If you’re looking for great ideas for homemade gifts you can give to friends and family (whether for Christmas 2024 or any other gift-giving occasion), you’ve come to the right place — there are 47 homemade gift ideas awaiting you in this post!
Not only do I personally love giving and receiving homemade gifts for Christmas, but I also really enjoy hunting down ideas about homemade gifts to share here with all of you! :-) This post is the 12th installment in my ongoing “Simple Handmade Gifts” series, so be sure to check out the other posts for plenty more of the best homemade gift ideas for everyone on your list!
There are plenty of reasons to make your Christmas gifts homemade, from wanting your gifts to be more meaningful to the desire to stretch a limited gift budget. But no matter why you’re looking for homemade gift ideas, you’ve certainly come to the right place, because I’ve rounded up some amazing homemade Christmas gift ideas from around the web for you below! :-)
47 Easy Homemade Gift Ideas For Christmas
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1. Decoupage Soap
Source: Mod Podge Rocks
Decoupage soap? I’d never heard of such a thing before encountering this idea, but these bars of soap look so cute and take minutes to make. What a great DIY Christmas gift! (And yes, the decoupaged decoration will stay in place throughout the life of the soap!)
2. Picture Frame Message Board
Source: House by Hoff
Message boards continue to be a popular home decor trend, 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.
3. Wooden Slab Key Holder
Source: The Crafted Life
This is the perfect inexpensive homemade gift idea for the 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 this handmade gift.
4. Scalloped Cork Board
Source: A Bubbly Life
Give your loved ones the gift of organization this year with a nice looking cork board! You can get cork boards cheap at dollar stores and thrift stores, then give them a makeover with craft paint and other adornments. I think this scalloped design is really cute, but you could decorate it with whatever design you like.
5. Bath Bombs
Homemade bath bombs make great gifts for anyone who loves a relaxing soak in the tub (as do homemade bath salts, for that matter).
6. Mini Frame Magnets
Source: Purely Katie
I never seem to have enough fridge magnets for all the stuff that I want to hang up, so a few of these frame magnets would be wonderful to receive as a holiday gift! You could make a lot of them fairly quickly, so they’d be a smart choice for those with long gift lists this year.
7. Tile Coasters
Source: It All Started With Paint
Every coffee table needs a few coasters. These tile coasters are a super simple gift to make, and you can customize them to fit the style of whoever you’re giving them to.
8. Hand Painted Holiday Mugs
You can never have enough mugs, in my opinion. These hand painted mugs would make great gifts for friends who drink a lot of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Add a hot chocolate bomb (see #24) to put it over the top!
Source: Homey Oh My
I just love these painted bottles, and your gift recipient could use them in so many different ways! Give them as a hostess gift to use as a vase for flowers, as a pencil cup, or simply as decoration.
10. Jewel Thumbtacks
Source: Today’s Creative Life
Who would use regular push pins or thumbtacks if they had the option to use bejeweled thumbtacks? Give them to someone who works from home, or anyone who uses a cork board to stay organized.
11. “Places You’ve Lived” Map Decor
Source: Mabey She Made It
Make homemade maps to help the person who receives it remember all the places they’ve called home in a meaningful way they can appreciate often.
12. Dollar Store Potted Succulents
Source: Little House of Four
Succulents are pretty low maintenance compared to other indoor plants, and there are so many quirky varieties! Add a touch of green to your decor with this simple craft using dollar store items.
13. Washi Tape Headbands
Source: The Crafting Chicks
Perfect for bad hair days, these headbands are a fun gift idea for “girls” of all ages! And best of all, they’re crazy simple to make. Take your favorite roll of washi tape, wrap it around a headband, and add some gift wrap!
14. Heart-Shaped Hand Warmers
Source: 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 to keep their hands warm while they wait for the school bus. Perfect as a stocking stuffer!
15. Tea Towel Gift Set
Source: Purely Katie
Add some whimsy to your kitchen with this nice tea towel, or give it 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 use to tie it all together.
16. Bath Tea
Bath salts are easy and inexpensive to make, and to turn them into bath tea, simply bag or bottle them up with some dried herbs or flowers. Makes such a pretty presentation!
17. Terra Cotta Coaster
These DIY “coasters” made with terra cotta pot bases are fun and easy to create. They’d make a darling coffee table accessory, and a perfect gift for Mom, Grandma, or teachers!
18. Decorative Roasting Sticks
Source: 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, and you can re-use them year after year. These charming DIY roasting sticks make the perfect gift for family and friends!
19. Instagram Calendar
Source: Kristi Murphy
This simple and stylish flip calendar is one of many gift ideas using snaps from someone’s Instagram feed. Grab screenshots of the recipient’s best posts to personalize the calendar with some of their cherished memories. Would make perfect Christmas gifts for just about anyone on your list!
20. Yogurt Jar Candles
French-style yogurts come in glass jars that are way too cute to send to the trash! Recycle them into these rustic-yet-chic homemade candles for an easy DIY project that’s also perfect for Christmas gifts.
21. Macrame Wall Hanging
Source: Macrame for Beginners
Macrame is one of several ‘70s trends to have made a comeback in recent years. Macrame wall hangings add character and texture to any space, and they’re as fun to make as they are to look at!
22. Lavender-Rosemary Candles
Source: Live Simply
Candles are usually a welcome gift for most people, especially ones that feature a lovely combinations of scents like these lavender-rosemary candles. They feature lavender and rosemary essential oils, as well as dried lavender and rosemary, resulting in a candle that looks as nice as it smells.
23. Flannel Blanket Scarf
Source: Our Home Made Easy
A blanket scarf is the perfect gift for that friend or family member who is always cold! Blanket scarves are nice because they’re so versatile—you can wear it as a scarf, a blanket, a nursing cover, a shawl, etc. And this one doesn’t require a single stitch of sewing, which makes it a very simple DIY to put under your Christmas tree!
24. Hot Chocolate Bombs
Hot chocolate bombs have been super popular the past couple of years, but you won’t have to worry about finding them in stores if you make your own hot chocolate bombs at home! They’re easier to make than you’d think, and would make a nice addition to any gift basket or gift box you might be putting together.
25. Personalized Wood Hangers
Source: Driven by Decor
Wood hangers are so nice to have, but not many of us would think to splurge on them for our own closets. That’s why these unique DIY personalized wood hangers would make such a good gift for a loved one! Personalize them with names, quotes, or whatever you like.
26. Sweater Coffee Sleeve
Source: Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss
For that friend who always has coffee or tea in hand, this sweater coffee sleeve is sure to come in handy! Just cut an old sweater to size, hem it with your sewing machine, and add a button and loop to secure it. It’s a very doable project, and your coffee-loving friend will love having a protective sleeve that’s infinitely reusable!
27. Handprint Apron
Source: Old Salt Farm
Grandparents love sentimental gifts, making this handprint apron a surefire hit with Grandma and Grandpa! Gather up the kids so they can take turns making painted handprints on the apron, then paint each child’s name next to it. It’s a practical gift that will make any grandparent smile every time they pull it on.
28. Mood-Boosting Essential Oil Spray
Easy to make and give as a gift, these mood-boosting essential oil sprays are sure to be appreciated by anyone who could use a lift.
29. Clay & Wood Bracelet Jewelry Boxes
Source: Damask Love
These cute jewelry boxes look like they came from high-end boutique, but they’re actually made from wooden bangles and a bit of clay! They would make a special way to give a gift of jewelry, too. They’re easy to put together, and are the perfect size to keep rings, necklaces, and other jewelry.
30. Citrus Sugar Scrub
Source: Alice & Lois
Whip up this all-natural citrus sugar scrub with coconut oil, sugar, and orange zest for a wonderfully fragrant exfoliating treatment. You can use scrubs any time of year, but they can be particularly useful for those who struggle with dry skin during the winter.
31. Stamped Tea Towels
Source: Tidbits & Company
I could always use another dish towel or two in my kitchen, and I’m sure most people feel the same way! And you can easily dress up a couple of dish towels to make them more gift-able with a fun stamped design. Make some for any friend who loves spending time in the kitchen!
32. Cereal Box Bookmarks
The paperboard used for cereal boxes makes an incredibly versatile craft material! Why not turn it into custom bookmarks for the book lovers in your life?
33. Map Magnets
Source: The Happy Housie
Maps can also make an excellent crafting material for homemade gifts, especially for friends and family who love to travel, have lived abroad, or simply have an adventurous spirit! Making a set of these map magnets featuring cities the recipient has visited or lived in would be a perfect personalized gift for any occasion!
34. Reed Diffuser
Reed diffusers are a great way to experience the benefits of essential oils, or to simply enjoy how they smell! Reed diffusers are super easy to make, and you can tailor the oils you include to perfectly suit the preferences of the person you plan to give it to, making them a thoughtful gift as well.
35. Homemade Butter
Edible homemade gifts are not only thoughtful, but often taste better than the store-bought stuff! Homemade butter is a real treat, and anyone you give it to is sure to be equal parts impressed and excited to try it! Package a small jar of the butter with a loaf of homemade bread to put this gift over the top.
36. Loop-It Yarn Blanket
Using special looped yarn (sometimes called loop-it yarn), you can make someone you love a cozy blanket with zero knowledge of how to knit or crochet. Check out my intro to “finger looping” for a quick tutorial video and links to online sources for loop-it yarn. Crafts don’t get much easier than this, and your family and friends will love one of these pretty, fluffy throws!
37. Stamped Leather Tie Clip
Source: Lovely Indeed
A nice tie clip is a nice, traditional gift for anyone who wears a tie to work or church, and they’re surprisingly simple to make! The custom stamped leather makes this one look like it came from the pages of a high-end catalog.
38. Pineapple Ring Dish
Source: Idle Hands Awake
For those in your life who simply never leave the house without a number of well-chosen accessories, give them something that will help them keep all that bling organized! This cute pineapple ring dish would make a great gift, especially once you’ve customized it with your own pattern or artwork.
39. Gold Leaf Art Print
Source: The Spruce Crafts
Gifts like wall art can be tricky to get right, but if anyone on your list has a lot of metallic decor, a homemade gold leaf art print is sure to be a home-run! Just outline a basic shape like the monstera leaf shown here, add some adhesive, slap on some gold leaf, and voila! What a great housewarming gift this would make!
40. Hanging Dish Towel
Everyone has their own pet peeves, and one of mine happens to be when my dish towels won’t stay put when I hang them over the handle on my oven door! Luckily, that’s not a problem I have to deal with now that I know how to make these easy DIY hanging dish towels. I’m sure any one who loves to cook would be pleased as punch to get one!
41. Tassel Placemats
Source: The Spruce Crafts
Have a friend who can’t get enough tassels? These colorful tassel placemats are sure to impress. And as is always the case with homemade gifts, no one needs to know how quick and easy it was to make. Customize them by choosing colors for Christmas or any occasion.
42. Photo Transfer Wood Decor
Source: The Turquoise Home
For recipients who gravitate toward rustic decor, custom wood decor with photo transfers would make an ideal gift. You can use actual photos, text, or even your own designs to personalize it for the person you want to give it to.
43. Mystery Braid Bracelets
Source: A Pumpkin & A Princess
Another of my favorite craft ideas on this list, these simple leather bracelets would make amazing homemade gifts. They’re unique and simple to make, too! The “mystery” of these braided bracelets refers to fact that the leather strips are fully attached at both ends. But don’t worry — once you get the hang of the method, braiding them is actually pretty easy!
44. Snore Relief In A Jar
For a useful gift for a friend whose partner snores, whip them up a gel that’s infused with snore-relieving essential oils. All they have to do is remove the lid from the jar and set it on their nightstand to start enjoying more restful (and quieter) sleep.
45. Macrame Mason Jar Plant Hanger
Source: The Spruce Crafts
Another fun and unique macrame project, this plant hanger is perfectly sized to accommodate a mason jar. That makes it a perfect gift for both mason jar fans and plant lovers alike! All it takes is some inexpensive cording and you can make a bunch of them for your friends for Christmas.
46. Faux Boxwood Wreath
Source: anderson + grant
Evergreen foliage and small, round leaves make boxwood a lovely material for a wreath. But rather than shelling out $100 or more for a real boxwood wreath, you can make a convincing replica using faux boxwood for a fraction of the cost! It would make a great gift for just about anyone, too — it’s one classy DIY!
47. Paint Chip Bookmark
Source: Mama Miss
Another great gift for your favorite bookwork, especially one who loves a splash of color, would be a set of these paint chip bookmarks! They’re fun to make, and any book lover can appreciate seeing those cheerful colors every time they pick up or put down the latest page-turner. Your kids can help make some for their friends, too.
Bonus Gift Idea: A Gift In A Jar!
Looking for more ideas for homemade gifts? While not totally handmade, a gift in a jar (a big glass jar full of smaller gifts) is always a hit with recipients, and they’re easy to put together. You’ll find dozens of great gift in a jar ideas in the first, second, and third installments in that series.
Do you prefer your gifts handmade or store-bought?