• Ane from Boomerang

10 Best DIY Gift Ideas, Not Just for the Holidays

Holidays are the time we most think about giving each other gifts. While that obviously makes sense, there’s no reason you can’t give your friends, family or loved ones gifts any time throughout the year. Actually, we encourage it. Think of how excited someone would be if you gifted them a present for no reason.


With that in mind, think of how much more special that gift would be if you made it yourself. If you took the time to think of an idea and then crafted that idea on your own, it’s an extra level of effort you’ll only do for someone you truly care about. The uniqueness is only one benefit of DIY gifts. There are so many cool DIY gift ideas that can bring a smile to anyone’s face.


Have you ever tried making DIY gifts for friends or family? If not, consider this your guide to making it happen. Trust us when we say the effort will be worth it. The appreciation from whoever is receiving the DIY present knowing that you took time to create it on your own, is all the thanks you’ll need.


Benefits of DIY Gifts


As great as the person receiving your gift will feel, there are some benefits that you’ll get out of crafting DIY presents.


You’ll have fun


At the end of the day, this is what it’s all about. No matter what creative homemade gift ideas you come up with, you should be having fun the entire way through. Even if the idea is elaborate and takes some time, it should never feel like work. You’re doing this from the heart because you believe someone is special enough to deserve your time. Let those emotions guide you through the process of designing whatever DIY idea you’ve come up with.


Your DIY gift should be less expensive


You’d hope that any good DIY gift idea you come up with won’t be too heavy on the debit card. It should actually be the opposite. One of the purposes behind DIY gifting is to create something personal, not buy something that costs a lot of money. The sentimental appeal should be at the forefront, which means your credit card shouldn’t be taking too much of a hit. So don’t get too caught up in how much your DIY gift costs to create. As long as you’ve taken the time to really figure out what the person you’re gifting would appreciate, the sentiment will be felt.


You get to create what you can’t buy


Have you ever searched for something you know your friend would appreciate but just couldn’t find it? Well, none of that matters when you’re DIY gifting. If your best friend wants a watering tin painted in purple and pink calligraphy with the name of all her plants on it, then that’s what you’ll be able to make her. There’s just so much pleasure in being able to cater a gift to exactly what your loved one wants.


It could be a boost to your mental health


There have been studies that suggest, “Creative hobbies are seen to have great benefits when practiced long term.” In other words, activities like crafts, painting or drawing can possibly reduce anxiety and induce feelings of calm if done regularly. Those findings aren’t surprising, and while we’re discussing DIY gift ideas, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep participating in creative activities even if you’re not giving your creations away.


10 must-try DIY gift ideas


Now that you know that there are some real benefits to DIY gifting let’s talk about the best DIY gifting ideas for any time of year. To make this a comprehensive DIY gift guide, we figured we’d separate this list into two categories. Let’s start with the cute!


Sentimental DIY gift ideas


1. Washi tape mirror


Let’s start off simple. A mirror on its own is almost like a blank canvas. And while you can’t do too much to disrupt the reflection, the border of the mirror is space for you to create. Use different colours of washi tape to layer around the mirror. It’s a simple but cool DIY gift. If you can’t find a suitable washi tape design, consider other materials that are malleable enough to coat a frame.


2. Homemade candles

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Candles are such a beautiful gift. When giving candles as a DIY gift, where you can really get creative is in the scents. You know what your friend or family likes, so try to infuse those scents into the candles. Do your research to source candle wax that is safe for home use and environmentally-friendly, like 100% pure beeswax.


3. DIY jewellery

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This is a DIY favourite. People love custom jewelry, and if you can incorporate something like your friend or family’s birth stone into the piece, now you’ve become a DIY all-star. Jewellery making does take some know-how, but Boomerang has you covered. We offer jewellery making workshops where you can learn simple skills to turn your DIY idea to life. Learn more about the basics of jewellery-making.


4. Paint a picture

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Did one of your friends or family members recently move into a new home? You know how much work it takes to get settled and make a space your own. Why not help add that personal touch while bringing colour to their home by gifting them a DIY painting. Make it really special by painting a scene that you know has been important in their life. Learn more about the benefits of painting.


5. Homemade salsa


We couldn’t have a DIY list without including at least one food item. Homemade salsa is great because it can last in the fridge and is versatile enough to be paired with a variety of dishes. If you really want to turn up the sentimentality, decorate the outside of the mason jar.


Practical DIY gift ideas


1. Wine bag


You’re really going to turn heads with this DIY specialty gift. When gifting a family or friend a bottle of wine, why not send it in a bag that you’ve sewn yourself? Not only can you make it as creative as you want, but you’ll also be helping the environment. Worried about being able to sew? That’s what we’re here for. Sign up for one of our sewing workshops and get your wine bag started!


2. Painted bowls or mugs

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You can never have too many bowls or mugs in your home. Adding designs using paint is one way to make a simple gift unique to whoever you’re giving it to. It could be as simple as painting the first letter of their name, or you can get super creative and paint a meaningful childhood memory that they’ll cherish every time they use that mug or bowl.


3. Cable knit blanket

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Nothing says home like a warm blanket. With cable knit blankets, specifically, you don’t even need to know how to sew. They are made so you can “finger knit” the material and turn it into a beautiful and useful household item. Combine your friend’s favourite colours and watch as they press their face on your creation. Learn more about the benefits of knitting.


4. DIY pillows

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A pillow is both useful and cute, and you can either sew or add embroidery to really spice it up. You might want to do a quick check-in with your friend to make sure it matches the room they plan to use it in, but don’t be afraid to really go for it. Use those sewing and embroidery skills to design a pillow your friends will talk about every time they have guests over (when we’re allowed to have guests over).


5. Customized notebook

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With all the time we’ve spent at home, creative writing has become an important part of our days. A DIY notebook is a creative homemade gift that you can share with anyone you know who enjoys expressing themselves. Be sure to include personalized notes and designs within the book, too, not just on the cover.


Boomerang can help with your homemade DIY ideas


Your creative juices are flowing, and just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you can’t put that creativity into action. Gift-giving is something you should do all year round. There’s always a reason to celebrate the people you love, and sending a simple DIY thank you gift is enough to make someone’s day.


At Boomerang, we want to help make your DIY ideas possible. We host a variety of creative workshops all year round. Our members enjoy trying new things and learning new skills that they can apply to their everyday life. When you sign up for Boomerang, you’ll be part of a growing and curious community that are always eager to take on new challenges and welcome others into the group.

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