Handmaking the Holidays Round Up: 12 Last Minute Gifts To Make

Have you checked out Sandee’s lastest Handmaking the Holidays post or Melissa’s tutorial for a DIY photo canvas? If you haven’t, head over there to check them out… after you read my post though…

We’ve got one more week of Handmaking the Holidays, and I hope you’ll stick around to see what we’ve got planned!

I know a lot of people out there are saying I can’t make that. Or think that people don’t like to get homemade gifts. Or the one that I worry about- that homemade gifts are too small- like physically small. Is that weird? Anyway, I get it, but I think that if you were to question the majority of people that you are buying gifts for, they will say that handmade means more. And it’s not the size that counts. Every now and then, you’ll have the one person who won’t appreciate a handmade item- to me, that just means you need to change their mind, by showing how the gift was really personalized for them, or tastes so much better, or is of a lot better quality….

I like to sew most of the gifts that I make, but that excludes a lot of people who don’t sew- so I’ve tried to round up a wide variety of gift ideas here so that there’s something for everyone!

It’s almost crunch time, so here are a bunch of ideas that don’t take a long time to get ready….


Check out this fancy jar of Bath Salts from See Vanessa Craft!

Here are some fun tile coasters from The Cottage Home- I’ve made these before and they are a lot of fun. Try looking at your local ReStore for really inexpensive tiles!


These Clothespin magnets from Crafting and Creativity are really fun and useful. If the poms aren’t your style, here’s a tutorial for some with glitter, or here’s some with scrapbook paper.

These Handy Coasters from Spoonful are super cute and would be a great memory of how small your kiddo’s hand was, once.


Sugar Scrubs from The Idea Room are great for your skin, and recipients will think that it takes a lot of work! It will be your little secret just how easy this tutorial is.

Got a coffee lover on your list? Make them a Cup Cozy from Crafty Staci for their to-go cup!


Chocolate Dipped Pretzels are super easy and delicious!

What about kids? Here are some cute super hero etched glasses glasses from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. (Tip: If you don’t have a machine to make a vinyl stencil, you can use contact paper. And you don’t have to be limited to super heroes… what other designs can you etch?)

How about these yarn ball bookmarks for the bookworms on your list? I know I’m always looking for new bookmarks.

I love these fabric covered boxes from Martha Stewart, what a fun gift for crafters or collectors… or anyone….


Ok, this one involves sewing, but how about a pincushion from a mayo jar lid for your favorite sewist, from me!

How about a project bag for your favorite knitter or crocheter? That one is also from me!

Oh my goodness there are soooo many handmade gift ideas out there. Look up your specialty and find some cool ideas. Or try something new this year! There are so many ideas out there that I didn’t even touch on! And take a look at my free tutorials page for even more ideas!

Do you have anything planned out or started yet? What are you working on for the holidays this year?

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2 Comments

  1. OK, LOVING those pom pom bookmarks, they are so cute, and hey, anyone can make me chocolate dipped pretzels and I would be HAPPY! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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