DIY Gifts for the cousin you don’t really know that well…

Going to a family reunion soon?  Need to get something for that cousin that you’ve only met 4 times?  Or maybe you’ve already done the Amazon gift card a couple of times?

Well this year try some DIY Gifts that are easy to make, versatile, eye-catching, and a little more meaningful than cash in a card. Click on the title of each post to be taken to the source for more information and a how-to.

DIY Chalkboard Tray

This DIY chalkboard tray could not be easier to make, and will help you get rid of some of the supplies cluttering up your kitchen. Draw a simple chalk design and add a few candles to give a great gift that can add a simple decorative touch to any room. Give them some chalk too so they can customize it how they want!

DIY Artsy Pouch

This DIY pouch can be customized to be as flashy, plain, masculine or feminine of a design as you want, but it can literally be used for ANYTHING – from a trendy clutch for a night out to a pencil pouch for a 4th grader.  Use it to store cosmetic supplies, stationary, tools, receipts… anything! You can’t go wrong by giving a simple pouch like this.

DIY Fabric Coasters

We all know coasters are not only useful but a nice touch of decor on any table. And they can be used with everything – a cup of coffee, a glass of tea, or a bottle of beer. It’s just a fact of life – everyone can use a coaster.  Take some plain coasters that you have lying around and pretty them up with some patterned fabric to make a great gift!

DIY Laptop Case

These days, everyone is carrying their laptops around with them whether to classes, work, or a coffee shop.  Gift a DIY protective case that will look awesome and protect their laptop while they’re out and about. BTW, make sure you know the size of the laptop before you get started!

DIY Lip Balm – and TONS of it!

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Gifting cosmetics and skin products can be tricky due to different preferences and skin types, but who doesn’t need just a nice, moisturizing lip balm?  This simple lip balm recipe is really easy to make – and in bulk, so you can gift them to your entire family.

Still feeling awkward about deciding on a gift? Use CheckedTwice to sign your whole family up for wishlists, so you know exactly what to get that cousin you don’t know very well.

DIY Gifts for your active, imaginative child

We all know how children can come up with the craziest ideas.  They’re so playful and imaginative, and they always want you to play along with their wild story lines.  One day you’re working at a bakery, the next day you’re flying in space. You never know where their minds will take you!

But on those days when you need to take a break, these DIY gifts would be great ways to occupy them.

For the NASCAR racer in-the-making:

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This DIY Felt Race-Track is an easy way to give your kids an energy outlet and race their toy cars as fast as they can. The best part? It’s an easy, no-sew project that you can even make with your kids.  I’d recommend attaching on a few pieces of velcro at each end to make the racetrack into a felt pouch that can work as toy car storage too!

For the Picasso in-the-making:

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A chalkboard is the perfect way to let your creative child draw in a way that is eco-friendly.  But a plain black background can be tired or school-like, and it might not get your child excited about drawing.  This DIY chalkboard lets you make your own chalkboard with any colors you want!  Let your child’s imagine fly free — in color!

For the NFL stud in-the-making:

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Your kid is so active, he already wants to become a big stud athlete – even if he doesn’t know the rules to the sport! Make him this awesome football t-shirt, and he won’t just play football, he’ll BE a football, and a pretty darn adorable one too.

For the professional baker in-the-making:

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Your child always wants to bake cookies, but the oven and knives in the kitchen can be dangerous! Take an old piece of furniture, paint it up, and add some fake wooden stove parts to make this adorable and totally kid-friendly DIY Kitchenette.

Are other relatives having trouble shopping for your child? Does your child already have a thousand toy cars, and will probably receive more? Make him/her a wishlist on CheckedTwice so everyone else knows exactly what to get!

DIY Gifts for the Hipster Brother

As someone who spent years teasing my brother for being skinny and awkward, I’m a little confused as to when he became more stylish than me.  This true hipster could be a character straight out of “Portlandia,” and he somehow manages to make my wardrobe seem bland and passé.  So what do you give the brother who thinks everything in stores was “so two months ago”?

Well, there’s actually an easy solution to that…. you guessed it, DIY. Since you’re making his gifts by hand, he really can’t complain about them being too mainstream, can he? Click the title of each gift to go to the source for more information and a how-to!

DIY Tablet Case

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DIY Tablet Case

This DIY tablet case is perfect for when your brother is flicking through blogs on his iPad at a local coffee shop.  Iron on his favorite pattern (maybe plaid?) so he can keep his iPad stylish and protected in his thrift shop messenger bag.

DIY Sneakers

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DIY Sneakers

These DIY sneakers are SO easy to make – all you need are some plain canvas sneakers and fabric markers and paint! You can customize them however you want.  I would personally either go with a simple geometric design or solid color blocks, or write lyrics from his favorite (indie) band. You can also spice it up by pairing it with whatever color laces you want!

DIY French Press

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DIY French Press


It seems like every self-proclaimed hipster is also a self-proclaimed coffee aficionado.  To make it even easier to fulfill his coffee addiction, you can make your own french press coffee maker by combining two ultimate hipster favorites: coffee AND mason jars.  Win.

DIY Suspenders

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DIY Suspenders

You already made your father this awesome DIY bow tie. But your brother needs to look snazzy too, and these suspenders are the hipster pick!  You can choose any color so he can mix and match them with his multi-colored skinny jeans.

Looking for more inspiration?  Tell him to add his own gifts to his wishlist on CheckedTwice.

DIY Gifts for your Trendy Sister

Let’s face it – you’re only slightly cool because you have a sister. She taught you how to wear skinny jeans, how to get your crush to notice you, what indie bands are cool, and how to not care about what other people think. She’s always up to date with the latest trends, and people automatically like you a little more when they realize she’s your sister. So what do you give to the person who’s always one step ahead?

DIY gifts are the perfect solution. They’re a meaningful way to say thanks for all the life lessons she’s taught you, and the fact that they’re handmade makes them way more trendy than the latest fashion fad. Click on the link in each idea to be taken to the source for more information and a how-to!

For the sister that you used to make forts with:

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DIY Throw Blanket

Days of making forts with blankets and chairs may long be gone, but a hand-decorated blanket still makes the perfect gift. This throw blanket is perfect for curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn for movie night, or keeping her puppy Daisy warm.  Best of all, this blanket will fit in her room no matter what, whether its Disney Princess themed or a trendy loft in New York City.

For the sister who makes every outfit perfect with a scarf:

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Your sister probably has a solid-colored scarf to match every occasion. But you can spice up her collection by taking a plain scarf and decorating it with your own personalized stamp. These hand-stamped scarves (like this starburst scarf and this constellation scarf) look so soft and pretty that they’re guaranteed to leave her feeling like a star.

Also, add these hand-painted flats to make the perfect gift set!

For the sister who loves to accessorize:

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An outfit is never complete without accessories, but these jewels can become rusty and add up in cost quickly.  Make her your own accessories with fun, geometric shapes that she can layer over anything!

Not sure if these are trendy enough that she will approve? Have her make a wishlist on CheckedTwice so you know exactly what her latest faze is all about.

DIY Gifts for the Dad that can do it all

I don’t know about you, but I literally feel like my dad can do anything. Among a million other things, he spent hours teaching me how to ride a bike in an empty parking lot, fixed all my flat tires, and grilled up the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. Next up on the list? Teaching me how to drive a stick shift.  How awesome is that?

In addition to being able to do all things, he can also make all things.  He built all the bookshelves in my room, made me my first desk (it fit perfectly for a six year old!), and even constructed my own violin stand (how else was he going to get me to practice?).  After years of sawing and nailing together pieces of wood to give me all the things I wanted, I thought I might as well learn from him, as I always have, and build something for him back!

For the dad that’s always working on his phone:

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DIY iPhone Case

Since he works two jobs, my dad checks his phone more than a teenage girl. I thought it would be fun to make him his own iPhone case, so his constantly-in-use phone stays protected.  Here is a wonderful tutorial on how to decorate your own case; the designs in the picture might be too girly for you dad, but remember, you can use whatever design you want!  My dad loves to read the paper and is always talking about politics, so I thought a newspaper background would be neat.

What if he already has a case?  You can also make him this iPhone holder, which is soft, protective, and can keep his ear buds from getting lost and tangled.

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DIY iPhone holder


For the dad that built you everything as a child:

As I mentioned earlier, my dad used to always make me nightstands and bookshelves to store all my storybooks (mostly Harry Potter). Now that I’ve grown up, maybe its my turn to take out the saw and drill!

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This DIY nightstand is super useful for organizing all of his books, magazines, journals, etc. It’s fairly easy to make, and can easily be done in your garage with the right tools. Best of all, it has wheels, so he can easily move his books to his office without having to lug them around in his arms!

Because I have so many pieces of furniture that have been handmade by him, I KNOW he’s collected a lot of tools over the years that are just piled in a dirty paper box in our garage.  As a result, I thought it would also be good to make him this tool handle box to keep all his tools in.  It looks nice, can be carried around easily, and can definitely hold a lot of tools! It is also extremely affordable to make – the box itself is only ~$3 at Target.  Personally, I’d probably take some Sharpies add a personalized note on one side!

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DIY toolbox

For the dad that’s looking snazzy:

Okay, so most of the time, my dad actually looks pretty terrible.  He wears the “haven’t slept or changed clothes in two days” kind of look all the time.  But every once in a while, he’ll have a business dinner or event to attend, and I’m always shocked by how nice he looks!  To nudge him in a positive direction and maybe give him some incentive to look nicer, here are some great DIY gifts that will make him look sharp:

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DIY bow tie

Who doesn’t love a man in a bow tie?  This DIY bow tie is SO easy to make, and you don’t HAVE to decorate them with hearts (personally, I like the checkers).  It’s clip on, so your dad won’t have any excuse to not wear it!

Looking snazzy for men isn’t just about clothing, its also about hygiene (which is often neglected!). Sometimes my father is just too lazy to shave, but I figured if I made this set of DIY Rum Soap and Aftershave set, he’d enjoy the experience so much more!  Soap might not be his favorite thing, but spice it up with some rum and cinnamon and I think he’ll warm up to it!

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For the dad that loves to eat:

Lastly, if you can’t think of anything else to give him, why not give him some homemade food. All men love food, right? This DIY Whiskey Hot Sauce isn’t something he can find in stores, but just like in the DIY Rum Soap, the mix of alcohol and spice is a dream come true.

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DIY whiskey hot sauce

If he’s more of a snacker, I can’t think of anything better than this Beer-Candied Bacon.  Beer and bacon – his actual two favorite things. Give him a jar for him to snack on as he reads the paper after he comes home from work.  But actually… this looks so good, I might just go make some for myself right now!

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DIY beer and bacon

Hopefully you found these DIY gift ideas helpful! But no worries, if you’re still stumped about what to get him, just have him make a list on CheckedTwice so he can share it with the whole family!  Gift giving doesn’t have to be so hard after all.


Diy Gifts for our Favorite, Crafty Moms

We all know how much we love our moms.  They spent at least 18 years of their lives feeding us every day, packing our lunches, cleaning our rooms, decorating our homes, making us feel loved.  And of course, we never appreciate it nearly as much as they deserve.

This time, however, we can thank our mothers with a gift that is just as special and homemade as the cookies they made for us after school.  These DIY gifts would be great for our crafty, insanely hard working mothers. Click on the link in each gift to be taken to the source for more information and a how-to!

For the mom that loves to decorate:

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DIY Triangle Shelves


From one of our favorite DIY Blogs, A Beautiful Mess, these Triangle Shelves add the perfect geometric burst of color to any plain white wall.  These shelves require a little more “construction” skills for a DIY project, but they’re still easy to make and can instantly brighten up a room!

Looking for easier DIY home projects? Check out A Beautiful Mess’s DIY Porch Pillows and DIY Chandelier.

For the mom that makes the best homemade food:

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Nothing says “thanks for all the after school cookies!” like this simple, cute, everyday scarf apron. It’s so easy and quick to make that you could easily make her a set of three!

For the mom that loves tea:

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DIY Mugs

This adorable tea set is the perfect gift to your overworked mom that just wants to relax, read a book, and sip some tea. Again, another very simple DIY project that you can make as customized as you want, making this the perfect gift for any occasion!

For the mom that misses her kids too much:

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DIY Handmade Cards

We know our moms love us, but some can’t help getting a little extra teary-eyed and sentimental every time we say goodbye. Instead of sending her a regular greeting card this year, make this simple, adorable, and very personal set of mini-story cards to remind her just why she’s the best mom ever.

Still looking for inspiration?  Ask your mom to make her wishlist using CheckedTwice, a wonderful site that can re-connect the whole family for your next gift giving event.