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How to Give the Best Gifts + 15 DIY Gift Ideas

Become a gift-giving master with our tips and tricks + our best handmade gift ideas!

By: Sara Raffensperger, Editor, AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com
How to Give the Best Gifts  15 DIY Gift Ideas
How to Give the Best Gifts 15 DIY Gift Ideas

Some people are just impossible to shop for. It seems like they have everything or you just can't think of anything good to give them. With our guide, you will know How to Give the Best Gifts and have 15 DIY gift ideas from which to choose. Handmade gifts are so much better than anything you could buy because it takes a little bit more effort. Do it yourself gifts are typically more affordable to make, but they're very special to whoever receives them. With our help, you will choose the best gifts to make your loved ones.

From your husband who is impossible to shop for to your sister who seems to have everything, you will find a gift to make in this list that they'll love and cherish for years to come. It's often the thought that counts the most, so even if they aren't expecting it, a do it yourself gift will make the holidays or their birthday extra special.

How to Give the Best Gifts

How to Choose Gifts

  1. If your friends and family haven't hinted at anything they might want and you don't want to resort to a gift card, then you should think about something they might need. Giving a gift that someone can use is one of the best ideas because it means you thought about their needs in a way no one else had.

    For example, if they've just moved into a new house or apartment, they might need something for their kitchen. Or, if they like to make things, you could give them a material they need like yarn or a wood stain for their woodworking projects.

  2. The monetary value of the gift is unimportant. Don't worry about giving them something expensive just to give them something expensive. You should give something that has a greater personal or emotional value like sharing a family recipe or a nicely framed photo to commemorate a happy memory together. 

  3. Instead of giving your friend an object, give them an experience. If they're stressed, a certificate for a massage or a DIY spa day is perfect. If their favorite musician or play is in town, then tickets are the best gift. Some objects like books can also be experiences if they're carefully chosen.

    There are also subscription services you can give as a gift so your friends will get a surprise in the mail every month. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

  4. Give something that you yourself can share in too, like tickets to the theater or a weekend trip. This shows that you want to spend more time with the person, and now you have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to something nice too! The experience you share together will make your bond that much stronger.

  5. Ask friends and family what they might like. Even if they're also at a loss, they might have ideas or they will be willing to share a more expensive item with you. Family might have some insight you don't like their favorite food or something they have been planning on buying for themselves for a while.

    If you're truly at a loss for any gift ideas, then I suggest just asking your friend what they might want for Christmas or for their birthday. Chances are they might have something in mind. It's better to give them something you know they'll like than to surprise them with something they might not like.

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Thanks for compiling this list. I always personalize my gifts for people if I have enough time. However if I don't get enough time, then I make a card or get them a gift card. Most of the crafts here are perfect for mom's or girlfriends like the bath salts or butters.

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