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20 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

20 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

The holiday season is upon us, filled with endless opportunities to show those around you how much they mean to you. I recently participated in a holiday crafting party for The Craft Pack and had so much fun! (I must participate in full-day group crafting sessions more often.)

If you are someone who likes the sentiment of a gift made by hand (which is everyone, right?), I’ve collected 20 great projects to get you started on your list. Click through to find all the tutorials and inspiration you’ll need this holiday season.

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  • Dip Dyed Candles 1 of 20
    Dip Dyed Candles
    A simple project that looks like you spent hours.
    Find directions for these, as well as other ideas, from Martha Stewart
  • Play Tent 2 of 20
    Play Tent
    A simple frame with endless possibilities. This one shown has added pillows to create a magical reading nook.
    Complete plans at The Lawrence Girls
  • Personalized Cards 3 of 20
    Personalized Cards
    Stop searching for the just right cards and get crafty making your own.
    Find instructions and supply lists here Style at Home
  • Photobooth Cards 4 of 20
    Photobooth Cards
    What a cute idea! The box and labels make these extra special.
    Find all the details here from Simply Radiant
  • Constellation Jar 5 of 20
    Constellation Jar
    A jar full of magic. Wouldn't this make an excellent advent calendar project?
    Find all the details here from Design Mom
  • Geometric Ornament 6 of 20
    Geometric Ornament
    These would make great gift tags and wrapping baubles as well.
    See this and other ornament ideas at Aesthetic Outburst
  • Felt Wine Sleeve 7 of 20
    Felt Wine Sleeve
    Whip up several of these to have on hand and your ready for any and all party invitations.
    Directions and supplies found at 33 Shades of Green
  • Homemade Vanilla 8 of 20
    Homemade Vanilla
    You'll have to start this one right now as it takes two months to fully mature. A marvelous hostess gift for any gathering.
    Find all the details here from Style Me Pretty
  • Prism Necklace 9 of 20
    Prism Necklace
    This beautiful necklace looks quite simple to make and would make a wonderful gift.
    Find all the details here from Country Living
  • Camomile and Lavender Bath Melts 10 of 20
    Camomile and Lavender Bath Melts
    Make in bulk and package them in mason jars for an easy gift for teachers, neighbors and hostesses.
    Instructions and other ideas at Be Beautiful
  • Star Wars Finger Puppets 11 of 20
    Star Wars Finger Puppets
    A great gift for your little (or big) Jedi. Patterns available for $4 from
    The Idea Room
  • Handmade PJs 12 of 20
    Handmade PJs
    A personal update on the holiday tradition of Christmas jammies.
    Pattern and other details at Just Sew Sassy
  • Super Hero Capes 13 of 20
    Super Hero Capes
    Presents that engage the imagination are always popular. Customize these for your little hero.
    Find all the details here from Vanilla Joy
  • Pom-pom Bookmark 14 of 20
    Pom-pom Bookmark
    A great gift for the readers in your life, retro and fun (anyone else ever wear pom-pom's on their roller skates?)
    Get the project outline from Design Mom
  • Rainbow Pouf 15 of 20
    Rainbow Pouf
    Who couldn't use one of these colorful poufs to brighten their space? This would be a great gift for anyone, tween to granny.
    Complete instructions on Design Sponge
  • Gifts in a Hurry 16 of 20
    Gifts in a Hurry
    Need a quick gift? Check out the inspiration from The Craft Pack e-book.
    This project and more can be found at The Craft Pack
  • Bowling 17 of 20
    Bowling
    I made my own version of these and it was so much fun. So cute, I'm not sure I can let the kids play with them.
    Find out how to make your own, along with many other great ideas at The Craft Pack
  • Bath Fizzies 18 of 20
    Bath Fizzies
    A classic and simple homemade gift, perfect for almost everyone on your list.
    Martha helps make these extra special with here directions here at Martha Stewart
  • Super Hero Fort Kit 19 of 20
    Super Hero Fort Kit
    Super heroes and forts together? How perfect!
    Find all the details here from Meg and Andy
  • Felt Slippers 20 of 20
    Felt Slippers
    Cozy slippers in beautiful felt colors.
    Find directions for these, as well as other ideas, from Martha Stewart

• Nicole Balch writes daily about living a stylish life and transforming the so-so on her blog, Making it Lovely. Catch up with all of Nicole’s other Family Style posts right here on Babble.

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