Handmade Gift Ideas

“Well, now Thanksgiving this year is safely past,
More turkey eaten this year than last,
More stuffing stuffed, more yams jammed
Into our mouths, and using both hands,
Coleslaw in slews, biscuits by twos,
All of us too fat to fit in our shoes.”

Santa’s Twin by Dean Koontz

It’s officially the Holiday season. We have a little tradition in our family of giving each other a handmade gift. We generally tack a sheet across the opening to our schoolroom with a sign pinned to it that reads: Santa’s Workshop – Do Not Enter. Then we take turns using the space for our crafting. It’s a lot of fun to keep little secrets from each other and creating something with our own hands is a great way to show each other how much we care.
I haven’t quite decided what to make this year; I’d better get on it! If you’re in the same boat, here’s a list of some simple gifts that I have made over the years.

harry potter freezer paper stencil
Freezer Paper Stenciled T-Shirt or Bag
Hollow a book (and fill with chocolate or other treasures)
Silhouette Portraits
Book Pages Wreath
dino terrarium
Tiny Terrarium
Homemade Snow Globes
Table Top Fairy Garden
A wee fairy garden
Gingerbread Play Dough
A simple apron made from a bandana

Of course a gift doesn’t have to be homemade in order to be handmade. If you are looking for a unique and fun handmade gift but aren’t in a DIY mood this season, be sure to check out all of the talented artisans on Etsy.
If you need stocking stuffers, I have a few things in my shop you might like. Stop in tho view these items and more.

I’m offering free shipping all this week. Use the code CYBERMONDAY at check out, and feel free to share with friends.
Merry Crafting!


  1. Great ideas! 🙂

  2. I’ve wanted to have a handmade Christmas for a very long time. But… I have 3 boys and even thinking of and buying a gift is a challenge – so we haven’t gone the homemade route. Now that the two oldest are 21 and 19 I think the opportunity has passed until they get married maybe!



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