It’s time for another installment of my “Simple Handmade Gifts” series! This particular series of posts is one of my very favorites, because I love giving and receiving handmade gifts. I also love hunting down amazing gift ideas to share with you! This is technically the 12th installment of my “Simple Handmade Gifts” series, and I encourage you to check out all the other installments at the link below!
Related: Simple Handmade Gifts Round-Up!
There are so many reasons to go the handmade route with your holiday gifts this year. First, a handmade gift shows how much you care! You took the time to create something special for your gift recipient, and they’ll appreciate the gesture no matter what the gift is. Second, making affordable handmade gifts is a simple way to stretch your holiday budget. The holiday season can get really expensive, and making gifts rather than buying them will cut down on your spending considerably. And finally, handmade gifts are just so dang CUTE! (For proof, visit any of my other “Simple Handmade Gifts” posts, or just keep scrolling and see for yourself!)
So without further ado, here are 19 more projects from around the web that would make perfect handmade gifts this year.
19 Inspiring Ideas For Simple Handmade Gifts
Click on the title of each project for full details and instructions.
from Mod Podge Rocks
Decoupage soap? I’d never heard of such a thing! But these bars of soap turn out so cute, and they only take minutes to make. (And yes, the decoupaged decoration will stay in place throughout the lifespan of the soap!)
from House by Hoff
Message boards are a hot home decor trend right now, and they’re easy to DIY! You can make your own to give as a gift using an old picture frame, a bit of twine, and some cute gift tags.
from The Crafted Life
Here’s a perfect gift for the lovable scatterbrains in your life. ;-) Give them a cute and functional place to hang their keys! I like the combination of painted and unpainted wood in the finished product.
from A Bubbly Life
Give your loved ones the gift of organization this year! You can find cork boards for cheap at dollar stores and thrift stores. Then it’s up to you to make it cute, and all it takes is a little craft paint! I think this scalloped design is really cute, but you could paint whatever design you like.
from Bitz & Giggles
Homemade bath bombs always make a great gift! These ones are made with rainbow sprinkles to make them even more fun.
from The Casual Craftlete
I never seem to have enough fridge magnets for all the stuff that I want to hang up, so I would personally love to receive a few of these frame magnets! You could make a lot of these in short amount of time, so they’d be a great choice if you have a long gift list this year.
from It All Started With Paint
Every coffee table needs a few coasters, and everyone has a coffee table! These tile coasters are super simple, and you can customize them to fit the style of whoever you’re giving them to.
You can never have enough mugs, in my opinion. These hand painted mugs would make a great gift for the coffee and hot chocolate lovers in your life!
from Homey Oh My
I just love these painted bottles, and your gift recipient could use them in so many different ways! They could use them as a vase for fresh or dried flowers, or as a pencil cup, or just as a cute decor item.
10. Jewel Thumbtacks
from Today’s Creative Life
Why use regular push pins or thumbtacks when you could use bejeweled thumbtacks? Give them to your favorite #girlboss, or anyone who uses a cork board to stay organized.
from Mabey She Made It
Maps are a fun way to add color and interest to your decor! This simple project will help you (or the person you gift it to) remember all the places you’ve been in a beautiful and meaningful way.
from Little House of Four
Even if you have a “brown thumb” you’ll love succulents! They are very low maintenance plant companions and there are so many quirky varieties to suit anyone’s style! Add a touch of green to your decor with this simple craft using Dollar Store items.
from The Crafting Chicks
Perfect for bad hair days, these headbands are a fun gift idea for “girls” of all ages! And it’s crazy simple! Take your favorite roll of washi tape and wrap it around a headband, and 30 seconds later… you’re wearing an adorable new hair accessory!
from Haberdashery Fun
These soft fabric hand warmers are perfect for chilly days, and can be tucked into pockets and mittens of all sizes. Stick them in your jacket pocket when walking to work or hitting the slopes. Make smaller ones for your kiddos and stick them in their jacket pockets to keep their hands warm while they wait for the school bus. Perfect as a stocking stuffer!
from The Casual Craftlete
Add some whimsy to your kitchen, or give as a thoughtful handmade gift! A super easy gift idea for Mom, Grandma, or your favorite hostess! You can never have enough cute tea towels for the kitchen, and there’s a free printable gift tag you can download to tie it all together.
16. Tub Teas
from Martha Stewart
Nothing soothes the soul like a good long soak, especially with skin-soothing ingredients like herbs, salts, spices, essential oils. These “tub teas” are a lovely and inexpensive gift that you can put together very quickly.
These DIY “coasters” made with terra cotta pot bases are fun and easy to make. They’d make a darling coffee table accessory, and a fun addition to any home decor. A perfect gift for Mom/Grandma, and even teachers!
from Boxwood Clippings
Baby food jars are way too cute to send to the trash! Recycle them into these rustic, yet chic, votive candles. It’s a simple and fun project that also makes a great gift.
from Ella Claire
Roast hot dogs and marshmallows in style with this must-have tool for barbecues, picnics, and camping. Extra-long handles keep kids at a safe distance, & these can be re-used year after year. These charming DIY roasting sticks make the perfect gift for family and friends!