Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

12 homemade holiday gift ideas you can easily craft for your loved ones this holiday season.

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Chalkboard made out of a cabinet door, with chalk and an eraser.

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The winter holidays are a special time for many reasons. Each year, as our family gathers at Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of how grateful I am to be part of such a fantastic family. Then I begin thinking of Christmas — the next time our large group will get together again.

One of the joys of my family’s Christmas celebration is a gift exchange. The excitement over this, for me at least, is that I hand make the majority of the gifts I give, and I wholeheartedly enjoy creating something practical and useful for everyone on my gift-giving list — and hopefully something that will bring a smile to the recipient’s face.

I used to purchase all of my gifts, but several years ago, my sister, best friend and I got into crafting, and we’ve been getting together a couple of weekends each December ever since to make homemade gifts for our loved ones. Not only do we save a great deal of money, but crafting is also a relaxing hobby — and it means spending time with two of my favorite people.

If your holiday festivities include a gift exchange — and if you’re interested in crafting — consider making homemade gifts this year. You won’t believe how rewarding and relaxing it can be!

Here are some simple gift ideas to get you started. Have fun!

Handmade Holiday Gifts

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