A round-up of DIY gift ideas for teens and tweens that you can make and they will love.
Now that my kids are getting older, the things they want for Christmas are getting smaller and more expensive. While Christmas shopping is harder, making Christmas gifts for them sometimes feels impossible. I don’t want to spend my time making something they won’t absolutely love.
I’ve found the easiest way to figure out gift ideas for my girls is to start with what they like. Their favorite movie, book, sport, hobby, or latest interest. If I make a gift that goes with something they already love, they usually love the gift too.
I’ve put together a list of ideas that teens or tweens (preteens) would like. I hope that these posts spark a gift idea for your favorite teen or tween. Just click on the picture or the link to read how to make each one.
Water Bottle Holder
Everyone needs to drink water and stay hydrated. And the fun personalization and decorations made this water bottle holder perfect for teens and tweens.
Steampunk Nerf Gun
A Nerf dart gun would make a cool present, but a Nerf gun that’s been refinished to look steampunk is awesome.
Make a portable easel for your favorite budding artists. Use an old wood case, and add a few modifications to make it into an easel that stores art supplies. You could even add a few art supplies to the easel and create an artist gift set.
Does she love Disney’s newest animated movie? Then use hemp to make a replica of Moana’s necklace.
If she already has some nice necklaces, make a frame for her to store and display them. This DIY Jewelry Gallery post shows how to make a whole wall of frames, but you could easily upcycle one picture frame to make as a gift.
Jewelry Making Kit
Or if your teen likes jewelry and making things, give them a gift to encourage their creativity: a kits with supplies and instructions on how to make hemp jewelry.
Make something from their favorite movie or book series. If your teen likes Harry Potter, upcycle an old leather jacket into a Sorting Hat.
Every musician needs a music stand, so why not refinish a music stand with some spray paint or accessories to give as a gift for your favorite musician.
Fairy Garden Fence
If your tween or teen has gotten into the recent trend of making fairy gardens, there are endless options of things to make for them. Anything miniature and nature-like would be a perfect addition to a fairy garden. Like this fairy garden fence made from popsicle sticks.
A terrarium is a great gift to teach a future gardener how to take care plants, especially since a terrarium needs very little care. Plus, a terrarium would look beautiful in any bedroom. Or just give them the supplies as a gift and let them make their own
Succulents are also a low-maintenance gift that would add life and beauty to any teens bedroom. Plant one in a tea-cup pot to make it adorable.
PVC Soccer Goal
Make a soccer goal for your favorite athlete to practice kicking around a soccer ball in her own backyard.
Lego Friends Outfit
Lego Friends might be a better gift for younger tweens than teens, but my girls love having outfits that match their favorite toys. And these Lego Friends outfits are simple to make with just a little hand sewing.