Creative Homemade Gifts

Homemade gift ideas. Top left: Mug rack, Bottom left: Candles, Right: Wine bottle planters

Get easy creative homemade gift ideas. Start preparing for the holidays, birthdays, and more so you won’t be scrambling to make something last minute.

Gifts are one of my favorite things to make, simply because my house would burst if I crafted only for me. Plus I consider it a fun challenge to make handmade gifts that make people go, “Oooo!” I love giving personalized gifts that I hand crafted with love.

Some of these are easy handmade gifts and others are more complicated builds or sewing projects. I hope this post has a little for everyone in terms of gift ideas.

If there’s not a link, do a quick search on my site to see if I have a tutorial or pattern for the item you want to make. I am still updating this list to include links to all sorts of fun ideas. Leave me a comment if I left out any great ideas!

Creative Homemade Gifts for Her

Sewing

Woodworking

  • Birdhouse
  • Wine storage shelf
  • Couch desk
  • Photo frame
  • Custom furniture piece  
  • Jewelry box
  • Built-in closet system
  • Headboard for the bed
  • Raised garden beds
  • Custom clock
  • Shoe rack
  • Storage chest
  • Carvings, ie. carved Nativity set

Crafting

  • Lip balm
  • Bath bombs
  • Lotion
  • Soap or felted soap
  • Shower bombs
  • Coasters
  • Coffee mugs
  • DIY kits for a new hobby she’d like to learn (ie. Wine making kit)
  • Hand Sewing kit in a jar
  • Jewelry
  • Homemade journal/notebook
  • Brownies/cookies in a jar
  • Stick on nail art with Cricut/Silhouette
  • Custom shirt
  • Custom mug
  • Custom hangers
  • Command center 
  • Day by Day calendar
  • Bookmarks

Gardening

  • Terrarium
  • Herbs in a planter
  • Lemon tree in custom planter
  • Flower bouquet
  • Planter with custom floral arrangement within
  • Fairy garden planter
  • DIY mason bee house
  • Herbs, vegetables, fruit, or mushrooms from the garden
  • Succulent wall garden

Creative Homemade Gifts for Him

Sometimes the hardest person to buy for, finding creative homemade gift ideas is even harder.

Sewing

Woodworking

  • Playing card holder
  • Arcade machine
  • Cages for pets: Ie. a chicken coop or dog house
  • Life sized/Outdoor board games: Chess, checkers, Battleship, etc.
  • Hunting targets or archery stand
  • Collection display for whatever they collect- rocks, baseball cards, etc.
  • Bean bag toss / corn hole
  • Gaming or card table
  • Coasters
  • Remote control holder
  • Custom furniture piece
  • Customized tools
  • Ring box
  • Gun rack
  • Wood 6-pack holder

Crafting

  • Bath bombs / soaps / bath salts 
  • Lip balm
  • DIY kits for a new hobby he’d like to learn (ie. Beer making kit)
  • Coasters  
  • Coffee mugs
  • Beard oil
  • Brownies/cookies in a jar
  • Lotion
  • Hand sewing kit in a jar
  • Homemade journal
  • Shaving cream  
  • Hunting targets
  • Bookmarks
  • Custom shirt (using a Cricut/Silhouette machine)
  • Customized clipboard (particularly for a teacher or coach)
  • Paper boxes customized with candy or other treats inside
  • Frame to insert tickets from travel, sports, or other types of events. Customized for the event.
  • Mason jar cocktails
  • Cell phone holder

Gardening

  • Herbs in a custom planter
  • Homemade wine or beer
  • Coffee tree in a custom planter
  • Customize and create a small golf course in the yard
  • Fruits or vegetables from the garden, or products made from your harvest (jelly, etc.)

Creative Homemade Gifts for Kids

Over 140 homemade gift ideas for kids. From babies to teens, these gift ideas are sure to please. Customize them with names, photos, and more.

Some of these are perfect baby shower gifts too!

Sewing

Woodworking

  • Gem mining sluice
  • Climbing wall
  • Arcade machine
  • Growth chart
  • Wood shield
  • DIY Water table
  • DIY Step stool
  • Toy box
  • Book storage
  • Farmhouse baby gate
  • DIY play kitchen
  • DIY play workbench
  • DIY ant farm
  • Busy board
  • Lego furniture/desk/organization
  • Playing card holder
  • Barbie/Doll furniture
  • Toy horse stable
  • Toy cars/vehicles
  • Doll house (or themed for boys to- I saw a Mario themed house!)
  • Cages for pets
  • Life sized/Outdoor board games: Chess, checkers, Battleship, etc.
  • Nerf targets
  • Outdoor playhouse or swingset
  • Collection display for whatever they collect- rocks, baseball cards, etc.
  • DIY bed that matches their bedroom theme
  • TeePee
  • Toy car garage
  • Wood ride on car
  • Bean bag toss / corn hole
  • Rocking horse (or other animal)
  • Custom blocks
  • Wood stacking rings/blocks on dowel
  • Stuffed toy zoo storage bin
  • Wood electric car (if you have the computer skills to pull this off)
  • Teeter totter
  • Sandbox

Crafting

  • Update old plastic ride-on toys
  • Updated plastic playhouse
  • Favorite things DIY board book
  • I Spy Bags
  • Book jacket wall art
  • No Sew Superhero Cape
  • DIY Audiobooks of family reading their favorite books
  • Family Jenga game
  • Take along toy kits for Legos and Magnatiles
  • Baby wallet
  • Play store from bookshelves
  • Art Displays with Colors/Scrapbook Stickers
  • Plain Art Displays
  • Bingo game for the car windows
  • Lego desk from a piece of furniture (like a folding tv stand)
  • Sensory paths
  • Sensory boards
  • Cardboard playhouse
  • DIY stomp rocket
  • Pretend play farm stand
  • Nerf gun targets
  • Bath bombs / soaps / bath salts with special prizes inside them
  • Busy book
  • Sensory bottles
  • Piggy bank/ something to store money in
  • Hair bows
  • Play food for the toy kitchen
  • Accessories for dollhouse
  • Rock painting kit
  • Slime or make your own slime kits
  • Wood and rope swing
  • Tire swing

Gardening

  • Playhouse flower box
  • Put together a learn to garden kit with a tiny bag of soil, a container or two (or a garden bed with edging), and some tools.
  • Felt garden kit 

Create personalized Santa bags for the kids to leave for Santa to fill!

Creative Homemade Gifts for the Home

These gifts are focused on the home… they can be given to him or her, and customized to their interests, for holidays or as a house warming gift. There are over 30 gift ideas for this week, and I’m always looking for more to add!

Sewing

Woodworking

  • Wood spoons, bowls and other utensils
  • Mug rack
  • Arcade machine
  • Book storage
  • Cages for pets
  • Life sized/Outdoor board games: Chess, checkers, Battleship, etc.
  • Collection display for whatever they collect- rocks, baseball cards, etc.
  • Bean bag toss / corn hole

Crafting

  • Candles
  • Glassware etched with last name or personalized saying
  • Soaps
  • Bath salts
  • Recipe book with a few favorite recipes included
  • Scrabble name signs
  • Homemade Poppourri

Gardening

  • Homemade cooking products made with gardening products: Jelly, butter, lemon/mint/vanilla extract
  • Homemade beer or wine
  • Planters of plants that the new homeowner can add to their garden

Creative Homemade Gifts for the Pets

Don’t forget about your favorite pup, the kitty, or other members of the furry side of your family.

Sewing

Woodworking

Crafting

Gardening

  • Small garden area with plants that are edible for your pet. For example, grow catnip for your cats, sunflowers for your chickens, or dandelions for your guinea pig.
  • Or just give them a special treat that’s on the “okay and healthy” treat list by growing these things in your own garden

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