DIY Gift Ideas

There’s nothing quite like a homemade gift. It shows that you not only thought about what your loved one might want, but you also put the time and effort into making the gift. No matter the holiday—Christmas, a birthday, Valentine’s Day, or even just because—you really can’t go wrong with a DIY gift. If you’re feeling crafty, browse DIY gift ideas for making desk accessories, photo puzzles, or even pretty planters. All of the how-tos require minimal craft supplies and have easy-to-follow instructions to ensure you get it right the first time. Prefer to cook? We also have dozens of edible DIY gift ideas. You’ll find everything from flavored fudge and infused honey to DIY mason jar baking mixes. Or, use your kitchen skills to whip up a different kind of homemade gift—DIY beauty gifts. Our beauty editors have come up with homemade masks, scrubs, and more. Bonus points for making more than one and creating the ultimate DIY spa gift set.

14 Simple, Beautiful Homemade Holiday Gifts

Whip up these gifts as easily as that cotton-ball snowman you made 30 years ago.

DIY Cake Toppers for Every Celebration

In celebration of Real Simple’s 15th anniversary, we assembled an assortment of impressive do-it-yourself cake (and cupcake) toppers. These crafty embellishments will make any dessert look so special that party guests will probably ask where you bought them.

DIY Father’s Day Gifts You Can Make In an Afternoon

So you got Dad a tie last year? And a trio of barbecue sauce the year before that? Try something different—and totally heartfelt—this time. Photo coasters or a custom desk caddy will find a permanent spot on a sentimental dad’s coffee table or desk, while a spicy pecan brittle or olive oil hot fudge will satisfy an afternoon craving.

10 Tasty Homemade Gifts

You don’t need an army of elves—or a sleigh full of money—to make these tasty offerings. Find recipes and ideas for tasty gifts you can whip up from the comfort of your kitchen.

8 DIY Mason Jar Kits to Give Your Favorite Foodie

These homemade gifts are every sweet-lover’s dream—they promise freshly-baked treats with minimal prep. From triple chocolate brownies to pecan-studded banana bread, these adorable jars will be the hit of the holiday season. 

9 Easy Homemade Edible Gifts

Yes, there are cookies. But there are also kimchi pickles, from-scratch crackers, and—hold on to your elf hat—old-school “puppy chow.” We'll show you how to wrap them, too. 

Homemade Father’s Day Gifts You Can Make in the Kitchen

He doesn’t need more novelty neckwear. Instead, surprise your Dad with a bottle of DIY bloody mary mix or a pile of salty-sweet espresso almonds—and congratulate yourself on cracking the Father’s Day code.

8 Adorable DIY Ornaments for Displaying Your Family Photos

If your pictures are piling up in cardboard boxes, use these crafts as an excuse to finally get organized and​ trim the tree.

9 Beauty Products You Can Make in Your Own Kitchen

Experiment with these recipes that will make your skin and hair glow.