These handmade gift ideas are perfect for your loved ones. Get 50 projects that are cute and easy to make! Rather than store bought, give them something personal that they would love to receive. These DIY gift ideas are great for beginning crafters.
I have to rat my mom out but I promise you she would agree with me – she’s not a very good gift giver. Like I said, she would absolutely admit it. I’m not sure what it takes to be a good gift giver (listening to people?), but I think some just aren’t.
I get it though. She did have five kids, and sometimes gifts for a bunch of people is hard. She did make it a little more difficult on herself by not allowing lists. If I had five littles, just tell me what you want, what you really really want. I don’t want to have to guess!
Anyhoo, gift giving ain’t easy. One thing I do feel always works well with recipients is handmade gifts. They are thoughtful simply because of their nature, and oftentimes becomes sentimental things that hang around forever. Which I absolutely love!
I personally love making gifts, so I picked 50 favorite DIY gift ideas I wanted to share with you that cover a variety of holidays and recipients.
What are some great DIY gifts for kids? Need a last minute Christmas gift for a hostess? What about a perfect birthday gift for a teen? You’ll find something here for men and women, old and young.
The best part about this list? The projects are easy.
Beginning crafters are going to love these creative ideas, and most of them are relatively quick to make. If you’re in need of some handmade gifts, I’d love for you to check out this list.
Whether it’s a holiday, birthday, graduation, or other special occasion, you’re going to find something you like. Keep on reading!
Handmade Gift Ideas
You're going to love these DIY gift ideas that are SO easy! All of these projects are perfect for beginning crafters and can be made in a reasonable amount of time.
Mod Podge Soap
Learn how to decoupage on soap using this unique tutorial! Such a simple project, anyone can do it. The design stays even while washing!
These make great Christmas gifts for coworkers, teachers, and are perfect for favors.
DIY Tile Coasters
Learn how to make coasters using tiles from the hardware store! These ceramic tile DIY coasters are so easy and make great gifts or party favors.
Chalk Paint Mason Jars
Learn how to paint mason jars with a matte finish! This is a perfect project for farmhouse or rustic decor. Add succulents or flowers for your recipient.
Family Photo Ornaments
Learn how to make pretty family photo ornaments using crystal pendants from a chandelier! Great for Christmas, wedding, or baby handmade gift idea.
Summer Blooms Garden Apron
Do you have a friend or family member that loves to garden? I do. This is a very simple sewing gift for your gardening loving associates! Make it out of fabrics they would love.
Easy DIY Travel Mug
This DIY travel mug was assembled with a dollar store item, paper scraps, and Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge. It's so easy and inexpensive to make!
Reusable Beeswax Wraps
These wraps reduce plastic use, food waste, and expenses! The method for these DIY beeswax wraps is simple, and they make a great handmade gift for your Earth loving friends.
DIY Photo Pendant
Learn how to make a photo pendant the easy way! Attach to a necklace or bracelet for simple DIY jewelry that makes a great handmade gift idea.
Photo Transfer PIllows
Use pics to create these unique, personalized photo pillows. These picture pillows are easy to do with photo transfer medium and they make great DIY gift ideas!
Fleece Ear Warmer Headband
Make this cute fleece ear warmer headband with bow styling! You'll get great step by step instructions with pictures, making it super easy. This is a perfect handmade gift.
Modern DIY Photo Blocks
Paint these DIY photo blocks any color to fit in with your child's room or nursery and display on a shelf! They also make great gifts.
Inexpensive Glass Photo Magnets
These photo magnets are so EASY that even a kid can make them! Give these glass magnets as Christmas gifts; personalize them any way you like.
DIY Unicorn Sugar Scrub
Whip up a batch of DIY unicorn sugar scrub in under 10 minutes with this quick and easy sugar scrub recipe. An awesome DIY homemade gift idea for friends, family, teachers, and more!
You can also make DIY bath salts. Just another idea.
DIY Perpetual Calendar
Learn how to make a perpetual calendar using wood blocks, Mod Podge, and a free printable. If you know someone that needs a calendar, this is the perfect gift for them!
Painted Clay Ring Dish
Make a cute little clay ring dish with hand painted accents! These darling dishes are a pretty personalized gift, and are so easy to make.
Initial Wall Art on a Budget
Create personalized initial wall art with an old budget frame, fabric, and Mod Podge. I added Pearlized Sealer for an extra special touch.
Lavender Vanilla Bath Bombs
These bath bombs are great for relaxing the mind and body. The lavender helps soothe, while the vanilla adds another gorgeous scent to a bathtub experience!
Easy Wooden Spoon Painting
Use Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge for this unique wooden spoon makeover - these are so colorful and make great gifts! SO easy to do.
Infinity Scarf from a T-Shirt
If you want to learn how to make an infinity scarf, this is the easiest and quickest way to do it! You’ll only spend pennies on this simple project.
DIY Mug Candle
Learn how to make a campfire mug candle! This easy tutorial will show you how to turn new or vintage mugs into soy candles so you can make a bunch for gifts. Tips included!
Personalized Wooden Keychains
Learn how to make little personalized wooden keychains that can be put on keys, a backpack or lunch box. These are great DIY gift ideas!
No Sew Flannel Coffee Cozy
You won't believe what these cozies (also known as koozies!) are made out of! The best part - you won't have to do any sewing. Just grab your hot glue gun, and no seams.
Agate Slice Soaps
Learn how to craft your own stunning DIY agate slice soaps! I love gifts that are beautiful and functional. These decorate a bathroom until they are used.
Washable Glitter Mug
Learn how to make DIY glitter mugs with Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge! I show you how to decorate the handle, but you can do any part of the mug.
Simple Photo Vase
Gifts don't have to cost a fortune to be beautiful and thoughtful! I love this pretty photo vase; it's simple to customize, and you won't believe how easy it is to make. Makes a great hostess gift.
Decorate Bangle Bracelets
Learn how to DIY bracelets from wooden bangle bases! Decorating is easy to do with fun paint colors, paper, and Mod Podge.
DIY Hand Warmers
These DIY hand warmers are perfect because you don’t need a lot of fabric to make them. And they take no time at all to complete.
Easy Floral Earrings
Learn how to make decoupage earrings using wood circles and floral scrapbook paper! These are easy, even if you've never made jewelry before.
Monogrammed Wine Bag
These wine gift bags are perfect for last minute! You can use any fabric, and the monogramming is up to you. The best part? They are no sew!
Gift Card Wreath
When you don't know what to get? Gift cards are great - and maybe you want to dress them up with a fun idea! I think this wreath is cute. And it can be reused for birthdays after gifting.
Pom Pom Beanie
You don't have to make the hat - you're going to embellish an existing beanie in this project! Go buy an inexpensive hat and personalize it with yarn embroidery as well as a cute pom pom.
Etched Glass Water Bottle
Have a friend that doesn't go anywhere without their water? Carissa will teach you how to recycle a glass water bottle into a beautiful craft! You can use this method for etching any type of glass for gifts.
Flower DIY Lotion Bars
These gorgeous DIY lotion bars are made with nourishing coconut oil and mango butter and scented with floral fragrance oils. Make them in several color and scent combinations to create a bouquet of flower-shaped lotion bars.
DIY Flower Pot
Learn how to decoupage a flower pot with fabric and Mod Podge. Put a favorite plant or succulent inside to make a gorgeous handmade gift.
Personalized Picture Keychain
Turn your favorite photographs into personalized picture keychains! A personalized photo keychain is an easy homemade gift idea for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or a birthday.
Decorate A Notebook Cover
Learn how to decorate your notebook with a laser cut overlay and Mod Podge. Keep all of your notes, calendar, or journal inside. So cute for gifting!
Fringed Flannel Throw
This DIY fringed flannel throw is cozy, fashionable, and easy to make for about $10, making it a great handmade holiday gift!
DIY iPad Case
Use woodgrain Duck Tape to make this DIY iPad case. It’s no sew, lined, and assembles in about 15 minutes. Perfect for school or office!
No Slip Dish Towel
Learn how to make a dish towel that won't slip off the oven handle! This is such a cool idea because it also doubles as a potholder. Basic sewing skills required.
DIY Comic Book Coasters
If you are looking for unique crafts for men, these DIY comic book coasters are perfect. Use materials right from the hardware store!
Lip Gloss Pouch
Ladies love their lip gloss and lip balms - but we often lose them in the bottom of our purse! This simple sewn pouch is perfect for people that need theirs easily accessible.
Instagram Canvas Magnets
Here's an EASY tutorial for making Instagram mini canvases using Mod Podge. It's fun and simple - and these make great handmade gift ideas.
Applique Slippers Personalized Gift Idea
It is really easy to add a special touch to plain slippers – make them a wonderful personalized gift that your special someone will absolutely love!
Oatmeal Soap with a Surprise
Make this pretty beach themed oatmeal soap with a surprise inside! It's the perfect decor for a beachy bathroom or a coastal inspired escape. It can also be customized to any theme!
How To Make a Pin Cushion Jar
I want to show you how to turn a simple mason jar into a pin cushion jar. This project takes about 30-minutes so you can whip one up while catching an episode of your favorite series.
EASY Salt Dough Ornaments
GoodUse this recipe to make salt dough ornaments that double as personalized gift tags - both kids and adults will love this EASY craft.
Hand Embroidered Magnets
If you love the look of hand embroidery, these DIY magnets are perfect for you. The delicate floral pattern is so pretty! These make great gifts too.
Insulated Beverage Holders (Koozies)
Do you know someone who always needs their beverages cold? These can be made in literally minutes, and they are a perfect handmade gift that beginning sewists will enjoy.
Cinnamon Sugar Hand Scrub
This cinnamon sugar hand scrub recipe smells like delicious baked goods! Make your hands soft and is perfect for a gift idea. So easy.
Supplies in a Chalkboard Jar
With the trend in remote work, I love this genius gift idea that is easy to put together! Great for someone who got a new job . . . but also for students, teachers, and anyone else who likes office supplies.
Decorate Flameless Candles
Learn how to Mod Podge flameless candles from the dollar store using napkins. Easy to customize to the recipients decor!
What are your favorite handmade gift ideas? Let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other posts:
Wednesday 20th of April 2022
Thanks for suggesting ideas for an upcoming gift
Amy @ StowandTellU
Saturday 22nd of November 2014
I definitely need inspiration for the holidays. Theae are all such cute and easy ideas, loving them all!!
Monday 10th of November 2014
The seed tray is a lovely idea, you could also use old vintage postcards! Great ideas and love the blog hop!
Sunday 9th of November 2014
The lace earrings are by far my favourite DIY! Super cute, I would love to wear them or give them as a gift!