Handmade Gifts – Quick Ideas

Birthdays, special occasions, promotions and ‘just because’ moments – all are opportunities to gift someone you care for. There’s something very individual and expressive about a handmade gift, especially as it’s much more personalized than something mass produced.

If you’re on the lookout for handmade gift ideas, we’ve listed a few of our favorite options to provide a little inspiration…

Clutch bag

Looking for a DIY gift that’s truly distinctive? A handmade clutch is an ideal option for a stylish friend. There are a number of fabrics, styles, and hues to choose from, including fabric, leather, shell and wicker materials. The lucky recipient will have everyone asking them: ‘Where did you get that?’

Chunky blanket

If you’re on the hunt for handmade gifts to give those who have just moved into a new house, a chunky blanket is a great idea. Before choosing a color or style, be sure to check their house décor in advance. If you’re unable to pay a visit to the homeowner’s new home, you could always opt for a generic hue or for a pattern that reflects a particular hobby.

DIY iPad holder

We use our phones and iPads for everything these days – from looking up recipes to watching movies. With this in mind, having a stand to place your iPad on is a must! This practical, yet fashionable gift consists of two pieces of wood hinged together. Certain suppliers will even offer to personalize this gift even further, by carving the recipient’s initials into the wood!

Homemade Bath bombs

Looking for the perfect pamper present? Fizzy bath bombs are a great idea and are the perfect present for those who love to relax. These soaps come in a range of scents and hues, many of which are organic, which makes them an exciting yet simple handmade gift, and one that is suited to all who enjoy their downtime.

Hand-embroidered onesie

If you’re looking for a handmade gift to take along to a baby shower, a onesie emblazoned with the little one’s name or initials is a fantastic idea. Simply pick the color and style of the onesie and add a message or initials to the design.


Hampers brimming with delights, including the likes of sweet and savory treats in the shape of handmade chocolates, artisan cheeses, organic chutneys and more, are an ideal gift for the entire family! You can make them as personalized as you choose by picking items you know the recipient (or recipients) will adore. Once all contents have been devoured, the basket can be used for storage or picnics.

Clay ring holder

Storing jewelry can be hard work and shutting it away in a drawer can often lead to tangled necklaces and misplaced rings. With this in mind, a clay jewelry holder makes for an ideal present for those who own an abundance of jewels! Choose a cool design that doubles up as décors, such as a cactus, pineapple or animal horns. It’s a handmade gift for those who appreciate items that are a little out of the ordinary.

Colour block frosted tumblers

Looking for a housewarming present with a personal touch? What about tumblers dipped in glitter? Choose any design or color you desire as this homemade gift is both chic and practical. If you want to push the boat out, add a bottle of wine to the mix, or a set of matching coasters.

String Art

String art makes a sweet homemade housewarming gift and one that is both fun and hip. Many suppliers will allow you to choose the color of the string and the design, meaning you can personalize it as much or as little as you like.

Handmade notepad

Whether the recipient enjoys keeping a diary, doodling, or writing ‘to do’ lists, a handmade notebook makes a great gift and one that is suited to all. For something a little upmarket, opt for a leather fabric, embellished with a unique design that is personal to the recipient.

Hand-painted umbrella

If the recipient lives in a place where the weather can be unpredictable, gifting them with a stylish umbrella is a great idea. However, instead of opting for any umbrella, invest in one that has been adorned with waterproof fabric paint, or alternatively, their initials – at least they’ll never lose it!

Monogrammed bag

From beach bags to shopping bags, you can never have too many. Many of the versions available today have been adorned with various designs, sayings, and initials – all of which have been added using fabric paint. This is a great way to add your own personal design to an otherwise understated bag.

Hand-embroidered shower curtain

Shower curtains can be a little on the plain side. So for a gift that makes a statement, opt for a version adorned with embroidery. This is an eccentric way to dress up an otherwise simple shower curtain.

Sources: thesprucecrafts.com, huffingtonpost.com

Sarah Marsalle

Author: Sarah Marsalle

Sarah Marsalle is a dedicated gifting expert since 2016. She helps people to do, say and give in more gracious and loving way. She is a guru in gift traditions and has thousands of ideas for any and all important events in life.

Sarah Marsalle
Sarah Marsalle is a dedicated gifting expert since 2016. She helps people to do, say and give in more gracious and loving way. She is a guru in gift traditions and has thousands of ideas for any and all important events in life.
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