Meaningful DIY Gifts to Make for Your Girlfriend on her Birthday

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16 January 2020, 06:03 GMT

Looking for meaningful DIY gifts for a girlfriend? You’ve come to the right place! Making a gift yourself is a beautiful, memorable way to tell somebody you care.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to take special skills or training or require large amounts of money. Below, we’ve compiled seven different amazing gifts you can make. Most don’t require any kind of special tools; all you’ll need is a little creativity and a lot of heart! 

1. DIY Jewelry That Will Speak Volumes 

Actions speak louder than words, and crafting your own jewelry to make DIY gifts for your girlfriend will tell her what she means to you. And the good news is these projects don’t require any expertise and almost zero specials tools. Some can even be quite inexpensive, leaving you with enough money left over to take your special someone out for a nice dinner! 

Concrete Necklaces 

The same concrete you use to pour a foundation can also be used to create delicate, beautiful pieces of jewelry. This tutorial outlines how to make a DIY Concrete Heart Necklace. You’ll need an inexpensive mold, concrete or Hobby Crete, which is designed for these kinds of small DIY projects, and a few inexpensive jewelry supplies, like the necklace chain. 

The process takes up to 24 hours (you have to allow for ample dry and set time), but the result is lovely and unique. You can use different molds to create different shapes or even use gold or copper spray paint to pay the concrete. 

Beaded Bracelets

If your girlfriend loves arm candy, she’ll love this! Our next idea on this list of DIY gifts for your girlfriend is a beaded bracelet. This tutorial walks you step-by-step through creating a beaded crystal bracelet. 

You won’t need any special tools, but how much you spend on supplies will depend on the kinds of beads you choose. You can find your supplies online or at a local craft or hobby store. For maximum effect, create multiple bracelets in coordinating colors, and present them in a jewelry box. 

Wire Word Necklaces 

Here’s another simple tutorial for a special kind of necklace she won’t be able to find anywhere else: a wire word necklace! You’ll need 16 or 18 gauge wire, jump rings, and a necklace chain (all of which will be easy to find online or at your local hobby store). Then, you’ll simply use your pliers to work the wire into a cursive word of your choosing. 

The tutorial recommends “love,” but you could fashion your girlfriend’s name or another word or date that has meaning to her. Here’s our tip: start by sketching out your design on paper first. That way, you can make sure all the letters stay connected, and the entire process will be a lot smoother. 

Leather Bow Bracelets 

If you enjoy working with leather, these leather bow bracelets make a big statement and are surprisingly easy. You’ll simply cut your leather down to size, use thread to create the middle, and glue a snap to the ends. You can find all different kinds of leather (including interesting colors and patterns) at a local craft store or online. 

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2. DIY “I Love You” Jar 

If you want to make DIY gifts for your girlfriend but aren’t great with your hands, an “I Love You” jar is a beautiful way to create a thoughtful gift that she can cherish throughout the next year. Here’s what you’ll do: purchase or create a large decorative jar or box. You can use stickers or labels or write and draw on the outside of the jar. 

Then, create up to a hundred (or more!) small slips of paper (think: fortunes from a fortune cookie) with messages from you to her. You can instruct her to pull out a message every day or whenever she’s feeling blue. The messages can be compliments or reasons you love her or even special memories; they can also be poems or quotes about love that you know will be meaningful to her. 

3. Create an Experience for Her 

They say experiences make the most memorable gifts, and it’s hard to refute that. While you might not be able to go all out on, say, a sunset hot air balloon ride above wine country, you can still create a beautiful experience that she won’t soon forget.

The trick is to think about what she wants. What would be memorable and exciting for her? Even if it’s not your cup of tea--especially if it’s not your cup of tea--going out of your way to planning something around her interests will be deeply memorable. 

Here are a few fun ideas: 

  1. Hand her a gift card for shopping and lunch, and stay behind to clean her house 
  2. Offer a full body massage, and set the bedroom up like a spa--complete with massage oil, aromatherapy, spa music, and a robe
  3. Surprise her with a trip out of town to somewhere she’s always wanted to visit--and make sure she doesn’t have to do any of the planning 

4. Make a Blanket 

Arm-knitting has become popular in the last few years because it’s easy to do and looks amazing. If your girlfriend loves to snuggle up with a blanket, try knitting one for herself!

Keep in mind that you’ll need quite a bit of yarn--up to 8lbs! It can add up in price quickly, especially if you’re using a high-quality yard, but there’s something special about being able to give somebody something you made yourself. 

To make the gift extra special, you can pair the blanket with a mug and your girlfriend’s favorite tea or coffee as well as a book or movie she loves. 

5. DIY Bath & Body Products 

When it comes to great DIY gifts for your girlfriend, bath and body products, you can make yourself take top billing. The great news is that they’re easy--and fun--to make! If she loves long, luxurious soaks, try this bath salt tutorial. 

You’ll combine two types of salt, baking soda, and her favorite blend of essential oils (suggestions are included) to create a thoughtful gift. To make it extra special, you can include bath essentials like a luxurious robe, a long-handled bath loofah, and candles. Also, make sure to use a beautiful glass jar so she can display her bath salts proudly! 

Bath bombs require a little more effort and a few more supplies, but are extra special, especially since you can make them with all-natural ingredients. You can even whip up a batch of both bath salts and bath bombs! 

6. DIY Wood Gifts 

If DIY for you means getting out your saw, you’ll love these two ideas for wood gifts. Not only are they practical; they’re also beautiful. What better way to say “I love you”? 

DIY Geo Wood Trivet 

Trivets are useful and decorative; they’re like coasters for pots and dishes to protect your table or counter from the heat. This tutorial uses wood veneers cut into geometric patterns to make a truly stunning gift. And, if you can find a pre-cut square of wood, you won’t need to use your saw at all (sorry!). If your girlfriend loves to cook, this would be a thoughtful, lovely gift. 

Brass Ring Hanging Planter 

Does your significant other love plants? If so, she’ll probably adore this brass ring hanging planter, and not just because you made it. You’ll need scraps of wood, large brass rings, eye hooks, cotton cord, and two or three more supplies you probably already have on hand. 

When you’ve assembled your hanging planter, however, we suggest you find a beautiful new plant and planter so that your girlfriend can hang her new green friend right away--you can even offer to install a hanging hook for her! 

7. DIY Mugs 

If your girlfriend’s a coffee or tea fiend, she’ll love a personalized mug from you that you made yourself. This tutorial is an exhaustive look at four different methods for personalizing mugs yourself. All are easy and simple; you can use an inside joke, a phrase or quote you know she’ll love, or any other special message. 

Remember: a great gift is all about the thought and the presentation. You’re already giving her an extremely thoughtful gift you made yourself; make sure you wrap it beautifully! You can even pair it with a blanket (maybe one you knit yourself?), a candle, and her favorite tea or coffee. 


DIY gifts for a girlfriend are beautiful ways to show you care, whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, special holiday, or just because. Happy crafting! 

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