Fun & Creative Handmade 16th Birthday Gift Ideas


A 16th birthday is a monumental occasion in a child's life. By the age of 16, many teens will finally be able to drive a car and date for the first time. The transition from child to teen is in full swing and by 16, a teen can start experiencing life through adult eyes. Because of the specialness of the birthday, it's important to honor the occasion with an appropriate gift. Consider giving a fun and creative handmade gift to help celebrate a 16th birthday.

Useful Handmade Gifts

  • Create useful homemade gifts for a 16th birthday celebration. A handmade T-shirt can be a thoughtful and useful gift. Create artwork on a computer graphics program and print it on iron-on transfer paper (available at office and craft supply stores). Iron the image onto a T-shirt. Use fabric paint instead of an iron-on transfer for a more whimsical feel. Add jewels to embellish. Another useful handmade gift for a 16th birthday is a handmade MP3 holder. Cut a back pocket out of a pair of denim jeans. Create a flap out of a coordinating fabric scrap or out of a piece of denim. Add a piece of Velcro to close the pocket MP3 holder.

Decorative Handmade Gifts

  • Create decorative handmade gifts to celebrate a 16th birthday. Use wood numbers to create a decorative wall hanging for the birthday girl's room. Paint a number "1" and a number "6" wood cutout. For a "girlie" birthday girl, choose a light pink paint and sprinkle sparkle onto the numbers. Hang the numbers together to form a "16" and attach a pink ribbon so the decoration can be hung on a wall. For a birthday boy, paint the numbers white, black, blue or whatever color will match his bedroom. Another decorative craft is to create a beaded wire sculpture to hang in a window or locker. String beads onto a flexible wire and bend the wire into a heart, flower or star shape and twist the ends together. Supply a suction cup to attach the wire sculpture to a window or locker.

Sentimental Handmade Gifts

  • A 16th birthday is a good time to give sentimental gifts. Parents and loved ones who have known the birthday boy his whole life will enjoy a walk down memory lane. Create a collage of photos to frame. Choose photos from childhood up to the present. Include photos from birthdays and holidays as well as photos of milestones in the birthday boy's life. Frame the picture and give as a gift to the birthday boy on his 16th birthday. A homemade greeting card with a meaningful sentiment or poem is a nice way to celebrate a birthday. Give the birthday girl a family heirloom on her 16th birthday. A special handmade quilt or handcrafted furniture piece shows that she is maturing into adulthood and can be responsible for precious family items.

Other Handmade Gifts

  • Make a special birthday cake that is decorated to the party theme. Choose the birthday boy's favorite type of cake to surprise him. Other types of homemade goodies you can give include cookies, fudge or even a special dinner. Create a gift basket full of the birthday girl's favorite things such as her favorite lip balm, shampoo and snack foods. Add a homemade coupon for a home-cooked meal or a night of movies with friends.


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