Handmade Gift Ideas for the Holidays

With holidays coming up, you are no doubt already thinking of ideas and brilliant items to gift your family and friends for festive occasions such as dinners, get-togethers, office parties, and of course Christmas. If not, no worries! We have come up with fantastically creative ideas that you can try and show your friends just how much you cherish them on those special occasions. These ideas are not expensive. Some may cost you a bit more, while others are only products of sheer creativity. But even while some aspects require a little more time and effort, you should be reminded that great friendships are worth silver and gold.

Home-made Hot Cocoa / Food Gifts in a Jar

If your loved one is a person who loves home-made meals in contrast with foods made in restaurants, or if you have confidence in your cooking skills, or if that special person loves to eat foods that you make, then, you should consider this gifting idea.  

Also, if it is winter and temperature is less than 36-degree centigrade outside, you can gift your partner some home-made hot cocoa, or coffee, or any other drink to-go, enclosed in a jar. What more, you can even decorate the jars with glitter and gem stickers, and you can also choose to decorate them with a bit of ribbon.

If you're giving this gift to a coworker, a great idea is to pair it with a tumblr or mug that they can use at work. One of the best gifts I ever received was a giant cup for coffee - not only does it stand out so I don't have to look a long time for my mug in the office kitchen, but also it has a festive design which makes holidays that much more special!

Besides cocoa or coffee, you can add a cookies, pancake, brownies, overnight oats or granola mix to a bigger mason jar for easy on the go food recipes! For mini jars, different salts (garlic, truffle, etc.) make great stocking stuffers. You can also pair it with fun party treats like in our video below!

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DIY Terrariums for Home Decor

Terrariums are for those special people who love animals, wildlife, or natural settings. These also make great hostess or host gifts. The person will surely love to own a mini-wild scene contained in a glass. You can create a mini scene inspired by their favorite florals, succulents, or even use fake snow to create a winter wonderland for the holidays! If you're not sure which flowers they will like, try artificial succulents instead - no wilting before you're ready to gift!

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Wood Transfer Art on Wood Circles

Was there a great place you guys have been to together, and had loads of camera shots? Or a memorable outing where you guys took plenty of pictures. Pictures are fond memories. Let your beloved get to look at them every day of his/her life. You can print the picture out or if already in hard copy format, you can transfer the picture onto wood. They last longer that way. Also, your beloved will get to appreciate your craft skills. 

If he/she loves nature and its' conservation, there are well crafted and cheap wood sliced tables for some table decorations, which you can find here at incredibly affordable prices. Some of the things you will see there are: 21-23 in long natural rectangular poplar wooden slices. They come in various lengths such as 12-13, 15-16, 10-11, and others. What size of items do you want it to hold? That will help you select the right choice.

Dress Up Old Ornaments with Gem Stickers and Glitter

Is it Christmas Eve? Is there a holiday party coming up, and you are nervous because you haven't got a clue about what to do or you think there's no time or money to purchase expensive items. Well, you may have some old ornaments stored somewhere in the attic that you can put to good use.

Now is the time that old ornaments can be of most use to you. Maybe you can afford to replace them if you give them out, or perhaps you can't but would love to give it anyway for that awesome friend of yours. Glitter and gem stickers are known to attract lights and add sparkle to any surface. Also, glitter and gem stickers are cheap to purchase! With as little as $2.00, you can bring your old ornaments back to life and re-package them to look new. The recipient might think you just left the store with that ornament with a receipt in your hands.

To share the memorable period with a loved one, adorn your ornaments with a beautiful glitter and gem stickers in their favorite colors, and present them to your friends and family, perhaps with an affectionate letter. I would love to get something like this, how gorgeous would it look on the Christmas tree!

Embroidered or Stenciled Napkins

Add your personal touch to fabric napkins! You can add the initials of whoever you are gifting to and make them feel really special. If the full name is too long, using stencils is a great alternative. Maybe they love Hawaii - napkins with tropical leaves will remind them of warmer days and time you spent together! To make it even more affectionate, you can decorate with their pet names - if you guys gave each other one - onto the napkins. How sweet is that idea?

Candles

Handmade candles are great ideas for you to try too. Whenever it's used, the candles will remind your friends and family of you.  Candles are also perfect to be used at dinners or dates or night outings. You can learn how to make handmade candles here.

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We hope these ideas will make your loved ones feel special this season. There's no better ways to show love but to give, no matter how little, it all matters. These ideas can be your unique way to convey your heartfelt love with hand crafted DIY goodies! Have any more handmade gift ideas to try? Share them with us in the comments, or let us know if you have any questions! Happy crafting!

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