Small Handmade Gift Ideas
Hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, gifts for co-workers, hair stylists, and lunch buddies: I always need small gift ideas around the holidays.
But I love the small gifts. They are an opportunity to give something fun – something unique and handmade.
So in this Art Walk, we’ll be looking at a few DIY and artisan-made gifts.
Easy-To-Make DIY Gifts
For most people, this time of year is busy – too busy for elaborate DIY projects. So I’m showing you a couple of my own simple projects and a couple of projects that I would love to try.
Fir Scented Sachet Ornaments
Last summer on our trip to Maine, I bought a bag of Balsam fir needles. It smelled so wonderful – like a high-mountain hike.
Recently I made sachet ornaments using the fir needles as the filler.
These ornaments are nice to hang on artificial trees to give them that “real tree” scent.
And they can be bundled into gift packs.
After Christmas, they can be tossed into closets, drawers, or chests to keep those smelling nice.
You can find the tutorial for making these at the end of this post.
Cute, Tiny Refrigerator Magnets
I’m in love with these adorable little magnets that Stephanie made.
Who wouldn’t want one (or several) of these?
This craft looks so fun and easy. For the tutorial, click here.
Batik Dinner Napkins
Last year at a fabric store on Black Friday, I found cotton batik fabric quarters (aka “fat quarters”) for 75 cents each.
They measured 18 X 21 inches and the fabric was double sided – perfect for dinner napkins.
I bought an assortment and made a set of 8 eclectic dinner napkins.
And all I had to do was double-fold hem the edges (for how to sew a double-fold hem, see this post).
What could be easier? And the fabric was made in India, machine washable.
Jess made this elegant trivet from a clothesline rope. The texture looks so luxurious. Now I want to learn to crochet.
For the tutorial, click here.
These handmade creations are on my list of small gift ideas for this year – although I worry that if I buy them I will want to keep them.
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Elegant and contemporary, this handmade ornament by Waen would make an impressive hostess gift.
All Natural Spa Gift Set
I can think of a few people on my gift list who deserve a little pampering. And I can feel good about giving this all natural beauty set by LittleFlowerSoapCo because these products don’t contain palm oil.
But what I really love is that this set can be customized with several luxurious choices for the soap and the lip balm.
*If allergies or sensitivities are a concern, ask for and check the list of ingredients before purchasing.
Personalized Passport Cover
Yes, we have one in our family: That person afflicted with wanderlust. A personalized, embossed leather passport cover by ShopAlwaysRooney would be just the ticket for our world traveler.
Gourmet Sea Salts
This set of gourmet sea salts by purposedesign is nice for any foodie, but the presentation is handsome enough for the hard-to-shop-for men on my list – at least those who like to cook or grill.*
*If allergies or dietary restrictions are a concern, ask for and check the list of ingredients before purchasing.
Indoor Herb Garden Kit
Plants and seedlings – or even the promise of them coming soon – can brighten drab winter days. This little seed kit by Mountainlilyfarm comes in a cute wooden berry basket, and the seeds are grown in the Ozark Mountains.
For the Crazy Cat Person
Until a few years ago, that crazy cat person would have been me. Priscilla is now our only cat. But for many years we had three cats – plus the occasional foster.
I wish I’d had this sign by BelvedereCollections then, since it would have answered the question that my friends and family were too polite to ask.
By the Way
Oh by the way, if you enjoy cheerful, fragrant paperwhites blooming indoors during the holidays, now is the time to start them from bulbs.
Check out my posts Growing Paperwhites for a Beautiful Holiday Centerpiece for the how-to and Start Paperwhites Now For the Holidays for more paperwhite inspiration – and ideas for giving them as gifts.
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Sachet Ornament Tutorial
It was so easy to make these sachets.
Tools and materials:
- Fabric cut into 4.5 inch squares (this is a great way to use up leftover fabric scraps)
- Fabric Scissors
- Pinking shears
- Narrow fabric ribbon cut in 8-inch lengths
- A bag of Balsam fir needles
- A sewing machine
- A tablespoon
How to Make:
- Good sides facing out, I sewed two fabric squares together on three sides, leaving 3/8″ seams. I looped the ribbon and incorporated it into my stitching in the upper right-hand corner.
- So now I had a little fabric bag with a ribbon loop in one corner. I scooped about three tablespoons of fir needles into the bag.
- Then I sewed up the top of the bag, again leaving a 3/8″ seam.
- Then I finished each edge with pinking shears.
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