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25 Fabulous Handmade Gifts

25 fabulous handmade gifts…creative ideas to show how much you care!

A Meaningful Gift

Have you ever received a gift that made you feel so special? I’m not talking about a chocolate bar from the store or a new pair of sunglasses, I’m talking about a meaningful and homemade gift. The kind of gift that makes you feel seen, loved and accepted. Those are the best kind of gifts.

Homemade gifts are amazing, but they can be difficult to make. Let’s face it, we often don’t have hours to spend putting together something, but that doesn’t mean homemade gifts should be done away with! There are many amazing DIY gifts that are creative, fast, and affordable. Below you’ll find 25 great ideas for homemade gifts all year round.

Mason Jar Candle

A dreamy smelling candle is the perfect gift for a loved one this season. The decorations on these are gorgeous!

A Pumpkin and a Princess

DIY Peppermint Mason Jar Candles via a Pumpkin and a Princess

Hot Cocoa Bomb

Hot cocoa bombs are so much fun and delicious! These homemade treats make wonderful gifts.

The Creative Bite

How to Make Hot Cocoa Bombs via the Creative Bite

I Spy Bag

How fun is this? Kids will love this creative gift, and don’t worry, the zipper is shown shut so no mess!

Handmade in the Heartland

DIY I Spy Bag via Handmade in the Heartland

Snow Globe

Snow Globes are great decorations for mantles, desks, bookshelves, you name it! This cute DIY snow globe would make an awesome gift!

Frog Prince Paperie

DIY Snow Globe for Christmas with Krazy Glue via Frog Prince Paperie

Cookie Mix in a Jar

Cookies in a jar are perfect for any holiday. Just change up the red and green m&m’s to fit the celebration and you’ve got yourself a slam dunk!

I Heart Naptime

Cookie Mix in a Jar with FREE Printable via I Heart Naptime

Polaroid Coaters

I love these homemade coasters. They are perfect for remembering fun trips and look beautiful on the coffee table. You can consider yourself a hipstir with these!

darkroom & dearly

DIY: Homemade Polaroid Coasters via darkroom & dearly

Tic-Tac-Toe Board

This homemade tic-tac-toe board is darling! Who wouldn’t want one of these?! They are cute decor and fun for the entire family.


Handmade Gift Idea: Tic-Tac-Toe Board via HGTV

Lavender Bath Fizzies

If something has lavender in it you can most definitely count me in! These bath fizzies would make the perfect gift for a hardworking parent who deserves a relaxing bath.


Handmade Gift Idea: Lavender Bath Fizzies via HGTV

All-Natural Soap

These all-natural soap bars are stunning! Just put one in a cute bag with some ribbon and voilà! You’ve got a great homemade gift.

garden therapy

Cold Process All-Natural Handmade Soap via garden therapy

Macrame Keychain

Macrame is really big right now and for good reason! These keychains are so cute. This is great idea for a homemade gift.

The Pretty Life Girls

A Step by Step DIY Macrame Keychain Tutorial via The Pretty Life Girls

Child’s Tool Belt

I just think this is so darling! Whatever kiddo gets this is one lucky bug. This tool belt doesn’t look too complicated or expensive to put together.

Make It and Love It

Child’s Tool Belt via Make It and Love It

Baby Burp Cloths

Every Mom knows that you can never have too many burp cloths. This is a fun gift to put together because you can choose your own fabric.

Baby Burp Cloths

Simple Baby Burp Cloths

Felt Stick Horses

I love horses. Always have and always will. Kids will have so much fun with these adorable felt stick horses.

Lia Griffith

DIY Felt Stick Horses via Lia Griffith

Bow Pouch

Isn’t this darling?! This bow pouch looks store bought. It’s fairly easy to put together and not too expensive.

Little Zippered Bow Pouch

Toy Animal Storage Jars

What a fun idea! These painted toy animals look so cool on top of these jars and kids would love it. Fill a jar with candy for a really neat gift!

Oh So Lovely

DIY Toy Animal Storage Jars via Oh So Lovely

Orange Bath Bombs

In my opinion, some of the greatest gifts are self-care gifts. These yummy smelling orange bath bombs are so relaxing.

flower-shaped orange bath bombs on a wood surface

DIY Orange Bath Bombs

Painted Mug

How cute is this?! Get creative with customizing your own painted mug. I love how this one is filled with hot coco mix. Yum!

DIY Painted mug gift idea - get the instructions at iheartnaptime.com
I Heart Naptime

DIY Painted Mug Gift Idea


Plants are awesome gifts! They not only fabulous sitting on the window seal but they brighten up the space.

Succulent plant gift idea for Mother's Day
I Heart Naptime

DIY Succulent Gift Idea

Sugar Scrub

Do you know someone that deserves a little time for themselves? Here’s a great recipe for vanilla sugar scrub.

Vanilla sugar scrub in a mason jar with green ribbon

Homemade Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Flavored Butter

Berry, honey, garlic…wow looks amazing! Flavored butter is a creative gift that tastes amazing on homemade bread.

I Heart Naptime

Sweet and Savory Compound Butter with Free Printable via I Heart Naptime

Caramel Apple Butter

If you love making gifts in bulk then this one is for you! I love apple butter and my mouth is watering just thinking about adding caramel to it!

It’s Always Autumn

Crockpot Caramel Apple Butter via It’s Always Autumn

Sharpie Coasters

Did you know you can make a breathtaking coaster with a sharpie and some alcohol? These sharpie coasters are one of a kind and make wonderful gifts.

Jessica Welling

Easy DIY Coasters with Sharpies and Alcohol via Jessica Welling

Room Spray

Everyone loves it when their house smells good. These room sprays are beautiful and will get used!

Homey Oh My

DIY Room Sprays with Printable Labels via Homey Oh My

Painted Kitchen Utensils

Sometimes adding a touch of paint can make all the difference. Give an original gift this year with these unique DIY painted kitchen utensils.

Within the Grove

DIY // Painted Kitchen Utensils via Within the Grove

Coupon Book

You can never go wrong with gifting a coupon book. This printable love coupon book is cute and requires little effort to assemble.

Love Coupon Book free printable on iheartnaptime.com

Printable Love Coupon Book

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! I’ve had the hardest time trying to come up w/ a meaningful, cute, inexpensive gift for my group of girlfriends this year and those stamped friendship bracelets are PERFECT!!!!!! And the best thing is I already have everything I need to make them!!! Thanks so much for compiling this list for us!

  2. Love the ideas and many gifts to give. Love, love, the site. Thinking about what to give to my friends sometimes makes me so confused, this list can help me much 🙂
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  3. A word of warning: never never never never never give love coupons! They have become synonymous with “I’m giving you a phoned-in ‘DIY’ gift because I’m cheap.” Think about it: how would you feel trying to redeem any of these coupons?

    1. Seriously? I *LOVE* love coupons! A thoughtful promise of services is far more meaningful than any purchased or even hand-crafted gift. My partner did a creative variant of this, making 12 pre-planned date nights and putting an itinerary of each into an envelope labeled for each month of the year. He’s also given more standard coupons and I have no qualms whatsoever cashing in coupons for cleaning my car when the clutter is out of control or maybe a period of watching whatever I want on TV with no one interrupting with questions or conversation. In a hectic household, these things are rare and extremely meaningful!!

  4. I use to think naptime was the best. I had a daycare for 13 years and I spent the full hour or two creating. I will be checking out a couple of your ideas and the Love Coupons are awesome. I did that for Jim about 20 years ago, it’s now coming up on 35 and think it’s time again. Thanks for sharing and even though it’s now 2014, I’m still commenting. Blessings!!

    1. Naptime really is wonderful! 🙂 Thanks for leaving a comment Julie, I’m glad you like the Love Coupons! They are fun and thoughtful to give away! 🙂

  5. I am totally in love with these and since I love baking I figured I might look on Pinterest for baking gifts! Now I have stumbled across your amazing,adorable and chic blog! Thank you so much for sharing these,have a great day! xx

  6. Your gift ideas rock! They are so inspiring and they are totally going to help me for the season! I especially love the “thanks a latte” card and the candy cane and lemon sugar scrubs, they smell so good! Thank you for the awesome tips!

  7. Wonderful and fun ideas! Thank you so much for the creativity and the great positivity! Wishing you and yours all the best!

  8. This has just taken up all my morning off! Now that I’ve spent so long reading, I’m dying to get to work on a few of these! Thanks for putting so many great ideas in one spot! 🙂