Handmade Gift Ideas

Feeling crafty? Anyone can run to the store and buy a gift, but there’s something extra special about making your loved one a meaningful gift from scratch. Here are 10 handmade gift ideas to show your loved ones just how much you love and care for them no matter what the occasion. 

DIY Self-Care Basket

For the hardworking person in your life who definitely deserves some much-needed R&R, a DIY self-care basket is a great way to add a personalized touch to a gift they’ll definitely be using! Fill it up with your favorite Pacha Soap Co. products (we recommend Froth Bombs and Salt Blocks for relaxation, Whipped Soaps + Scrubs for nourishment, and an assortment of your favorite Bar Soaps for a luxurious and indulgent clean).

Then, add in some other items that’ll definitely lend themselves to utter relaxation like tea mugs and tea bags, fuzzy slippers, and a luxurious robe. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and can be so much more sentimental than your average spa gift sets since you can customize it to what your friend really likes. 

Homemade Scented Candles

Candles can sometimes feel like a last-ditch effort gift, but not if you’re making them from scratch yourself! Candle making is a great way to add some sentimentality and vibes to your loved one’s home, and bonus points: it’s also a pretty easy process.

Just gather up some mason jars, your favorite essential oils, and some basic candle-making supplies, and you’ll have a meaningful gift that’ll mean so much more than any other candle you would buy off of the shelves.

Click here to learn the basics of making homemade scented candles!

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket

You really can‘t go wrong with a warm and cozy chunky knit blanket. But did you know that they’re actually really easy to make yourself? This DIY Chunky Knit Blanket tutorial costs less than $20 to make and requires zero tools and no knitting experience, but you’re left with a beautiful and cozy throw blanket that’s made all the more special since it was made by hand and with love. 

Floating Frames With Pressed Flowers

Pressed flowers are a wonderful gift that can preserve memories for a lifetime and look great while doing it, so these floating frames featuring pressed flowers make for a really great and meaningful gift.

To make these floating frames, You’ll need pressed flowers (ideally from a sentimental bouquet, but silk or dried flowers work great too), a hot glue gun, and a picture frame with a double pane of glass. For bonus points, you can even try arranging your dried flowers around a picture of you and the person who is receiving the gift to make it even more heartfelt. 

Personalized Glass Bead Necklace 

For the person in your life who loves to wear their heart on their sleeve, a DIY photo pendant is a wonderful gift that’s sure to be well-received. This tutorial shows you how you can make your very own pendant from items you can get from the Dollar Store!

You can easily string the glass bead on a necklace, but you can also attach it to a lanyard or keychain for someone who doesn’t wear jewelry. 

Personalized Coffee Mugs

Coffee mug gifts are often a dime a dozen, but there’s something truly special about getting a coffee mug that was personally designed just for you! This tutorial walks you through an easy way to customize a ceramic mug using paint or Sharpies to create a mug that your loved one is sure to reach for morning after morning. 

Love Notes Jar

For an especially romantic gift that goes way beyond your average store-bought card, consider making this DIY love notes jar! All you need to do is pick a jar of your choice and fill it with small, colorful scraps of paper with each piece carrying a little love note or a reason why you love your partner so much.

This DIY is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or simply any day that you want to show your partner just how much you love and appreciate them. 

Photo Ornaments 

If you’re finding yourself at a loss for what to get your family and friends for the holidays, a personalized photo ornament is a great choice that’s sure to please. You’ll only need a couple of basic crafting supplies like Mod Podge, twine, scissors, and a hole punch, plus a wood ornament and the picture of your choice.

Each ornament takes only ten minutes to make, which means it’s a great gift option if you have a ton of people on your gift list! 

Homemade Cookie Mix

If you’re the baker in your circle that’s famous for their delicious cookies, give your friends the gift of cookie mix that they can pull out year-round whenever they’re craving something delicious! Simply mix up all of your favorite recipe’s dry ingredients (think flour, sugar, baking powder/soda, salt, cocoa powder, etc.) then put it in an airtight jar. Then attach baking instructions, including the right amounts of all the wet ingredients they’ll need, oven temperature, and baking time.

Infused Olive Oils

For a super-fancy homemade gift that’s sure to please the foodies in your life, consider making your own infused olive oils! All you’ll need is a large quantity of good olive oil and your favorite ingredients for olive oil infusions (this tutorial uses lemon, rosemary, chili, and garlic, for example, but feel free to branch out into other fun options like truffles and basil).

Then divvy them up into individual jars, include a recipe card with tasty ideas for how to use their new oils, and you’re set with a delicious and easy-to-make gift that people are sure to keep talking about for months to come. 


Sometimes, the best gifts are the ones that are filled with lots of love, which is why making your own gifts from scratch is always a win. What are some of your favorite DIY gifts that are always crowd pleasers among your friends and family? 

Photo by cottonbro studio: https://www.pexels.com/photo/art-materials-on-white-table-10607184/

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