DIY Gift Ideas that you will be thrilled to give and the recipient will be thrilled to receive.  These creative homemade gifts are useful, unique and don’t scream ‘DIY!’

Full confession, I can be a bit of a snob.

Not a full-on, nose-up-in-the-air, thinking-I’m-better-than-you kind of snob; more of an I-do-appreciate-nice-things kind of snob. To that end, I like to give nice things to my friends and family at gift-giving times.

I get the whole, ‘it’s the thought that counts’ thing, but at the same time that I’m thinking of what to gift someone, I like to go just the extra little mile to make sure that the gift I give is one that they would want and use. I am sensitive to giving gifts that just end up as clutter…ain’t nobody got the room for that! And, if I can MAKE a useful and appreciated handcrafted gift, all the better! 

Giving handmade gifts imparts a little of the love that made it along with the gift.

I’ve rounded up some fun, useful and lovely DIY Gift Ideas that you could get started on now and get a jump on your holiday gifting.

14 Creative Handcrafted Gift Ideas

My brilliant and gracious friend, Kathleen, makes this antibacterial and moisturizing Lemon and Peppermint Hand Scrub to gift to her friends and family. And I love the packaging she puts together…she clearly just goes the extra mile to make it extra special.

DIY Gift Ideas: Homemade wine stopper diy gifts
DIY Gift Ideas: Wine Stoppers

Along the same lines, these wine stoppers are beautiful handmade gift ideas that can be made to reflect the recipient’s likes or personality.


These Mystery Braid Bracelets from A Pumpkin and A Princess are such great homemade stocking stuffers for tweens, teens, young adults…heck, any hipster dad would love these bracelets.  I’m going to make some for my son!

DIY Gift Ideas: Monogrammed Leather Cord Keeper diy gifts
DIY Gift Ideas: Monogrammed Leather Cord Keepers

I made quite a few of these cord keepers earlier this year and have already depleted my stash, but they really were easy handmade gifts.  You could make a whole bunch and leave them un-monogrammed for easy stocking stuffers or as an add-on DIY gift to some new tech gadget.


Simple French Knots come gather together to form a lovely monogram. Make a pillow that your gift recipient will cherish.

DIY Gift Ideas: Hand knit washcloth diy gift
DIY Gift Ideas: Handmade knit washcloths

For my knitting friends, knit up a slew of washcloths to give with a lovely bar of soap, a bottle of bubble bath or with bath salts. These handmade washcloths are always in demand!

Microwaveable Neck Wrap makes a great DIY gift

I’ve made several DIY Lavender-Buckwheat Filled Microwaveable Neck Wraps to gift and they are so very appreciated. I mean, who doesn’t love a warm hug around their neck!

And what about making your own Goats Milk and Honey Soap to accompany one of those handmade knit washcloths you just knit up? Ashley shows you how.


Personalize a set of mixing bowls! Certainly a homemade gift that is useful!

Set of Painted Mixing Bowls

These 3 Gifts for Cooks are so easy to make and much appreciated. Rosemary Fleur de Sel, Vanilla Fleur de Sel, and Peppermint Sprinkles. Homemade gifts from the kitchen are always a hit.

Gifts from the kitchen are welcome homemade gifts

These Turk’s Head Knot Coasters and Trivet are not only handy but quite lovely, especially for a ‘nautical’ look. A video and template are provided to help you learn the knot. 

These Upcycled Candlewick Handtowels, paired with a lovely bar of soap or jar of bath salts, are such a great gift. My friends and family LOVE these handtowels. Pop by your local thrift store and nab an old Candlewick bedspread to whip up a bunch of these.

Handmade linen cocktail napkins are a wonderful handcrafted gift idea.

Who can’t use some linen cocktail napkins? Sew up a couple of these linen napkins and then spend a few evenings putting a crochet edge on them. This is a handmade gift that will really impress!

I have yet to find a person who doesn’t appreciate the relaxing and welcoming fragrance of lavender. Whip up a couple of these handmade lavender sachets that you can personalize with the recipient’s hair and eye color.


Do you keep a stash of homemade DIY gifts? I’d love for you to share what you make.

If you are anxious to get busy with your handcrafted gifts, then bookmark this page or pin the following image.

pin showing neck wrap, napkin and kitchen gifts for handcrafted gifts post
DIY Gift Ideas: A Collection of 11 DIY Gifts that don't scream'DIY!'

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  1. Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows

    October 17, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Pinning right now! I love homemade gifts that don’t seem homemade. I totally understand what you mean. 🙂

    • lynn

      October 20, 2018 at 9:25 am

      I knew we were kindred spirits Stacey!!!

  2. Linda C Johnston

    November 11, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Ditto Stacey! I was so excited when I read the “I’m a snob” line! I knew exactly what you meant because I am the same. These gift ideas are great and you can bet I am going to use some of them (the ones I can do!). Thanks!

    • lynn

      November 11, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Oh good…a fellow ‘snob’…but in a good way…right? I am so glad you found a bit of inspiration…that’s my goal.

      Happy crafting my friend.



  3. Toni

    November 11, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Are there directions for the “knot” coasters?

    • lynn

      November 11, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      Thank-you Toni! Talk about a ‘brain fart’!! Thank you so much for bringing that omission to my attention. I have since fixed the post so that the link to the Turk’s Head Coasters and Trivets are included, but you can access the post directly here…

      Happy Knotting my friend.



  4. Sherry

    March 6, 2020 at 8:03 am

    I love the title of this post!! And these do not scream DIY. The costers are my favorite but they are all great gifts.

    • lynn

      March 8, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks friend!

  5. Kathleen

    March 8, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Oh my word Lynn, these are awesome! I like you have gifting as my primary love language, I love to receive nice things (snob, maybe), but even more, like you, I love to GIVE nice things! So many great ideas!! Thank you!

    • lynn

      March 8, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks friend!

  6. Melissa

    July 10, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Kindred spirits- I really appreciate a good DIY gift that looks like it could have been purchased at a fancy gift boutique. That’s the standard I like to run my ideas through anyway. “Crafted” rather than “crafty.” Thanks for sharing these!

    • lynn

      July 13, 2020 at 7:22 am

      Hi Melissa,

      ‘Crafted’ rather than ‘crafty’ is the perfect definition! I am so glad you found these ideas useful, that is always my goal.

      Happy ‘crafting’ my friend.



  7. Carol Gates

    August 11, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Love your e-mails. So helpful. We are staring at a move in the not so distant future and I’m hopeful that I will use some or many of your decluttering suggestions. Especially in downsizing all the clothes I have. Moving is good.

    • lynn

      August 12, 2021 at 9:14 am

      Hi Carol,

      I am so glad you are finding my emails useful! That is certainly my goal.

      Moving, while maybe challenging while in the middle of it, really helps you pare down to what you truly love and use! Here’s a clothing tip. Go in now and turn all your hangers backwards. When you wear something and put it back in the closet, hang it the correct way. That way, at the end of a year (or whatever time period) you will be able to see exactly what you’ve worn. And more importantly, what you haven’t worn! I do that at the beginning of each year and has helped me pare down my closet.

      Good luck, my friend.




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