Buying gifts that teenagers will love can be challenging to say the least. Don’t buy them…make them! Here are the best gifts for teens that you can DIY.

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Have you ever made or purchased a gift for a teenager that fell flat? You’re not alone… trust us! Teens are finicky people. 😉

It’s difficult trying to figure out what teens want for their birthdays, holidays, graduations, and other gift-giving occasions. (Aside from cash… everyone likes getting cash!)

But, we’ve found 18 of the best gifts for teens that you can DIY and they will actually like. The best part is that most of them can be made with things you already have in your home.

Yay for budget-friendly gifts!

Tip: Most of these DIYs for teens may look girly, but you can easily change them up to be more guy-friendly.

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Best Gifts for Teens That You Can DIY

Some of the best gift ideas are handmade – even teenagers will agree! Check out these DIYs for teens to find a gift your teen will go crazy for.

Make An Earphone Holder

Every teen loves listening to music, and it’s likely your teen has several pairs of earbuds. Why not make an earphone holder from a mint container?

Or make several — you could use one, too! It’ll keep earbuds from becoming a tangled mess in a purse, backpack, or pocket.

Make an Earphone Holder!
Make an earphone holder…from a mint container (VIDEO included).
Read more here.

Superhero Comic Book Magnets

Make some comic book magnets for your teen’s locker at school. While most people would think of these as gifts for teen boys, it can be a great gift for guys or girls.

Super Hero Comic Book Magnets
Comic Book Fans! Check out these awesome comic book magnets, so easy to make and perfect for any superhero fan 🙂
Read more here.

Decorative Box Charging Station

How many devices does your teen have? Two? Three? Make a decorative charging station so that charging them all at once doesn’t have to be so, well, ugly!

Decorative Box Charging Station
How to make a charging station with a decorative box
Read more here.

Quilted Tablet Cover with Zippered Pocket

Speaking of devices, a tablet cover is a must. This DIY tablet cover comes with a zippered pocket to hold earbuds.

Sew a Quilted Tablet Cover With Zippered Pocket
How to make a custom quilted tablet cover with pocket for your earbuds or charger. Nice idea to have the zippered pocket. Fits any size tablet/tech device.
Read more here.

DIY Cross-Body Tote

Can you believe this DIY cross-body tote was made from a placemat? Talk about an easy project!

Crossbody DIY Tote From a Placemat
A fun crossbody DIY tote made from a placemat – and no sewing machine required!
Read more here.

Easy DIY Chapstick Holder Keychain

This key chain lipstick holder takes just five minutes to make. You’ll need one, too, right?

Easy Keychain Chapstick Holder Pattern
This chapstick holder pattern is super quick and easy to sew and fits right on your keychain so you will always have your chapstick with you. These make great gifts and are a fun beginner sewing project to try!
Read more here.

DIY Instagram Frames

Make a modern triangle frame to coordinate with their room decor. Who couldn’t use an extra frame or two for displaying their favorite pictures?

DIY Hashtag Instagram Photo Frames
These DIY frames are so fun and easy to make.
Read more here.
DIY Instagram frames

DIY Washi Tape Bracelets

These washi tape wooden bracelets are super easy and super cute.

This is a gift idea for teen girls that keep giving if you gift them with several rolls of washi tape so your teen can redecorate them anytime she wants!

Washi Tape Wooden Bracelets
With a few simple tools, these beautiful DIY washi tape bracelets can adorn your wrists too.
Read more here.

DIY Hanging Macramé Chair

If you’re not afraid of a more challenging DIY, this Hanging Macramé Chair would go perfectly in a teen’s room!

DIY Hanging Macramé Chair
Make your very own DIY Hanging Macramé Chair. With only a few different materials and also three different kinds of knots you can have a stylish hanging chair.
Read more here.

DIY Hammock Chair

But a hammock chair would be even easier. Teens love to hang out in their room listening to music or chatting with their friends – they can do it in this chair! Bonus: Little kids love them, too!

Hammock Chair DIY
Simple step by step tutorial to build your own hanging hammock chair.
Read more here.

DIY Faux Fur Stool With Hairpin Legs

This faux fur stool would make a nice addition to a makeup table. It’s chic. It’s funky – and a perfect gift idea for teen girls.

Make a Faux Fur Stool with Hairpin Legs
This glamorous fluffy chair is easy to put together and perfect for any makeup table.
Read more here.

DIY Bracelets

Make some DIY bracelets. They’re wonderful for stacking and creating a layered look.

3 Easy DIY Bracelets You’ll Actually Want to Wear
This tutorial for 3 easy DIY bracelets will teach you how to make bracelets at home, the easy way! While some DIY bracelets look best at summer camp, these options are elegant and appropriate year-round.
Read more here.

DIY Phone Cases Are Best Gifts for Teens

If you need gifts for teen boys or girls, what’s better than a custom phone cover? DIY it to fit your teen’s personality and style and you’ll get a two-for-one: cool gift idea and phone protection!

It’s easy to make a plain old phone case look loads better with some washi tape and/or paint. It’s the designer look for a lot less — like this Kate Spade-inspired case.

Kate Spade Inspired Metallic Polka Dot Phone Case
I’ve been on a bit of a DIY phone case kick lately and was able to snatch up a plain $3 black slip-on case, perfect for customizing!
Read more here.

DIY Mini Pocket Notebook

DIY mini notebooks make great gifts. Keep one in your locker, in your purse, in your backpack or wherever. They also make nice journals.

And surprise… these are made out of cereal boxes!

DIY: Mini Notebook From A Cereal Box
Create a wonderful little notebook to record all those notes and to-dos.
Read more here.

DIY Starbucks EOS Cup

We love this Starbucks EOS lip balm container. So cute, and perfect if your teen is obsessed with Starbucks.

DIY Washi Tape Clocks

DIY washi tape clocks are the perfect thing to give a college student who’s moving away for the first time. No excuses for being late to class now!

DIY Washi Tape Clocks
These DIY washi tape clocks are so simple and cost less than $5 to make. It’s a fun IKEA hack that anyone can do.
Read more here.

DIY Yarn Ball Bookmark

Have a teen that loves to read? Make some DIY bookmarks! These yarn ball bookmarks are just gorgeous.

DIY Yarn Ball Pom Pom Bookmark
Make a Yarn Ball Pom Pom Bookmark for all the book lovers in your life. Follow this easy, simple DIY with step-by-step photos featured by top lifestyle blogger, Design Mom.
Read more here.

DIY Ping Pong Ball Cafe Lights

Ping pong lights are such a pretty way to dress up your teen’s bedroom! They’ll look amazing in a dorm room, too.

DIY Ping Pong Ball Cafe Lights
Fun lights that add just the right amount of glow to a room.
Read more here.

Easy DIY Boot Cuffs

Or, how about some easy crocheted boot cuffs for this fall and winter? Stylish!

Brooklyn Boot Cuffs, Free Crochet Pattern
Fall is here and it is my favorite season of the year when it is neither too hot nor too cold. These DIY boot cuffs are adorable.
Read more here.

How about these ideas for the best gifts for teens? They’re fun, cute, and super practical.

Not only are these gifts budget-friendly and downright awesome, what will make them over the top amazing is the fact that they were made with love, by you.

Have fun making them – and then you can have fun watching your teen’s excitement to receive it!

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