20 Homemade Holiday Gifts

Posted on Dec 5 2013 - 10:11pm by Susan Bewley

Even though it may sound strange, I have been in the mood to make many of my gifts this Christmas. With so many people focusing on getting the best deals and shopping to find the perfect things, I am wondering if people have forgotten that it really is the thought that counts. I want my friends and family to know that their gift isn't just some expensive item, but something that is truly fitting. For that reason, I thought it may be better to try making gifts that truly come from the heart – homemade gifts that take time and thought. As well, homemade gifts can be personalized, allowing you to make something truly unique and special. Since Christmas will be here before I know it, I have been looking at different sites and on Pinterest for inspiration, where I found so many amazing ideas. Below, are 20 of the best Homemade Gifts I have found online. Hopefully some of these great projects will not only get you inspired, but get you in the holiday spirit!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

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  1. eric rivera December 6, 2013 at 12:02 am - Reply

    these are great we did home made ornaments they were so easy and so fun to make and looked too cute

  2. Joi Villanueva December 6, 2013 at 5:16 am - Reply

    You're absolutely right! It really is the THOUGHT that counts! The thread and charm bracelet is a fun idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. David Smith December 6, 2013 at 5:34 am - Reply

    Thank you for all the good ideas. I read through the DIY Soap making article and I would like to give it a try. I've got an old crockpot and immersen blender already and there are several places that sell 100% lye drain cleaner in town. I'm not sure it would be any cheaper than buying some at the store, but it looks like it would be fun to make.

  4. Michelle December 6, 2013 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Awesome Ideas!  Love it!


  5. Michelle Elizondo December 6, 2013 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I like making things. But I don't think people appreciate home made things. They think it's tacky.

  6. carla bonesteel December 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    This list is so cool…we are so broke this year, that it seems I may have no choice but to make some holiday gifts for my family.  I love some of these ideas, and I think the people receiving them will, too!

  7. Kristelle December 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    I love the sand art brownie jar! Perfect gift and a visually appealing gift ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. John Q. December 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I like the spice hot chocolate mix, an easy and thoughtful gift.

  9. Austin December 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Awesome! I'm going to use this post to help me in so many ways.

  10. laura December 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    i love you page, love your blog!!

  11. rachel rohde December 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    i like the sand art brownie mix. food gifts are popular in my family.

  12. Shakilah December 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I LOVE these, and some I can do with the kids for their grandparents!

  13. lisa December 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Home made  gifts are great. Kids get a kick out of making and givivg presents.

  14. Antoinette Burleson December 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I love the soap made in the crockpot idea, ima have to try that. Thanx for the idea!

  15. sandra Urieta December 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I love DYI xmas gifts. I recently look into metal jewelry making and I’m excited to try it out. Its going to be great gifts. Also, putting hot cocoa mix marshmallows in a mason jar. For the adults you can tie a mini irish cream alcohol bottle for fun.

  16. Suzanne Marble December 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    We already made some of these. So simple and easy to do.

  17. John M December 6, 2013 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    some good ideas 

  18. Mary Mosier December 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Love all the wonderful ideas, thank you for the post ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Claudia December 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    great ideas !! i also made Soup & Cookie Mixes in a jar and they were a Hit ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Mariely December 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Hi Susan!! Thanks so much for including 4 of my tutorials ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm so glad you like them.

    • Susan Bewley December 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      You are very welcome, Mariely! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Minta December 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Love the awesome ideas, always looking for a great idea for gifts around the holidays!

  22. Taylor T December 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Great ideas!


  23. md kennedy December 8, 2013 at 8:12 am - Reply

    I love the charm braceletes – I can even see making them with Christmas-y charms for a true holiday gift.

  24. mary ortiz December 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    I think it is so meaningful when a person gives you a gift they made themselves, It is because they took the time and effort to think of you while making that gift.  People dont do it too often.

  25. Shannon March 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Susan, what lovely gifts! I would also add paper bead jewelry. I make it all of the time and it is cheap and easy to make. I even make paper beads from packaging like tissue boxes, soap boxes, cereal boxes, etc.

    I also wanted to let you know I wore my new dress today since it was finally warm enough to wear. I love it so much.

  26. Marcia Lee April 1, 2014 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Last year I intended to make homemade vanilla to give as Christmas gifts. I bought them early enough to have them made well before Christmas, but I (procrastinated,) I mean forgot and the 20 Homemade Holiday Gifts reminded me that I still have the vanilla beans and I could make them now and bottle them up for Christmas. I would love to tell everyone that my Christmas shopping is done!
    P.S. I selected a free Amazon book last week. The title is: STOP BEING LAZY! How To Master The Art Of Getting Things Done and Overcome Procrastination To Finally Achieve More. Pray that I read it!

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