5 Last Minute Handmade Gift Ideas for Friends When You're in a Time Crunch

5 Last Minute Handmade Gift Ideas for Friends!

Sometimes life gets hectic, and you realize you need a gift for a friend fast. But don't panic, there are plenty of thoughtful, handmade options that can be whipped up in no time. With just a few basic supplies and a bit of creativity, you can make something unique your friends will adore. Best of all, these DIY presents show you went the extra mile rather than settling for something generic. So take a deep breath, gather your materials, and try one of these fun last-minute handmade gift ideas that any friend would love:

1. DIY Signs

DIY Signs

One of the easiest handmade gift ideas is personalizing a small wooden sign with your friend's name, a meaningful quote or inside joke. Use acrylic paints, stencils and markers to customize it. Tie a ribbon for hanging and you have a charming sentiment ready in minutes. Here are the detailed instructions on how to make the DIY signs. 

Gather Materials: You'll need a small piece of wood, acrylic paints, stencils, markers, and a ribbon for hanging.

Prepare the Wood: Sand the wood to make it smooth and ready for painting.

Design Your Sign: Use stencils to outline the letters of your friend's name, a meaningful quote, or an inside joke.

Paint: Fill in the letters and designs with colorful acrylic paints.

Add Details: Use markers to add any extra details or decorations to your sign.

Let It Dry: Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Attach the Ribbon: Tie a ribbon to the top of the sign for hanging.

2. Kleenex Holder

Kleenex Holder

Decorate an old tissue box with paint, washi tape, ribbons and stickers themed to your friend's interests or their home decor style. This is a quick and affordable way to make a practical item feel extra special. Here are the instructions on how you can do it yourself:

  1. Gather Materials: You'll need an empty tissue box, paint, washi tape, ribbons, stickers, and any other decorative materials.
  2. Prepare the Box: Clean the tissue box thoroughly and remove any excess tissue.
  3. Design Your Holder: Use paint, washi tape, ribbons, and stickers to decorate the outside of the tissue box. Choose themes or styles that match your friend's interests or home decor.
  4. Get Creative: Feel free to add extra embellishments or details to make the Kleenex holder unique and special.
  5. Let It Dry: Allow the paint and decorations to dry completely before using the Kleenex holder.
  6. Final Touches: Double-check your design for any smudges or mistakes, and make any necessary touch-ups.

Flower Push Pins

Flower Push Pins

Gift a fun office supply by gluing faux flowers to the tops of basic push pins or thumbtacks. You can even use mismatched buttons instead. Help brighten their workspace with colorful blooms.  

  1. Gather Materials: You'll need basic push pins or thumbtacks, faux flowers, glue, and optionally, mismatched buttons.
  2. Prepare the Flowers: Remove the stems from the faux flowers, leaving just the flower heads.
  3. Attach Flowers: Use glue to securely attach the flower heads to the tops of the push pins or thumbtacks. Alternatively, you can use mismatched buttons instead of flowers.
  4. Let Them Dry: Allow the glue to dry completely before using the flower push pins.

Brighten Their Workspace: Gift these colorful and fun flower push pins to brighten up their workspace and add a touch of cheer to their office supplies.

Fabric Scrap Bookmark

Fabric Scrap Bookmark

Turn scraps of their favorite patterned material into trendy bookmarks. Below are the steps describing how anyone can make a Fabric Scrap Bookmark. 

  1. Gather Materials: Collect scraps of your friend's favorite patterned fabric, pinking shears (or regular scissors), yarn or ribbon.
  2. Cut the Fabric: Use pinking shears to create a frayed edge design on both long sides of the fabric scraps. You can also layer multiple patterns together for a unique look.
  3. Tie Yarn or Ribbon: Tie a piece of yarn or ribbon at the top of the fabric scrap bookmark for easy pulling.
  4. Personalize (Optional): Optionally, you can personalize the bookmark by adding embroidery or fabric paint to embellish the design.
  5. Use and Enjoy: Your trendy fabric scrap bookmark is now ready to use! Gift it to your friend to mark their place in their favorite books.

Homemade Dip Mix

Homemade Dip Mix

Make a fancy dip blend by combining dried herbs and seasonings in a jar. Attach a label with instructions and maybe some crunchy pita chips or fancy crackers for easy gifting. Below are the detailed instructions on how you can make a homemade dip mix.

  1. Gather Ingredients: Collect dried herbs and seasonings of your choice. Popular options include dried parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a clean jar, combine the dried herbs and seasonings in the desired proportions. You can customize the blend to suit your friend's taste preferences.
  3. Attach Instructions: Create a label for the jar with instructions on how to prepare the dip. For example, "Mix 1 tablespoon of dip mix with 1 cup of sour cream. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving."
  4. Add Extra Touches: To enhance the gift, consider including some crunchy pita chips or fancy crackers in a separate container for easy gifting.

Present Your Gift: Package the jar of dip mix with the accompanying instructions and extra goodies in a decorative basket or gift bag.


Rushing to find the perfect last-minute handmade gift for a friend doesn't have to be stressful. You can always get creative with simple DIY ideas like customized signs, gift accessorizing daily items. These quick, inexpensive projects from basic materials allow you to whip up thoughtful presents with heartfelt meaning. The personal touches are sure to make your friend's day. 


  • What are some easy homemade gift ideas?
  • Common household supplies like tissue boxes, wine glasses and scraps of fabric can be turned into fun, personalized presents with minimal effort. Get inspired by their interests and hobbies.

  • What should I make for my BFF?
  • For your best friend, focus on an inside joke you share or something that reminds you of your friendship and history together. Those personalized touches make DIY gifts extra meaningful.

  • How do you make a thoughtful gift?
  • Thoughtfulness comes from choosing details, colors, materials and other elements your recipient finds special. Tailor your DIY gifts around what matters most to them.

  • Are handmade gifts better?
  • Handmade gifts show you invested real time, creativity and effort and not just money. That sincere personal involvement makes them extra appreciated versus generic store-bought items.

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