Last Minute DIY Gifts for DIY Homeowners

The DIY movement has settled into norm and homeowners are not only finding ways to save money, but they enjoy doing it! DIY gifts are popular for birthdays and holidays and always appreciated on account of the effort someone put in. But what if the person you are giving the gift to is a DIY lover as well? Yes, they will appreciate your DIY gift, but what about giving them a gift they can enjoy doing too? Here are some neat ideas to give to those friends and family member who they themselves love to get their craft on – and you just made it possible for them. The gift to create.



Project inspiration kit

There are a handful of staple DIY projects floating around Pinterest that use relatively the same materials. A neat idea is to get someone a little ‘project inspiration kit’ that has a few start-up base materials for them to play with and build what they want. You can include a little booklet of a few near projects for them to consider or leave it up to their imagination. Some of the items to consider including are:

  • A barn-board square
  • A bag full of corks
  • A box of mason jars
  • Chalkboard paint
  • A few sheets of patterned scrapbook paper


Box with various screws and fixings

Organized tupperware sectionals

Every crafty lady (or man) needs to be organized, or their crafts turn into a tornado. Many basic tupperware containers come pre-sectioned which are perfect for little odds and ends like buttons, beads, screws, hooks, etc. A few of these in varying sizes (right up to a full stand-up organizer) can clear a desk and in turn a cluttered mind.


DIY gift basket

Basket full of odds and ends

This is sort of like the first option, but more odds and ends to help them with projects they may already have in mind. Fill a basked with various items and accessories that every DIY master needs for projects. It is a supportive gift wrapped up with a bow! Some starter ideas are:

  • Glue
  • Goo-be-gone
  • Sandpaper
  • Small screws
  • Tiny nails
  • Buttons
  • Hot glue gun (if they don’t have one)
  • Hot glue gun sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Painters tape
  • Q-tips

The list goes on 🙂  Just get an idea of what kinds of DIY projects they like to do and pack the basket accordingly.


Glass Sphere Terrarium

Terrarium kit

These are a huge hit right now and so much fun! One options is to get them a DIY kit for home. These come with a bowl, an air plant, some filler items, and the base. From there they get to arrange it as they would like. Alternately, you could get them a GC for a class where they can go into a floral studio and make one in studio. This usually has a variety of options for air plants and other fun items to incorporate into their terrarium. A possibly fun date night for you and your friend as well!


Painted Mugs

Mug Design kit

A nice relaxing gift for someone is a kit that allows them to express their creativity. Mugs (or even wine glasses) are easily painted on with glass paint and can become a fun and easy project. Some come in pre-made kits that you can purchase at craft supply stores, or you can purchase the items separately and make your own gift basket. All you need are:

  • Wine glass
  • Mug
  • glass paint
  • finishing spray

That’s it!


Clean House

Cleaning Company

Crafts can be messy! The worst part about a big project is the clean-up afterwards, especially if glitter is involved!

A great DIY gift for your DIY homeowner is a cleaning service so they can focus on their creativity and not worry about the aftermath. It is a great idea that they will absolutely love you for. Who doesn’t like having their home cleaned, especially after an explosion of craft supplies!

Who to call has a great list of Cleaning Companies in Calgary  who would be perfect for the job and whom you can pick based on preference.


Handyman painter


And finally, when DIY projects get out of hand sometimes people just need a little help. Hiring a handyman for a few hours to head over to their house and help them wrap up some of those projects that are taking longer than expected or that have long been abandoned could be the best gift they got. It can be stressful to be knee deep in projects that don’t seem to be going anywhere and a helping hand could be their saving grace – especially over the holidays.

Alternately, maybe it would just be nice for them to get a few things done around the house so that they can focus on what makes them happy – DIY crafting.

Who to call also has a long list of qualified Handymen in Calgary who live for this stuff. Give them a call and put together a great gift package.



Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen, founder of Who To Call Inc. Taking care of a house with three boys I always needed a good drywaller on speed dial. When I moved to Calgary I quickly discovered it was an Olympic sport to find home service businesses that provided the quality service and advice I was looking for. This experience inspired Who To Call – a website dedicated to helping Calgarians find quality home service repair companies. Sign up to post your project and find quality companies today!
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