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!

      • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. Mitti says

    I’ve enjoyed following you for a couple of months now and these ideas for gifts are very helpful. Do you have any ideas on how to make the Doily Stenciled Teacups? The Etsy site seems to only sell them. Thank you!

  7. Dawn says

    I love all these ideas. I have been wanting to make some of the wheat bags. I have looked at a couple tutorials now, does anyone know what kind of wheat to buy for these? Thanks again, I love your Blog!!!

  8. CTY says

    So many cute ideas. Thank you for compiling the list.
    I love giving food items because– EVERYONE EATS! And let’s face it who needs another trinket to collect dust. Food says thinking of you, relax a little and enjoy something put together for you.
    I think I will make some of the flavored salt, I’ll pick up some unusual salt shakers for fun. Look out dollar store.
    Thanks again for the great ideas.

  9. Comet says

    I have been looking into CANVAS WRAPPED PHOTOS for gifts and after seeing the absurd prices for these I looked into DIY.

    Super easy and super spendy looking! And very personal.

    I purchased :
    7 pack of — Pre-Stretched Canvas (11 x 14″) for $19 ( At Micheals—did not have coupon)
    Mod Podge (large size about $7) Matte
    Photo enlargement (see below) $7 each 11 x 14″ + edge

    Paint brush OR foam brush OR small roller (on hand)
    Household (office type) stapler (on hand)

    Went to STAPLES and directly emailed our photo to the addy the guy at the counter gave me. For $7 EACH they made a beautiful enlargement 2″ on EACH side bigger than the face of the canvas—you need this to wrap the photo on the canvas edges. ( They also nicely did a “test” print to show us how it would look and how it would overhang) You can also bring in photos to them or some other places—altho I have heard that some places charge a LOT for the prints. Check around on this!

    Mark where your photo is centered on canvas allowing for overhang–do NOT trim!!! Coat canvas with Modpodge; lay photo carefully on canvas. Use the centering marks you made to get this lined up right! Use a credit type card to GENTLY but FIRMLY smooth to edges–you can work on both front and back to get all sections smooth. To wrap edges—wrap over the edge using more Modpodge on the canvas. Use a SMALL cut to the corners to wrap the photo edge around–much easier to DO and SEE than to describe! Use a household stapler to secure edges to BACK of wood stretcher. (Start in center of long side; do one staple on each side; do center top and center bottom; keep adding staples –not too many!-around the back working between the center and the corners; staple the corner tabs too)

    Let dry for 12 or more hours. Coat face of photo with ModPodge–one coat going long wise one going across…you WANT some texture to this! You can use a foam brush. a regular brush or a small roller for this. Make sure you coat edges (you can go back and do edges later if you want to use them to handle the work)

    Let dry.

    Add small hanging hardware–this depends on your wall–or prop on a shelf.

    You could also use several photos and do a “quilt” or composite effect. Or add other items to the canvas. Unlimited possibilities here!

    Et voila! Gorgeous canvas wrapped personal photos at a fraction (we priced this size at about $80 and UP)

    OH—The handkerchief sachet would be great with a small ribbon or lace loop to hang over a closet rod or directly on the hangers! Hmmmm—- Saw how to do Modpodge print transfer to wood hangers to make the look vintage on a blog recently–very cool! Very easy!

    • Susan says

      You tell us that you saw a modpodge print transfer to wooden hangers and don’t give us the link? Shame ;D That looks like a great idea and I’m going to use your instructions…very clear and what a great gift.

  10. Susan says

    Lavender wheat bag….this is from the blog.

    “I have made these with both wheat (available from pet food aisle of the supermarket – readily available in Australia) and uncooked long grain rice. You can also use lupins, barley, buckwheat hulls.”

    Natural Grocer inside Vitamin Cottage has stuff in their bulk area that you can put inside these for great prices.

  11. says

    Wow, thank you so much. Yes, some evil time elf has stolen the year, and suddenly it’s the holidays. Add to that the fact we’ve moved up the trip to the in-laws house and… I need holiday ideas like _pronto_. These are fabulous. I can’t wait to get started sorting who-gets-what from this list. Thank you!

  12. Paige says

    Hey Jillee!

    These are great ideas, and although it’s april (!) I was looking for an idea for my dad’s birthday. Next time you do one of these, you should feature making you’re own steak rub! I found a quick recipe online that made a killer steak rub. It was cheap, organic, and my dad loved it when I paired it with his own apron. Just an idea!


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