This is the time of year when handmade gift ideas start popping up in my to-do list.

I can’t help it.

It’s tradition.

If you are new here to the blog, my sisters and brothers and I exchange handmade gifts every year. We try and teach ourselves a new skill and make something that’s special and handmade and out of the ordinary.

Like the year I taught myself to stamp silver and made necklaces.

Or the year my sister taught herself to make lampshades and made a shade for us our of our father’s slides.

Or the year my brother taught himself to carve wood and made this for me.

Maybe it’s the thrill of learning something new.

Maybe it’s the joy of making something handmade.

Maybe it’s the fun of a handmade gift competition with all the siblings.

But it’s one of my favorite things about Christmas.

So today I’m sharing 11 handmade gifts you can make in an afternoon. I also included some cutest kits from Hello Hobby a fun crafting brand that you can use to make your own handmade gifts (and they make the perfect gifts, too.)

Here’s to a handmade holiday.

1. Felted soap

The process of felting is so easy.

Here’s how to felt wool and make a wreath (all you really need is a wool sweater).

Here’s how to make felted soap and wrap it up as a gift.

2. Wood bead heart garland

This is a fun project.

I made it with a heart, but it would make a cute gift with a tree or snowflake, too.

See the entire DIY here.

3. Hand-stitched map

Share a map of a place that’s special to someone you love.

Hand-stitch a heart around the location and frame it.

See the DIY here.

4. Handmade bottle stopper

You can make these bottle stoppers in 15 minutes from vintage doorknobs.

Then fill the bottle with scented soap or dishwashing liquid and give as a gift.

See the DIY here.

5. Monogrammed sign

This DIY looks like you branded the wood.

The secret? A brown stain pen and a monogram.

See the DIY here.

6. Monogrammed pillow

And as long as we are talking monograms–why not a pillow?

You can make the no-sew or sew version.

See the DIY here.

7. Hand-stitched tray

Take a vintage wood tray from a thrift store and hand-stitch it with a message.

It’s so much easier than it sounds.

See the DIY here.

Hand-written Recipe Towel

8. Hand-written recipe towel

Take a recipe and make it into a gift.

All you need is a set of flour towels and a fine-tipped marker.

See the DIY here.

9. Pom pom throw

This project starts with a throw and then you add the pom poms.

Perfect for a cozy Christmas gift.

See the DIY here.

10. Make your own house pillow

This house pillow was a Christmas gift from my sister.

She made it from linen scraps.

See the DIY here.

11. Wood block name letters

We made these out of pieces of molding and chipboard letters.

Easy personalized craft you can make in an hour.

See the DIY here.

And just in case you were looking for some creative ideas to make your own gifts? Walmart has the CUTEST line of hobby kits and craft supplies called Hello Hobby. Hello Hobby is the perfect crafting brand for any holiday DIYs. If you are painting ornaments, stamping DIY wrapping paper, creating homemade ornaments Hello Hobby has everything you need.

I put together some of my favorite kits I found (all the images are clickable). They would be the perfect start for your own handmade gift or the perfect gift for the crafter on your list.

Here’s a list of my favorite ideas:

Here’s to all the holiday that is just around the corner.

Wishing you one that is merry and bright (and handmade).

With all the joy of the season. 🙂

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  1. Image for Renee Renee

    You are amazing!!! Just got an 8 wk old Boston Terrier puppy…. I have no time to do anything but I love seeing all your gift ideas…

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    Ahh. I'm still deciding if I am going to hand make a tea towel with my mom's cookie recipe on it or use a program like Shutterfly. She passed away in March and I was thinking that it would be a meaningful gift for my siblings. Especially since she was an amazing baker. Hmmmm.

  3. Image for Nancy Carr Nancy Carr

    I love and appreciate you. You have wonderful fun projects. I am making mental notes of what I want to do. Question: What is the purpose of a felted soap? Thank you so much!

  4. Image for PJ PJ

    I've been amazed with the handmade gifts from your siblings. Have there been any that you haven't shared already?So much thought goes into them and it's really special.

  5. Image for Glenda Glenda

    Hi Karianne, Let me say how much I love you blog.....your projects are great and so inspiring. I especially love the one here for the tea towels..I would love to make that one for son and daughter-in-law, but when I click on the diy hi-lite, it takes to Amazon. Not sure why. I would appreciate your input or your readers. Merry Christmas to you, your family and all of your readers. May all your Christmas wishes come true.

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