Simple Handmade Gifts – Part Six

I want to know WHO is responsible for time going SO FAST!!  I just looked at the calendar and realized Thanksgiving is TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!!  How the heck did THAT happen??? I realize Thanksgiving is earlier than usual this year….but still!  I cannot believe how fast this year has (almost) gone by!  yikes.

Well, I had PLANNED on doing several of installments of “Simple Handmade Gifts” before Christmas rolled around…but at this rate I’ll be lucky to get one more in! I’ll do my best though.

So let’s get right to it! Here is the latest installment of my favorite handmade gift ideas curated from across the world wide web.

(Disclaimer: Similar to parts 1 – 5, not all of the gift ideas listed have tutorials attached, and some even link to Etsy shops or other places where you can purchase the item. But I included them if I thought they were simple enough to easily replicate. Also, some are not 100% “handmade”, but again, if they were SIMPLE ideas and had some personalization to them, they were included.)  

Christmas In A Jar


christmas in a jar


Lavender Heat Bag

A Spoonful Of Sugar Designs 

lavender heat bag

Chocolate Dipped Spoons

Alpha Mom

Chocolate Dipped Spoons

Soy Candle Teacups

Go Make Me 

soy candle teacups

Pretty Drawstring Pouch

A Spoonful Of Sugar Designs

pretty drawstring pouch


Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

My Baking Addiction 

hot fudge sauce

Shrink Plastic Pendants

How About Orange

shrink plastic necklace

Homemade Limeade Mix

My Weddings


There is no link to a recipe. The closest thing I could find was a recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Mix. Maybe swap out the strawberry Kool Aid for lime?

Mix together:

3 cups of powdered lemonade mix
1 package of strawberry Kool Aid

To prepare: mix according to the package directions for the lemonade mix.

Sweater Socks

Pearls and Scissors

sweater socks

Fabric Magnet Board

magnet board

Infused Sugar

Sugar and Charm Blog

infused sugar

Homemade Flavored Salt

Yum Sugar

flavored salt

Hankie Sachet

Country Living

hankie sachet

Decoupage Mason Jar Solar Lights


vintage mason jars

Quilted Floor Cushion


quilted floor cushion

Dress Shirt Pillow Sham

Releve Designs

dress shirt pillow sham

DIY Washi Tape Magnets


washi tape magnets

No-Sew Teacup Pincushion

Punk Projects

teacup pincushion

Stacked Can Storage

Better Homes and Gardens

stacked can storage

Criss-Cross Headband

Fine and Feathered 

criss cross headband

Stenciled Mugs

Country Living

stenciled mugs

Backpack Gift Boxes

Basic Grey

backpack gift boxes

Necktie Wristlet


Necktie Wristlet

Doily Stenciled Teacups


doily teacups

Homemade Jams

Country Living

homemade jams

Quick Jar Covers

Martha Stewart

jar covers

Trimmed Kitchen Towels

Sew 4 Home

trimmed kitchen towels

DIY Parchment Loaf Basket

Sew Take A Hike

parchment basket

Ric-Rac Coasters


ric-rac coasters

Cast Iron Skillet Memo Board

At The Picket Fence

cast iron skillet memo board

Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration SOMEWHERE in this list….

I know *I* have!  :-)

Looking for MORE inspiration?  Check out “Simple Handmade Gifts” – Parts 1 through 4!  :-)

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  1. Michele Glatt says

    Hi Jillee! Just love all your posts and wonderful ideas. I would really like to make that limeade recipe above. Do you happen to have one? The link just brings you to a picture of the mason jars with the mix in it. Thanks either way!
    Blessings to you!

    • says

      Michele…the closest thing I could find was a Strawberry Lemonade Mix that I have added to the post above. I’m thinking you could just swap out the strawberry with lime. Hope this helps!

      • CTY says

        Why not use the Lemon/Lime flavored Kool-Aid? I was surprised by the photo only too. So then I thought why not figure my own ratios. So I got right to it. It’s not bad and would make a nice punch base.
        Into 4 oz canning jar layer (for 2 qts):
        5 TB Country Time Pre-sweetened Mix
        3 TB Kool –Aid Lemon/Lime Sweetened Mix (Mix 1 C sugar w/ Kool-Aid unsweetened pckt)
        To make: Dissolve mix into 2 C heated water.
        Add ice (20 cubes) and enough water to make 2 qts.
        Stir & allow some ice to melt . Stir again & serve
        Add a drop or two of food coloring to Kool Aid Mix for a light lime color.

      • Michele Glatt says

        Yes! It does help. Thank you! And thank you, CTY for taking the proactive approach and figuring it out. :)

  2. says

    Hi Jilliee, I’m interested in the “Christmas in a Jar” but when I click on it it takes me to the criss-cross headband. Can you fix the link? Thanks!

  3. Misty says

    Jillee…thanks so much for this post and the others before…we found out last week that my husband will be losing his job. So cheap and home-made are going to be the themes for this Christmas.

  4. says

    I still have some beautiful handkerchiefs I bought as souvenirs while I studied abroad about 5 years ago. I intended on gifting them, but I wanted to do something to personalize them and make them into something more than just a pretty hankie. I’m thinking drawer sachets it is!

    Excellent list, as always, there are many ideas sparking my creative side :)

    • says

      Thanks KayZee. I fixed the link. Darn internet provider went down in the wee hours of the morning and it was about 3:30am by the time I posted this. That is my excuse and I’m sticking to it! ;-)

  5. Angelia Howard says

    I would love to find the limemade mix recipe, searched but no luck. Anyone know where to find it?

    • says

      Angelia….I searched and searched as well…but the closest thing I could come up with was a Strawberry Lemonade mix that I have added to the post above. I hope this helps!

  6. mimib says

    GREAT IDEAS (as always!!!) Thanks so much!! The necktie wristlet is really cool, but you link to an etsy store which doesn’t show how to make (same with the doily stencil teacups.) Anyway, I searched for a tutorial and found this blog from the the lady who made the pink necktie wristlet in your post. Unfortunately, she does not have a tutorial, but she does sell other cool things on etsy! I found another blogger with great instructions — maybe you should change your link to her blog.

  7. says

    Hi Jillee, I just recently found your blog (Pinterest did the trick for me) but since I subscribed I read over and over again all your postings. I love all your ideas and though sometimes it’s difficult finding the products you use to create all. But I’m searching the internet to find it in The Netherlands and sometimes I succeed.
    Thanks heeps for sharing!

  8. says

    Ohhh, perfect timing!! I’m just trying to make up my Christmas give list, and I LOOOOOVE the soy teacup candle idea!! The cute cupcake lids are awesome too! Great ideas as always Jillee! <3

  9. Kate says

    I am not a huge homemade gift person, but your lists always get my creative juices flowing. Thanks!