27 Amazingly Cute DIY Birthday Gifts For Friends

Forget the same old store-bought presents. Show you care by making cute DIY birthday gifts for friends that are insanely inexpensive and unique.

There always seems to be a gift-giving occasion right around the corner…especially birthdays. We all want to recognize and celebrate our friends and family, but it can be tough to keep up with everyone’s special day.

Financially, we each have limits, and sooner or later, everyone runs out of ideas for gift-buying and resorts to gift certificates. It’s hard to muster excitement over unwrapping a $20 card for Amazon.com!

Don’t settle for store-bought presents when you can make cute DIY birthday gifts for friends and family that are ridiculously affordable and are “one-of-a-kind” from your heart. Making your gifts yourself shows how special the receiver is because you’ve invested your time and energy into creating something just for them.

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Truly, something homemade is always the best. And there’s always something you can make whether you are a talented artist, baker, crafter, or none of the above.

No need to return to the macaroni frames of your youth either – we have 27 great options at a range of skill levels.

Make something unique for someone unique. They’ll appreciate the gesture and know how much you care.

1. “Lifesaver” in a Jar

lifesaver mason jar colorful gift candy

Image from Here Comes the Sun

This is an easy starter. You need a mason jar, a bag of lifesavers, and either construction paper and some markers, or a computer and printer.

Fill your mason jar with lifesavers.Then take the construction paper and markers and let your friend know just how much they mean to you.

They are your “lifesaver!” Write a little note to affix to the outside of the jar. Check out Here Comes the Sun for more fun ideas like this!

 

2. Coffee Bean Soap

white circle coffee bean soap

Image via Living Well Spending Less

Another great tutorial from Living Well Spending Less – Coffee Bean Soap. This is perfect for for your coffee-loving friend, or even when you need a little extra shot of caffeine for your day! Unlike traditional homemade soap, this doesn’t require you to work with lye, which is a dangerous chemical.

All you need is a 1 pound package of melt-and-pour soap base, ground coffee beans, and a fragrance oil of your choice to add just a little extra scent. (Sometimes, soap base can wash out the smell of whatever else you are adding, so this is why you may want the extra oil.) But go check it out here.

 

3. Homemade Bath Products

homemade bath salts vanilla rosemary-mint tangerine eucalyptus almond peppermint grapefruit pastel

Image via Martha Stewart

Do you have a friend with any sort of allergies? When you have a friend with specific requirements for what she (or he) can have in her bath products, consider making some for your friend!

All it takes are some Epsom salts, sea salts, baking soda, and possibly a little essential oil. Learn how with the video at Martha Stewart.

 

4. A Potted Plant With a Special Note

green strawberry plant red pot handmade tag

Image via Stuffed Suitcase

Next time you want to gift some fruits to your friend, don’t just use Sherri’s Berries, or 1-800-Pro-Flowers (although, they’re great too, in a pinch). Try gifting them with something they can nurture and appreciate completely for themselves!

This is another really easy DIY that shows a little bit of thoughtfulness for not too much trouble. Just pick up a strawberry plant (or other type of berry if you desire), and get the free printable!

 

5. Funky Coasters

rustic living room coffee cup coasters natural look bed

Image via Funky Junk Interiors

These may look a little complicated at first glance, but they only require a little bit of time. You just need some strips of wood (or old rulers), a saw, a screw gun, some old washers, and of course, a few screws.

You may also require a saw if you don’t have the proper sized bits of wood lying around your house. Check out the full tutorial on how to make the funkiest coasters around.

 

6. Sweet Sayings

candy clever sayings starburst live savers extra sour patch hot tamales butterfinger milky way m&ms good & plenty

Image via The Dating Divas

Say something more with these fun printables and your friend’s favorite candy! Let them know just how much you “Love her to pieces!” with a pack of Reese’s Pieces. Check out The Dating Divas for more ideas and the printable tags.

 

7. Fishtail Loom Bracelet

colorful rainbow fishtail loom bracelet

Image from I Should Be Mopping the Floor

If you are feeling particularly ambitious, or if your friend especially loves bright colors, this fishtail loom bracelet is a great way to go! All you need are a bunch of colored rubber hair ties, a crocheting hook, a single loom, one little “c” clip and a few minutes with the tutorial, and you’ll have a wonderful new friendship bracelet!

 

8. Paperclip Earrings

pink paperclip earrings thread natural wood table

Image via Sunny Vanilla

These are great for your independently-fashioned friend. All you need are some earring clips, paper clips, a quick-drying clear glue, and embroidery floss to knock these out! See how to make them happen here.

 

9. The Chocolate Filled Tumbler

gold chocolate candy gift plastic tumbler red straw pink ribbon

Image via The Girl Who Ate Everything

This is like two presents in one! It’s pretty straightforward, just like the Lifesaver Jar.

Just fill up a tumbler with their favorite chocolates and add that sweet note, and then voila! Visit The Girl Who Ate Everything to get the exact printable.

 

10. Buckets of Fun

gold Dove caramel chocolate candy pink bucket

Image via Craftiness Is Not Optional

Similar to our Tumbler of Chocolate, just fill up on your friend’s favorite candy and check out a wide variety of printables here.

 

11. Otter Pop Gift

rainbow otter pop homemade decorated green can

Image via Somewhat Simple

Slightly less birthday-centered, but still a great way to let someone know you care. This just requires an old can, a bunch of Otter Pops, probably some glue, and this fun printable. Check out Somewhat Simple, for the full how-to.

 

12. Diet Coke Kit

diet coke gift red and white polka dot ribbon

Image via Pink Peppermint Design

For your carbonated, caffeine-addicted friend, let us present this great present of the Diet Coke Kit! You just need a little gable box (or an old 6-pack carrier box), the associated printables, and of course, plenty of Diet Coke. This site has everything you need for this cute idea.

 

13. Funfetti Birthday Cake Balls

rainbow funfetti white frosting cake balls

Image via Salt and Pepper Moms

This project is a little bit more involved, but the end result is definitely worth it. These tasty creations require cake mix, funfetti frosting, vanilla candy coating, and all the ingredients required to actually make the cake mix (as per its original directions). Salt and Pepper Moms has the full tutorial for making these birthday cake pops!

 

14. Birthday Manicure Kit

manicure kit nail fail emery board nail clippers striped paper

Image via Blooming Homestead

For the lady (or fella!) who needs some extra pampering on their special day, try throwing together this low-cost gem. The full instructions for making the little box, or just the printable are available from here. Suggested items: travel size manicure set, mini nail polish, and other miscellaneous nail treatment items.

 

15. Printed Candles

candles printed handmade gift white

Image via The 36th Avenue

This is perfect for the literary-loving, candle aficionado in your life. All you need is some ink, a few candles of your choosing, a stamp, and you are set to go! This comes from The 36th Avenue.

 

16. Picture Perfect Pearls

jackie kennedy framed quote pearls

Image via My DIY Envy

A unique way to present a classic gift to any woman. This DIY gift idea doesn’t really require much instruction. Make the quote however you want, frame it, and present it with the pearls.

 

17. Customizable Photo Holder

customized photo frame holder love wood

Image via Shanty-2-Chic

For your friend who still prints out her (or his!) photos, this little block of beauty would be perfect. This is a pretty cheap option, especially because you likely already have a lot of the needed materials out in your garage.

You’ll need a wooden block, a drill, ornament hooks, pliers, and hot glue. To make yours just like this, visit here for the full tutorial.

 

18. Jar of Nothing

mason jar nothing gag gift

Image via Daisy Chain Online

For your comedy-loving friend, consider the jar of nothing. I have actually done this before. I worked as a server and a man (jokingly) asked for a “diet water”, and wouldn’t give me a real drink order.

So I brought him back an empty cup and then walked away to take care of my other tables. It was a well-received joke, and he and his friend even tipped well.

So when your friend says not to get him (or her) anything, give them exactly what they asked for! Check out Daisy Chain Online to see an example.

 

19. Tea Cup Succulent

yellow pink flowers tea cup succulent plant

Image via Your Homebased Mom

The Tea Cup Succulent comes from Your Homebased Mom. This one is simple and ideal for the tea-drinking, plant-lover in your life.

Just pick up a succulent at any grocery store, find an old tea cup, some potting soil, a few pebbles for the bottom of the cup (to provide drainage), and you have a cute and unique gift.

 

20. Hanging Bud Vase Holder

circles hanging bud vase pink flowers

Image via Andrea’s Notebook

The hanging bud vase holder is a new way to present the classic and timeless gift of flowers to your friend. You will need three metal hoops (pictured 12”, 11”, & 10”), four 1” wooden beads, leather lace, three 4” plastic storage tubes, double sided tape, and scissors. Check out the full details on completing this fun project.

 

21. On The Go Reading Pillow

reading pillow pocket polka dots books red flashlight

Image via Polka Dot Chair

This is quite possibly the greatest idea I have ever seen in the history of DIY projects! I may be biased because reading is, and has always been, one of my favorite activities.

This is definitely a more advanced project, but giving people book-related items is the ultimate way to show your love for that individual. The full how-to is available here.

 

22. Candy Quarter Roll

candy quarter roll striped ribbon

Image via Buzzfeed

This is good for anyone who relies on coin-operated laundry machines. These would also be handy if you live somewhere that deals with a ton of toll roads.

Just take a roll of quarters and wrap it up just like a piece of candy. This quick-and-easy gift is courtesy of Buzzfeed.

 

23. Personalized Cutting Boards

personalized Etched wood Cutting Boards joy

Image via Design Mom

This is another project for the more advanced (or ambitious!) DIYer. You’ll need a cutting board, an etching tool, and inspiration for whatever word, design, or symbol you’d like to do.

Check out Design Mom for the complete guide to making a personalized cutting board for the aspiring chef in your life.

 

24. Vintage Ribbon Camera Strap

red and white gingham vintage camera strap

Image via The House That Lars Built

Your photo taking friend will love this. It’s a little bit more difficult to make, but will keep her looking cute the whole time she’s out on a shoot. Visit here for full instructions.

 

25. Dinosaur iPhone Tripod Stand

dinosaur i phone tripod stand

Image via Eat Sleep Make

This is a fun gift for the dinosaur-lover in your life. All you need for this is a dollar store dino, a suction cup, caulking and a paint brush. Eat Sleep Make has provided the inspiration for this fun little stand.

 

26. “Latte” Fun

latte fun printable birthday card

Image via Our Thrifty Ideas

This is great for your coffee-obsessed friend (if the coffee soap didn’t work out too well). This is a fun, free little printable via Our Thrifty Ideas.

This gift is super quick and easy, perfect for when you’re in a fix as to what to get. Or you totally forgot and have fifteen minutes before you have to get to that party. Just print out the free printable, grab some tape, and slap on a gift card.

 

27. Orange You Glad It’s Your Birthday

orange you glad it's your birthday printable card

Image via Artsy Fartsy Mama

This comes with a free printable but is another quick, easy idea…especially for a last minute gift. This is just a fun way to combine lots of different orange-themed items: a tumbler and fill it with Reese’s, nail polish, gum, etc. The possibilities are endless. This one comes from Artsy Fartsy Mama.

 

So next time you need gift ideas, turn to your creativity rather than running to the store. Most of these take less time than a trip to the mall, and cost less as well – which lets you give more birthday gifts! Remember, with gifts, it’s always the thought that really matters.

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