homemade gifts ideas

Last Updated on March 1, 2021 by Oluwajuwon Oladiti

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Homemade Gifts Ideas

creative homemade gifts

Homemade gifts come from the heart. Use this gift guide to create unique gifts for the special people on your list. Hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?

Table with Homemade Holiday Gift Wrapping Supplies

Whether you’re on a strict budget this holiday season or you have a strong creative streak to unleash, DIY Christmas gifts can be special for those on your list as well as for yourself. People enjoy receiving handmade gifts because of the thought and time that goes into them. Making gifts can also be very satisfying for you since you have the option to personalize each gift.

If you’ve never considered making your own gifts because you don’t consider yourself to be very artistic or crafty, you might want to think again. There are many DIY gift ideas that are easy and fun to create. Start by taking inventory of your talents and interests. You may not be proficient at painting, but can you sew or needlepoint? You may not like to cook, but do you like to garden? Or, maybe you like to woodwork or take photos. THink about your strengths and what you enjoy doing, or check out some these easy homemade Christmas gift ideas: 

Homemade decorations

1. Holiday decorations

Homemade holiday decorations make special gifts because the recipients will think of you each year as they use them. Visit your local craft store for different DIY ornament ideas, such as painting wooden shapes, needlepoint designs, or clear ornaments that you can personalize with markers and fill with colored paper or glitter. Homemade wreaths and Advent calendars also make great gifts.

2. Food

Do you have a holiday specialty that you make? If so, make a huge batch and portion it out as gifts. Sugar cookies, cinnamon rolls, and cheese straws are all welcome additions to any holiday menu. Or, if you don’t want to cook or bake, consider giving “kits” of ingredients already measured out along with the recipe for easy assembly. For example, give a bowl with the muffin ingredients for Christmas morning breakfast along with baking instructions. Or, give jars with this three bean soup inside or a pretty container of flavored salts. Busy holiday cooks will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Homemade Recipe Book

3. Recipe book 

Even better than a homemade delight from your kitchen, this family recipe book is sure to become a holiday treasure. Include holiday-themed or everyday recipes, and don’t forget to incorporate any family stories that accompany the recipes for an extra personal touch.

4. Pillowcases 

Purchase plain white or light-colored pillowcases, and personalize them with fabric paint and your imagination. Draw names, monograms, sports themes, or other creative designs. Be sure to follow the fabric paint instructions for preparation and laundering.

Potted Plants

5. Potted plants 

If you are more of a gardener than a crafter, this idea is for you. Spray paint a terracotta or plastic pot in gold or silver, and then nestle a winter bulb, plant, or herb inside. Wrap a bow around the pot, and include a card with watering and growing instructions. Your green gift will brighten the gray winter days ahead.

6. Fleece throw 

This project requires no sewing and is something that kids can enjoy making, too. Choose fleece fabric with colors or themes that are personalized for the recipient. Adjust the size as needed.

Homemade Toys

7. Toys

Retro toys are quite trendy right now, and these charming pull toys can be made with papier mache. Paint them in whimsical colors and watch the smiles from your favorite kid.

8. Coffee accessory 

If you have coffee lovers on your list (and who doesn’t?) give a version of these simple homemade coffee cozies using felt and Velcro or these mug socks.

Holiday Candy

9. Candy sleighs 

Looking for a teacher gift or something for the neighbors? These candy sleighs are cute and fun to eat, too. Use the recipient’s favorite candies for a special touch.

10. Romance 

This creative Christmas “kiss kit” with mistletoe is perfect for that someone special or for a newly engaged or married couple on your list.

Homemade candle

11. Candles 

There are many different ways to make homemade candles from ingredients like beeswax and olive oil, using creative containers like teacups and cocktail glasses. In addition to being charming and economical, many homemade candles use fewer chemicals than commercially produced candles. You can even use herbs and spices to add a festive, holiday fragrance to them. You might want to take your gift recipient into consideration with this DIY creation. Figure out if they have children or pets that might make candles an inconvenience.

12. Bath salts

A long soak in a hot bath can be the perfect antidote for holiday stress. These homemade bath salts use common ingredients like coarse salt, Epsom salts, and baking soda. Personalize the gift for your recipients by using their favorite essential oil scents and food coloring to match their decor. Shop at craft stores, home stores or antique stores for unique bottles or jars to hold the bath salts. For an extra special touch, include a bath sponge ball in a coordinating color just by hanging it from the container.

Bird Feeders for DIY Christmas Gifts

13. Birdfeeder 

Another great handmade gift idea that is easy to make is homemade birdfeeders. They help the birds out during the long winter months when food is in short supply and offer a great view for nature lovers. Gather some pine cones and tie strings or ribbons around the tips of the pine cones for hanging. You can also use a hot glue gun to affix the hangers. Spread peanut butter all around the pine cone, and then roll the pine cone in bird seed or a mixture of seeds and oatmeal. Wrap carefully in wax paper or plastic wrap before presenting the gift.

14. Semi-homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Still not convinced that you can do it yourself? Try one of these semi-DIY gift ideas for taking something store-bought and adding your own special touch:
• Purchase a pair of inexpensive mittens, a scarf or a hat and embroider or stitch an initial, monogram or design to personalize the gift. You can do the same with cloth napkins or placemats.
• Purchase small chalkboards for the kitchen or office that you can paint or personalize with glue and wooden images.
• Purchase solid colored throw pillows and draw designs, initials or quotes with fabric paint markers.

Remember, your DIY Christmas gifts don’t have to be perfect to be well received. People will notice your time, effort and thoughtfulness more than they will notice any flaws. Lots of gifts come from the store, but only homemade gifts come from the heart.

Homemade Gift Guide || Easy Handmade Gift Ideas for All Ages

Want to make homemade gifts but don’t know where to start or doubt your ability? Let this list of handmade gift ideas inspire you with easy projects for all ages– most that can be finished in thirty minutes or less! 

Want to make homemade gifts but don't know where to start or doubt your ability? Let this list of handmade gift ideas inspire you with easy projects for all ages-- most that can be finished in thirty minutes or less! 

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No matter your budget, making handmade gifts for the people on your list is a great way to show how much you care and to give special and unique gifts!

I like to do a balance of homemade gifts and store-bought gifts every year. I love being able to pick out a stack of fabric from the craft store that I know my family will enjoy, and then set up my annual “Santa’s workshop” in my dining room to make everyone’s gifts.

I put together a list of some of my favorite handmade gift ideas for you to use as you decide what to make for your friends and family. Most of the projects can be completed in thirty minutes or less, many with scraps from your stash! Other projects are a little more involved, but will be used for years (like the backpacks, hooded towels, tote bags, and make-up bag!).

I hope you enjoy this Homemade Gift Guide! I’d love for you to share in the comments what other things you like to make as gifts too, and as always, I appreciate it when you pin and share so that more people can find my gift guides and tutorials!

Easy Handmade Gift Ideas for Kids & Adults

For Kids

easy handmade gift ideas for kids
  1. Toddler Purse (designed to be easy for a toddler to carry and put things in and out of the bag!)
  2. Child’s Ring Sling (simple, low-sew project that can be used by kids of all ages!)
  3. Pencil Roll-Up (this really belongs on the adult list too! It’s so handy for pens, pencils, markers, etc)
  4. Bendy Snakes (such a fun project and a great stocking stuffer idea!)
  5. Sketchbook Pal (gift one of these along with a new sketchbook!)
  6. Zippered Pouch (I LOVE making and giving these because they’re so useful and you can use any fabric!)
  7. Cloth Blocks Trio (this is a great gift idea for babies and toddlers! Put a bell inside for even more fun)
  8. Hooded Towels (we use our hooded towels every week! I’ve made a lion, tiger, dog, and ladybug!)
  9. Kids’ Backpack (This backpack pattern is really good. You can extend it for bigger kids. I’ve made them for my three biggest kids)
  10. Child-Made Wallet (kids can make this simple wallet for their friends or younger siblings!)
  11. Dart Belt (a perfect gift for kids who enjoy playing with dart guns! Gift one with a new gun or hanging target!)
  12. Toddler Baby Carrier (for all the kids who want to be just like mama!)
  13. Paracord Bracelets (this is a great craft idea for older kids–and older kids to make for their friends!)

For Adults

easy handmade gift ideas for adults
  1. Zippered Pouches (love how easy it is to make these in all kinds of sizes and patterns!)
  2. Essential Oil Gifts(Lotion Bars, Room Spray, etc)
  3. Car Organization Trio (the perfect gift for anyone who struggles with keeping their car tidy!)
  4. Cinching Make-Up Bag (I love my make-up bag because it opens up to show everything I need at once!)
  5. Heatsafe Table Runner (make a quilted table runner with a special layer inside so you can put hot pots right on top!)
  6. Everyday Zipper Tote (use this pattern to make a great everyday tote bag!)
  7. Embroidered Wall Art (any size, any saying, for anyone!)
  8. Grocery Totes (grab some inexpensive utility fabric and make some reusable grocery bags for the earth-conscious on your list!)
  9. Two Toned Tote Bag (another fun tote bag pattern!)
  10. 10 Minute Infinity Scarf (very little sewing is involved in making cute infinity scarves!)
  11. “Hot Hands” Pouches & Heat Pads (so nice for aching muscles and cold hands!)
  12. Fabric Pocket Photo Book (this is such a fun and sweet gift idea for spouses and children!)

Handmade Gift Guide – DIY Gift Ideas

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This year I made a commitment to hand make all of my gifts. I would never call myself crafty, so at first I felt quite daunted by my goal. But slowly I’ve been building up a list of homemade gift ideas, so I thought I would share these with you to inspire you to do the same. I’ll keep adding to the list as I discover more.

Eco-Friendly, Reusable Waxed Food Wraps

With everyone doing their best to reduce their use of plastic, these eco-friendly, resuable food wraps will make very welcome gifts. They are a bit messy to make, but follow my detailed recipe and instructions to create the perfect gift. I’ve also included a vegan version to ensure that you can cater to everyone’s preferences. I have even created free printable food wrap labels for beautifully packaging them for gifting!

How to make your own eco-friendly, reusable waxed food wraps

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Make this rich chocolatey hot chocolate mix for your friends and family. Place the mix in a mason jar and tie a decorative piece of ribbon around the top. Add a little bag of marshmallows, then, finish it off with an attractive handmade gift tag with a personalized message.

Homemade hot chocolate mix. Handmade Gift Guide - Inspiring DIY Gift Ideas

All-Natural Moisturising Lavender Lotion Bars Recipe

These DIY lotion bars are super moisturising and made with all-natural ingredients including shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax (candelilla wax for vegans) and vitamin E oil. They smell absolutely gorgeous with some lavender essential oil added to them. These lotion bars are perfect for dry hands and massaging onto skin after getting out of the shower. These DIY lotion bars are easy to make, and are the perfect handmade gift idea.

All-Natural Moisturising Lavender Lotion Bars Recipe

Luxury, Anti-Ageing Facial Oil

Create a custom anti-ageing facial oil for your friends and family at a fraction of the price of luxury brands using this DIY Anti-Ageing Facial Oil recipe. This nourishing facial oil is super easy to make. It simply involves mixing a few oils together in a bottle. It will deeply moisturise, soften fine lines, plump skin, and fade dark spots and scars.

How to Make Your Own Luxury Facial Oil

Nourishing and Soothing Natural Lip Balm Recipe

These luscious homemade lip balms contain moisturising ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. These make a great gift for everyone because you can easily make plain or tinted versions. Easy to make, just throw the ingredients in the bowl to melt then pour them into chapstick tubes or lipbalm tins. Vegan friendly version included.

Turn your left-over lipstick into a tinted lip balm. Tinted lip balm recipe.

Soothing Goat Milk, Lavender, Oatmeal, and Vitamin E Soap Recipe

These homemade soaps are oh so gentle and make the perfect gift for people with eczema and dry irritated skin. These soaps are super easy to make because they use a simple melt and pour goats milk soap base. Additional key ingredients include oatmeal, and vitamin E. The addition of lavender essential oil creates a soothing, relaxing experience.

Soothing goat milk, lavender, oatmeal, and vitamin E soap recipe for eczema and dry, irritated skin

All-Natural Salve Recipe for Eczema and Dry, Irritated Skin

While we are on the theme of gifts for people with eczema and dry, irritated skin, then think about making them this homemade skin salve. This recipe uses ingredients that has scientifically supported evidence of treating eczema and dry, irritated skin. Vegan friendly version included.

All-natural salve recipe for eczema and dry, irritated skin

Moisturising, Anti-Ageing Whipped Body Butter Recipe 

This moisturising and anti-ageing DIY body butter recipe is perfect for dry, scaly skin. The natural oils melt onto the skin and form a protective barrier. This fluffy, creamy body butter recipe is packed with ingredients that are proven to deeply moisturise very dry skin and protect it from the harsh winter weather.

Moisturising, anti-ageing whipped body butter recipe for very dry skin

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This relaxing deep sleep pillow spray helps to calm the mind and soothe anxieties to send you off to sleep. Made with just three ingredients, this DIY deep sleep pillow spray recipe is cheap and easy to create and makes the perfect gift.

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