15 Simple DIYs That Will Make Amazing Holiday Gifts

Various ideas for handmade Christmas gifts

Making gifts by hand does more than save you money — it shows the recipient you care so much about them that you’re willing to devote time and effort to make something just for them. To me, that’s the heart of gift-giving — it’s less about the actual gift and more about expressing love and appreciation for the people you care about.

Longtime readers may already know about my positive feelings about homemade gifts, because I’ve been sharing gift-worthy DIY ideas and inspiration since the very beginning of my blog in 2011! And I’ll be adding to my longest-running series today with 15 more wonderful ideas for handmade gifts.

And if you see something you like, you still have plenty of time to make it. (Though personally, I wouldn’t wait too long to get started, as time can be as slippery as the sidewalks this time of year!)

15 Simple Handmade Gifts To Give In 2024

These 15 handmade gifts come from all over the web, so click the linked title of each item for full details and instructions.

woman holding a mason jar with a label on the front describing how to use simmering potpourri

1. Simmering Potpourri

Some of the most nostalgic aromas we associate with the holidays are tied to something simmering away on a stovetop. You can take that concept and turn it into a heartfelt gift by assembling all the ingredients for a fragrant holiday-scented simmering potpourri.

I’ve got three different “recipes” for you to choose from, so you can pick whichever one you think the recipient would like best. (Or make all three and let them decide!)

hands wrapping homemade beeswax food wrap around a block of cheese

2. Reusable Food Wraps

These reusable food wraps are as practical as they are easy to make. They’re great for covering leftovers, wrapping sandwiches, and keeping hard cheeses fresh without creating any waste, and the wax coating is easy to refresh as needed.

jars filled with different kinds of infused salt

3. Infused Salt

from The Pioneer Woman

These flavorful infused salts would make a wonderful handmade gifts for any cook or foodie. And since you get to decide which flavor(s) to use in the salt, the recipient is sure to appreciate getting something tailored to their specific tastes!

hand holding up three felt dog Christmas ornaments

4. Felt Dog Ornaments

from Oh Yay Studio

I love felt decor, and even more so during the holidays — it’s cozy and a bit whimsical, reflecting that special holiday magic that brings out the child in all of us.

These adorable felt dog ornaments are sure to delight any dog mom or dad, and they’re easier to make than you might think. Just download the PDF pattern, grab some felt and glue, and off you go!

gold locket filled with homemade lip balm laying on a blue tile background

5. Lip Balm Locket

from A Beautiful Mess

Rather than a cherished photo, this beautiful locket holds moisturizing lip balm, making it a perfect gift for the woman or girl on the go. It’s hard to beat an accessory that’s as functional as it is fashionable!

homemade photo collage board sitting on a mantle

6. Photo Collage Board

from Inspired By Charm

Looking for a gift for a world traveler or amateur photographer? How about a nice photo collage board? The clothespins will make it easy for the recipient to swap out the photos as often as they like.

homemade cookie mix gift sacks sitting on a kitchen counter

from It’s Always Autumn

For fledgling bakers and cookie fans, these festive cookie mixes are sure to go over well. The darling flannel gift sacks only require basic sewing skills, and add in a few ingredients and some measuring spoons, and you’ll have memorable handmade gifts ready to give in no time!

homemade tea towel wall hanging on a coat rack

8. Tea Towel Wall Hanging

from A Hundred Affections

Turn a dowel, tea towel, and some twine into a brilliant, beautiful, and gift-worthy wall hanging. This project will have you seeing kitchen towels in a whole new light!

two people sitting on a bed with homemade lap desks on their laps and working on laptops

9. Lap Desk

from A Beautiful Mess

You won’t need sewing skills to make one of these comfy lap desks. It would make the perfect gift for anyone who uses their laptop or tablet in bed or while relaxing on the couch.

homemade photo flip calendar sitting on a shelf

10. Photo Flip Calendar

from Kristi Murphy

This flip calendar would make a perfect gift for any friend who catalogues their memorable moments on Instagram. (You will have to snoop around their Instagram profile to snag a few photos, but it’s fine if it’s in the name of making someone a thoughtful gift, right?)

blue teacup candle sitting on a table with matches next to it

11. Tea Cup Candles

from Postcards From The Ridge

For candle lovers, refined socialites, and fans of Jane Austen, there’s no gift more perfect than these lovely tea cup candles. Scour your local secondhand shops for the tea cups, then add some herbs to candles so they look and smell like an English garden tea party.

blue homemade knot pillow sitting on a black chair with a white pillow and a white blanket

12. Knot Pillow

from Sugar and Cloth

This intricate knotted pillow looks like it came from the pages of a trendy home decor catalog, and it’s easier to make than it looks (though basic sewing skills are needed). All you need is some stretchy knit fabric, fiber fill, and some knot-tying know how to make a pillow anyone would love!

homemade salted caramels sitting on a counter with red scissors

13. Salted Caramels

from The Pioneer Woman

I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like caramel. These homemade salted caramels would make an ideal gift for just about anyone, including the difficult-to-shop-for and hard-to-please (they know who they are!)

hand holding a homemade felt holly broach with pink buttons

14. Felt Holly Holiday Brooch

from Wild Olive

This holly brooch would add festive flair to any winter coat or hat. If you’re crafty with felt and feel comfortable with basic hand stitching, these should be no trouble for you to make!

homemade cookie cutter candles sitting on a wood table

from Pop Sugar

You can turn candle stubs and crayon pieces into cute, Christmas-shaped candles. You can remove the candle from the cookie cutter once it’s set, or leave it in the cutter to make it a 2-for-1 gift.

Looking For More Handmade Gift Ideas?

For even more inspiring DIYs and gift-worthy projects, check out the many other roundups of simple handmade gifts I’ve shared! All my handmade gift roundups can be found here.

What are the most memorable handmade gifts you’ve received?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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