9 Creative DIY Gifts for Friends

Friendship is such a special gift. Our friends are there for us through thick and thin, and they make our lives better in so many ways. For this holiday season, check out these fantastic homemade gifts to show your friend just how grateful you are for them. Bake them some tasty thin mint Christmas cookies, craft them a stylishly beaded friendship bracelet, or get messy making them some festive slime.

DIY Gifts for Friends

  • Visual aid of how to complete 'Thin Mint' Christmas Cookies

    Does your friend have a sweet tooth? These ‘Thin Mint’ cookies make for a fantastic holiday gift; they’re delicious and festively decorated with crushed candy cane pieces! This kid-friendly recipe ist an all-around awesome treat that doesn’t even require an oven!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Christmas Slime Recipe

    It’s Christmas slime time! Making slime is such a fun-filled way to learn about molecule movement while also engaging in sensory play. For this holiday recipe, you’ll be adding in some holiday-themed scents like peppermint oil, gingerbread spice, or cinnamon to make this gift for your fabulous friend especially jolly!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Snow Pal Peg People

    Little things are always a joy for kids to make and play with. They’re sure to have a great time making and gifting this pocket-sized snow pal peg person complete with tiny top hat and itty bitty scarf to wear! You could even make a pair to represent the two of you- cute!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Homemade Cookie Cutters

    Christmas ornaments, snowmen, dreidels… the possibilities of cookie shapes are endless when you can make your own cookie cutter! Bake some holiday themed cookies for friends and gift them the cutter too!

  • Visual aid of how to complete New Year's Eve Surprise Popper

    This crafty gift is a celebratory and lively way to ring in the New Year! What mini treasures and trinkets will you fill the merry popper with? Whatever you choose for the goodies will be a great surprise for the giftee to find.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Snow Globes
    Snow Globes

    (Ages 3-8)

    A snowy little gift that friends can beautifully display on their windowsill, nightstand, mantel, or wherever they like. You can even try making a group of them in different sizes and give them a mini evergreen forest. For this winter craft, you’ll need a hot glue gun, a bottle-brush tree, a mason jar with a lid, artificial snow, and ribbon or twine.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Hot Cocoa Spoons
    Hot Cocoa Spoons

    (Ages 5-16)

    Did someone say chocolate? These hot cocoa spoons are a winter candy craft that are super fun to customize with unique toppings and decorations. Don’t forget to come up with some creative names for the different flavors you all invent!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Wood Bead Friendship Bracelet

    This list wouldn’t be complete without the classic friendship bracelet! Your kiddo can make one for their BFF and one for themselves, so they can match in style.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Holiday Puzzle Box

    Looking for an extra special way to wrap up one of the homemade gifts on this list? Look no further! The maker will have a blast watching their friend working their way through the puzzle, and the friend will be quite entertained trying to get to the gift inside.

Get inspired!