No matter what people say, friends are your extended family. To celebrate that job promotion or thesis completion, to cry over your ex or giggle over sex details, from the highs to the lows, your friends are your support. Of course, your family is your biggest support system and will always stick with you. But with friends, it is different. And with a friend group, you don’t necessarily need to have a group of 10 besties or the number of friends similar to your social media following count. Even if you have that 1 or 2 trusted buddies, the ones who will always pick up your call and lend you their shoulder to cry on, that is enough. They are the friends worth keeping and celebrating. 

And as friendship day inches closer, it is only right to celebrate your time together with a cute date or get together. Remember, dates are not just romantic, it can also be platonic. So pack a cute gift, dress up well and meet your BFF for a cute brunch or coffee. And if you are lost on what to gift them, here are a few options you can make at home! 

10 DIY Gift Ideas For Your Best Friend

1. Scrunchie

Girls always, and we mean always, lose their rubber bands. One minute it’s on their wrist and the next, it’s lost! So what’s a better gift than a spiced up hair tie? A silk scrunchie! You can make scrunchies with almost any material, but it’s best if you use silk. The fabric is soft and safe for the hair, it prevents any hair breakage. A simple way to make a silk scrunchie is by using a piece of silk fabric, elastic or rubber band, stitch material. 

How To Do It:

  1. Take your piece of fabric and cut it into a long rectangular piece.
  2. Fold the piece of fabric in half (breadth wise) and sew.
  3. Now that you have a cylindrical piece, turn it the other way. 
  4. Take your piece of elastic and put it through the cylindrical fabric. Hold tight to the edges of the elastic. The length of the elastic should be proportional to your usual rubberband.
  5. Once have the elastic out from the other side of the cylindrical piece, take both sides and secure it.
  6. You can either tie a knot or the two ends of the elastic together.
  7. Later take the two ends of the cylindrical fabric, fold it inside so the raw seams are invisible. Stitch and close the opening. 
  8. Your silk scrunchie is ready! 

2. Bookmarks

Tickets, cards, random pieces of paper. These are makeshift bookmarks for all book lovers. And if your friend is a huge bookworm, you must have seen her do this. This is why a personalised bookmark is a perfect gift for friendship day. 

How To Do It: 

  1. Take a piece of cardboard and cut it into a long rectangular shape. Make sure the edges are cut smoothly.
  2. Take any paint of your choice and paint the bookmark. This is your base coat.
  3. Personalise your bookmark by drawing your friend’s favourite fictional character.
  4. Finish the bookmark by punching a hole at the top corner and tying a ribbon around it.

3. Bracelet 

Friendship bracelets were a huge thing back in school. Children would proudly count how many bracelets they had by the end of the day and boast about it. At that time, pieces of ribbon were the perfect friendship gifts, but if you want to up your friendship bracelet game, here is how you do it.

How To Do It: 

  1. Take any old chain bracelet. Give it a good wash.
  2. Depending on what your bestie likes, customise it. You can add pendants and charms as cute charm bracelets. 
  3. Or customise the bracelets using little diamonds and pearls. Custom bracelets are easy to make as all you need to do is stick the diamonds wherever you see fit. 
  4. Make 2 of these and keep one. These can be matching best friend bracelets. 

4. Spa In A Jar

After long hours of work, a hot shower relaxes you. And if you combine your shower with spa time, then it feels like heaven on earth! If you are looking for friendship gifts for a person who loves skincare, this is the best thing for you. 

How To Do It: 

  1. Take a box or basket and decorate it as per your choice.
  2. Add products like a facemask, scrub, body scrub, body butters and lip balms.
  3. Go the extra mile and add in a few chocolates.
  4. Finish it off with a cute card.
Buy a range of desi beauty products here, at the Red Dot Shop. You can also get a gift hamper from Vishisht, from the Red Dot Shop here

5. Coffee Or Tea Pack

If your friend is an avid coffee or tea lover, this is the perfect gift for them. Customised an entire package for them. 

How To Do It:

  1. Take a box or basket and decorate it as per your choice.
  2. Add tea or coffee products to the box.
  3. If they love tea, remember to add unique tea blends. And if they love coffee, add freshly ground coffee powder. 
Buy coffee powder from Vaalarankatti Farm at the Red Dot Shop here. And also pair the gift with a coffee scented candle here or a mug from Vaani Crafts here.

6. Letters To Remember

You may have seen these DIY letters on Tumblr and Pinterest. They’re normally described as a gift for a boyfriend/girlfriend but would also work perfectly for BFF gifts. The concept is that you write a letter for situations such as “open when you need to laugh” or “open when you feel sad.” The collection of letters and the memories within prove more memorable than a gift card.

How To Do It: 

  1. Handmade paper is the best for writing letters. Take 5 sheets of paper and write 5 messages: 
    1. Open when you are sad.
    2.  Open when you want to celebrate.
    3. Open when you want to laugh.
    4. Open when you want a hug.
    5. Open when you feel like giving up and need a push.
  2. Fold the letters and put them in an envelope. Tie the envelopes with a rope and you are done!

7. Photo Journal

A photo journal is a memorable and sweet gift. It brings back memories for those who can’t meet again, because of long-distance. 

How To Do It: 

  1. Print pictures of your favourite memories.
  2. In a scrapbook stick all these pictures.
  3. Write cute anecdotes around and decorate the pages.
  4. Wrap the book and you are done! 

8. Tote Bags

Tote bags are the ultimate laid-back everyday bag. They are big enough to hold everything, but not bulky. They are cute and aesthetically pleasing. And they are eco friendly. This no-sew tote bag will be an ultimate hit. 

How To Do It: 

  1. Take two square pieces of fabric that are equal in size.
  2. Also cut a long piece of fabric to use as the strap. You can make 2 if you want double straps.
  3. Place 1 square on the floor, take a fabric glue and add that on 3 sides. Place the second fabric on top of it.
  4. Wait till it dries and stick the straps at the top edges of the bag.
  5. Wait for it to completely dry before using. You can also paint over it to customise it.

9. Painting

Artwork, paintings are a beautiful home accent that stays for a long time. And if you are gifted with the skills of painting or sketching, then this should be the perfect gift. There isn’t much to do here, you just have to paint something you know your friend would like, wrap it up and gift it! Your friend will definitely love it. 

10. Hangover Kit

A famous giveaway gift for weddings and bridal showers, but you can also gift it to your friend. Friendship Day will have you celebrating your time together, and drinking and making merry is all a part of it. And if you are having alcohol, you are surely going to be accompanied by a killer hangover. Make this hangover kit for your friend and toast to your friendship. 

How To Do It: 

  1. Take a box or basket and decorate it as per your choice.
  2. Add in everything you’d need to cure a hangover. Example tablets, instant coffee, makeup wipes, mouth freshener.
  3. Finish the gift with a fun comical gift card.

Birthdays and anniversaries with your boo are always celebrated and looked forward to. But why not friendship day? It is a day to celebrate the great time you’ve had with your bestie, your constant support and your extended family. So pick out any one of these easy-to-make DIY gifts and have a besties day out! 

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