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Homemade Gift Ideas they will Love

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There is just something special about a homemade gift, especially when it is something the receiver can really use and love. A few Christmas’s ago we did a totally homemade Christmas (minus candy and a few of our favorite new movies).

It was really fun to get creative and help cut costs. And the toys we made for the kids are still used and loved today. So if you want to give something extra special this year, I have compiled a few of my favorite DIYs for these great homemade gift ideas.

I love giving homemade gifts. Here is a wonderful list of DIY & homemade gift ideas they will love to receive! A lot of these ideas can even be made in just a couple hours. The perfect gift for the Christmas season or anytime. |

If you have anyone on your list that love home decor, this Anthropologie knock-off mirror is the perfect gift. This DIY cost about $10-$15 because you will need to buy a mirror (I used a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby) and a can of spray paint if you don’t have a ton of it lying around.

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But you’ll never guess that the actual mirror frame is made out of paper and hot glue! Yep, you read that right. Cardstock looks surprising expensive when covered in spray paint.

I cannot believe what she used to make this mirror! Decorating your home can get expensive, unless you get creative. This easy $10 Anthropologie mirror knock off tutorial shows you how to get huge style without the huge price tag. |

For the fashionable lady (or girl) on your list, this easy earring stand its a beautiful way for them to store and display all their jewels. This earring stand is easy to make with a couple small pieces of wood and some decorative aluminum sheeting.

I made one for myself and one for my 4 yr old daughter and they are working beautifully for both of us! And for an extra bonus, add a new pair of earring before you wrap it.

Need a way to display your earrings? This easy DIY earring stand is a simple build that anyone can do in less than an hour. And it can even be made without any power tools. |

Our family loves to play games, and these colorful yard dice have become a family favorite. They are perfect for family game night, or to just let the kids be creative and invent their own games.

You need about 24″ of a 4×4 to make a set of 6, so buy an 8′ board and make 4 sets. Now you can quickly cross 4 people off your list!

Make up a set of colorful yard dice to take to your next get together. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

One of my most popular posts is this water-resistant picnic blanket. I made it out of old jeans my husband and I were getting rid of. Because I was upcycling old jeans, the total cost to make this picnic blanket was less than $10.

Our family has put this picnic blanket to good use, we use it for camping, trips to the lake, park days, water parks, 4th of July fireworks, and everything in between.

And we have been using the same denim picnic blanket for 4 years now and it looks just as good as it did the day I made it. Anyone with a family or who likes to explore in nature will be able to get a lot of use out of this great homemade gift idea!

This is the best picnic blanket ever! Make and Easy Water-Resistant Upcycled Jeans Picnic Blanket from your old jeans. It makes a super sturdy picnic blanket for the spring and summer. |

If you have a few extra jeans pockets after making a picnic blanket, these picnic placemats have a pocket to keep your napkin from blowing away.

These placemats are quick tosses together with just a couple yards of coordinating fabric. Make one for each member of the family so they will be ready for lots of family picnics and fun.

Easy picnic placemats with a napkin pockets make eating outside a breeze! Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Who doesn’t need picture frame (or two)? You can make a rustic picture frame with a few simple tools and about 20 minutes. Depending on the size, you can even make one out of scrap wood.

If you don’t have a miter saw, you can always use a hand saw and miter box to make perfect corners. And for bonus points, fill the the frame with a fun photo or piece of art!

I love these rustic picture frames and they are so quick to DIY. You can make one in 20 minutes, including paint. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

When I made this farmhouse produce basket, I had to fight off 4 people that weekend who tried to take it home with them! Seriously, they were all so in love with it when they came to visit that I had to check their bags before they left.

So instead of fighting them off, I guess I just need to make a bunch to spread the love. This project takes a little more time because you have to wait for the paint to dry (and there are a few steps of painting), but fill it with some Christmas fruit and your receiver will love it!

This is the most beautiful way to hold fruits and vegetables on the counter! This easy to make DIY farmhouse produce basket is a fun twist on a fruit crate. Perfect fall centerpiece to display all the produce from your garden. |

For the entertainer on your gift list, why not make them this wood & steel serving tray. I used walnut to make my tray so it cost about $20 total to make, but you can use a less expensive wood to save a few bucks.

This tray has come in really handy, I’ve turned it into a sign for our coffee station and as a base for a fall centerpiece as well as using it as a tray. I love that you can write on the galvanized steel with a whiteboard marker so you can label all your goodies.

Make a simple and beautiful wood and steel serving tray for the holidays. A great DIY for gifts or to entertain this season. |

If you need a gift for a baker or chef, why not make them a personalized set of tea towels. I purchased a set of 4 cotton tea towels for $5 and turned them into these vintage inspired bakery tea towels.

They would be perfect in a basket with a couple baking mixes, or even goodies from your favorite bakery. And every time they use your homemade tea towels they will remember your wonderful gift.

I want to make a bunch of these tea towels for gifts! These easy to make DIY bakery tea towels are a great way to add vintage charm to your kitchen or to give as gifts. Learn how to make a plastic stencil with your Silhouette to paint on inexpensive store bought flour sack towels. |

Another great gift for the cook in your life are these printable kitchen conversion chart and printable baking substitutions chart. Print and laminate them so they can withstand lots of use in the kitchen.

Then pair them with your favorite kitchen gadget or cookbook and maybe they will invite you over for dinner to show their gratitude.

The perfect kitchen companions! These matching free printable kitchen conversions chart and baking substitutions charts are perfect for every kitchen. They also make great gifts for the wanna-be-chef in your life. |

I hope I have inspired you to make some wonderful homemade gifts this Christmas, or really for any time of year. These ideas would be perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays and more! I’d love to hear if you have any other wonderful homemade gift ideas, the more the merrier!

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Jenjo Games

Monday 28th of June 2021

These are some great gift ideas and so unique. Thanks for sharing and explaining it so well!

Ms. J.

Friday 23rd of February 2018

Thank you for sharing your creativeness, I'm truly grateful.


Monday 5th of March 2018

Thank you so much :)

Ms. J.

Friday 23rd of February 2018

How do I get the instructions for the upcycled Jean picnic blanket? I think it's beautiful. I can't figure out how to get to the instructions. I'm kinda new at learning this computer stuff still.


Monday 5th of March 2018

There should be a link to the tutorial in the post (the underlined words are links that will take you to another post). But just in case here is the link for you:


Tuesday 20th of December 2016

Sign me up for most (ok, all) of these!) Love all of them! Thanks for joining #MerryMonday!


Saturday 24th of December 2016

Thanks Megan!


Monday 19th of December 2016

Nice collection of ideas and so pretty!


Saturday 24th of December 2016

Thank you Carol.

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