Guide Guide #2: DIY Kit Gifts for Anyone

Kit-style gifts can be given to literally anyone, including your friend, next-door neighbour, weird uncle, teacher from 5 years ago, or brother’s girlfriend’s mother. They are so customizable to both different people and different themes.

Specifically, A DIY or Survival kit gift is perfect for:

a) Gifting to anyone who aren’t you really that close with, since they can be uniquely tailored to a specific person or can be made generic.

b) Budget-constrained gifting – many of these kits can be created for under $10!

c) Secret Santa or gifts for donation, since they can be given to anyone of any gender, with any preferences

d) Last minute gifting, because really, you can create most of these with (NEW) things you already own, or with a quick trip to the dollar store.

e) When you really run out of ideas

f) Anyone who likes opening multiple smaller gifts as part of one larger gift, because that’s fun.

You get the idea. Versatile and tons of possibilities. Read on.



How to Survive Boredom Kit

This kit will provide someone with fun things to do on that boring raining day, car ride, or again, that family dinner.

This kit could include:

  • Deck of cards
  • Board games
  • Mad Libs game
  • Tic Tac Toe game pieces
  • List of things to do
  • Book
  • Notebook and pens
  • Self quizzes
  • Spot the difference photos
  • Dice and a list of games
  • Who Wore It Best photos





On-The-Go Kit

This handy kit can be thrown in one’s bag before heading somewhere. All the things you might need to pack before going out are already packed for you in this convenient pouch.

This kit could include:

  • Pack of gum
  • Tissues
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Bandages
  • Chapstick
  • Pens and a notebook
  • Fold-up shopping bag
  • Small purfume




Grow Your Own Plant Kit

This kit contains everything you need to grow your own flower. A perfect gift for Valentine’s Day too!

This kit could include:

  • Flower Pot – bonus points for hand decorating this yourself
  • Soil
  • Seeds or grown plants, such as succulents
  • Fertilizer
  • Watering can
  • Mini shovel
  • Flower care instructions




Survival Kit

Why not gift someone an actual survival kit for that backpacking trip, drive in the wilderness, or family dinner.

This kit could include:

  • Pocket knife
  • Folded Map
  • Lighter
  • Bandages
  • Granola Bar
  • Glowstick/
  • Flashlight
  • Gloves
  • Bottled Water
  • Poncho
  • Rope
  • Compass




Baking Kit

This kit can provide basic tools for beginner bakers, or specialized tools for those pros.

This kit could include:

  • Whisk
  • Rolling pin
  • Spatula
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cup
  • Cake mix
  • Recipe cards
  • Silicon baking cups
  • Recipe books
  • Cake decorating kits
  • Cookie cutters
  • Michael’s or grocery store gift cards





Movie Kit

Check out our previous gift guide for movie kit inspiration!




Sports Kit

This kit contains all the necessities for your athletic friends.

This kit could include:

  • Water bottle, maybe one of those foldable ones
  • Pedometer
  • Fitbit
  • Headphones
  • Arm sweatbands
  • Protein bar
  • Lock
  • Drawstring or duffel bag
  • Nike or Lululemon gift cards




Winter Survival Kit

This kit contains everything needed to survive the upcoming cold winter season.

This kit could include:

  • Mug
  • Hot chocolate powder
  • Gloves – touch screen ones for your millennial friends
  • Chapstick
  • Tissues
  • Hot pads
  • Scarves
  • Mugs
  • Tea bags




Holiday Kit

This kit contains everything you need to get festive for the Christmas season.

This kit could include:

  • Christmas cards
  • Hot chocolate powder
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Chocolates
  • Handmade wreath
  • Christmas candles
  • Cookie decorating set




School or Office Kit

To really make this kit fun and useful, the container could be a pencil holder for one’s desk. Inside it, you stuff all the office essentials. Bonus points for choosing cute school supplies. The container can be placed on one’s desk, in their office, the kitchen, their locker, or anywhere else they may need. Wow, endless possibilities.

This kit could include:

  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Notepad
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Highlighter
  • Post-it Notes
  • Tacks
  • Paperclips
  • Ruler
  • Literally anything Staples sells will fit the bill




Valentine’s Day Kit

This kit contains the components for a perfect, romantic Valentine’s Day for someone and their significant other, a friends-date, or anyone feeling forever alone.

This kit could include:

  • Scented candles
  • Handmade cards
  • Jewelry
  • Roses
  • Cinnamon hearts
  • Conversation hearts
  • Chocolates
  • Valentines cards
  • Nail polish




Easter Kit

This kit contains the components for a fun Easter egg hunt!

This kit could include:

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Variety of Easter chocolates
  • Easter children’s toys and games
  • Stuffed Easter bunny
  • Egg decorating kit
  • Food dye




Teenage Survival Kit

All the necessities for any teenager in your life.

This kit could include:

  • Touch screen gloves
  • Candy/Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Books/Magazines
  • Games
  • SPC card
  • Wallet
  • Perfume/Cologne




Craft Kit

This kit is filled with assorted craft supplies that will inspire creativity! You can totally make this suitable for any age, depending on the quality of supplies you purchase.

This kit could include:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Canvas
  • Pencil crayons
  • Charcoal pencils
  • Sketchbook
  • Markers
  • Paint brushes
  • Painting palette
  • Go to Michael’s. Check it out. You will find thousands of ideas for this kit.




Make Your Own Chocolates Kit

This kit includes everything someone would need to make their favourite chocolates from home! The Wilton isles at Michael’s and Bulk Barn sell tons of candy making supplies. When purchasing the chocolates for these kits, you should buy Wilton Candy Melts for beginner chocolatiers. They are easy to use and come in packages with directions. There are tons of YouTube videos, online articles, and blogs that provide instructions and recipes for making your own chocolates too, such as this one.

Ex) Twix bar kit could include:

Ex) Hershey’s Cookies n’ Crème kit could include:

Ex) Almond Joy kit could include:

Ex) Fudge Kit could include:


As you can see, there are so many opportunities to be creative when giving kit-style gifts. Comment any other ideas you can think of, and have fun!


xx, Julia & Macey

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