A best friend is a person who means the world to you. Sometimes, you want to give them something special, and what is more special than a handmade gift from the heart?
One of my best friends is having her birthday in a few days and I am wanting to come up with something special and memorable for her.
As I work on her gift I am using the internet to help me come up with ideas. I thought I would share with you all of my best finds.
DIY Friend Gift Ideas
1. Friends Picture Collage
I'm digging this picture frame and think it would be such a fun way to memorialize a friendship or relationship that has blossomed through the years.
2. Chill Pills
This idea would be cute to give to a friend who works in the office with you and understands the stress level of your work environment.
It would also be good for a friend whom you know has a stressful job, even if you can't empathize with them.
3. Matchbox Camera
This is such a fun idea! Simply color a matchbox black, add the white parts and fill the inside with prompt cards for taking photographs.
To get the full tutorial, head over to Magical Day Dream.
4. Remind Them Why
This is a great thing to do for the friend that gets stressed out super easy.
I did something similar when I was in eighth grade. I bought a notebook and had my mother's friends write a letter telling her what she meant to them.
Sometimes it's the reminder that you mean something that makes the biggest impression!
5. Study Care Package
The story along with the picture: Fatima‘s sister graduated from law school and she made this kit to help her prepare for the bar.
My best friend is a teacher and we need many of the same things! This would be a great care package to liven up a best friend, or sister's, day!
6. Keep a Notebook
One of my best friends and I did this when we were in high school. I gave the book to her but remember we wrote in it back and forth all the time. We talked about boys mostly – at the time it was this cute boy from work. Now cute boy from work is my husband.
I wish I could get my hands on that book now!
7. Remember When…
‘Open when' letters are nice to have around when you know your best friend could be going through some heavy emotions. It could work especially well when you move away from them, temporarily or permanently. Just a nice reminder that somebody cares, like much of these other items.
The perfect gift to put at a place of employment or beside your friend's bed. It's short and sweet – plus it reminds them that they are stuck with you!
Have a friend that loves coffee? Check out how to make these cute animal cozies. It will be loved by everyone!
Even better is that once you master these sweet animals you can make some a little different each time.
See for yourself at Lia Griffith.
10. Coconut Oil Bath Melts
We all need to get clean and being able to do so with good smelling soap is very nice. Knowing that someone made that soap with you in mind makes it that much sweeter.
If you have a friend who likes the smell of citus, this coconut oil bath melt would be perfect for them to wind down after a long day. Thanks, Paleo Hacks!
11. Ice Cream in a Box
Here's a gift that I cannot wait to make. I have a waffle cone maker and love making my own marshmallows so many of the ingredients would be homemade!
If you have a friend whose birthday is in the summer, they might appreciate this as a chance to cool down.
Although if you are lucky enough, you might have a friend who loves ice cream all year round and can make it for them whenever!
The idea comes from Smashed Peas and Carrots.
12. Beach in a Jar
This beach in a jar idea from The Country Chic Cottage would be great for a friend with whom you recently went to the beach with.
Take a handful of the sand to add to this jar. Maybe the drink umbrella comes from a restaurant you went to. You could even add in a picture around the back if you'd like.
Customizing these ideas are a great way to make your friend feel special.
13. Homemade Doormat
The great thing about this one is how much you can play around with it. If your best friend is into Star Wars, do a quote from the movie. If they love cowboys, focus on that.
To see the full tutorial on how to make this doormat, check it out at Settling in Sawdust.
14. Camera Strap
Have a friend who is into photography? Making this shoulder strap is a great way for them to look stylish and think of you each time they put on their camera to take beautiful pictures.
It's easy to make as well. Check it out at The House that Lars Built.
15. Sweet Treats
This one is fun because you can make a lot of cookies and freeze them, using the cookies when needed. Add the baked cookies into the tin and slap on one of these cute tags before sending them on their way.
To get the tags, head over to Crazy Little Projects.
16. Letterboard Love
Giving someone a letterboard is such a fun thing to do, especially if they are looking to put it in their workplace. Heidi Swapp has some adorable lettering for the letterboards, with lots of different colors.
This could be a lot of fun, so get creative! Check out all the details from this creation over at Making the World Cuter.
17. Stove Top Potpourri
A couple of months ago some students had a brownie mishap that burnt the bottom of the oven and I needed to get rid of the smell quickly.
I went to my cabinet and grabbed what I could find to make a great smelling potpourri. Within the next forty-five minutes, we went from being stunk out to my room smelling great.
If you have a friend who could use this resource as well, check out See Vanessa Craft.
18. Spaghetti Dinner
Companies such as Hello Fresh have become popular by making dinners at home easier. You could do the same for your friend by making a basket full of a complete dinner such as this spaghetti dinner.
Wrap it in something they can use for the dinner and you are set to go!
19. Christmas Plates
These Christmas plates are so cute they could be used year round. It is easy to make and could be a lot of fun if you get more of your friends involved, making their own.
Like a DIY Painting with a Twist night! To see the full details, check out Simply Kierste Design.
20. Chalkboard Serving Tray
I loved this post so much that I saved it and plan to make it soon. I write a food blog and feel that this would go well as a prop to show off a final project.
Chalkboard anything gets my attention!
If you have a friend who feels the same way and you want to encourage them, check out the tutorial over at Shanty 2 Chic.
21. Charm Necklace
If you have a friend who likes jewelry, this is an inexpensive necklace you can make that reminds them just how much they mean to you, having one of the keys to your heart.
The full tutorial can be found over at The DIY Dreamer.
22. Sugar Scrub
This recipe is so easy that a ten-year-old can make it.
No, seriously, my daughter made it when she was ten years old. It combines many ingredients you probably already have in your house anyways, including freeze-dried strawberries.
If you don't have strawberries, I bet you could substitute for any other freeze dried fruit. It smells amazing.
Be sure to get the full details over at the Country Chic Cottage.
23. Butterbeer Lip Scrub
Keeping with the theme, this sugar scrub goes out to the Harry Potter lovers out there!
Making them a lip scrub that smells like butterbeer means they will be wanting to treat themselves to soft lips more often!
See the recipe at Happiness is Homemade.
24. Throw Pillows
If you have a Cricut machine, there are many different ways you can make gifts for your friends. One way is to make a throw for their home.
Keep with the theme of their house and you are sure to have a winner. For more tips on how to do this with your Cricut, check out Dukes & Duchesses.
25. Coffee Lovers
DIY Inspired came up with this gift and, as a coffee lover myself, I got super excited to see it.
Maybe instant coffee is not the way to go with your friend but custom tailor this to meet their needs. Do they have an espresso maker? A favorite type of coffee? See what works best for them.
26. Monogrammed Tumbler
As I said before, if you have a Cricut you are set to go. This is another great gift that you can make with the Cricut machines.
Just purchase a cup and add the monogram or whatever design you want for your cup to your machine and you are ready.
Naturally it's not quite that simple but pretty close – see the full tutorial over at This & That.
27. Repurposed Wine Glass
The art teacher where I work makes these all the time and I cannot wait to do it with her at some point. Again, I love having different props to use for my blog's photo shoots.
If you have a friend who is a wine lover, this would be excellent for them as well. See the details at eHow.
28. Surprise them
No matter if you do this in a bedroom or the main doorway, when nobody expects it, this is a perfect way to say “You are my best friend and I am thinking of you on your special day”.
29. Gift of Organization
I hope people are out there like me. You know, the types of people who have a phone charger in their house, their car, and at their work so that way they always have one with them.
If your friend is the same way, making this holder might be a great way to keep them in check. Instead of digging in their purse for a wire only to find the wrong one- it is all in one!
Now your thinking you need to make more than one, huh? The details are over at Brit + Co.
30. Pom-Pom Book Marks
Pom-Pom bookmarks are cute and a great idea for a friend who loves to read. As a matter of fact, I plan to make these for a friend who enjoys reading!
It's as if the light bulb just went off in my head, I couldn't think of what to make her before this, but now I know!
Find the tutorial over at Design Mom.
Conclusion to DIY Friend Gift Ideas
With each of these ideas it is important to remember what your friend enjoys and the memories that you all have together.
Just because it's DIY doesn't mean it has to be cheap – as a matter of fact it can be just the opposite, this could be something special and high quality that is made especially for them.
Get out there and get crafting. I can't wait to see what you come up with.