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Our 9 Best DIY Christmas Gifts

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" quite like a homemade gift. Show your friends, families and fur babies you care with one of these DIY holiday gifts.

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Nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like a homemade gift. Show your friends, families and fur babies you care with one of these DIY holiday gifts. 

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Two-in-One Dining/Coffee Table

If you have a large family, it can be challenging to find places to set plates or organize decorations. Instead of shifting furniture around, this two-in-one table converts to a dining or coffee table. A handful of high-top stools turn this into the perfect kids table, too!

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Marty Dyck

Adjustable Sit/Stand Desk

Finding yourself in need of a work-from-home space? Here’s how to make a sturdy, adjustable desk that can accommodate you whether you prefer to stand or sit while working.

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Foldable Hammock Stand

Depending on where you live, the recipient of this gift might have to wait a bit before using it. But when the weather warms, they’ll enjoy plenty of horizontal relaxation in the yard. And while this hammock lets you enjoy the outdoors, it’s foldable. So when you’re done, pack everything up, transport or store it.

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Wall-mounted deskErica Young for Family Handyman

Kids Homework Space

To start this DIY kids desk, all you need is an empty wall. Follow these simple steps to build a wall-mounted desk in your child’s room, the home office or even an empty corner in the living room. It’s so easy, you’ll have it done before you can say “Time to do your homework!” The end result is a clean, modern work space your child will love.

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Dog laying with toyCamryn Rabideau for Family Handyman

DIY Dog and Cat Toys

Anyone with a dog or cat knows their toys can be expensive. That’s especially true if your pets are high-energy, destructive or just hard to please. Let’s face it: Our pets aren’t impressed with the bright colors or fancy packaging their toys come in. So why not save yourself a few bucks this holiday season and make some new toys for them to enjoy?

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Raised Dog Bed

Many of us like to keep our dog off the furniture and up off the cold floor. Older dogs — especially large breed ones — need additional support for aging joints. Here is a simple raised dog bed you can build in an afternoon for only a few bones.

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Kids Climbing Wall

Everyone is a little bit cooped up right now. As such, it can be a challenge to keep the kids busy and active. This folding A-frame climbing wall is an easy one-day project that will introduce your kiddos to new heights of play while keeping you — and them — from climbing the proverbial walls.

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Simple Dog House

As the weather turns chillier, this dog house provides shelter from the elements while your pooch is outside for brief stints. During the warmer months, add some amenities for day-long romps around the yard. The simple design and low cost of materials mean you can build this dog house in about a day.

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Simple Workbench

This sturdy 30-in. x 6-ft.-long DIY workbench is the ultimate in simplicity. It only takes about a day to make and uses only fifteen 8-ft. 2x4s and a single sheet of 1/2-in. plywood. The finished product is a better tool workbench than you could buy for much more. Add pegboard, a bench vise and a few other accessories and you’ll have a serious work center.

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