Simple Handmade Gifts – Part Eight

I just love doing this kind of post! It is so fun to just get lost in the pursuit of simple handmade gifts. Just when I think I can’t possibly find anything new….I find dozens of ideas and then spend hours trying to decide which ones to use!

This happens to be my eighth installment of this post. I started with Parts OneTwoThree, and Four back in 2011 then added Parts Five, Six, and Seven in 2012. This is the first one I’ve been able to get to this year….so I packed it chock full of ideas!

I hope you enjoy….and more importantly are inspired in your handmade gift-giving this year. I know I’m going to try my hand at several on this list!

Infinity Scarf

simple handmade gifts

Monogram Soap Dispenser

simple handmade gifts

Colorful Chalkboards {from Dollar Store platters}

simple handmade gifts

Lavender Coconut Oil Salt Scrub

DIY Glitter Tote

simple handmade gifts
CLICK HERE to view a complete list of my “Simple Handmade Gifts” series!

Wipe Off Weekly Menu Board

simple handmade gifts

Fabric Headband

simple handmade gifts

Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate Mix

Chalkboard Serving Tray

simple handmade gifts

Mini Pallet Coasters

simple handmade gifts

Honey Butter Ambrosia

DIY Laundry Soap & Painted Glass Container

simple handmade gifts

Snowman Making Kit

simple handmade gifts

OLLIBLOCKS: Monsters & Superheroes

simple handmade gifts

Gardener’s Hand Scrub

Glitter Pencils

simple handmade gifts

Hand Warmers

simple handmade gifts

Vintage Votives

simple handmade gifts

DIY “Polaroid” Photo Coasters

Stamped Tea Towels

simple handmade gifts

DIY Rope Vase

simple handmade gifts

Zipper Book Clutch 

simple handmade gifts

Headache (and other aches) Pillows

DIY Frame Key Holder

simple handmade gifts

DIY Topped Jars

simple handmade gifts

Fabric Covered Circle Bulletin Board

simple handmade gifts

Homemade Soap In A Crockpot

Popsicle Stick Snowflake

simple handmade gifts

DIY Bulletin Board

simple handmade gifts

English Muffin Toasting Bread

That’s a whole lotta gift-giving inspiration right there!  I hope something got you at least thinking about things you can make without having to go to the mall. :-)

CLICK HERE to view a complete list of my “Simple Handmade Gifts” series!

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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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    • Oh, and last year for Christmas, my daughter, niece and I made gift sets with several of your “recipes” to give out. They were very received (and I’ve had several requests for “refills”) and the girls and I had a blast!

  • My absolute favorite homemade item is a my reusable rice bag. Pretty material filled with uncooked rice. 30 seconds in the microwave and off to the sofa I go. Feels so wonderful on the neck tension areas after a long day at work.

  • Oh, I answered the question wrong! The best handmade gift I’ve been given … an ornament my daughter made for me. I hang it on the tree every year, and smile.

  • I give at least one handmade gift at Christmas. This year, I’m giving rag quilts for my daughter’s AG doll. I’m sewing doll clothes for several little girls too (mine and others). I love making things to give!

  • My best friend in high school gave me a wonderful sketch of the two of us based on one of my favorite pictures. It’s been 25 years and sadly, we’ve lost touch, but I still treasure it.

  • Hey Jillee!
    My mom and I love your stuff!
    For the ladies: we always make, HOMEMADE soaps, body scrubs, stockings, deodorants and even toothpaste!
    For the guys: we usually give some homemade jellies, pickled jalapenos and stuff (the guys in our family love cooking).
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  • Every year my aunt gives me a storage tote full of handmade sweets from fudge to cookies, even a giant rice crispy treat. I love that she spends so much time making and distributing such a large amount of sweets to her family!

  • I work at a doctor’s office and every year we have a patient who makes peppermint patties. She makes her own creamy peppermint for the middle and her own chocolate to dip them in. They are fantastic.

  • My favorite hand made gift was from my mom. It was several Christmas hangings we had made when I was about 8 or 9. They were from a kit but we glued and sewed the pieces together and put glitter and sequins on it. I always loved to get them out when I was a child and it made me cry that she gave them to me.

  • This has been fun! Last Christmas our family gave only handmade gifts….including our 14 year old grandson. It was the best Christmas ever! One of the gifts, that I’m just now using up, was from my 24 year old granddaughter. She knows that I love coffee, so she dipped plastic spoons in 3 types of melted chocolate, and coated them with peppermint or sprinkles, or drizzled with contrasting chocolate. Then she wrapped them each in pretty cellophane wrap. I stir my coffee (or cocoa!) and get an extra flavor treat!

  • We make baskets of desserts (with the recipes included) and mini presents for our families every year. It’s always fun to get our kids involved in the baking and I love seeing the homemade ornaments and keepsake items they come up with. We decided years ago that it would be more fun to do these kinds of presents so that the grandparents could have something from them, made by them, and would able to watch the progression of the gifts from year to year.

  • I received a rattan straw basket made into a sewing basket when a was a young girl. It was fully stocked with needles, pincushion, scissors etc… I still use it today.

  • Just today, my 9-year-old son gave me a “snow globe” with a picture of him inside it that they made at school. It’s not a real snow globe, but a small, clear plastic cup turned upside down with cotton balls and silver glitter in the bottom of it.

    I love all handmade gifts that I get.

  • I would have to say my favorite homemade gift would be a cute dish towel with a pot holder sew on top with a bottom closure to attach to an oven handle. Love this post!

  • my sis made me a wooden wall holder thingee that I hang my pots & pans on….she never made anything before in her life…i love it!
    I make alot of knitted things for people, from baby stuff to dishcloths.
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  • My favorite homemade gift I’ve been given was from my mom. For my wedding, she took old photos of my husband and myself from babies to adults and pasted them all over a box that wedding guest could write comments and put in the box. It was so cute and thoughtful and we will keep it always.

  • My favorite homemade gift was a set of sparkly pinecones for my dad last Christmas. He loves to decorate with pine boughs and pinecones and poinsettias–and I was strapped for cash that year–so I bought a bottle of glitter and found some pinecones outside my house and voila! I hand-painted glue onto each tip around the pinecone then dumped gold glitter on it and hung it with yarn around my room until it dried. Dusted it off once it dried to get rid of any loose glitter and then packed a set of 6 or 7 in a box for Christmas! They’re beautiful and practically free. He loved them and they sit out in a Longaberger basket every Christmas! :)

  • Yesterday my daughter gave me tiny handprints of my 2 month old granddaughter as a ornament she made from salt and flour and painted. It was a very special reminder to enjoy every precious moment because those tjny hands will grow fast and soon she will be crafting with them independently.

  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a mason jar of white brown mix that my son gave to me when he was a little boy. He made it himself in school. It is one of the best gifts ever of any kind.

  • My daughter and son are “makers” like I am. She’s made some fabulous scarves for me. He’s made personal things as he’s learned new crafts. I love these things.

  • My daughter decorated a wood frame for me – she painted it my favorite color and added a camera charm because I love photography – and put a picture of our family at her high school graduation in it.

  • One of my favorite homemade gifts was a candle that was made inside a vintage teacup. It was very beautiful. This year I have received many handmade ornaments from my 5 year old. I’m not sure which is my favorite! :)

  • The best handmade gift I ever received was a Christmas gift from my parents and in-laws after my first son was born- they took pictures of my husband and myself as babies and pictures of our baby boy and put them in a special frame. It wasn’t extravagant, but as a new family of three it was so special to me, and still is :)

  • my aunt and uncle made the words joy, love, and peace out of nails and gave them to everyone in the family for christmas. i have them up all year. love them.

  • My friend gave me a homemade handwarmer once. She knew that I used them almost all the time so she made me one out of soft, fuzzy fabric in my favorite colors (pink and green)!

  • I received a mason jar filled with my favorite candy, a gift card stuck in the middle of it, decorated with pretty fabric on the lid and raffia/ribbons around the rim. Merry Christmas to all!!

  • Hi Jillee! My favorite homemade gift was the Winnie the Pooh cake that my best friend and pastry chef, Renisha, made for my birthday. I was visiting home from college and she gave it to me. It was so beautiful I couldn’t even eat it!! It was absolutely perfect and looked exactly like Pooh. Best gift evar!!

  • My own Christmas tradition has always been to give loved ones something handmade. I try to start early and to give everyone on my list at least one handmade gift.I love receiving homemade gifts as well but giving is the BEST.
    Thanks for the chance.

  • My grandmother crochet beautiful purses and gifted one to me, when I was a teenager. I’ve never forgotten it. I wore it until the glittery yarn wasn’t even re-useable! Great memories

  • Once I was gifted a beautiful wooden spoon set that was burned with some kind of a wood burning tool. The designs were simple dots and stripes, but I enjoy them each and every time I cook. I have used them for years.

  • my mother in law made us dish towels… she has a really old loom. i can’t even imagine how much time she spent on it! all in my fave colors! it was pretty cool!!!

  • My sister-in-law made a flannel lap quilt for me years ago (and her kids helped tie it.) Even though the print is wintery (snow men, etc.) I keep it on the back of the sectional year-round so I can easily grab it any time I want to curl up and get warm. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • my sister in law makes gifts a lot of the time for the holidays. my favorite was from a few years ago, she filled a mason jar with holiday scented potpourri and a small string of white lights – i left it out all year!! i replaced the potpourri once the holiday scent died off too!

  • The best homemade gift I ever received and I continue to receive for birthdays, Mother’s Day, ect. is these cotton crocheted kitchen dish rags. Because they’re made from thick cotton yarn they’re very absorbent and they are crocheted kinda loose so they also scrub really well when wet. I always receive a stack of four or five and wrapped in a pretty vintage ribbon and I use them tell they literally fall apart after washing them over and over for years. I love just white ones cause you can bleach them and they come out looking new every time…great gift, well at least for me!!

  • My most favorite handmade gift I have received was knitted doilys from my grandmother. The simplest and most appreciated gifts are the drawings that my students have given me.

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  • I love these ideas! I guess one of the best homemade gift I have received is an afghan that a friend made me when I graduated from high school. That was about 30+ years ago and I still use it!

  • My son made bath salts in his class at school one year and gave them to me – such a sweet gift and so easy to make! Come to think of it, I think I can have the kids whip up some baggies to give away this week…

  • When my sister and I were 10 (me) and 5 (sister) we received handmade quilts from our great-grandmother. Entirely hand stitched and straight from her heart! Definitely the best handmade gift ever received!

  • The best handmade gift I received was a ceramic light up Christmas tree. I was given it when I was 6 years old and 20 years later I still have it and it’s not Christmas until I set it up. I hope to pass it on to my son some day so that he can enjoy it as much as I have.

  • One of my favorite handmade gifts I received was a small pin cushion. The fabric had pictures of circa 1900-1910 shoes. Where the shoes buttoned, my friend had pushed in a matching colored pin. A small touch, but it made the gift so special.

  • The best handmade gift I have received was a cute hand-crocheted jacket for my daughter when she was born. Her sister then went on to wear it also. And 22 years later I am now going to give it to my first grand baby who will be born in April. So special. It is one of the few things I have saved!

  • My favorite handmade gift was a tiny cup, a piece of pottery one of my friends spun for my tiny hands. That was over 10 years ago and I still smile whenever I use it.

  • My grandma used to knit us little slipper booties. Loved those. This year I made some vanilla coconut sugar in cute jars for my coworkers and a few friends. It smells heavenly! :)

  • Thank you so much!!! I think my 8 siblings and mom are all going to get English Muffin Toasting Bread, along with a pint of Honey Butter Ambrosia! I’ve been trying to figure out how to do something for EVERYONE without killing myself or my budget! You’re a life saver, Jillee!

  • OMG – I can see so many ideas that I could easily make before Christmas. Going to the craft store tomorrow to get started. Thanks for the ideas – love them all !

  • A few years ago my mom spent hours and hours compiling pictures of each of our family’s and made each one of us a scrapbook. That was a labor of love for sure!

  • My favorite homemade gift that was given to me has always been homemade cards like Christmas cards, birthday cards, etc. Wonderful blog by the way! I just love all the awesome ideas.

  • My favorite handmade gift was a simple photo album filled with photos of my mother in law the Christmas after she passed away. It wasn’t fancy but meant so much to know that someone took the time to find and reprint these photos.

  • I don’t know that it’s “simple” but it’s definitely my favorite. My grandma made me her homemade divinity when I was a kid. Now she makes it every year for Christmas because she knows how much I love it. I have the best grandma in the world!

  • I haven’t received it yet (hoping I will at Christmas) but my husband’s Grandma (Grandma-in-law?) is making us a wedding quilt!! She made us several strands of bunting for our wedding and so she’s re-using that fabric + fabric we used for our ceremony backdrop to make the quilt. I will treasure it forever!! :D

  • One of my favorite handmade gifts was an essential oil lavender room spray a student’s mother gave me. I spray it in my daughter’s room before naps and at bed time to help soothe her to sleep. It was a great gift!

    • Oh, and the best handmade gift I’ve ever received… well, I’m a bit crafty and my sweet hubby felt like he couldn’t buy a card, so he’s gotten in the habit of making cards, complete with hand-drawn images, cute wording, etc. It makes me tear up every time!

  • When my daughter was in preschool, they helped her make a Christmas ornament by simply painting her hand white and having her grasp a small, red glass ball. Today, that ornament with her tiny hand print wrapped around it is priceless to me ♥

  • My first year after college, I moved out of state for a job. The wife of a coworker made a wonderful batch of cookies, put them in a mason jar, and used a crocheted washcloth to out over the jar’s lid. It was so simple, yet being entirely homemade helped me to feel a bit more at home.

  • My little sister once gave me a sign she made that says “laugh”. It’s made of wooden letters she painted and attached things like flowers, bumblebees, and butterflies. She said it’s because I’m always laughing, making people laugh, and putting everyone in a good mood. I thought that was so sweet! Some of the decorations have fallen off over the years due to moving a lot (my husband is in the Army), but I still have it!

  • The best handmade gift I have received has been a set of blocks that spell out faith. They were given to my husband and I while we were trying to adopt! I just love them!!

  • My mom made us pillows out of Dad’s T-shirts the first Christmas after he passed. We call them his “hugs from Heaven”. Before we got them, she spritzed them with some of Dad’s cologne. It was homemade, and it was exactly what I needed to get me through the first Christmas without my dad.

    • my favorite homemade gift I have been given was a Fleece scarf for Valentine’s day.. my mom traced my son’s handprints and sewed them on the scarf. He was about 9 months old then and is 11 now… it means so much to have those little hands!

  • Best homemade gift I ever received was a pair of moccasins that my grandmother gave me when I was young. I still have them close to 50 years later. I will likely pass them on to my granddaughter along with the traditional dancing dress she gave me.

  • We had a “beautiful things corner” growing up and while I don’t have a corner the value of handmade gifts lives on in my family so I have received (and given) many. It’s hard to pick a favorite because some are (or were) so useful and some so meaningful. I guess I have to go with an ornament my son made for us one Christmas when he was maybe 5 or 6 for the time of year. I also have a couple very special Valentine gifts and card he made several years later. But the wealth of ideas you offer us Jillee is invaluable to me helping me continue that tradition. Thank you!

  • I can’t recall anything handmade that I’ve been given. But I have given handmade/homemade things to others. Last year I gave my mom a beautiful basket with vanilla sugar, lemon salt, maple syrup, home fragrances (all homemade, of course) and a couple store-bought things too.

  • The best homemade gift that I have ever received was homemade bath fizzy bombs. A very good friend of mine gave them to me for my birthday about two years ago and I have to say they were very appreciated! I work full time, go to school part time, and have a 2 1/2 year old…needless to say my feet and the rest of my were grateful!

  • I favorite was this year. My mom gave me a crocheted bottle/cup scrubber and washcloth with a scrubbie built in. It’s an awesome set…now my husband can help with dishes.

  • By far the best homemade gift I ever received was a linen & crocheted coverlet & matching shams from my aunt. My grandmother made it for my aunt as a wedding gift. It is beautiful, even at 75+ years old!

  • The way my best friend asked me to be in her wedding party – she mailed me a package with a note, thanking me for being her friend in a addition to a spoon with the words “Will you be my moh (maid of honor)?” It was the sweetest gift ever! I still have the spoon displayed in my home.

    • Glad it isn’t just me. I haven’t received my daily email since the 15th or 16th (cups) I don’t think. I came to the site directly today worried something had happened to Jillee. I was so relieved to see that there had been posts each day! I will also re-subscribe but Jillee and staff you might want to look into this. No telling how many people this has happened to, unless I missed something and everyone needs to renew every so many months or something.

  • My favorite homemade gift that was given to me is a set of windchimes that my momma made for me when I moved out on my own. It stills hangs on my porch and it will always hang on my porch.

  • The gift that has received the most rave reviews over the years is my warm homemade sweet corn bread, (a recipe I tweaked and tweaked into perfection!), given with a container of 1/2 honeybutter and 1/2 raspberry honeybutter. Yum! People beg for me to bring them more.

  • The best handmade gift I have ever received is the calendar I get every year from my Aunt. It is full of photos of my little cousin. Once they moved from our home town I missed out on so much in her life and when I get the calendar I feel like I get to get all caught up.

  • My grandmother used to make cool crafts for the whole family for Christmas. My favorite is a group of little carolers that were painted and slightly crushed old soda cans.

  • I always love these idea posts – in fact that’s how I found you to begin with last year! Everyone got your gel room fresheners last year – personalized to each of them by color / container / add ins / scent, of course.

    Although I give homemade gifts, and have since 4th grade (my mom won’t accept anything but homemade from me now) I rarely receive homemade gifts (though I tell everyone I like homemade gifts). One that comes to mind, and I use a lot, is a scarf my mom made out of minky – my first experience with that amazing fabric. I’m sure that particular minky was a pain to work with ( in fact she has made that comment since then when we were at a fabric store together) but that just makes it that much more meaningful.

  • While Expecting Our First Baby, My Husband And Dad Built A Beautiful Cradle For Me. All Of Our Children Have Slept In It. Hopefully, One Day, Their Children Will Sleep In It Too.

  • My favorite homemade gift was bourbon vanilla extract that my sister made fordme last year. It is in a very cute bottle and is so much better than store bought!

  • My Mom is very crafty and I am happy to say I am becoming more and more like her! My favorite is still probably the hat and scarf handmade … love to wrap myself up in something made by her hands!

  • My first is still one of my very favorites – we made and shared instant hot cocoa mix in Home Ec in high school, more years ago than I like to remember… Just saw the gorgeous big jar on your ideas post and think “hmmmmm – I could do that!!!!” Thanks

  • My best homemade gift that I ever received was a bouquet of flowers! They were pens with flowers tapped on them. I am a teacher and I often lost my pens. Now I always know where my pens are! :)

  • Love all these DIY gifts! I was looking for a sugar scrub to make and gift it to a sweet friend of mine. So many ideas…. I love it! I would also like to try the poo-pourrie for my brother. LOL I know he would think it’s a hoot & would actually use it. :)