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Inexpensive DIY Gift Roundup #4: Gifts for Teens & Twenty-somethings

December 13th, 2007 admin


I’ve been busy making gifts for some of my family (including the Monster iPod Cozy for my brother!), and its actually been surprisingly fun–it seems much more personal. Here is a little assortment of fun DIY holiday gifts you can give to the teens and twenty-somethings in your life:

Redesigned Suitcase Backpack. To keep this unique project inexpensive, scour thrift stores for good-quality suitcases, and embellish with cool scraps you thrift or discover around the house.

Rice Heat Therapy Pillow. Schoolwork, new jobs, and all that comes with this age can mean stiff necks and headaches. This aromatherapy rice pillow will soothe all those aches and pains. This tutorial also includes ways to change the pillow into a cold pack and an eye-pillow.

Toaster Pastry iPod Cozy. This is the easiest iPod case I’ve found yet—just a needle, thread, and a couple pieces of felt. Plus it looks just like a Pop Tart! (Also check out the other iPod cases I posted in this entry and this one. I made the “Monster iPod Cozy” for my brother–it looks great and cost less than $5!)

Lavender Bath Salts. A bottle of these can cost $16 or more in stores, but they smell just as good (or better!) when you make your own.

Paper Lantern. Take your origami skills to the next level by making this gorgeous paper lantern for your friend, sibling, or roommate. It’s very straightforward, but looks stunning when its finished!

Recipe Book. Perfect for anyone taking on the first few years of living on their own, fill this book with favorite family recipes or scour the web for recipes you can make with just dorm supplies (microwave, fridge, toaster, etc.). To cut costs a bit, you can use a regular binder instead of a scrapbook album.

Want more low-cost and DIY gift ideas? Check out my other gift entries, below, or subscribe to keep up on my latest posts!

Photo: Christmas Decorations by alitaylor

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. patrick  |  December 13th, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Those are really cool gift ideas.

  • 2. DIY gifts for teens and c&hellip  |  December 14th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

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  • 3. DIY gifts for teens and c&hellip  |  December 14th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    […] up with a creative personal DIY gift. whether you’re feeling lost, take a project from that list of homemade gifts for the teen in your life or let it inspire some of your own […]

  • 4. Stacy Reed  |  December 17th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    I really love that origami lantern and the rice bags are a neat gift idea as well! Thanks for putting together this list of neat inexpensive ideas.

  • 5. Jamie  |  December 18th, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Thanks Stacy and Patrick! I had a lot of fun gathering these ideas and making gifts (for a change!) this year. Happy Holidays!

  • 6. Surviving College Life &r&hellip  |  February 21st, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    […] Make your own gifts. Check out these DIY gift roundups: for girls, for guys, for kids, & for teens/twenty-somethings. I made a gift for my brother this year that he LOVED, and it cost less than $5 (you can find it in […]

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  • 8. Shopper Reviews  |  March 24th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Nice collection of DIY gift items. I’m sure the above mentioned gift items would surely appeal on most teenagers because of the “added personal touch”.

  • 9. Dorm Life Guru  |  March 25th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Great ideas. I have received great responses from referencing your blog on mine. Thanks for the resource.

  • 10. University Student Articles  |  April 6th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    get onto ebay lol you can score some great deals. Also a site called bidz is kind of the same as ebay but instead it does just jewllery and you an score some mojorly cheap, real and great looking jewllery.

  • 11. hand mi hentai  |  September 4th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    hentai mi sister hentai with mi

  • 12. » A DIY Gift Guide &hellip  |  December 17th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

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  • 13. megan  |  December 20th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    all these links are off

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