16 Favorite Handmade Gifts

I hope you’ve been enjoying our fun Home for the Holidays week! We have one more exciting giveaway lined up for tomorrow, but today I’m sharing a list of some of my favorite handmade gift ideas.

The great thing about an early Thanksgiving is that we crafters have an extra week to procrastinate work on homemade gifts. I just love finding the perfect, unique gift to make for a friend or family member. For those that don’t have the time or the patience this year, there are so many meaningful handmade gifts out there to buy as well.

Let’s take a look at some handmade gift ideas for everyone on your list, some that you can make, and others that you can buy, supporting other people’s craftsmanship.

For him

Typically the hardest target audience to hand-make for, there really are a variety of handmade gifts a man is sure to appreciate.

Business card holder :: A few years ago I fashioned a simple pouch to hold business cards, just something to keep the corners from getting bent.

Collection of love letters :: I just love this idea from Simply Rebekah. I gave my husband a book full of letters from family and friends for his birthday this year, and it would be just as sweet as a Christmas gift.

Coffee mug :: Paint your own at a paint-your-own-pottery shop, or order one from your favorite photo-printing company with family photos on it. He’ll be reminded of you every morning.

To buyPhotography-inspired t-shirt :: A little disclosure that this is my brother’s company. 🙂 But I’m mentioning it here because he designed and prints the shirts himself, and they are super cool.

For her

Moms, sisters, friends– there are infinite ideas out there for homemade gifts for the ladies– here are just a few.

Homemade body care products :: Last year I made my mom a collection of goodies such as cinnamon spice body oil and homemade lotion, and packaged them up in a handmade African bolga basket.

Hoop art :: Sketch or print out a verse, phrase or drawing that your recipient would like and then with minimal embroidery skills and a few embellishments if you want, you’ll have a beautifully thoughtful, custom gift.

Ruffled apron :: I made a few of these for some of my girlfriends (here’s one!)– and what a fun present to spice up a friend’s kitchen with cuteness.

To buyHandmade journal :: My friend Sarah makes these beautiful hand-bound journals. Perfect for journaling down thoughts, plans, dreams, recipes and more.

For kids

I’m all for simple when it comes to kids’ gifts. They seem to appreciate the gifts more when they aren’t overwhelmed by so much.

Family photo memory game :: Pairs of wallet-sized photos glued on cardstock and laminated, make a sweet game for little ones, especially when family members live far away.

Magnetic tic-tac-toe :: (upcycled from an Altoids tin!)  My five-year old would love this fun game-on-the-go.

Felt animals and dolls :: Etsy is full of patterns for these loveable creatures– I’ve got my eyes set on this felt horse for my equestrian-inclined 2-year old.

To buy: Check out this adorable wooden bowling set. We bought this for our son last year and it was a hit!

For Babies

Do babies really need gifts? They don’t really know the difference, but they are so darn fun to create and shop for! 

Upcycled onesie :: Applique a cut-out piece of fabric or add some flair to a onesie by simply adding notions to it.

Headband :: I make baby headbands with a knee-high nylon and whatever embellishment I have on hand– silk flowers, buttons, yo-yos, lace, etc.

Homemade gauze blanket :: The soft, lightweight yet warm gauze baby blankets that came out on the market in the last couple of years are so wonderful, but pricey. This tutorial looks great for a homemade alternative.

To buy: Handcrafted rattles and rings :: For my baby girl’s first Christmas I found a wooden teething ring on Etsy that had such a sweet simplicity to it.

I’d love for you to share some of your handmade gift ideas in the comments! And don’t forget to visit my sister sites today for more holiday inspiration. Just click below.

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Nicole lives near the beach in Southern California with her husband and three young kiddos. She writes a a lifestyle blog about creativity, family life, community, and all sorts of other fun stuff, and also keeps a homeschool journal called The Bennettar Academy. Her most recent (free!) ebook is about why and how to make more time for reading.

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  1. “…they are so darn fun to create…”

    They sure are! *snicker*

  2. Last year I had my son make my husband a treasure box out of popsicle sticks and everyone involved loved it…my son especially loved making & painting the box. I also think photo cube puzzles are cute gifts 🙂

  3. What a fantastic list of ideas! Especially love the “for him” presents – it’s so hard to think of anything handmade for my DH. Also love the family memory game. Adding to my list. 🙂

  4. I’m making neck wraps for the ladies in my life. A long skinny rectangle of fleece filled with flax seed and some lavender. 2 minutes in the microwave or an hour int he freezer and it stays hot or cold for 30 minutes 🙂 The nieces and nephews are getting hand warmer-sized squares without the lavender.

  5. A couple of years ago we made “love jars” for the grandparents. We filled decorated jars with strips of paper sharing what we love about each one. The grandparents all loved this and still take a thought out to read now and then.

  6. Thanks for sharing my love letter idea! I think it is awesome that you did it for your husband, too!!

  7. I love shopping with and supporting small business owners but especially those who make handcrafted items. I truly appreciate the creativity.

  8. Nice to be here and see your post!

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