paint.
45. Perpetual Wooden Calendar
This is undoubtedly a very difficult project to construct. But if you can build it, it will likely get used for decades. It’s one of the most interesting calendars you could possibly have and it will start many conversations for the friend who ends up with it hanging on their wall.
46. Shot Glass Holder
Everyone knows someone who loves to get the night started with a round of shots at home. This shot glass holder is the perfect gift for that friend, helping them organize their shot glasses in an easy to reach manner.
47. Handmade Shot Glasses
The perfect gift to go along with the shot glass holder, these DIY acrylic shot glasses can be made in any color or style. Plus, they’re pretty durable, which will be important after they get put to good use.
48. Stack of Lumber Dresser Drawers
Do you have a paranoid friend who always likes to keep everything hidden? Or maybe a friend who has an unfinished room in the home on purpose? If so, this dresser that looks like a stack of lumber is one of the coolest gifts you could give. It’s definitely an undertaking to build though, so you better have some serious skills.
49. 3-D Shadowbox Art
You can make shadowbox art with any theme that your friend will love. Use their favorite video game, movie, or even their favorite place. It’s a thoughtful gift that will certainly earn a cherished place on the wall.
50. The Chair of Death
This has to be the hardest project on this list. If you have the skills to make an incredible chair like this, kudos to you. You probably wouldn’t want to give it away to anyone but a loved one, but it would certainly be an unforgettable gift.
Sure, you could go and pick out a special gift to purchase for your friend. But that’s what everyone else does. If you truly want your gift to stand out and become a memorable and cherished item, then put your creativity and crafty skills to work, and create something unique by learning how to make a DIY gift for friends that they will use and love for a long time coming. We’ve given you 50 great ideas to get you started. Feel free to change and reinterpret these ideas to suit your needs and skills, not to mention your friend’s unique tastes!
- See Also: 40 DIY Gifts for the Men in Your Life
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- 1 1. Scented Mason Jar Candles
- 2 2. Magnetic Wrist Band
- 3 3. Vertical Chessboard
- 4 4. Woodsy Beard Oil
- 5 5. Leather Wrapped Grill Utensils
- 6 6. Industrial Watch Holder
- 7 7. Framed Scrabble Art
- 8 8. Wooden Beer Caddy
- 9 9. Shell Casing Triangle Peg Game
- 10 10. Firewood Caddy
- 11 11. Personalized Printed Candles
- 12 12. Mega Jenga
- 13 13. Homemade Shave Butter
- 14 14. Bottlecap Fishing Lures
- 15 15. Industrial / Steampunk Bookends
- 16 16. Citronella Torches
- 17 17. Geode Night Light
- 18 18. Liquor Dispenser
- 19 19. Triple Liquor Dispenser
- 20 20. Mason Jar Succulents
- 21 21. Coat Rack
- 22 22. Rustic Towel Rack
- 23 23. Industrial Toilet Paper Holder
- 24 24. Shell Casing Thumbtacks
- 25 25. Whiskey Bottle Soap Dispenser
- 26 26. Shotgun Shell Cabinet Doorknobs
- 27 27. Bullet Business Card Holder
- 28 28. Custom Piston Clocks
- 29 29. Hanging Wine Rack
- 30 30. Standing Wine Rack
- 31 31. Wine Bottle Stoppers
- 32 32. DIY Planters
- 33 33. Industrial Rifle Lighting Sconce
- 34 34. Beer Bouquet
- 35 35. Custom Scrabble Coasters
- 36 36. Rope Lamp
- 37 37. Curved Mounted Bookcase
- 38 38. Soap on a Rope
- 39 39. Tiny Pool Table in a Tin
- 40 40. Hanging Mountain Art
- 41 41. Bacon Infused Whiskey
- 42 42. Cornhole Boards
- 43 43. Personalized or Themed Pillowcases
- 44 44. Tool Chess Pieces
- 45 45. Perpetual Wooden Calendar
- 46 46. Shot Glass Holder
- 47 47. Handmade Shot Glasses
- 48 48. Stack of Lumber Dresser Drawers
- 49 49. 3-D Shadowbox Art
- 50 50. The Chair of Death
- 51 Conclusion