968 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

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Handmade gifts are my favorite. I love the thought and time that goes into making each one. It changes the focus of the holidays from "what will I get for Christmas?" to "I'm so excited for you to see what I got you!"   It makes the best shift and I've seen it in my own children every year since they were little. Make the holidays magic and bright by making handmade gifts for the holidays.

968 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas!

Handmade gifts are my favorite. I love the thought and time that goes into making each one. It changes the focus of the holidays from "what will I get for Christmas?" to "I'm so excited for you to see what I got you!" 

It makes the best shift and I've seen it in my own children every year since they were little. Make the holidays magic and bright by making handmade gifts for the holidays. 

The biggest thing about handmade gift giving, you need to get a jump on it! This is the time to start making gifts so you are ready for the holidays without becoming overwhelmed or stressed about it.

How do you give gifts in your home? Do you draw names and get one gift for one person? Or do you get something for everyone?

Maybe you've done a Handmade Holiday gift exchange before...what did you think?


I've compiled lists and lists of tutorial projects each year I've been blogging and I have 968 handmade gift ideas. Nearly 1000 ideas! There is sure to be something for everyone on your list.

Which handmade gift idea is your favorite?

This is a big one, but would make a fun statement project for a family member or spouse. 
Make a super chic bench for the entry way, front porch, or mud room by weaving strips of leather on a wood base with hairpin legs. With the supplies gathered, this project can be completed in a couple hours or less.

Make a bunch of these circle signs for neighbor gifts, friends or family members. 

Perfect gift idea for the man in your life...or for the kids so they can tell their undies apart.

Create some custom elements for the home that will make a great holiday gift.
How to make a glittery light switch plate cover using glitter and resin!  Customize the color of glitter and top it off with High Gloss Resin for a smooth and shiny finish.  It’s a simple DIY craft that just takes a few minutes of work time and overnight drying.

How to Cast Skeleton Key in Clear Resin Skeleton keys are my favorite, they remind me of secret doors. Create an amazing skeleton key necklace with resin for an especially fun steampunk flare accessory. This project takes just a few supplies and a little time. Let’s get started!

Make gold and sparkly hair clips with jewelry resin to match an outfit or for a handmade gift. This unique resin craft takes just a few supplies and about 10 minutes of working time, then overnight to dry. These cute clips should be made in every color, perfect for every outfit or dress in the closet. One can never have too many hair clips!

These subtle and fun Star Wars shirts are perfect for handmade gift giving. 
Star Wars Sugar Skull Shirts with Cricut! The best combination is Star Wars and Halloween! Make an amazing shirt for any day of the week featuring these fun Sugar Skull designs from Cricut. These shirts look extra amazing because I used black iron-on vinyl on black shirts. They are subtle but stand-out!

Infusible ink transfers smoothly and seamlessly on shirts for the perfect handmade gift.
I love Cricut Infusible Ink Transfers. Infusible ink creates the most seamless finish on shirts, totes and other select surfaces. This shirt craft is perfect for any skill level, even beginners. This post is sponsored by Cricut with affiliate links.

Create gorgeous hair accessories with leather and resin. 
How to Make a Faux Jade Resin Stick Barrette!   Learn how to make a faux jade stick barrette. It's a breeze using Easy Sculpt epoxy clay and scrap tooling leather. Perfect for totally chic hairstyles!

Maybe paint a picture and finish it off with a glossy shine finish...or just add some glossy shine to a canvas painting you already have.
Pineapple Painted Canvas with High Gloss Resin

Notebooks are my favorite and personalizing them is so fun!
DIY Altered Notebooks with The Greeting Farm Stamps!

Custom Coir Door mats are the envy of the neighborhood! Make some for your friends, neighbors, and family! 

Tumblers are such an inexpensive gift and adding a personalized touch takes the value up exponentially! Everyone loves to get something with their name on it. This would be a great gift basket filler too!
Learn how to personalize tumblers using a Cricut machine and permanent vinyl. These stunning tumblers make a great gift for teachers, bridesmaids or handmade holidays. Take it a step further and make tumblers to sell as a side hustle.

Here's a fun and quick way to decorate your face masks. Tombow ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers are the perfect way to make your face covering unique to you. Decorate a face mask with the patterns and colors you love!

My favorite flower is the hibiscus! My neighbor gave me a bag full of hibiscus blossoms to make hibiscus tea. Little did he know I was going to turn it into a full Do-it-Yourself post on tea dying...especially because I don't drink tea and I'm allergic to smelly flowers, so drinking perfume does not sound pleasing.

Maybe a Harry Potter fan needs something fun to hang on their wall!
Which Hogwarts house will you be in this back-to-school season? I think I'm a Ravenclaw girl...but maybe because I like those colors best. Make this layered iron-on vinyl bunting with the Hogwarts house crests as the perfect backdrop for a party or Harry Potter themed classroom.

Masks are the new thing. This is the perfect gift for your kids to make for their friends for the holidays. Everyone needs a new fresh mask!
How to Tie Dye Face Masks with Tulip Soda Ash Kit

Here's a quick gratitude DIY journal you'll love! I am a firm believer in counting blessings, giving thanks and always having a positive outlook on life. Having a gratitude journal can change your life from feeling anxiety and overwhelmed to looking for those positive things that happened during the day.

Make a darling bookmark with a paperclip and some regal resin shapes painted with metallic paints. This is a perfect craft for a book club, quick gift or for fun. Create the perfect paperclip bookmark with FastCast resin, metallic paint and a little twine.

Resin Monster Eyes Perfect for Costumes Cosplay DIY

They look like quartz but are in fact, resin!

Do you crochet or know someone that does?  Crochet hooks are not especially comfortable and this craft makes them more comfy to use–plus more fashionable!  These hooks will make a uniquely great gift for a yarn crafter.

Nostalgic gifts are always fun! This old school S is sure to bring smiles to the face of the recipient. 
1990's "S" Shirt in turquoise painted with black fabric paint using Freezer paper as a stencil. Simple, quick and nostalgic DIY!

Maybe a family motto or saying is the perfect gift for a loved one. 

Weasley Is Our King Shirt with Cricut Iron-on! Harry Potter crafts are my favorite--I'm such a geek. Weasley is our King! Make a Harry Potter inspired shirt in just a few minutes using a Cricut machine and iron-on vinyl.

Save pieces from your Christmas tree to make into coasters.
Pine needle coasters are easy to make with EasyCast Resin and a small branch from your Christmas tree. Make a resin coaster each year to memorialize your holidays spent together. Make some of these coasters now...or save this idea for the holidays!

Wood slice ornaments are perfect to give as neighbor gifts or to deck the tree with matching handmade ornaments. Make stunning wood slice ornaments using high gloss resin and the dirty pour technique. Resin pouring is a highly addictive craft, let’s get started!

Make a tie dye work of art on paper using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and Water Brush. It's super fast, fun, forgiving and a great project for any skill level.

This is actually a handmade gift I gave my daughter last year for Christmas. I bought the black shoes and added the Naruto symbol on them---she was thrilled!

Have the grandkids draw pictures and transform them into a scroll for the perfect grandparent decor!
Make a hanging scroll from recycled materials. This elegant and simple painted floral scroll makes a great gift or gorgeous home decor. This great scroll-like technique works for any type of art--including the kids doodles.

How to make a wood slice hand lettering mantra sign in just 5 minutes.

Giving the gift of a card, cash or gift card for the holidays? Make it a little more special with a handmade envelope!
Learn how to fold cute paper envelopes and matching cards using double sided paper. These cute cards can be sent through the mail and brighten the day of the recipient!

I love presents that are made from goodies on the way to the recycling! Save those cereal boxes and turn them into a refillable notebook!

49 Cereal Box Notebooks with Cinch
Take some old cereal boxes and make the perfect notebooks using the Cinch binding tool.

Make a giant hand dyed coffee filter flower with just a couple of supplies.

Make an iron-on vinyl shirt, and custom waterbottle and a shimmery insert card in just a few minutes for the perfect birthday gift using the Cricut Joy cutting machine.

Let me show you how easy it is to set up the Cricut Joy and cut handmade cards using the Card Making mat.

This gorgeous leather journal is easy to fill with folded paper of any caliber. This makes such an elegant gift for family, friends or teachers.
I love notebooks so much--you can never have too many! This is my newest and most favorite book, because it uses regular paper and is refillable. Fill your leather journal with sketch paper, watercolor paper, kraft paper or just cheap copy paper.

This notepad diy is great for kids. They can design their own flipbooks or give a meaningful gift to a friend or teacher.
Make your own notepads to keep lists, memos and to-do's organized using paper and Mod Podge.

Customized art with a person's profile...or turn it into a notebook! This would make a great family gift!

Use glossy resin to make the perfect ocean pour including a little beach sand. Great for beach-inspired home decor.

Make the cutest pom pom garland with Baby Yoda felt ornaments in just a few minutes.

Make Mandalorian inspired party favors, gifts or things just for you in this fun tutorial. Make some Beskar steel notebooks and tracking fob goody boxes filled with candy.

Customize your cheap plastic pens with EasySculpt resin clay in your favorite fandom like Star Wars lightsabers or Harry Potter magic wands.

Upcycle an old chalkboard into a versatile bean bag toss game...perfect for a carnival, party or hours of outside play time!

Make a cool shirt with a custom mountain logo design using the Cricut Maker.

Cricut Infusible Ink Valentine Love Heart Shirt DIY!   Cricut Infusible Ink is magic! It's the perfect way to make a shirt without any screen printing, iron-on or texture. Seriously, this product just bonds with the shirt and leaves the most professional finish!

Make a cute Mandalorian inspired, "The Child," Baby Yoda shirt with the Cricut cutting machine, EasyPress 2 and some Iron on vinyl. Perfect for a Star Wars fan!

Any fan of the Mandalorian would love this! Use vinyl or paint directly on wood!
Make a Baby Yoda from the Star Wars series the Mandalorian out of wood, Cricut machine, vinyl and acrylic paint. Perfect for parties, crafts, cosplay and home decor!

Make stunning galaxy coasters with high gloss resin and vivid colors. These amazing coasters are addicting to make with this fun resin pour technique.

Naruto Akatsuki Robe Cloud Hoodie with Cricut Layered Iron-on Vinyl

Make a cute Star Wars Squad Goals Cricut Iron-on Tote with a line up of adorable images, wicket the ewok, BB8, C3PO, R2D2 and a darling Porg.

Star Wars Cricut Patterned Iron-on Tote Bag

Baby Yoda The Child from Star Wars the Mandalorian Layered Cricut Iron-On Vinyl Tote Bag DIY with Baby Yoda by Doodlecraft Template Download Coloring Book page, black and white outline, svg file, free download image inspired by Disney's Star Wars Mandalorian

Sending Christmas cards this year? Make them special using metallic foil.
How to Use We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill with Cricut Maker to create foiled poinsettia Christmas cards.

Let me show you how to make a stunning agate slice nightlight in just a few minutes perfect for all crafty skill levels.

Smilings My Favorite Elf-Inspired Shirt made with the Cricut Maker for a great holiday gift

Car Play Mat Painted with Plaid Fabric Creations

Use Alcohol inks to create a stunning work of abstract art on a ceramic mug for the perfect holiday gift. With full video tutorial instructions too!

Make a festive holiday joy shirt with Cricut iron-on designs in just a couple minutes! This cute shirt is perfect for a Christmas party or as a holiday gift.

Great gift idea for a grandparent or parent...give the kiddos something fun to look at and discover little trinkets.
This I spy game resin serving tray filled with miniatures and trinkets is a fun DIY and would make a great gift! Fill the tray with little things from the junk drawer or little heirlooms that sit in a jewelry box collecting dust. With a thick layer of glossy resin, the trinkets stay in place and offer a smooth surface for using the tray for serving or a coffee table catch all.

More on this fun craft coming next week! It's going to be big!

How to Make Resin Rainbow Sunset Coasters DIY with envirotex lite high gloss resin and acrylic paint pouring techniques.

This is a neighbor gift I gave last year. I love glass magnets and presenting them on this fun metal ornament is super cute! 
Make Glass Gem Marble Magnets with Snowflake Ornament for the perfect handmade Gift, great for neighbors, friends and family.

How to Etch Glass: Personalized Pyrex Dishes

Make a joyful pom-pom pillow inspired by Anthropologie in this fun and simple tutorial. Using brightly colored iron-on vinyl and colorful trims and pom-poms to make the Joy pop!

And here are 876 more Handmade Gift Ideas!

876 Handmade gift ideas for the Christmas holiday season

Which handmade gift idea is your favorite? What will you be making for the holidays this year?

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Handmade gifts are my favorite. I love the thought and time that goes into making each one. It changes the focus of the holidays from "what will I get for Christmas?" to "I'm so excited for you to see what I got you!"   It makes the best shift and I've seen it in my own children every year since they were little. Make the holidays magic and bright by making handmade gifts for the holidays.