Sending a Thank You Gift? 10 DIY Ideas to Steal

Nothing says "thank you" like a handmade gift.
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Sometimes a card just doesn't do the trick, and there’s nothing more special than a handmade gift to say "thank you." We've rounded up some of our favorite, easy DIY projects that would work perfectly as a unique thank-you gift for almost any occasion.

Luggage Tags

DIY Gift

DIY Gift

HGTV Magazine shares how to make map luggage tags

Photo by: Lara Robby (Crafting Kylie Fife)

Lara Robby (Crafting Kylie Fife)

As a thank you for someone who travels a lot, these DIY luggage tags are a perfect choice. They would also work great as a thank you for anyone who has hosted you as a houseguest. You could send the luggage tags along with an invitation to come visit you at your home so you can reciprocate their hospitality.

Make It: Map Luggage Tags

Firewood Tote

DIY Firewood Tote

DIY Firewood Tote

Create a cozy DIY firewood tote that's as stylish as it is functional.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

This is an awesome, no-sew project that would be perfect for anyone who has a fireplace. As a thank-you gift, you can whip up your handmade firewood tote and fill it with some fresh-cut firewood before dropping it off. To amp up the wow factor, include some marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate so your recipient can have their own s'mores party.

Make It: Firewood Carrier

Sweet Food Basket

Snack Food Gift Basket

Snack Food Gift Basket

Help friends avoid any last-minute entertaining fiascoes with a thoughtful dry goods dessert basket. Gather an assortment of finger food-style desserts, then present them in clear bags and glass containers. Should extra guests show up to holiday gatherings, the recipient will have more than enough dessert options to end the night in good spirits.

Putting together a sweet foods basket is a surprisingly easy thank-you gift idea. You can use made-from-scratch candies and sweets if you're comfortable in the kitchen, or simply fill up the basket with sweet treats from a gourmet market or bakery. For a unique variation, include all sorts of different European chocolate bars in a basket, or make up a hot chocolate basket filled with mini marshmallows and gourmet hot cocoa mixes.

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For the Chef

Kitchen essential gift baskets are a classic choice for homeowners spending their first holiday in a new home. Make the basket as practical as it is stylish by outfitting it with basics every homeowner is sure to need. In addition to tools and gadgets, mix in a few pantry essentials such as spices or gourmet condiments.

For the DIYer

Do you have a friend or family member who's addicted to home renovation? Create a do-it-yourselfer gift basket filled with a mix of vintage-inspired tools and gadgets, along with protein- and carb-filled foods, to keep them motivated through their next project. For a tough, industrial look, choose baskets made of mesh, chicken wire or galvanized metal.

  1. food
  2. beer
  3. tools

For the Baker

Give the gift of fluffy flapjacks by filling a basket with chef-quality ingredients certain to take Sunday morning breakfast to the next level. Place the pancake mix along the bottom of the basket, then use condiments to decorate the top along with spoons and spatulas.

For the Entertainer

Help friends avoid any last-minute entertaining fiascoes with a thoughtful dry goods dessert basket. Gather an assortment of finger food-style desserts, then present them in clear bags and glass containers. Should extra guests show up to holiday gatherings, the recipient will have more than enough dessert options to end the night in good spirits.

For the Film Buff

Create a fun stay-at-home movie night by filling a basket with sweets and snacks to munch on during the flick. A similar idea can be created for a movie night out on the town by filling the basket with gift cards and small, purse-sized snacks.

  1. candy
  2. popcorn
  3. movie

For the Tea Enthusiast

Make waking up much more enjoyable with a tea lover's basket. Add a full set of tea cups (or just one) along with gourmet ingredients and tea bags to a classic basket. For a more polished presentation, showcase the ingredients in Mason jars or small canisters.

For the Creatives

As cupcakes, cake pops and s'mores continue to dominate the dessert world, why not make your own creation with one-of-a-kind ice cream cookies? Create a gourmet basket packed with ice-cream essentials and air-tight jars filled with sprinkles, nuts, caramel and hot fudge. When it's time for your friend to entertain, they can set up a self-serve ice cream cookie station.

For the Wine Connoisseur

Create a festive wine-based gift by outfitting a picnic basket with their favorite wine paired with the appropriate cheeses and crackers.

Dried Rosebuds

Rose and Mint Champagne Wedding Cocktail

Rose and Mint Champagne Wedding Cocktail

Dried rosebuds, fresh mint, lime and champagne combine to make this beautiful and delicious addition to a wedding celebration.

Allow guests to recreate your signature party drink at home long after the party ends. Our favorite example? This rose and mint champagne that's almost too pretty to drink. The drink is a perfect mixture of homemade rose simple syrup and dry champagne topped with crushed rosebuds and mint leaves. Fill small jars with rosebuds and give to guests as a favor so they can mix up the drink later.

Magazine Coasters

DIY Magazine Coasters

DIY Magazine Coasters

Bring a burst of color and pattern to your table with coasters made from upcycled magazine pages. Tear out pages, then fold each page into 1/4-inch strips and coat with rubber cement. Next, cut approximately 25 strips and place them to the side. Unfurl a paper clip and wrap the first strip around, creating a perfect hole for the center of the coaster. Once the first strip is wrapped around the paper clip, keep it securely wound with a bead of hot glue. Continue to roll the strip around the paper clip, then layer other strips on top, securing each strip to one another with glue. Once the shape of a coaster takes shape, secure the very end of the last strip in place with glue.

This is a perfect thank-you gift for anyone who entertains a lot. It's also a great choice as a combination thank-you/housewarming gift for anyone who recently moved into their house or apartment. Using old magazines, you can easily create a chic collection of coasters. Try making at least four of them so you can pass along a set. If you'd like to add anything to the gift, consider also sending along some cocktail mixers or a bottle of wine.

Make It: Magazine Coasters

3-D Cards

DIY 3-D Cards

DIY 3-D Cards

Create cute 3-D cards to send all year long with kraft paper cards and household objects.

Photo by: Andrew McGary ©© 2015 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Andrew McGary, © 2015 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Sometimes a beautiful card is all you need to say thanks. These 3-D cards are a nice way to send along your love and appreciation. A fun confetti card might not be the best option for neat freak, but there are a lot of other ideas including an eraser card (great for a teacher), a band-aid card (for anyone who might need a pick-me-up) and even a candle card for anyone who has an upcoming celebration.

Make It: 3-D Greeting Cards


Terrarium With Ammonite Fossil

Terrarium With Ammonite Fossil

Shells, coral and fossils look phenomenal when mixed with additional elements of nature, such as moss, ferns and other greenery. This gorgeous terrarium by DoodleBirdie puts a genuine ammonite fossil on display.

Photo by: DoodleBirdie


This is a great DIY thank you for anyone in your life with a green thumb: an easy terrarium. You can create your terrarium with an unused vase or fishbowl that you might have sitting around with one or two plants, some gravel and a few other elements.

Make It: Terrarium

Color Palette Napkins

DIY Gift

DIY Gift

HGTV Magazine shares how to make color palette napkins

Photo by: Lara Robby (Crafting Kylie Fife)

Lara Robby (Crafting Kylie Fife)

Another fab gift for someone who's known as a hostess with the mostest is this lovely, colorful set of linen or cotton napkins. These napkins are made with chalk paint and can easily be modified so they're machine washable. Make the napkins in sets of four or eight, depending on how much entertaining your hostess likes to do.

Knit-Wrapped Bracelets

Knit-Wrapped Bracelets

Knit-Wrapped Bracelets

DIY sweater wrapped bracelets

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

These DIY knit-wrapped bracelets are a great choice for any of the fashionistas in your life. The end result makes you think that this project is complicated, but they're actually super-duper easy to make using old socks and a hot glue gun.

Paint-Dipped Utensils



Photo by: Kayla Kitts

Kayla Kitts

For anyone who loves to cook, this is an awesome DIY thank-you gift. You can easily recreate these painted serving pieces with some craft paint and painters tape. For an extra special gift, try pairing these with the color palette napkins above. Another idea would be to put them in a basket with some fresh vegetables from the farmers market to be used with a homemade salad.

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Infused Sugars

Infused sugars are ideal for any spring or summer soiree. They're versatile and can be customized to a specific region's flavor with ingredients like vanilla beans, espresso beans or even exotic fruits. For an added touch to make your gift even sweeter, attach a tag to the canister with a special family recipe that includes their new infused sugar. Design by Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm

Choose an ingredient (suggestions: whole coffee beans, vanilla beans, lavender or citrus zest). Let the ingredients dry out on wax paper overnight before adding them to the sugar. In a sealed container, layer the sugar with your ingredient of choice. The sugar will take a few days to infuse, so keep the containers tightly sealed.

Easy As Pie

Perfect for an outdoor barbecue or intimate dinner party, these petite pie party favors will capture the hearts and tummies of all your guests. Tiny pie tins, your favorite pie crust recipe and a delicious canned-pie filling make these little gifts simple to make. Don't forget to wrap up the delectable treats in your favorite vintage handkerchiefs or fabric for an extra-special touch. Recipe and design by Rubyellen Bratcher of Cakies

Sweet Orange Ginger Tea

Use bulk spices to create your own custom blend of tea to keep guests remembering your party long after the night is over.

Buckets of Bubblegum

Whether you're planning a kid's birthday party or a neighborhood block party, a small pail filled to the rim with colorful gumballs will do the trick. Take it a step further and make a game out of it — can you blow the biggest bubble? Even adults will leave the party feeling like kids again. Design by Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio

Jar of Goodies

For a party during the cooler months, a more substantial edible favor is in order. Pour homemade spiced nuts, trail mix or granola into Mason jars; then customize with a printed label or some attractive washi tape.

Delectable Lavender Lemon Cakes

Hosting a sweet, summer-style celebration? Give your guests a party favor they'll savor to the last bite.

To make these personal lemon cakes, cut one lemon in half. Hollow out both sides of the lemon and fill with a lavender lemon cake recipe of your choosing. Tie the lemon closed with a piece of twine. Place the tied, batter-filled lemon in tin foil and bake in the oven. (Note: Set the oven to double the normal cooking time and reduce the temperature of your cake recipe by 50 degrees for the best results.) Once the cakes are done, place a few sprigs of lavender inside the twine as a pretty garnish, add a creative label and watch your guests enjoy their scrumptious desserts. Design by Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry. Photography by Carly Taylor

A New Take on an Old Recipe

For the music lovers out there, this is a must-try party favor to show off your personality. Just grab some cellophane CD envelopes and pop your favorite homemade cookies right in. Wrap it up in colorful twine and top it off with a special message. Friends and family will leave with a grin on their face when they receive these personal party favors. Design by Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio

A Taste of Tradition

These gifts are reason enough to celebrate with a spring or summer brunch. Topped with a vintage, printed fabric these traditional jam jars will be the talk of the table. Go the distance and use homemade jam. Then, surprise your guests by sending them off with their own taste of your family's favorite homemade jams.

Candy Kit Bottles

Give a perfect amount of candy for guests to break into when a sweet craving hits. Fill three small glass vials with three different kinds of candy. Here, we used Nerds, Sour Worms and Snowcaps to cover sweet, sour and chocolatey cravings. 

Cupcake Liner Candy Favors

Whip up some cute candy favors with just a couple of supplies from the kitchen. Simply tape two cupcake liners together and fill with any colorful candy of your choice. Add a tiny toothpick sign to make the favor double as a place setting. With so many styles of cupcake liners readily available, this favor can go from a bright and festive birthday party to an elegant and sophisticated wedding reception. Design by Jessica Okui of Zakka Life

Shiny Succulents

For an easy favor that will last, spray paint mini terra cotta pots in a shiny gold color and plant succulents as a party favor. Hot pink aquarium rocks add a fun pop of color.

Colorful Cactus

If you like the idea of potted succulents as a favor, you'll also love these cacti in vibrant planters. A plastic handle makes these poky little plants easy to take on the go.

Wrapped-Up Bouquet

Deciding on party favors and decor can be as simple as stepping into your garden. Bundle up some freshly picked flowers with printed wrapping paper. Then attach a ribbon to the top of the cone-shaped "vase" to adorn chairs and tables. As your guests are about to leave, just send these pretty arrangements home with them. Design by Denise Vivaldo

Fortune-Filled Delights

Going for an element of the Orient? Takeout boxes brimming with fortune cookies (or white chocolate-covered fortune cookies like these) can be a great decoration and entertainment, too. For a little extra fun, open the cookies together to spark elated chatter. Design by Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home

Boxed Sweets

Don't overthink it. Delicous candy in a cute box is all you need to show your guests how much you appreciate their company.

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