68 Best Homemade Gift Ideas


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Can’t decide on what to get for your friends and family members this Christmas? Why not make the gifts yourself? Homemade presents are more valued than store-bought products because of the amount of effort and time taken to make them. With some research, you’ll be able to come up with beautiful homemade gift ideas that your loved ones will adore.

No time to research? Not to worry.

I’ve searched high and low from numerous sources to come up with a compilation of some of the best homemade gift ideas available – just for you!

Here are my suggestions:

Top 70 Best Homemade Gift Ideas

1. Homemade Jams

This gift is really convenient especially if you would be visiting a lot of relatives and would not want anybody to feel left out. Cook your family’s favourite jams in large batches. Give your homemade jams a gourmet jar look with a decorative label, cloth and ribbon once you’re finished!

A really good tutorial on how to make and package homemade strawberry jam can be obtained from homemade-gifts-made-easy.com.

strawberry jam gift

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2. Felt Smart Phone or Tablet Covers

With technology being part of our everyday lives, these felt smart phone or tablet covers are the perfect gifts for practically anyone. See how easy it is to make these covers at www.hgtv.com.

felt smart phone or tablet cover

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3. Glitter Shot Glasses

These glitter shot glasses are sure to add a touch of elegance to any home. Make them for your friends and family members. They’ll be so pleased. To make them, visit www.popsugar.com.au for the perfect tutorial.

glitter shot glasses

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4. Chocolate chip rolo cookies

If you love to bake, it’s your time to shine! Practically everyone, young and old alike just can’t resist freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. To give it a festive mood, package them in special boxes.

A good chocolate chip rolo cookies recipe can be found at iheartnaptime.net .

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5. Handmade soaps

It definitely feels special when someone gives you a handmade soap that was specially made for you. There are just so many handmade soaps you can make these days. The process is much easier than you think!

I found a really great tutorial on the different types of homemade soaps I can make at naturallivingideas.com.

handmade soap

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6. Personalised Photo Votives

These personalised photo votives gives a personal touch to any home. Share amazing memories and express your appreciation to your loved ones by making them today. To know how to make them, go to popsugar.com.

personalised photo votive

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7. Makeup bag

This is a great gift for teenage girls and women alike. It’s easy and inexpensive to make. You can either make them with your leftover cloth or get affordable materials on offer. Whatever choice you make, I’m sure this present will be put into good use!

To view the tutorial on how to make a makeup bag, visit craftsy.com.

makeup bag

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8. Ombré Stone Bracelets

Whether you’re thinking to get a present for your mom, daughter, sister, aunty or girl friend, I can guarantee you that they’ll probably fall in love with these beautiful Ombré Stone Bracelets! Get creative and come up with different designs using the same type of materials.

Get a quick tutorial on how to make these gorgeous bracelets at honestlywtf.com.

ombre bracelet

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9. Photo frame

There are so many types of photo frames you can make for your loved ones. Although there are many tutorials out there, I would highly recommend you to make these photo frames because they are simple and inexpensive.

To learn more, visit itsoverflowing.com.

photo frame

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10. Sharpie art gift mugs

Get creative and use sharpie pens to design beautiful looking mugs that your family and friends will use for years to come! There are just so many designs you can make with these versatile pens. If you do not know how to do sharpie art gift mugs, go to craftaholicsanonymous.net.

sharpie mugs

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11. Photo clock

Who would have guessed that your favourite photos can be used to make a clock! I didn’t, until I read this amazing tutorial shared at rosyredbuttons.blogspot.com.au. I must say that a photo clock looks just so elegant!

photo clock

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12. Wood Painted Earrings

Gift a lift to your boring, cheap wooden earrings by adding colour to them. You can buy them cheap from dollar shops and revitalise them with some bright paint. A good blog post that illustrates how you can make these earrings is at thecraftedsparrow.com.

wood painted earrings

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13. DIY Glitter canvas

Put some glitter on your plain canvas with this easy-to-follow tutorial found at iheartnaptime.net. This decoration looks best for those who love modern looking interiors.

Glitter Canvas

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14. Apron

This is the perfect gift for those who love to cook. You can either make a simple apron or be creative by adding on frills and pockets to this basic design. Start by using the instructions given by someofthisandthat.com and work your way up if you would like to make something more elaborate!


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15. Scrabble Letter ornament

These unique looking gifts are just so easy to make! Just stick them together and use them as ornaments or paste them on a board and frame them. This really made me think differently about playing scrabble!

The great tutorial to learn how to make these beauties can be found at iheartnaptime.net.

scrabble letter ornament

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16. Mason Jar Cozies

This is a great gift for coffee or tea drinkers. Knit them in different colours. You can learn how to make these cozies from thefireflyhook.wordpress.com.

mason jar cozies

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17. Etched Glasses

Give your plan glasses an added touch of elegance by creating your own designs on them. Etched glasses have become a trend and ideal gift for those who appreciate expensive looking glassware.

If you are unsure about this art, just head to makeit-loveit.com.

etched glass

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18. Oven Mittens

This is the best gift you can give to someone who loves to bake. Homemade oven mittens are usually better than store-bought ones because you can choose to use quality materials to make them. Dress them up with beautiful fabrics. Add frills to them, if you wish. The choice is up to you.

For more information on how to make oven mittens, go to skiptomylou.org.

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19. Wipe Off Menu Board

For someone who likes having people over to his/her house, this is probably one of the best gifts that he or she could ever have. See smiles on their faces when you present to them this beautiful wipe off menu board. They’ll be inviting you to their homes in no time!

Makeandtakes.com shares how to make this simple craft.

wipe off menu board

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20. Leather Cases

I didn’t really think that we could actually make our own leather cases until I read this tutorial. Isn’t it cool to make these cases yourself? There are just so many cases you can make for different purposes.

To learn exactly how to create these cases, read the post at marthastewart.com.

leather cases

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21. Hand Warmers

If you are living in a place with cold climate, then hand warmers are great gifts. Make them easily with leftover fabric. It’s so simple to make.

An easy-to-follow tutorial to make these hand warmers are at raeannkelly.com.

hand warmers

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22. Braided Bead Necklace

With the wide options of beads available, it’s so easy to create the perfect braided bead necklace for your loved ones. If you’re interested to learn how to make this necklace, visit ecabonline.com.

braided bead necklace

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23. Washer Necklace

Yep. Washers don’t just belong to the bathroom anymore! In fact they have moved more than a step up to become one of the essential material to make this stylish looking necklace.

Learn to make this inexpensive necklace by visiting bywilma.com.

washer necklace

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24. Gold Spray Painted Jars

Revitalise old jars by painting them with gold spray. They look to trendy! You can find out more on how to make these beauties from popsugar.com.

gold spray painted jars

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25. Ceramic Tile Coaster

Cheap white tiles can be magically transformed into these gorgeous looking ceramic tile coasters in no time once you know how. Fancy receiving these from your loved ones? I guess so! Then why not make some for your family and friends?

Making these coasters is easier than you think. Just learn from homemade-gifts-made-easy.com.

tile coasters

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26. Decoupage Trays

Who wants boring looking trays when they can have these amazing decoupage trays? Make some for your family and friends today. They’ll love you for it.

Don’t know where to start? Not to worry. There’s a tutorial at snapguide.com.

decoupage tray

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27. Cutting board tablet holder

This diy holder is just so creative. Who would have thought that a cutting board can be turned into a tablet holder? Making this gift is a breeze with the tutorial given at diyforlife.com.

cutting board ipad and tablet holder

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28. Sweater Pillow

Don’t know what to do with your unwanted sweaters that have gone out of fashion? Before you throw them out or give them to charity, why not consider turning them into sweater pillows? If you still don’t know what I mean, you can always jump to handimania.com to learn more.

sweater pillow

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29. Stenciled Pillow

These beautiful stenciled pillows can complement practically any interior. Whether you are this for a student, young adult or elderly person, I’m sure that this gift will be received with a great smile!

Learn how to stencil a pillow at tatertotsandjello.com.

stenciled pillows

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30. Tote Bag

With our ever expanding environmentally friendly society, tote bags have become so common to our everyday routines. Discover how to make this simple tote bag from skiptomylou.org.

tote bag

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31. Two tone fabric tote bag

If you are hardworking and would like to make a more intricate looking tote bag, go for a two tone fabric tote bag. These delicate looking tote bags look amazing!

Curious to learn how to make them? Head to makeit-loveit.com.

two tone tote bag

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32. Button Bookmarks

Too many buttons to share? Then make button bookmarks this season for your family and friends! A good tutorial can be found at sisterssuitcaseblog.com.

button bookmarks

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33. Ribbon Bookmarks

Vintage looking ribbon bookmarks are great gift for book lovers out there. They are so easy and simple to make. If you are ready to make some but do not know where to begin, go to sew4home.com.

ribbon bookmarks

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34. Photo Pillows

These unique looking photo pillows would please your family and friends completely. Besides being easy to make, you can be rest assured that you won’t end up buying the same thing as somebody else for your loved ones! Make some today by visiting thedatingdivas.com.

photo pillow

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35. Jewellery Magnets

If you have some old jewellery at home that you are not using anymore, then why not bless your relatives and friends by making jewellery magnets? These precious gifts will be cherished by anyone who receives them. Learn how to make these magnets by visiting mysocalledcraftylife.com.

jewellery magnet

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36. Fabric Covered Journals

Dress up boring looking journals by decorating them with some beautiful fabrics. This is especially for students, busy professionals and home makers who love collecting recipes. Clueless on where to start? Get the instructions from homelife.com.au.

Fabric covered journals

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37. Tea towels

This is a very practical gift that is used by anyone. It’s fast and easy to make. If you’re thinking of making something but would not want to spend too much time making it, then this is the best project for you.

A great tutorial on how to make these tea towels can be obtained from sewcanshe.com.

tea towels

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38. Washi Tape Candle Holders

Buy cheap glass candle holders and decorate them with washi tape. They’ll look so much nicer once they are done. A really simple way to make these candle holders can be found at ispydiy.com.

washi tape candle holder

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39. Glitter Candle Holder

If you like some bling bling, then making a glitter candle holder would be the best bet. They look so elegant. Nobody will even know that they are so inexpensive to make!

Make these elegant candle holders. Start by looking at the tutorial at earnesthomeco.com.

glitter candle holder

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40. Jewellery box

Even a simple chocolate box can be turned into something so elegant! This jewellery box has been yet another brilliant upcycling project that I found.

If you are interested to learn how to make this jewellery box, head to pearlsandscissors.com.

jewellery box

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41. Snow globe

These decoratives are fun items that can be found in practically any home. Once you learn how to make them, you’ll want to make more! To learn a simple way to make these snow globes, visit ourbestbites.com.

snow globes

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42. Printed Candles

Who needs plain looking candles when they have beautiful printed candles? With this clever method shared by mycraftilyeverafter.com, you’ll be making your very own, personalised printed candles in no time!

picture candles

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43. Mason Jar Sewing Kit

This is a great gift for a crafty person who likes to sew. It can also be suitable for students living away from home who would like to patch up their clothing. A really simple way to make this can be found at momtastic.com.

mason jar sewing kit

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44. Bird Nest Necklace

Such an amazing piece of craft! These beautiful bird nest necklaces are an inexpensive gift that will bring smiles to your loved ones. Learn to make these elegant gifts at sarahortega.com.

Bird Nest Necklace

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45. Spa Scrubbie and Tropical Bath Tea Soak

I can’t seem to find anyone who doesn’t like to pamper themselves. This spa scrubbie and tropical bath tea soak is an ideal gift for practically anyone. If you have not make them before and would like to learn, visit flamingotoes.com.

Spa scrubbie

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46. Tea Cup Lights

These amazing looking tea cup lights are a perfect addition to any indoor and outdoor setting. You can use your old tea cups or buy new ones. A great tutorial teaching how to make this is at marthastewart.com.

Tea cup lights

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47. Fabric Scrap Keychain

Got a lot of leftover fabric to spare? Then why not make fabric scrap keychains? Your friends and family will love them. Make them by looking at the tutorial from craftinessisnotoptional.com.

fabric scrap keychain

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48. Believe Washer Necklace

For another idea on how to make washer necklace, learn to make these believe washer necklaces at the36thavenue.com.

believe washer necklace

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49. Reversible Cup Sleeves

These cute reversible cup sleeves are your best bet if you have a coffee or tea lover in your family or circle of friends. Learn how to make them from craftystaci.com.

reversible cup sleeves

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50. Fabric Covered Boxes

Apart from covering your journals with fabrics, how about trying to cover boxes with fabrics? These make wonderful gifts too. Discover how to make them from inmyownstyle.com.

fabric covered boxes

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51. Tote Bags on Iron- On Silhouettes

These retro looking tote bags are a perfect gift for practically anyone who loves to go shopping or travelling. Iron-on silhouettes are a unique way of decorating plain fabric. Learn to add iron-on silhouettes on your tote bags by visiting practicallyfunctional.com.

tote bag iron on silhouettes

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52. Braided Leather – Lace Belt

These homemade braided leather lace belt looks store-bought. But surprise! They are actually homemade. If you’re curious to find out how they are made, visit marthastewart.com.

braided leather lace belt

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53. Dip-Dye Candles

Even a simple plain candle can be given a touch of creativity by simply dip-dying them. Learn how to do these decorative candles at northernvirginiamag.com.

dip dyed candles

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54. Semi precious stone necklace

These elegant looking semi precious stone necklaces are the perfect gift for the most important women in your life. Treat them with these stylish gifts. Learn how to make them at marthastewart.com.

semiprecious stone necklace

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55. Dip Dye Baskets

Even plain looking baskets can be brought to life by dipping them with dye! Learn how to make these unique looking baskets at papernstitchblog.com.

dip dye basket

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56. Felt Coasters

These luxurious coasters are just so easy to make, you wouldn’t even believe it! To learn how to make them, read the tutorial at craftpassion.com.

felt coaster

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57. Lip Balm

I never thought I could actually make my own lip balm at home until I read this tutorial from library.rusticescentuals.com. It makes such a perfect gift.

swirl lip balm

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58. Copper Dipped Shot Glasses

One of the best ways to decorate shot glasses is to dip the in copper. Learn how to make them at popsugar.com.

copper dipped shot glasses

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59. Scented Candles

Imagine the lovely smells from homemade scented candles? Absolutely divine! Why not make some for you some for your loved ones these season to freshen up their homes? They’ll be so happy.

To discover how to make them, visit livingwellspendingless.com.

scented candle

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60. Origami business card holder

If you’ve been a lover of origami, perhaps it’s time to use your talent to make these beautiful business card holders. These are perfect for busy executives or businessmen. To learn how to make them, jump to howaboutorange.blogspot.com.au.

origami business card holder

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61. Citrus Coasters

These refreshing looking citrus coasters is sure to add brightness to any dull home. Make them for your loved ones and see smiles on their faces. Visit apartmenttherapy.com to view a full tutorial.

citrus coasters

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62. Dotted Tumblers

These sweet looking dotted tumblers are so easy to make. All you need is plain glasses and a little bit of creativity. For a full tutorial on how to make these tumblers, go to popsugar.com.

dotted tumblers

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63. DIY Recipe Book

If you have a lot of recipes to share, why not compile a recipe book for your loved ones? This is especially useful to encourage beginner cooks or food enthusiasts to prepare more food. Learn how to compile an excellent DIY recipe book from imperfecthomemaking.com.

recipe book

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64. Rustic Bread Board

This classical looking rustic be read board is ideal for practically anyone who love entertaining guests. Make them for your loved ones today. Get the tutorial from hgtv.com.

rustic bread board

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65. Cookbook or Tablet Stand

For foodies or those who love referring to recipes, it’ll always be handy to have a cookbook or tablet stand. Why not make some for your loved ones? Find out how to make these lovely stands at build-basic.com.

cookbook stand

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66. Food Safe Wood Cutting Board

For someone who loves to cook and have you over to his or her house, why not make a food safe wood cutting board? They are so simple to make. Get the tutorial at hgtv.com.

wood cutting board

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67. Monogrammed Serving Tray

Give your plain serving tray an added touch by making them monogrammed. Don’t have a clue? Visit sheskindacrafty.com to learn more.

monogrammed tray

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68. Cutlery Tray Jewellery Organiser

Buy a plain, budget cutlery tray and turn them into an elegant jewellery organiser. To make this amazing gift, visit thediymommy.com.

cutlery tray jewellery organiser

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Caroline Poh

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