Handmade gift ideas for tweens and teens

Those of you who have been following along with the 12 Weeks to a Peaceful Christmas series probably began your Christmas shopping weeks ago. For others, these final days of November (especially Black Friday here in the United States) are when the inertia and adrenaline of the holiday shopping season kick into high-gear.

As I planned out my own list of Christmas gifts this year, I decided this would be the first year I would not purchase anything from a big box store. I hope to take it a step further by buying handmade whenever possible.

Buying handmade items for babies, toddlers, and young children is generally very easy. There is no shortage of lovely handmade dolls, cars, and clothing to be found. Shopping for the older children and teenagers, however, can prove to be a little more challenging.

Here are some handmade gift ideas that might work wonderfully for the teen or tween in your life:

Jewelry and Accessories

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Clothing

Games

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Kits

Miscellaneous Ideas

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Most importantly, remember to give the gift of yourself – your time, energy, and interest. The focused and intentional time spent with the tween or teen in your life is sure to create memories that will last far longer than even the most meaningful gift you choose.

Do you find shopping for older children and teenagers to be exhilarating or exhausting? What gift ideas would you add to this list?

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20 Comments

  1. Emma

    Love these ideas!! Off now to check out all the links 🙂

  2. Micha

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas. It’s not so easy to find nice presents for teens except books and computer games, so thanks for these nice ideas!
    .-= Micha´s last blog ..Quittenpfefferkuchen / quince cookies =-.

  3. Cara @ Health Home and Happiness

    Great list- teens are hard to figure out, even if you are shopping at big box stores. I finally learned to knit and do beanies (in dk grey- foolproof color) for teen or even young adult boys. The kits are great ideas too- totally fun for the right person!
    .-= Cara @ Health Home and Happiness´s last blog ..New to Juicing- carrot apple spinach juice =-.

  4. Megan at Simple Kids

    I’m so glad you are finding them to be helpful! I realize not every single one of them are actually handmade items, but hopefully it will spur some inspiration for something beyond “the usual” for the special young people in your lives!
    .-= Megan at Simple Kids´s last blog ..What We’re Reading: Ivy + Bean and The Empty Pot =-.

  5. Cynthia

    This year I plan on going with handmade gifts as well. I’m looking for tons of ideas so this post gave me some ideas. My intention of giving handmade gifts is because of our budget. After losing my job earlier in the year and finally finding one, I realized that handmade gifts may be the best way to go in working within our budget.

    I am also looking for homemade hostess gifts. Any ideas?

  6. Eric | Eden Journal

    Handmade gifts are such a great idea. I’m going to check out these links. Thanks!
    .-= Eric | Eden Journal´s last blog ..Park Closes at Sunset =-.

  7. Tia

    Thanks for the links. I found a beanie for my older son and leather chords for two crosses I already bought both sons.
    .-= Tia´s last blog ..Please Be Patient with Me =-.

  8. spagiftbaskets

    Thank you for the sharing the list. I always prefer anything that is homemade and handmade 🙂 Not only they are special and unique too.
    As for this year we have decided not to spend any money on buying gifts. I have started early to make some bath frizz, bath salts , soaps, cookies and etc to be given as gifts. 🙂
    .-= spagiftbaskets´s last blog ..Over the Hill 40th Bouquet of Cookies =-.

  9. Chris

    I just discovered this blog, but wanted to throw in another idea – we have had a 16 year old exchange student with us, and I had no idea what to get. I really wanted to give something that she couldn’t get at home and other host families were getting school-spirited items, especially since school spirit is a big culture thing. Instead of purchasing a cheaply made item though, I did a handmade blanket with the school’s simpler of two logos. She loves it – I’ve even seen her take it to school on cold days. Best gift I gave this year.

  10. Britt

    Those are some great ideas! Handmade gifts are great because teens realize that the gift giver put a lot of work and hard thought into it.
    .-= Britt´s last blog ..New on Gift Lens- =-.

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