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9 DIY Christmas Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" quite like a homemade gift. Show your friends, families and fur babies you care with one of these DIY holiday gifts.

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DIY Two-in-One Dining/Coffee Table

This table looks like the kind of thing you’d spend thousands of dollars on in a furniture store. But the beauty of this heirloom piece is that it’s handmade, and whoever you’re giving this to will really appreciate that. They’ll also dig the fact that it’s a two-in-one table that converts to a dining or coffee table, giving them more flexibility in how they use the living room.

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DIY Solar-Powered House Numbers

The coolest gifts are thoughtful and unique, the kind of things that say I made something special just for you. An inexpensive project that takes less than a full day to complete, these solar-powered house numbers add a personalized touch to their house and extra flash of curb appeal. As an added bonus, dinner guests will never miss their house.

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DIY Foldable Hammock Stand

Whoever you give this gift to might not be able to use it for a few months, but when the spring thaw arrives and they’re outside soaking up the sun, they’ll think back to what an incredible present this was. It’s almost literally giving the gift of sunshine. Even better, it’s foldable, so they can stow it away in the garage when winter rolls around again.

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DIY Nightstand

You don’t have to be an expert woodworker to make this one-of-a-kind nightstand. It requires just a few simple tools, dowels, glue and a day to build and paint it. When you’re done, someone on your list is going to have a handmade piece of furniture, and they’ll think about what a great gift it was every night when they turn off the lamp.

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Handmade Breadbox

Breadboxes used to be a staple in kitchens, but with more emphasis on expanded cabinet space and pantries, you just don’t see them around as much anymore. They are still incredibly cool and helpful with kitchen organization. That special someone on your list will appreciate the handmade quality of this conversation piece that also helps keep things fresh.

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DIY Raised Dog Bed

Every dog needs a cozy bed of their own, one that’s not the couch or an easy chair in the living room. A raised bed also gets them off the cold floor, and it helps older dogs with arthritis have a more comfortable place to rest their joints.

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DIY Kids Climbing Wall

Give the kids a place to go wild without having to leave the backyard. What’s great about this A-frame climbing wall is that it’s foldable so you can stash it out of the elements without eating up the entire garage. With just a day’s work and a few simple parts, you can keep the youngsters entertained for hours and hours on end.

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Holiday Name Place Cards

When family and friends come over for a holiday dinner, make sure everyone’s in the right seat with these DIY name place cards. You can make them one- or two-sided, and it won’t take more than an afternoon in the shop to get them done. It might even go faster and be more fun with a little help from the kiddos. Break them out for seating arrangements and an instant conversation piece whenever company arrives.

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DIY Workbench

You don’t have to be a seasoned pro in the shop to make this sturdy 30-in. x 6-ft.-long workbench. But once you’ve built it, you, or someone on your list (wink, wink), can start tackling the projects on their list that will make them an expert woodworker. It requires just a day to build and uses minimal lumber, fifteen 8-ft. 2x4s and a single sheet of 1/2-in. plywood. You could spend hundreds more on workbench built in a factory somewhere that’s still not as good as this one. Customize it with pegboard, a bench vise or other accessories.

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Ryan Van Bibber
Ryan Van Bibber is a deputy editor at Family Handyman. He's been DIY'ing since he was a kid. A resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, he is especially proud of his aptitude with a swamp cooler, repairing stucco and engineering makeshift shade. As a career journalist, Ryan covered the NFL for more than a decade, worked as a senior editor at Outside as well as writing and editing buying guides and product reviews for several national publications. When he’s not working, you can find him on the trails with his family and two very good dogs.