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.
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.
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.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://makeit-loveit.com/make-an-earphone-holder-from-a-mint-container” name=”Make an Earphone Holder!” summary=”Make an earphone holder…from a mint container (VIDEO included). ” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://makeit-loveit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/earphone-holder-from-mint-container-5.jpg”]
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.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://craftsbyamanda.com/superhero-comic-book-magnets/” name=”Super Hero Comic Book Magnets” summary=”Comic Book Fans! Check out these awesome comic book magnets, so easy to make and perfect for any superhero fan 🙂 ” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://craftsbyamanda.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Comic-Book-Magnets-2.jpg”]
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![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://centsationalstyle.com/2014/07/decorative-box-charging-station/” name=”Decorative Box Charging Station” summary=”How to make a charging station with a decorative box” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://centsationalstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/diy-decorative-box-charging-station.jpg”]
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.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”http://so-sew-easy.com/quilted-tablet-cover-zippered-pocket/” name=”Sew a Quilted Tablet Cover With Zippered Pocket ” summary=”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.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://so-sew-easy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/tablet-cover-with-zippered-pocket.jpg”]
DIY Cross-Body Tote
Can you believe this DIY cross-body tote was made from a placemat? Talk about an easy project![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://helloglow.co/crossbody-diy-tote-from-a-placemat/” name=”Crossbody DIY Tote From a Placemat” summary=”A fun crossbody DIY tote made from a placemat – and no sewing machine required!” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://helloglow.co/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/alissasaylorphotography_job1-17-of-21.jpg”]
Easy DIY Chapstick Holder Keychain
This key chain lipstick holder takes just five minutes to make. You’ll need one, too, right?[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://crazylittleprojects.com/chapstickkeychainholderpattern/” name=”Easy Keychain Chapstick Holder Pattern” summary=”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!” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://crazylittleprojects.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Chapstickkeychainholder.png”]
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?[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/instagram-photo-frames.html” name=”DIY Hashtag Instagram Photo Frames” summary=”These DIY frames are so fun and easy to make.” image=”29382″]
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![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://www.mamamiss.com/blog/2013/05/30/diy-washi-tape-wooden-bracelets/” name=”Washi Tape Wooden Bracelets” summary=”With a few simple tools, these beautiful DIY washi tape bracelets can adorn your wrists too.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://www.mamamiss.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Washi-Tape-Wooden-BraceletsFI.png”]
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![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://www.classyclutter.net/diy-hanging-macrame-chair//” name=”DIY Hanging Macramé Chair” summary=”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.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://www.classyclutter.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/IMG_6577.png”]
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![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://abeautifulmess.com/hammock-chair-diy/” name=”Hammock Chair DIY ” summary=”Simple step by step tutorial to build your own hanging hammock chair.” image=”-1″ image_url=”http://abeautifulmess.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Hammock-chair-DIY.png”]
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.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”http://diyinpdx.com/2014/07/22/faux-fur-stool-hairpin-legs/” name=”Make a Faux Fur Stool with Hairpin Legs ” summary=”This glamorous fluffy chair is easy to put together and perfect for any makeup table.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://i2.wp.com/diyinpdx.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Faux-fur-stool-3.jpg?fit=820%2C1229″]
Make some DIY bracelets. They’re wonderful for stacking and creating a layered look.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://saralaughed.com/easy-diy-bracelets/” name=”3 Easy DIY Bracelets You’ll Actually Want to Wear” summary=”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.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://saralaughed.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Easy-DIY-Bracelets-1.jpg”]
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.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”http://cafecraftea.blogspot.com/2014/01/diy-kate-spade-inspired-metallic-polka.html” name=”Kate Spade Inspired Metallic Polka Dot Phone Case” summary=”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! ” image=”-1″ image_url=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FT-Ug9naC18/UuXqXBVbs6I/AAAAAAAABoo/OLUGleoZkiU/w1200-h630-p-k-no-nu/TWO+VERT.png”]
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![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”http://www.cremedelacraft.com/2012/06/diy-mini-notebook-from-cereal-box.html” name=”DIY: Mini Notebook From A Cereal Box” summary=”Create a wonderful little notebook to record all those notes and to-dos.” image=”-1″ image_url=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-w5Y-TMiELLc/T82X-6S_wYI/AAAAAAAABOg/HTG9wD8BAwU/w1200-h630-p-k-no-nu/DIY-Project-Tutorial-Mini-Pocket-Notebook-Journal-Cereal-Box-2.jpg”]
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![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://tellloveandparty.com/2015/07/diy-washi-tape-clocks.html” name=”DIY Washi Tape Clocks ” summary=”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.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://tellloveandparty.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/DIY-Washi-Tape-Clock.-This-craft-is-super-simple-and-costs-less-than-5-to-make.jpg”]
DIY Yarn Ball Bookmark
Have a teen that loves to read? Make some DIY bookmarks! These yarn ball bookmarks are just gorgeous.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://designmom.com/the-perfect-gift-yarn-ball-bookmark/” name=”DIY Yarn Ball Pom Pom Bookmark” summary=”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.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://designmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/yarn-pom-pom-ball-bookmark-title.jpg”]
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.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://sayyes.com/2014/03/diy-ping-pong-ball-cafe-lights” name=”DIY Ping Pong Ball Cafe Lights ” summary=”Fun lights that add just the right amount of glow to a room.” image=”-1″ image_url=”http://sayyes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DIY_ping_pong_lights20text1.jpg”]
Easy DIY Boot Cuffs
Or, how about some easy crocheted boot cuffs for this fall and winter? Stylish![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://crochetdreamz.com/2013/09/brooklyn-boot-cuffs-free-crochet-pattern.html” name=”Brooklyn Boot Cuffs, Free Crochet Pattern” summary=”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.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://crochetdreamz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/3-Hour-Afgnah.jpg”]
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!