Thirty creative and unique homemade DIY gifts to make for your friends and family.
Today I have a wonderful collection of 30 unique handmade gifts to make for your friends and family.
It doesn’t get any more personal than a present chosen for you, then made by hand for you! Your recipient will feel loved and cherished.
These gift items would be perfect for Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary, a wedding, or really any time of year you need a heartfelt gift.
Creative artisans and bloggers created each of the free projects below. Each post includes a tutorial or pattern to walk you through each step.
The hardest part will be figuring out what to make! Enjoy. ☺️
Check out Homemade Food Gift Ideas too!
And find all gift guides here!
Gift Ideas for Favorite Things Party
If you are attending a Favorite Things Party this year, a handmade item would be an imaginative idea for your gifts! Simply create 3 of the same crafts at a time, and you are ready for the soireé!
Macrame Coasters DIY
A perfect boho decor addition to your coffee or bedside table! Make a set of 4 of these macrame coasters for under $20! These are usually over $50 for a kit on Etsy or to purchase made. They are a little time-consuming because of all the knots you have to make, but you can get them done in two days for sure!
How to Make Your Own Woven Crochet Wall Hanging
I’m excited to show you how a simple stitch can be used to create a woven-looking crochet wall hanging, so you can have a funky or geometric piece of decor to add to your room! And hey, use the same techniques to create rugs and pillows or even make a fashion statement!
Scrap Yarn Crochet Basket
This crochet basket made from scrap yarn is the perfect craft project to use up all those leftover yarn ends that just seem to multiply.
DIY Macrame Wall Hanging
This DIY macramé wall hanging is actually simple. It doesn’t require a ton of different knots, counting rows, or measuring spaces. You can always add those things if you want to make it more interesting (a quick Google search will land you a ton of tutorials), but you don’t have to.
DIY Macrame Wall Hanging for Christmas
A unique macrame DIY project for Christmas. Display your love of macrame at Christmastime with this DIY macrame wall hanging of a Christmas tree.
How to Make a Macrame Plant Hanger
A macrame plant hanger is a simple project you can make to decorate your room with a vintage style. It’s easy! This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make one from start to finish.
Absolute Easiest Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern
Learn how to crochet a pumpkin of any size using any weight yarn. This free crochet pumpkin pattern is as easy as crocheting a flat rectangle. Click below to find the free pattern and video tutorial.
Learn how to make cute crochet hair scrunchies with this free, easy pattern that’s perfect for beginners. Trendy 90’s style scrunchies are great to make for handmade gifts or to sell at craft fairs. They work up really quickly, too! Click below to learn how to crochet a classic chunky scrunchie that’s fun and easy to make!
Crochet Christmas Ornaments
These simple Christmas crochet stars are free patterns that make a fun and easy holiday project. Use them for gifts, as ornaments on your tree, as decorations, or appliqués any time of year!
Crochet Christmas Ornaments
This year, make these (adorable) ugly Christmas sweater crochet ornaments! They are perfect for gifts, your tree, or a dollhouse!
Crochet Rug or Blanket
Are you ready for THE SOFTEST, coziest crochet project your hands ever did feel? Because this magical bear is made entirely with single crochet, you’ll quickly get the hang of feeling for your stitches in the fuzzy yarn and finish this fun project in no time. Click below to find all the yarn and pattern inspiration details, or scroll down for the complete free crochet bear pattern.
Needle Felting Hearts – Beginners Tutorial
Learn how to needle felt in this quick and easy beginner’s tutorial. Make hearts or spheres to add to garlands, paperclips, or hair accessories. Click below for a video tutorial.
Hand Embroidery – How to Embroider Words on Napkins
A message hand embroidery pattern with a step-by-step video that shows you how to embroider words on to DIY napkins. Embroider any linen you can think of; napkins, hand towels, kitchen towels, handkerchiefs, or placemats. All would make wonderful hostess gifts!
Embroidery – Bouquet Tutorial
A lovely bouquet of flowers to hand embroiders for a friend! A free pattern and tutorial are included.
How to Embroider – Free Daisy Pattern
Learn an easy way to embroider daisies in this beginner hand embroidery tutorial that includes a free pattern. These are lovely handmade gifts to make for girlfriends.
12 Months of Christmas Ornaments
Larissa Holland’s beautiful handmade embroidery ornament patterns are beautifully designed, with lovely stitch guides and color photos to guide you.
DIY Crepe Paper Flowers
Paper rose craft never gets old. Whether you’re using cardstock, craft paper, tissue paper, crepe paper, mulberry paper, or any kind of paper, paper roses turn out beautiful! This tutorial comes with a free template for the rose pattern. Grab some crepe papers, print out the template and get crafty!
Make an Easy Wood Snowman Christmas Ornament
Learn how to make this adorable snowman ornament from wood slices. The tutorial will guide you step by step.
Cross Stitch for Beginners: Easy Project
Here’s an easy contemporary aesthetic cross-stitch pattern. Enjoy the creativity of choosing colors for the floss and fabric. It’s just the right amount of structure and freedom, and it’s easy to get great results even as a beginner!
DIY Dog Bandana – Beginner Sewing Projects
Raise your pet’s fashion quota with this adorable DIY dog bandana. An easy, beginner-friendly sewing project that makes a perfect customized gift for a furry friend.
Make a DIY Apron
A hand-sewn apron makes a beautiful gift for a budding young chef or a cook of any age. Learn how easy it is to make one with a free pattern guide.
A personalized initial pillow is a beautiful custom gift that anyone would love! The instructions include a simple appliqué and free pattern.
DIY Crossbody Bag
Come along and make a purse for a friend or yourself with this easy DIY crossbody bag pattern. Customize the size, the fabric, and the color, especially for the recipient.
How to Make Your Own (Totally Giftable!) Sugar Scrub Cubes
Homemade scrubs are some of my all-time favorite beauty products. They’re super easy to make and leave your skin feeling insanely soft and squeaky clean. Made with soap and nourishing coconut oil, they hold their shape while still exfoliating like a dream. And since there are about a million different scent + ingredient combos you can choose, there’s seriously a scrub for everyone!
Chocolate Rose Bath Bombs Recipe
Learn how to make DIY chocolate rose bath bombs that look like truffles! This romantic bath bomb recipe combines the floral fragrance of roses with decadent chocolate essential oil, boasting a luxurious aroma that’s perfect for gift-giving.
Pom Pom Market Tote
Pom poms are the bomb, and if you disagree…well…you’re lying to yourself; the first step is admitting you have a problem. A pom pom problem. Lol. Here’s an easy-to-make market tote that makes a sweet and thoughtful gift!
DIY Wooden Pencil Holder
This is a very quick and easy gift that carries a very special handmade element that’s perfect for your kid’s teachers. You only need a few tools and supplies to create this fun DIY Pencil Holder.
DIY Tree Swing
Making your own swings is pretty simple and doesn’t take long. Click below for a step-by-step tutorial.
How To Make A Pallet Wood Serving Tray
A practical but beautifully handcrafted wood tray would be a handsome gift and welcomed by everyone.
Etched Glass Set
An etched glass set is the perfect guy gift! Customize simple glassware with a personal message or favorite cocktail.
For more ideas to create and use your creativity, check out the links below.
All Projects on the Site
Other Creative Outlets
More Gift Ideas
If you want additional gift ideas, check out my index of creative gift ideas.
Here’s a portion of what you will find.
Gifts for People Who Love to Sew
Homemade Christmas Gifts
Gifts for Women in their 20’s
Easy Homemade Food Gifts
Gifts for Teenage Girls
Enjoy your creative handmade gift-making! There is truly something for everyone on your list here. Happy creating, makers!
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