12 DIY 2016 Best Friend Gift Ideas To Make For Your Other Half This Holiday Season

It goes without saying that your BFF is one of the most important people in your life. And if you are obsessed with homemade presents like myself, you are probably thinking about the top DIY gift ideas for best friends. Personally, I like to think of these gifts as a chance to embrace inside jokes and memories. The customization of a homemade gift makes it that much more meaningful. And when you choose to skip the mall and make your present, adding personal flair is so much easier.

The key to successfully making gifts for your BFF is to start as early as possible. This way, you will have enough time to be picky and choose materials that truly represent your bestie’s style and personality. Furthermore, you will have ample room for experimentation. This is especially useful if you are not usually the crafty type.

Regardless of your experience with DIY, you can create a truly meaningful present. Many of the best projects out there call for simple supplies and basic techniques. For best results, read through the entire tutorial before beginning. This will give you a solid idea of the process before rolling up your sleeves and diving in. With some patience and care, you can create an awesome DIY gift that your bestie will cherish all year round.

1. Pumpkin Spice Candles

It goes without saying that the PSL has a cult following. If your BFF is a proud member of the fan club, consider making this homemade candle for a cozy holiday gift. Check out the original how-to at Bustle.

2. Faux Fur Photo Frame

Despite the popularity of social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, a hard copy of your favorite photo is something special. It also happens to double as a lovely gift. This year, try pairing a shot of you and your partner-in-crime with an attractive frame. This faux fur version by Ashley of Simply Designing at Darice is especially trendy.

3. DIY Faux Wood Marble Trinket Box

With some inexpensive supplies from the hardware store, you can make your best gal a homemade faux wood and marble trinket box. You'll be surprised at just how easy it is to transform a plain cardboard container into a classy decor piece. Find the DIY at eHow.

4. DIY All-Natural Dry Shampoo

For the friend that's always on the go, dry shampoo can be a life savior. That's where a project like this all-natural dry shampoo DIY by Bustle comes in. When you're finished mixing up this homemade beauty product, spruce up the bottle with washi tape, labels, and inside jokes.

5. DIY Embroidered Basket Clock

If your BFF loves to decorate, consider gifting this simple and chic embroidered basket clock by Fall for DIY. The natural vibe of the basket material makes this clock extremely versatile for different types of styles and personalities.

6. Gold Leaf Color Block Soaps

Can we just talk about how charming these soaps are? With some help from Fall for DIY, you can create a set of colorful soaps in the phrase of your choice. Simply place them in a cellophane or a drawstring bag and you're good to go.

7. Rainbow Gold Lustre Bath Bombs

Everyone needs a little rest and relaxation once in a while. Help your BFF unwind during the crazy holiday season with a few vibrant gold lustre bath bombs. They are surprisingly easy to make, too. Check out the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.

8. DIY Tinted Glossy Lip Balm

The autumn and winter months are prime time for lip balm usage. Make sure your BFF is well-stocked by making a DIY tinted lip balm in the scent of your choice. The tutorial at We Heart This also uses lipstick as a colorant, making it easy to create a wide range of shades.

9. Heart-Shaped Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Who says chocolate and hearts are just for Valentine's Day and significant others? Treat your BFF to a tasty batch of chocolate-covered strawberries shaped like hearts. Sweet treats are the best gifts, after all. Find the tutorial at Bustle.

10. Wooden Photo Clip Garland

For a different take on the picture frame gift, whip up this photo clip garland DIY inspired by Urban Outfitters. This space-saving piece is especially useful for besties who live in small spaces. Find the original tutorial at Bustle.

11. Marble Stationery

In a world full of text messages and emails, there's nothing quite like a handwritten note. For the BFF that adores stationery and writing, gift a set of marble stationery with some help from eHow. It's easy, inexpensive, and so pretty.

12. Bohemian Beach Towel

Whether your BFF is planning a vacation or you're simply stoked for next year's beach trips, a beach towel always doubles as a useful present. This particular version by eHow uses liquid dye to create a beautiful splash of color.

Images: Bustle; Darice; eHow; Bustle; Fall for DIY; Fall for DIY; A Beautiful Mess; We Heart This; Bustle; Bustle; eHow; eHow