Gifting Ideas

My 11 Favorite Gift Ideas for Anyone Who Works with Wood and Beyond

How I Helped a Lost Mom at a Woodworking Store

Last week I wandered into a local store for woodworkers. Without naming names, I'm sure you can guess which one (green logo and rhymes with Could Raft.) I was looking at dust collection equipment and a few new power tools (because a handy girl…
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Festive DIY Napkin Rings for your Holiday Table

Festive DIY Napkin Rings for your Holiday Table Happy Holidays! I thought it would be very apropos to share this easy last-minute holiday napkin ring tutorial with you all. It’s that time of year when time is short and things are busy. …
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Got Scrap Wood? DIY Gift Caddies using Scrap Molding

DIY gift caddies made from scrap trim is a great way to create an inexpensive gift basket AND use up all those little pieces of scrap trim in your wood pile. DIY Gift Caddies using Scrap Molding Christmas is a few weeks away and I don’t…
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DIY Fabric Tile Coasters

DIY Fabric Tile Coasters Hello! How are we all doing? The holidays may look a lot different this year, but the same sentiments and traditions are still here. If you have a tradition of making handmade holiday gifts, I have the perfect…
How to Build a Quick DIY Tray & Gift Box | Pretty Handy Girl
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How to Build a Quick DIY Tray & Gift Box

Growing up, my parents always told me homemade gifts meant more to the recipient than a store-bought gift. If you're like me, and enjoy making things and have a lot of wood scraps, you'll love making many of these Quick DIY Trays and Gift Boxes! How…
Farmhouse Painted (chalk like paint) Jar Vases | Pretty Handy Girl
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Simple Chalk-Painted Jars

This is by far one of my favorite gift crafts. Grab a few recycled jars or bottles and use your favorite chalk paint to create simple chalk-painted jars! Simple Chalk-Painted Jars Two weeks ago I spent less than 20 minutes whipping up…
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Easy Pounded Flower Gift Ideas

Spring is here and there are countless flowers awakening from the cold winter slumber. When it happens you can pick some blooms and turn them into easy gift ideas. Today I'll show you how to make easy pounded flower art. Easy Pounded Flower…
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Don’t Pitch Glass Bottles! Cut Them in Half!

Are you a wine drinker? Nope? Well how about a beer drinker? Either way you can stop throwing away those pretty bottles and cut them to use as glasses, containers —or my favorite—flower vases! Don't Pitch Bottles! Cut Them in Half! About…
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Creative Block Desk & Art Utensil Holder

Need a quick gift using scrap wood? A Creative Block Desk & Art Utensil Holder is an easy and fun gift to make and certainly a project that you can customize to meet your needs. Best of all, the kids can help with the painting step! Creative…
Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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DIY Log Bird Feeder

Hello readers, I'm Larissa coming to share with you a nature-inspired DIY project. Today, we'll learn how to create a special DIY Log Bird Feeder treat for our feathered friends. The best part is that this can be a family fun activity to do…
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Holiday Gift Idea: Hot Cocoa on a Stick

Every year I try to come up with a simple and inexpensive gift idea for teachers and service providers in my life. But, I don't want the gifts to look cheap. This year I put together these simple Hot Cocoa on a Stick Gift Mugs. They look festive…
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26 Brilliant DIY Coaster Ideas

Add some personality to your home and prevent those awful rings on your tabletops by making some coasters to place under every drink! Here are 26 brilliant DIY coaster ideas to inspire you and show how you can use a variety of materials to create…
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DIY Wooden Bath Tray with Phone Holder

DIY Wooden Bath Tray with Phone Holder Are you looking to add some beautiful functionality to your bathroom? This DIY Wooden Bath Tray (with Phone Holder) is the perfect addition! It turns a plain bath tub into the perfect place to relax and…
Tutorial for making these DIY oilcloth, water resistant drink coasters for Summer!
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DIY Oilcloth Drink Coasters

DIY Oilcloth Drink Coasters Hi there!  I’m so thrilled to be back today with this super quick and easy project.  The weather in Seattle has been totally amazing lately and it’s got me thinking about summer.  And, summer entertaining…
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Top 16 Gift Ideas for the DIY Enthusiast

Top 16 Gift Ideas for the DIY Enthusiast Cyber Monday is the perfect day to look for online deals and steals. Even if you missed Cyber Monday, I have some stocking stuffer ideas for your little (or big) DIYer? These are gift items I know any…
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DIY Back to School Pencil Vase

DIY Back to School Pencil Vase Last year my son's teachers asked for a pack of pre-sharpened pencils. Instead of just giving them a box of pencils, I wanted to give his teachers something prettier than a box of pencils. When I found a colorful…
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Pressed faux flowers behind glass

  Pressed Faux Flowers Hello, Pretty Handy Girl friends!  Julie from love my simple home here, with a new DIY project!  Pressed faux flowers behind glass is quick and easy to make. You'll end up with a beautiful piece of leaning art…
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Clever DIY Upcycled Vases

20 Clever DIY Upcycled Vases Vases are beautiful and one of those home decor items that can be used in many different ways. They can sit empty on a shelf adding to the style of the room, hold beautiful flower arrangements, or be given as loving…
This bread and cheese board makes a great gift, and is simple to make!
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DIY Bread and Cheese Board

DIY Bread and Cheese Board Hi there, Pretty Handy Girl readers! I'm Vineta from The Handyman's Daughter, back with another tutorial for you! This bread and cheese board was a gift to my mom for Christmas, and she absolutely loved it! The marble…
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31 Last Minute DIY Gift Basket Ideas

I'm sure you are feeling that crunch to get gifts for those last people on your list. Or maybe your cousin you haven't seen in years is suddenly coming for a visit. I get it, there's nothing worse than feeling the pressure to purchase last minute…
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26 Creative DIY Gifts from Your Kitchen

Creative DIY Gifts from Your Kitchen The kitchen is the heart of the home and a place full of love, family, and delicious food. Why not make your kitchen the go to place for DIY gifts this year? Plus there's something special about receiving…
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16 Unique DIY Hostess Gift Ideas

16 Unique DIY Hostess Gift Ideas Holiday festivities are about to begin, and you don't want to arrive to those parties empty-handed! Thank your hostess by bringing a thoughtful and personal gift that is sure to put a smile on his or her face.…
8. Complete with "L" brackets on corners. Add gifts and deliver!
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DIY Sheet Metal Gift Trays

DIY Sheet Metal Gift Trays The holidays are fast approaching and it's time to start thinking about gift giving ideas! Gift trays are a great way deliver gifts to your friends, neighbors or teachers. The best part of a gift tray is it can be…
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Easy Gold and Marble Coasters

Hello Pretty Handy Girl fans!! I am Anika - the girl behind Anika's DIY Life. As a long time Pretty Handy Girl fan myself, I can't find words to tell you how excited I am to be a contributor to Brittany's amazing site and share my projects…
Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl
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Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems – Guest Post by Pretty Handsome Guy

Hi all, Pretty Handsome Guy here filling in for Brittany. Last night Brittany and I were wrapping presents and I thought I'd share with you some common gift wrap problems and how to deal with them.  Think of this as the polar opposite…
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Quick & Easy Peppermint Oreo Recipe

  Want a quick and easy holiday recipe you can make with the kids? When you don't have time to bake, but you still want to give a homemade holiday treat, try this recipe for Peppermint Oreos! Quick & Easy Peppermint Oreos Ingredients: …
DIY Copper Ring Jewelry | Pretty Handy Girl
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DIY Copper Ring Jewelry

The holidays are here and you know what that means: It's time to check off items from your gift list. I don't know about you, but I detest braving the mall traffic and chaos. I'd much prefer to stay indoors and make gifts for the ones I…
DIY Tool Tote Gift Idea | Pretty Handy Girl
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DIY Tool Tote Gift

Jaime here today from That's My Letter dropping in to say hello to all you Pretty Handy Girl readers.  I'm sharing this DIY tool tote gift idea. It's perfect for Father's Day, a Honey-Do Shower, New Homeowners, or basically any occasion…
10 Cool DIY Gifts for Handy Guy or Girl on Your List
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10 Cool Gifts that Every Handy Guy (or Gal) Would Love

As an avid DIYer, I know that Father's Day is a good time to pick up great bargains on DIY tools and more. Sometimes picking out the right gift for that handy person in your life can be a little daunting. Therefore, I've created a list…
Cute Critter Plant Stakes | Pretty Handy Girl
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Cute Critter Plant Stakes

Spring is here and so brings the critters, but these are the cute kind you'll want to keep.  Jaime here from That's My Letter sharing how to make cute critter plant stakes using wood parts and pieces.  I'm a sucker for any project with…
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Simple Washi Tape Vases {Teacher’s Appreciation Gifts}

Teacher's Appreciation Week is coming up.  I needed a gift that would be special and would make the teachers' smile. And, I needed a gift that would require very little time to create. As I strode by the recycling bin, I grabbed some jars…
You Rock Appreciation Gift Idea | Pretty Handy Girl
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You Rock 3-D Card

This week is Teacher and Staff appreciation week at my sons' school. Monday was bus driver appreciation. Our bus driver is a really great guy. He's young, but man is he on top of things! He is always polite and learned the kids' names the…
DIY Apple Pencil Holder | Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Apple Pencil Holder

Need a cute gift idea for the teachers you know? How about a teacher appreciation gift idea like this DIY apple pencil holder made using scrap wood? Jaime here today from That's My Letter sharing how to make this apple shaped pencil holder…
Thank You For Nurturing My Child Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea | Pretty Handy Girl
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Thank You for Nurturing My Child – Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Every year my son's elementary school has a staff and teacher appreciation week. It sneaks up on me and catches me off-guard (every year!) In the spirit of last minute teacher appreciation gift ideas, I'll be bringing you a week's worth of…
Decorative Chalkboard Clipboard | Pretty Handy Girl
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Decorated Chalkboard Clipboards

Teacher Appreciation time is coming up. Every year, I find myself scrambling for last minute gift ideas for the teachers. My sister-in-law is a school teacher and she has always lamented the amount of sugar-laden sweets she is gifted. For…
Make a Driftwood Gift Crate | Pretty Handy Girl
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Make a Driftwood Gift Crate

Make a Driftwood Gift Crate I love making small crates or boxes to use as gift baskets for friends. It's a great way to use up scrap wood and give a gift that can be used to organize a desk or shelf.  Stick around today and I'll show you…
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3 DIY Books for Holiday Gifts

I'm thrilled to share with you a selection of 3 DIY books this holiday season. If you are looking for ideas for someone on your gift list who: has children who love to create; loves rustic metal decor; or wants some simple ideas to love…
21 Creative Ways to Gift Wrap | Pretty Handy Girl
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21 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Hello again! It's Colleen from Just Paint It with a collection of 21 Creative Wrapping Ideas. When I was a kid my favorite part of Christmas was wrapping presents. (Outside of opening them, that is.) I loved it so much that my mother would…
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DIY Snowflake Christmas Trivets

Hey there, everyone!  It's Katie again from Addicted 2 DIY.  I'm back with a Christmas tutorial that can pull double-duty as both Christmas decor and a useful accessory for your big family gatherings.  I don't know about you, but in my…
35 Upcycled Gift Ideas | Pretty Handy Girl
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35 Upcycled DIY Gift Ideas

Plain glass jars, an abandoned door, a rickety ladder, or stray drawer. These aren't items most people would envision as beautiful gifts. But we aren't most people. We like creating unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that add beauty to a space in…