It’s never easy to find the right gift for someone. There are lots of things to take into consideration. For example, you have to decide whether you want to give them something they need or something that you think they’ll enjoy. You can opt for something fun or something useful. You can also choose to make the gift yourself and this way it would be a thoughtful idea and something that they’ll hopefully cherish even more.
There are lots of ideas to choose from. Even so, it’s very difficult to make a decision when you have to choose a gift for a friend or family member. Hopefully, this guide will help. We have made a selection of different types of gifts that pretty much cover all tastes and preferences. We’ve organized them in categories to make it easier for you to browse through.
A DIY lover’s gift guide.
Some people really enjoy DIY projects. They like being creative and making all sorts of things they can then use to decorate their homes with or use as accessories. If you know someone that likes being crafty then you check out this list of gifts.
1. The Makita LXFD01CW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill.
This is a powerful tool that comes in a compact size. It features a 4-pole motor for 480 inch-pounds max torque, a 2-speed transmission, built-in LED lights, battery, charger and all that comes in the form of an only 7 inch long item that weighs 3.3 pounds. It’s the perfect tool for someone that likes building their own furniture, transforming and repurposing items around the house and simply being handy when it’s needed.Available for 169$.
2. The Dremel 4000-2/30 120-Volt Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit.
Another useful gift idea for a DIY lover an enthusiast would be this tool kit that an user0friendly design, variable speed from 5,000 to 35,000 RPM, a comfortable and soft grip and that comes with a history of reliable performance and versatility. It works with standard attachments and high performance level attachments and has replaceable motor brushes. It’s a great tool for carving, engraving, routing, grinding, sanding, cutting, cleaning, polishing and more.Available for 83$.
3. An oblong chip box.
There’s always something you can put in a box like this one. It’s perfect for keeping all sorts of small treasures. The box is crafted in Copenhagen and it’s made of colored plexiglass and wood. It features a sliding top and it’s made by hand, just the detail it needed to be a perfect gift. The dimensions of the box are 8.75″ long x 4.25″ wide.Available for 84$.
4. Bike tool kit.
This would be a great gift for someone that enjoys cycling. Everyone knows that it’s impossible to prevent the bike from being subject to all sorts of technical accidents. In those moments you don’t have a choice but to fix the problem. With this tool kit you’ll always be prepared for the unpredictable. It’s made of waxed cotton canvas with leather trim and toe strap and it has 10 pockets of different sizes that are perfect for all your essential bike tools. It can be attached to the bike frame or under the seat.Available for 44$.
5. Square-shaped wire baskets.
You never know when you’ll need some extra storage space. These wire baskets are perfect for storing all sorts of things and their simple and practical design makes them very useful in a variety of space, including the kitchen, the office or even the bathroom. They measure 11″ x 11″ x 8″ and they’re a simple and practical idea for a gift.Available for 28$.
6. A mini arrow embroidery kit.
A perfect gift for someone passionate about embroidery would be a cute little kit like this one. It includes a 5×5’’ piece of silk screened linen fabric, a 3’’ embroidery hoop, instructions, three coordinating embroidery floss colors on a wooden clothes pin bobbin, an embroidery needle and a cotton bag for storage.Found on etsy.
7. Washi paper tape.
If you know someone that enjoys being involved in all sorts of small DIY projects, that likes decorating gifts and making everything look beautiful, then that person must appreciate the usefulness and versatility of washi paper tape. So what could be a better gift than a set of 12 rolls in all sorts of beautiful colors? Available for 28$.
8. Colored pencils.
It doesn’t really matter if you’re a kid or an adult. Colored pencils are something that everyone enjoys using, especially those that have lots of imagination and like to share it with their friends. A nice gift for someone that likes drawing would be a nice box of twelve triangular colored drawing pencils. They come in a beechwood storage box with sliding top measuring 7.5″ x 5.5″.Available for 29$.
9. A solid brass 12’’ ruler.
It’s always better to measure twice and to cut once than to regret a simple mistake. Every crafty person knows this. It’s why a ruler would be a great gift despite its simplicity. It’s a very useful tool that anyone should have in their home. This solid brass ruler measures 12” x 30 mm x 1.0 mm and has etched markings. It would make a thoughtful gift for the office, workshop, studio, etc.Available for 36$.
10. Wooden mechanical pencils.
Here’s another nice and thoughtful gift for the office or for anyone that normally uses pencils: a set of mechanical pencils that look just like the regular wooden pencils with eraser and sharpened tip. Each pen features French phrases for every day of the week and they are available in a variety of colors.Available for 8$.
11. Baker’s twine.
Here’s another item that anyone should have in their home. A spool of baker’s twine is something you can use for all sorts of projects, especially when you enjoy doing things yourself. This particular product is a durable 8-ply blend of natural and black cotton twines and gold metallic filament made with double the strands of regular baker’s twine for a bold effect. It’s great for craft projects.Available for 8$.
12. Wool felt rolls.
Available in a variety of colors, these 5 inch wool felt rolls are great for all sorts of projects such as needle felting projects, dolls, felt flowers, scrapbooks, etc. It’s a gift that would show your appreciation and respect for your friend’s or relative’ passion for DIY projects and it would be a thoughtful thing to give them since you can always find something to use wool felt for.Available for 4.6$.
Gifts which you can read.
Lots of people like to read. It’s an action that calms them while also allowing them to learn new things. So whether it’s something you do for pleasure or because the subject interests you professionally, a book is always a nice gift to receive.
1. Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love.
This is a book that offers design ideas for every style, skill level and budget and it would be a nice and thoughtful gift for anyone that is passionate about interior design or that could use some help in the domain. It’s a debut book by bloggers Sherry and John Petersik, perfect for beginners in the domain.Available for 17.73$.
2. Jonathan Adler 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life.
Happiness is often related to the lifestyle but also to the way your home looks like. Written by celebrity designer Jonathan Adler offers 100 bold ideas for Happy Chic dwelling, decorating, and entertaining. Also, as a bonus, five fun and creative projects are described and the readers are invited to make their own crafts.Available for 13.72$.
3. Tiny houses.
There seems to be a tendency for people to have large homes that impress but that aren’t really practical. It’s a reason for concern since it’s not exactly the most sustainable and eco-friendly thing to do these days. This concern is expressed by Mimi Zeiger in the book entitled Tiny Houses. The book offers a collection of over 30 modular and prefab homes, tiny residences ranging from tree houses to floating houses.Available for 29$.
4. Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home.
It’s always good and useful to get some advice from professionals when it comes to interior decorating. In this book, the world’s top designers and leading decor experts share with us over 1,000 professional tips, ideas and solutions for every budget and every room in the house. It’s a treasure to have in any home.Available for 23.10$.
5. Decorate Workshop: Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps.
This book is an interactive guide written by Holly Becker that takes the readers through her unique eight-step process designed to help them identify their style and decorate their homes cleverly, beautifully and on a budget. Here you can find everything you need to know about the process of decorating a home, including how to choose the materials, how to choose the right paint and everything else.Available for 18$.
6. Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design.
Written by founder and creative director of DwellStudio, this book is a guide that will show you how to forget everything about professionally-designed décor and how to create instead a décor that’s infused with your personality and that responds to your needs and preferences. It’s not about being perfect but about being comfortable.Available for 26$.
7. Design*Sponge at Home.
You’re probably familiar with Design*Sponge, the most popular design site on the internet. Well, now you can read the blogger’s ideas and suggestions in a book. It’s actually a guide and it includes home tours of 70 real-life interiors featuring artists and designers, 50 DIY projects, step-by-step tutorials, 50 Before & After makeovers, lots of tips and lots of photos.available for Available for 22.6$.
Gifts under $50
A great gift is not necessarily one that’s expensive. In fact, there are lots of great things you can buy for under $50 and they would make wonderful gifts for friends or relatives. It’s the symbolism and the gesture that matter the most.
1. A set of magnets.
Magnets are always fun and everyone has them in their home. Some people even collect them and their refrigerator looks like a colorful display for all sorts of magnets of all shapes and sizes. This set contains 12 colored magnets, each measuring 85x50mm. they come in a nice little box and they cost $19.90.
2. A ceramic squirrel speaker.
Cute and useful, this item is actually that you can use both as a nice little decoration and as a speaker for your phone, mp3 player, etc. It has an audio jack in place of a tail and a glazed ceramic shell. It’s compatible with most music players that use a 3.5 mm mini plug and requires no batteries. You can purchase the speaker for EUR43.43.
4. A bike planter.
This is a nice and cute little gift, great for those that love plants and riding bikes. It’s a lovely little planter that can be attached to the bike. Take your plant on an adventure and let it enjoy some fresh air. The planter is made with 3D printing technology and it attaches firmly to your bike with an elastic nylon cord. It’s 2.3” tall, 1.4” wide, and 1” deep and costs $45.
5. A funny coffee mug.
If the person you want to find a gift for enjoys having coffee in the morning, then this coffee mug would be a perfect solution. When cold, the mug displays a white sleeping face on a black background while when filled with hot coffee, tea or chocolate, the mug becomes white and displays a happy face. It’s like the coffee wakes up the mug. It’s a great gift and it costs $19.21.
6. A bag planter.
A nice planter would be a great gift for someone that loves plants and flowers. For example, this hanging bag planter would be ideal for terraces, porches or for fences. It’s made from durable tarpaulin and burlap and it’s easy to attach to the wall. Perfect for small spaces, the planter can be sued to grow plants, flowers or herbs. Its dimensions are 12″w x 4″d x 27″h and it costs EUR 34.57.
7. A cast stone planter kit
Here’s another nice idea for a planter. This time it’s not the actual planter that you’ll buy but a DIY planter kit. It contains everything you need to make a lovely window garden, including gray eco-concrete mix, dirt, seeds and eco-friendly box/mold. The planter will measure approximately 2”H, 3.75” diameter and the kit costs $18.00.
8. A hanging air plant pod.
Air plant pods are ingenious and interesting ways of displaying plants. Their uniqueness makes them unusual and very nice gifts for plant lovers. Each pod is covered inside and out with silky matte white glaze and they can be used both indoors and outdoors. This is a large pod that measures 4 1/2″ long with a 2″ opening and costs $42.00.
9. Snow globes.
Perfect gifts for Christmas, snow globes are classical decorations that come in a large variety of designs. They can be displayed on the desk, table, bookcase, shelf and they add a touch of fantasy to the room. The globes are made of glass and plastic and come in several models.
10. A wine rack.
A wine rack is one of those things you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself but that you wouldn’t say no to if received as a gift. Some wine racks can be very expensive but there are also accessible models. This one, for example, costs EUR34.57. It has a minimalist design made from engineered wood and a white lacquer finish. It holds up to 6 bottles of wine and measures 8.5″w x 7″d x 14.5″h.
Serving bowls are very popular gifts and that’s mostly because you can never have too many of them. Another nice thing about serving bowls is the fact that they are both useful and beautiful.
1. The Utopia Carmen bowl.
This chic serving bowl is crafted from brown stoneware and it’s glazed with sheer white glaze, featuring a design that’s an homage to the woman with fruit on her head. However, this bowl is very versatile and it can be used for much more than just fruit. The dimensions of the bowl are 9.5″ wide x 11.5″ high x 9.5″ deep.Available for 248$.
2. A colorful and versatile deep serving bowl.
Simple and versatile, this serving bowl is perfect for sides such as mashed potatoes, vegetables and much more. Its design, however, allows it to also be used for pasta or soup. Not only that’s very useful and versatile in the kitchen and dining room, but this bowl is also beautiful as a decoration.Available for 60$.
3. A sculptural hardwood log serving bowl.
If you want something special to offer as a gift, than a ceramic serving bowl will probably seem too simple. You can opt instead for something similar to this: a beautiful, hand-turned bowl made from locally harvested hardwood logs from North Carolina. Each bowl is unique. Since it’s handcrafted, the dimensions may vary slightly.Available for 299$.
4. A wooden salad bowl.
Made of solid cherry wood, this beautiful bowl has a simple, modern and bold design. Each serving bowl is carefully dipped in an intricate overlapping pattern with different colors. The colored portion is a soft rubbery plastic that are pleasant at the touch while also making the bowls extra durable and non-slip. The large salad bowl measures approximately 12 inch (20.48cm ) diameter at the top x 5/8 inch (1.59cm) rim and it’s 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) Deep.
5. Diamond-cut nesting bowls.
If you’re looking for something a little more elegant and glamorous to offer as a gift, maybe these beautiful nesting bowls would be a nice choice. These chic bowls can be displayed as accessories around the house or they can be used at dinner parties. They are made of ceramic with electroplated glaze and they come in four different sizes.Available for 99$.
Whenever someone moves into a new home it’s customary for everyone that comes to visit to also bring a gift. These gifts usually represent things that are needed around the house and all sorts of useful and practical items.
1. Personalized pillow covers.
A wonderful gift for a couple that just moved together would be this set of personalized pillow covers. They are sewn from pure linen and have a neutral hue. The design is casual and the covers have hidden zipper closure. They can be personalized with the names of those you wish to gift them to.Available for 31 euros.
2. Florentine pillar candles.
Everyone has candles in their home. It’s a small décor detail that makes a room feel cozier and more inviting. These beautiful pillar candles feature an intricate Italian damask design embossed in whitewashed wax on a subtle background of champagne gold. The candles are available in several sizes and are made of hand-poured paraffin wax.Available on site.
3. A faux pine and berry arrangement.
Perfect for those that like plants but don’t really have the time to care for them, this arrangement has been crafted to resemble a vintage metal farmhouse bucket. The red pot is filled with faux needle-nose pine branches and red winterberries, making it a beautiful decoration for the winter holidays. The dimensions of the arrangement are 13.5″ diameter, 37″ high and the materials used to craft it are polyester, wire stems, plastic tubing, real pinecones, natural twigs and a resin pot.Available for 140 euros.
4. A framed Brooklyn Bridge photo from the New York Times Archive.
This beautiful photo is part of a collection of five historical images of the Brooklyn Bridge from The New York Times Archive. It’s a beautiful nighttime photo of the Brooklyn Bridge and is available in several sizes. It includes a certificate of authenticity from the New York Times and it’s backed with a label giving time period and story of the image. The photo is framed in ramin wood with a black or espresso finish.Available for 176 euros.
5. A cable-knit throw.
Perfect as a housewarming gift, this cozy throw is knit from soft cotton and acrylic and it’s the perfect accessory whenever some extra warmth and comfort is needed. The throw also reverses to a plush faux sheepskin. It’s woven of a soft acrylic and cotton blend with polyester and faux sheepskin microfiber on the other side.Available for 87 euros.
6. A personalized doormat.
Personalized doormats are fun and beautiful but they’re one of those things that you wouldn’t get for yourself. It’s why it would be a perfect housewarming gift for someone else. This hand screened doormat would be a lovely way to welcome the guests. It’s available in several sizes and the border and the text can either be black or espresso.The mat is made of naturally durable coir, a fiber derived from the outer husk of coconut shells.Available for 61 euros.