Something for Everyone, 75 Homemade Gift Ideas

I was going to post another diy gift idea that my youngest made last year but if you still haven’t finished up your Christmas shopping I wanted to get this fun list of homemade gift ideas to you as soon as possible because you have a lot of work to do.


Hopefully from these 75  gift ideas  you’ll find something that inspires you for everyone on your list.  The projects are not just for Christmas, most can be for gift giving year round so if you find an idea you like, make sure you pin it because you know you’ll never find it again.


“Table for 2” shares her recipe for Salted Caramel Sauce.  OK, this looks so delicious that you can probably  stop here, but I hope you continue.


Robin at Happy at Home shares how to make a cozy pillow from a flannel shirt. Why throw away those old flannel shirts when you can give them to someone else. 🙂


The frugal girls show how to turn old photos into useful drink coasters.


Ehow uses cookie cutters and birdseed to make a gift the birds will love.


Rather treat the dog instead of the birds?  How about some homemade dog biscuits from Cassie at Wholefully.


Mandy at the Hankful House, layered regular reindeer noses with a few Rudolph noses to make these fun mason jar gifts.


Like chocolate bark?  The Gardenista shows how to make it three ways.


I can’t resist homemade granola.  This recipe is from the True Aim Blog.


From Glitter to Gumdrops tells how she made  her mason jar treat, hot cocoa and smushed snowmen.  I love how the snowmen seem so happy and smiley.

What lego lover would not like a tray for all their lego projects.  This one shared by My Frugal Adventures.


The HyperHouse shares her easy DIY for making votive candle holders from rubber bands and Walmart glasses.


Have an extra cutting board or find one at a thrift store?  Turn it into an ipad holder like Dora’s Daily Dish.


At Redo it Yourself Inspirations they show you not only how to make garlic infused oil but how to stencil this beautiful bottle.


Chelsey , the Paper Mama put together this all in one sewing kit. It even has a pin cushion on top.


Andrea, The Beauty Dojo, put together this cute terra cotta pot with fresh rosemary. Who wouldn’t want fresh rosemary in their kitchen.


Sprinkle Some Fun shares their recipe on how to make Dip Mix Ornaments.


Personalized Door mat from At Home in the Northwest.


I don’t know who originally posted these dinosaur corn holders but you can find a short video here. I know my kids would have loved them even if I did have to chop a couple of their dinos in half.


Keep scrolling down and I’ll show you a couple more money giving ideas but I really like this tie shared by My Weekly Pinspiration.  She gifted hers with a brand new white shirt.


I remember the days when my kids forgot to draw the bodies.  How cute are these drawings turned into pillows shared by There was a Crooked House.


Yellow Bliss Road shows how rootbeer can turn into Santa’s reindeer.


Kids chalkboard town from Rogue Engineer. I could easily make a set of these with all my scrap wood.


Courtney Whitmore at EHow shares her recipe to make Chocolate Sea Salt Toffee.


Yum, chocolate caramel covered pretzels shared by Spend with Pennies.


A dollhouse from a CD shelf from Sew she Sews.


Maybe because my neck is sore right now but I really liked these microwaveable heat packs from How to Build It.


I Heart Naptime created these snowmen mugs as well as chocolate covered spoons for stirring. 

I love theme baskets and The DIY Mommy  did this terrific Christmas baking kit.  Not inspired by this one, she also has Spa night, Date Night, Family game night to name just a few. All served up in these cute galvanized tins.


I also like her Movie Night in a tin.  Caramel Corn and chocolate, what’s not to like.9ecbf55f62c449cfe8886c7ffdf7440d

I don’t know who originally shared this but after helping my son and daughter in law with their house for the last few months I can see that this gift would be greatly appreciated.


Bargain Bound shows how to make these candy dishes from thrift store finds.  Those are candlesticks and glass bowls glued together!

The remainder of the projects are all mine.  I have links to all the projects but if you have any questions,  just ask.

Matchbox Car Play Table, Hand Painted diy

Convertible Play table for the kids.  One side is a roadway and town, the other side is a chalkboard.

Repurposed Books and Hidden Lockbox Storage

Fake books and a lock box to hide away valuables. 

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I love giving frames and nothing is better than one made out of pallets.  Make sure you include a picture.

Let it Rain, Gifts of Money for Teenagers

I have a bunch of teenage nieces and nephews and they all like to receive money.  It’s always the perfect size and color.  One year we gave $ attached to ribbons and an umbrella.  Let it rain!!

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Another year, for the young gentlemen of the family, gifts shirts made from their favorite fabric.

Cut out a piece of cardboard the shape of a shirt and start taping.  Depending on how much you want to give, you can either use all $1’s or a combination with higher amounts.

From my ‘Gifts Kids can Make’ comes a set of 9 photo blocks which combine to form 6 pictures. Make sure you personalize the pictures.

Junky Pallet Wood Birdhouse diy

Another present my teenage boys made one year were birdhouses.  By raiding their moms pile of rusty junk and using pallet wood and discarded fencing they were able to create a dozen of these practically for free.

Baby's footprint ornament diy

New baby in the family? How about a keepsake ornament  for all the aunts, uncles and grandparents.  Just wait until the baby is asleep before you start painting the toes.

Bread Dipping Seasonings

This was another of my gifts that kids can make.  Combine all the spices to make a great bread dipping seasoning but while you’re at it you may want to make a batch for yourself.  We keep this around all year to not only add olive oil and use for bread dipping but also to sprinkle on baked vegetables.

Build a Snowman Kit

A snowman kit is a fun kit for all the families with young kids, of course you have to live in a snowy area.  No more looking for rocks underneath the snow and stealing mom’s last carrot. Or if you’re like our family, we only have the mini carrots.

Salt and Pepper Mill Makeover

Have you found salt and pepper mills at the thrift store?  How about painting them in fun colors.  Finish off the gift with added peppercorns.

New York Tiled Map diyThis project might take a bit more time …search out a vintage map of the area where your recipient lives, blow it up and mount on pallet wood.

By the way, this was  a copycat Pottery Barn project, theirs was originally $299.

Hinge and Rust Junk Angel

Everyone needs more angels in their lives and this one was made from hinges, pallet wood, buttons and a few other odds and ends. Make sure you click on her to see a few more junky angel ideas.

Railroad Spike Wine Rack

With reclaimed wood from the salvage yard and railroad spikes you could inexpensively make this unique wine rack.  You might even want to make this one for yourself.

Winter, Ivy and Seedpod Wreath

Last Christmas I gave each of my sons and their wives this winter wreath made from a few silk flowers and seed pods from a neighboring field.

Beadboard Frame

This frame was made from vintage beadboard and the middle is an inexpensive IKEA frame.

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I couldn’t forget the Apple Salsa that I shared earlier in the week when compiling a list of homemade gifts.  So yummy!

Corrugated Tin and Pallet Wood Frame

Another frame, this one made from Corrugated Tin and Pallet Wood.

Recycled Blue Jeans Apron, paint smock

If you’re handy with a sewing machine you might enjoy giving Recycled Blue Jean Aprons.  Great for the cook or the messy painter on your gift list.

DIY Coffee Sign

For the coffee lover, a DIY Coffee Sign on Corrugated Metal.


 A fun way to gift several bottle of wine, Old Bed Slats Wine Carrier or Centerpiece with bottle vases.

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If you have  some inexpensive frames sitting around you may want to consider a DIY Lantern .

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This Pallet Wood and Fabric Lined Tray is an easy woodworking project.  Use any scrap fabric to personalize. 

Gone Fishing DIY Vintage Style Sign

I did a sign for the coffee lover but how about a Gone Fishing Sign for the fisherman?

Pottery Barn Inspired Wooden Buoys diy-009

Know someone who lives by the water?  How about a Pair of Painted Buoys?

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And for the weightlifter, a pair of upcycled 10 pound weight bookends.

DIY Exterior Porch/ Floor Lantern

With porch lanterns running around $100, how about making your own for a fraction of the cost from scrap wood and a cylinder vase. This would also make a fantastic house warming present.

Driftwood Wreath diy

I’ve made several things from driftwood including a tree and a lamp  but a Driftwood Wreath would make a beautiful gift.

Easy DIY Cake Stand

Glue two thrift store items together and you have a unique cake stand.  This one is made from  a candle holder and a silver tray.

Woodworking Planer Repurposed- Wall Hook

Have a woodworker on your gift list? How about repurposing a vintage wood planer.  It can be used as a wall hook as shown here, hold an ipad, business cards or the remote.

Honeysuckle Hurricane Lamp

Another thrift store find, a cylinder vase, is wrapped with honeysuckle vines to create a beautiful candle holder.

15 Fantastic Sweater recycling ideas.bmp-005

About a year ago I did a post on upcycled sweaters where I showed you these next 4 ideas (and about 10 more).,,,wine bottle holders…

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 ,,,baby knit cap…

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,,,a pincushion for the sewer…

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…and a dog sweater for the dog lover in the family.

Railroad spike coat rack, Upcycled railroad spikes, Railroad spikes wall hangar diy

Back to railroad spikes…how about a coat rack made from the spikes and a piece of reclaimed wood.

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Remember your loved ones by creating a one of a kind locket. This one is 2 sided honoring both my mom and dad.

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This snowman was created from a 2×4 and scrap wood.  Easy to paint and fun to have out all winter.

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Love pillows?  I have 3 personalized pillow options for you.  This first one is made from letters, mementos, tickets and other family memorabilia printed out on a computer.

Mom's Old Letters Pillow DIY

This pillow is also printed on a computer. I call this one Mom’s old letters Pillow because these are her letters scanned and saved and printed out on fabric.

Gps Pillow diy

Know someone that has moved recently?  How about a one-of-a-kind gps coordinates pillow.

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This is another one of my gifts kids can make, a smore kit

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…which came with these semi-handmade campfire roasting sticks.  Semi-handmade because the metal part came from inexpensive store bought roasting sticks but the wooden handle is all ours.


If you can find a galvanized tin then you can personalize it.

Hopefully you found something for everyone on your gift list.  Most of these can be made any time of the year so keep them in mind for birthdays, anniversaries  house warming as well as Christmas. Have a great week.

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