33 Easy Woodworking Gift Ideas

These beginner-friendly woodworking gift ideas make perfect handmade wooden gifts. There is something for everyone on your list!

Image collage of eight woodworking gift ideas with text overlay


Handmade gifts always hold a special place.

Nothing says how much you care about a person like taking the time to think of an idea and make something that they will use and look at in their daily lives.

As kids, we make little cards and art for people but as adults, we can make gifts made of wood!

Small Woodworking Projects for Gifts

Just because it is a gift, that doesn’t mean it needs to be complicated or involve fancy tools. I have you covered with simple and easy project ideas for everyone on your list!

You know I am all about easy quick woodworking projects.

If you are looking for woodworking Christmas gifts, for a special occasion, or just because, I have put together a list of beginner-friendly and easy DIY wood gift ideas.

Handmade Gifts for the Workspace

1. DIY Footrest For Under Desk

Close up of DIY Footrest under the desk

They won’t know what they are missing until they have one of these! It is great to relieve pressure on the legs and in general, good for ergonomic posture.

2. DIY Phone Stand For Desk 

DIY phone holder in brown with phone charging, an inspirational quote, pens and a little plant on a desk

Everyone always has a phone at hand on their desk. Make it easy for them to see it along with their favorite picture or quote to keep them motivated!

3. Easy DIY Modern Pencil Holder

top view of the plexiglass and wood DIY modern pencil holder

This modern pencil holder with dividers is rather simple to make. It adds a unique modern touch with the acrylic to keep all the pens and pencils corraled in one spot!

4. DIY Laptop stand for desk using scrap wood

Laptop desk stand with post it notes and planner underneath

Another project to make the workspace more ergonomic! This can be easily made in under 30 minutes and will surely be appreciated!

Printable plans for all the above projects are included in my woodworking gift ideas project pack.

5. Easy DIY Tool Box Organizer

DIY tool box used for organizing office supplies.

This beginner friendly DIY toolbox organizer can be used in so many different ways. They can organize desk supplies, kitchen utensils and of course tools. You can build this DIY gift in just an hour using scrap wood!

Wooden Gift Ideas for the Home

6. Easy DIY Wall Mail Organizer

Green DIY Mail Organizer on Wall

You can’t go wrong with this mail organizer. And guess what – you can make it with zero power tools if you like. But of course, power tools make it a lot faster!

7. DIY bottle organizer

DIY spice rack hanging on the wall filled with craft paint bottles

This bottle organizer can be used horizontal or vertical, wall-mounted or on the countertop. It can be used to organize any type of little bottles – spices, craft paint or even essential oils!

8. DIY Storage Bin with Dividers

Simple DIY divided produce storage bin on kitchen counter

Although I originally built these for my root vegetables, we now use it to store toys and books. It is extremely versatile!

9. DIY Corner Vegetable Storage Bin

DIY corner vegetable bin with fruits and vegetables.

Who wants to waste a corner? The corner storage bin is easy to build and great to reclaim those corners.

10. A Simple Wall Shelf

It is simple but looks not that simple 🙂 It fits perfectly into an entryway, living room or bedroom!

11. DIY Wall Mounted Bottle Opener

Make your own DIY bottle opener | Perfect gift for Father's day | handmade gift idea for him

This easy and quick project is perfect for the beer lover. It can be easily installed indoors or outdoors!

12. DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board

Woman playing tic-tac-toe on a coffee table

At 10″x10″ this makes a great gift. It could be for the kids or the kids at heart! Just leave it out on the coffee table for quick games when you feel like it.


13. DIY Device charging station

wooden charging station with wireless charging and devices charging.

A simple and quick project that can be made out of scrap wood and will solve the spaghetti of cords on the countertop problem! This DIY device family charging station even includes a built-in wireless charger!

14. DIY Custom Picture Frame

DIY picture frame displaying photograph next to a plant

A picture frame is a perfect gift for allowing them to frame special moments or favorite works of art. It’s even more special when it’s handmade by you. This one is made using half-lap cuts and I show you how to make them in this tutorial so that yours will turn out perfect!

DIY Wooden Gift Ideas for Her

15. DIY Wood slice tray

DIY wood slice cake stand on table with cake

Whenever you have dessert, this is a perfect tray! It makes a great hostess gift!

16. DIY Wood Clock with Metal Inlay

Can we ever have too many clocks in our home? Making your own clock allows you to personalize it for the person you are giving it to!

17. DIY Jewelry Holder

Simple table top jewelry holder on desk with jewelry

Because we all know that women love jewelry – me included 🙂 This tabletop jewelry holder is easily customizable and holds earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

18. DIY Tiered Plant Stand

DIY tiered plant stand with 2 small plants

For the plant lady in your life. A simple and quick project using just half a board!

19. DIY Lap Desk With Epoxy Resin Top

Close up of faux epoxy resin DIY lap desk

Perfect for breakfast in bed or working in bed.

20. Simple DIY Wood Clock Using Scrap Plywood

DIY wood wall clock on the wall

A pretty timepiece to add to any space in the house.

21. DIY Wood Tray

close up of the DIY wood tray with cup of orange juice on it

This makes a nice hostess gift. Also, it is made using only 3 tools!

22. DIY Lazy Susan

Chevron patterned plywood lazy susan on table

A Lazy Susan makes the perfect centerpiece. Make her this Lazy Susan using patterned plywood. The patterned plywood gives it a unique look that no one else will have and you can use scrap plywood to make it. Don’t be afraid to use different types of plywood, that’s what gives the pattern character.

23. DIY Cutting Board with Brass Inlay

DIY walnut cutting board with brass inlay with cheese and crackers

Handmade cutting boards are not just special, they make wonderful gifts any time of the year. Add a custom touch to their cutting board by adding brass inlay. It’s an easy DIY that can be done with simple tools and they will love it!

Printable plans for many of these are included in the woodworking gift ideas printable pack!

Handmade Wood Gift Ideas for Kids

24. DIY Desk Organizer

DIY desk organizer with workbooks and paper s

A great way to keep their homework and supplies at hand for the kiddos.

25. DIY Ring Toss Game

DIY Ring toss game in the grass with the rope rings

They will have lots of fun with this fun game!

26. Easy DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

Easy DIY Magnetic chalkboard with writing and magnets.

No kid can ever resist doodling on a chalkboard. Add to that magnets – and you have the best combination ever!

27. DIY Ruler Pencil Holder 

DIY pencil holder made from scrap wood and rulers on table with yellow pencils

While this makes a great addition to any student’s desk, it is also a great woodworking gift idea for teachers.

28. DIY Dinosaur Shelf

DIY Dinosaur shelf with dinosaur hooks on the wall with backpack hanging

If you know a little girl or guy that loves Dinosaurs, you have got to make them one of this! All you need is some scrap wood and toy dinosaurs.

29. DIY Woodland Mobile

How to make a DIY baby mobile. Step by step tutorial and video for woodland themed nursery decor. #woodworking

This isn’t just for babies! It works just as well in any animal lover kid’s room!

30. DIY convertible toddler table and chair set

DIY kids table and chair convertible to a bench and stool

This simple build is the perfect gift for a little kid in your life! It helps them gain independence. The table and the chair can be flipped to make as many as 27 configurations!

31. DIY Table with storage and chair set

DIY Kids table with storage under the top

This simple DIY kids table has hidden storage underneath. Not only does it help them focus by hiding everything away, it also helps keep the desk clean!


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Get something for yourself – I have a huge list of gift ideas for the woodworker. It includes all the small things no woodworker can live without or have enough of!

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Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"

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  1. Janet Keen says:

    You have some great items that can be made by someone like me. Thank you for sharing.

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