I’m very excited about today’s post, because it’s been too long since I last shared a batch of simple handmade gifts! (About two years too long, in fact!)
I’ve been collecting and sharing DIY gift ideas from around the web since the very beginning of my blog back in 2011, making it the longest running series in OGT history! There have been twelve installments in this series to date, and you can find links to all of them right here.
Whether you’re looking to make the most of your gift budget this year, or just looking for a way to give your loved ones something meaningful, making gifts by hand is a great way to do it! So here are 15 unique and simple handmade gifts to serve as inspiration, starting with a few of my own gift-worthy projects!
15 Simple Handmade Gifts To Give In 2019
Click on the title of each project for full details and instructions.
In addition to being easy to make, this hanging dish towel has the potential to save the sanity of the person you give it to! Anyone who cooks at home is sure to appreciate the value of a dish towel that won’t slip off their oven handle.
Body scrubs can be messy to use, and they add an extra step to your bath or shower routine. But these sugar scrub bars make it easy to wash and exfoliate your skin at the same time!
I picked up “finger looping” as a hobby this year, and I can’t recommend it enough! This special looped yarn makes it easy to create blankets, scarves, and more that anyone on your list would love to receive.
Check out this post to learn how it’s done, and to find out where to get simple finger looping patterns and project ideas!
From It’s Always Autumn
A personalized candle would make a thoughtful and practical gift for just about anyone! Use a favorite photo or quote, then transfer it to the glass using good old fashioned packing tape.
When in doubt, give someone the gift of food in the form of this soup mix in a jar! The recipient is sure to appreciate having a meal on hand they can put together quickly and easily!
From Design Sponge
Looking for the perfect gift for a world traveler or a tech junkie? Either one is sure to love this handy organizer made using a vintage book cover!
From Pretty Providence
One can never have too many socks, especially during the wintertime! These easy-to-make DIY socks will keep your loved ones in stitches with their silly slogans.
From Sweet Paul Magazine
Cuts, scrapes, and other minor injuries can strike at anytime! This cute, portable first aid kit, complete with antibacterial ointment and bandaids, would come in handy for just about anyone on your list!
9. Earbuds Case
From Polka Dot Chair
Have a friend or coworker who can’t seem to keep their earbuds untangled? Make them a handy carrying case they can keep them in!
From Mollie Makes
Turn a simple notebook into a custom masterpiece with a bit of embroidery! It’s not hard to learn how to do (though some experience with needle crafts would go a long way!)
From Design Mom
If you’re willing to try your hand at something new in the name of gifting, give wood burning a try! With a simple wood burning pen you can pick up for under $15, it’s quick and easy to create great designs on wood items like this cutting board.
12. Pattered Bowls
From The Lovely Drawer
Small ceramic bowls make a versatile gift, coming in handy for everything from food prep to holding jewelry! Turn plain white bowls into patterned masterpieces with the help of a few acrylic paints, permanent markers, and some time in the oven.
From Lovely Indeed
Okay, so this idea is technically two ideas… but I found them both on the same post and couldn’t decide which I liked more! Tap into your inner artist by making (and gifting!) these painted votive cups or dyed canvas tote.
From Damask Love
And speaking of totes, there’s a whole wide world of ways to customize a canvas tote to make the perfect handmade gift! This one features a fruity design made of yarn pom poms and some simple stitching, perfect for any friend who loves a good trip to the farmers market!
15. Quote Pillow
From Inspired By This
Creating a custom piece of home decor as a gift doesn’t have to require a bunch of special equipment. In fact, this heartfelt quote pillow only requires a pillow cover, a set of stencils, and a permanent marker!
Want more easy DIY gift ideas? Click the button below to view a full list of past blog posts from the “Simple Handmade Gifts” series! :-)
Will you be making any simple handmade gifts this year?