20+ Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List
DIY Scented Candles
Framed Flower Art
Preserve a bouquet with this thoughtful dried flower shadowbox art. If a friend or loved one has sent you flowers over the past year, save the petals and use them to recreate the bouquet into a thoughtful homemade gift.
DIY Handprint Ornament
Help the kids make a set of these sentimental DIY handprint ornaments that parents, grandparents, or other family members will cherish. We’ll show you how to make salt dough ornaments you can press little hands and feet into for a thoughtful homemade gift.
DIY Bath Tea
If you’re shopping for anyone who could use some extra relaxation this season, make them a jar of homemade bath tea. If you haven’t heard of it, bath tea is the all-natural version of the classic bubble bath. Add your homemade mixture of bath salts and flower petals to small tea-like bags that your recipient can drop into a hot bath anytime they need some extra R and R.
Marble Dyed Throw Pillow
If anyone on your list has recently moved, this sweet home decor gift will help them decorate their new space. Make a marble-dyed throw pillow with the help of a surprising ingredient: Shaving cream! You can have one finished (and washed and dried!) in under an hour.
Polymer Clay Earrings
Give your friends a set of bright trendy earrings! Roll out some polymer clay ($2, Michaels) in various colors and make a whole set of DIY clay earrings. It’s so easy, you can have a whole set made in just a few minutes (excluding baking time). Your friends or family members will think of you each time they accessorize with your gift.
DIY resin coasters are an easy way to completely customize a set of coasters for anyone on your list. We made ours with small dried flowers, but you can add anything to clear resin ($23, Michaels). Use ticket stubs of events you attended together or small trinkets that remind you of your recipient for a thoughtful DIY gift idea.
Game Night in a Jar
Patterned Jewelry Dish
Everyone knows a jewelry fanatic. Make sure their favorite earrings never go missing with a handmade jewelry dish. Roll out acrylic clay (available at craft stores) to ¼-inch thick and trace a circle or heart shape with a toothpick. Trim off excess clay with a butter knife. Emboss clay with rubber stamps, lace, or doilies. Place a paper bowl upside down on a baking tray, and place your clay creation upside down on top, gently rounding the edges to match the bowl. Bake according to manufacturer's instructions. Sand with fine-grit sandpaper and paint with acrylic paint if desired. Seal with decoupage medium.
Dot Art Canisters
Pair art and organization with these practical and fun canisters. Adhere letter stickers to the side of a white ceramic canister. Use fine-tip oil-based markers to add closely-spaced dots around letter stickers; let dry. Carefully remove stickers.
Frame Tablet Stand
Our homemade tablet stand is the perfect Christmas gift for the baker in your family. To create the base, cut one long end of a 5x8-inch block at an angle with a table saw so a picture frame of your choice can be mounted to it. Make sure the frame is slightly larger than your tablet. Cut a ½-inch bevel that will hold the tablet at an angle (approximately 18 degrees). Paint the base, then attach the frame to the stand with wood glue; secure with clamps and let dry.
Thoughtful Desk Decor
On a strict budget but still want to give a thoughtful gift? Create some artistic paperweights for a friend's desk. Gather smooth river rocks and wash with water; let dry. Use extra-fine-tip oil-base markers and acrylic paint ($3, Michaels) to decorate with desired colors and designs.
Editor's Tip: For straight lines, stripes, or a color-blocked design, use painter's tape to mask off a portion of the rock.
Felt Scarf Cup Wraps
Bundle up your hot drinks in cozy, stylish charm.
Make the wrap: Cut a 1¼-inch-wide strip of felt about 23 inches long. Adjust the length to fit a travel cup. Snip both ends of felt strip to mimic fringe; remove slivers of felt to make fringe more obvious. Tie the felt strip around the cup.
Make the tag: Glue a bead to the end of a bamboo skewer. Cut a 1¼ x 4-inch rectangle from colored cardstock. Stamp the rectangle with a suitable sentiment. Punch a snowflake from white cardstock and adhere beside the stamped sentiment. Top with a gem sticker. Trim a V-shape notch in the right-hand side of cardstock flag, glue flag to skewer, and insert in scarf-wrapped cup.
Quick and Easy Dinner Kit
For the friend who's got a busy weeknight schedule, give the gift of a worry-free dinner. Fill one jar with pasta and one with pesto or a favorite sauce. Embellish jar lids with festive ribbon. Add white yarn to colander holes for snowflake look. Finish with printable tag and a ribbon bow.
Gift these trendy coasters to a friend who loves to entertain. Bring out the natural beauty of driftwood by using a bandsaw to cut thin slices; wipe down with a soft cloth. Sand the edges until smooth and wipe again. Stack the coasters and tie with twine or ribbon. If desired, include decorative glass cups to round out your gift.
Personalized Cup and Saucer
If your friend is a tea fanatic, she'll love relaxing with a hand-decorated tea cup and saucer. Pick up a plain ceramic cup and saucer; decorate using a ceramic paint pen. Need some design ideas? Your loved one's initials, a favorite flower or quote, or a simple geometric pattern will work.
Book Picture Frame
A beautiful vintage children's book can easily transform into a heartfelt, personalized picture frame. Using a crafts knife, carefully cut a rectangle out from the cover. To create the mat, cut a few of the inside pages into a rectangle a bit smaller than the cover rectangle. Glue the pages to the cover and tape a photo in place.
Easy Floating Artwork
Forget giving expensive artwork this Christmas. A collection of postcards or homemade drawings from you will mean so much more. Gather a collection of floating frames and fill with artistic effects of your choice. We love using beautiful handkerchiefs, vintage postcards, or anything that will complement the decor of your loved one.
Give the gift of a trendy ombre pillow cover this Christmas. Dip sections of a purchased pillow cover in colorful fabric dye for varying times. For the most intense color, soak for 30 minutes. Leave a portion of the fabric undyed for contrast.
If your loved one is a big fan of fun color, mix things up with a lampshade decorated with a pattern by yours truly. The secret? A bleach pen! Grab a brightly colored cotton shade in a color to match their decor, and doodle using the bleach pen ($4, Target) to customize. Work in small sections to avoid smears and smudges. When the designs turn white, rinse away any excess bleach in the sink; let dry.
Update a collection of old bottles and vases to make a beautiful display that's worthy of any loved one. Use jewelry or glass glue to secure chain necklaces in silver and gold to each bottle or vase. Try outlining shapes, positioning as letters and numbers, or creating other simple designs. Let glue dry. When done, paint the entire bottle (chain included) in one color. We chose white, but other colors will be just as striking.
Holiday Coffee Sleeves
Fashion a cute Christmas sock or small sweater into a reusable sleeve for a to-go coffee cup. After washing, cut a 3-inch section from the sock or sweater sleeve. Embellish with buttons or felt snowflake cutouts for added winter charm. Slip the sleeve onto a to-go cup or tumbler, roll the sleeve ends to hide frays, and start sipping.