Get crafty with gifts you can DIY

Kits and ideas to make special handmade gifts for everyone on your list
By Natalie Koch  Published on 11/30/2018 at 4:18 PM EDT

Handmade gifts can be some of the most personal, special things to give and receive during the holidays. If you’re feeling crafty but aren’t sure where to start, or even what to do, you might want to consider a DIY kit. When I was a kid, I loved pulling out my craft kits to make my friends sand art or friendship bracelets, which I was sure they would treasure forever. As an adult, I’ve taken up soap making which, in addition to being a fun gift, has very easy cleanup. Making things for people is as rewarding as the act of giving itself.

Whether you’re new to DIY or a seasoned glue gun vet, these crafty gift ideas are sure to please your friends and family. Let us know in the comments what kinds of gifts you like to craft!

DIY Luxe Bath Bomb Making Kit

This kit has all the ingredients you need for 15-25 luxury bath bombs. Stocking stuffers for your whole list! They look and smell so great that people will wonder if they were store-bought.

Purchase on Etsy from Urban Kangaroo for $39.95.

Kid's charm bracelet kit

Get your kids involved in DIY present making. They can craft a sweet charm bracelet  that includes all their friends’ favorite things: emojis, snacks, animals and a lot more in this easy to use kit. 

Purchase from Barnes & Noble for $16.99.

Chunky Striped Hat Knitting Kit

For slightly more advanced DIYers, this knitted hat kit comes with a printed and downloadable PDF pattern, plus two skeins of yarn in your choice of colors. A hand-knitted hat from a loved one just feels warmer, ya know?

Purchase on Craftsy for $21.

Beginner Macrame DIY Kit

Macrame wall hangings are coming back in a big way. Learn how to make your own with this simple beginner kit. It’s sure to impress your boho style loving friend.

Purchase on Etsy from MelodyFuloneFiberArt for $28.



Less of a do-it-yourself and more of a watch-someone-else-do it, these bears are a sweet, personalized option for kids and loved ones. Even if you don’t have a Build-A-Bear near you, the website allows you to build your own stuffed creation with all the same customization.

Purchase from Build-A-Bear—prices vary.

Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise 3-D wood model kit

Set phasers to stun with this wood model kit of the U.S.S. Enterprise! Once you’ve built it you can paint it yourself or let the recipient do it on their own. Perfect for the Trekkie in your life—just try not to keep it once you’re done.

Purchase on Fun.com for $12.99.

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