Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom

Let’s talk handmade gifts. My tendency to focus on handmade gifting seems to wax and wane over the years. Sometimes I’m really into it — gathering ideas and supplies for weeks and then setting aside several days to work on the projects. Other times I’m perfectly content to buy something ready made.

Once upon a time, my kids always made gifts for each other for Christmas. I loved this tradition and so did they. It lasted 5 or 6 years, but as Baby June became a toddler, the tradition started to get overwhelming to me and we shifted gears. Interestingly, my younger kids have requested making handmade gifts for their siblings this year, so perhaps it’s time to bring back the tradition.

For those of you who like to make gifts for the holidays, I’ve collected 15 really good ones that I think you’ll love. It’s a wide range of projects, and so many of them are great to make with kids. Especially 4, 5, 9 and 10.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: painted plates

1) Recycled Mismatched Plates — Painted into a Set. For a gift, I think a set of dessert plates would be fun. Maybe for the holidays with red and green paint? Or Silver and gold?

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: succulent planters

2) Tree Branch Succulent Planter. Gift a little set. They would look so good on a desk or windowsill.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: clay earrings

3) Cute Clay Earrings. Two other designs in this post as well.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: coding jewelry

4) Coding jewelry. Spell out messages or names or special words using beads to write coding language. Click through to see it in black and white beads too. 

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: recycled jar planters

5) Color-blocked Recycled Jar Planters. All you need is colored twine and jars from your recycling bin!

Half-Moon Pendant Necklace | Design Mom | Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: half moon pendant necklace

6) Half-Moon Pendant Necklace. It looks so luxe. I would totally wear this.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: citrus sugars

7) Citrus Sugars. Fun to gift and easy to make. And they smell so good.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: cement pencil holder

8) Cement pencil holder. It makes such a substantial gift. I like it with and without the dots.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: wood bead hair twist

9) Wood Bead Hair Twists. Really cute stocking stuffers. Or your kids can make them for their friends —
put 2 or three in a jewelry box or small gift bag to make a sweet, very useable gift.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: custom fish bowl

10) Custom Fish Bowl. It comes with 3 different drawing guides too.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: etched wooded spoons

11) Etched Wooden Spoons. Invest in an $11 wood burning tool and we have tons of projects that you’ll use it for.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: DIY pom pom bookmark

12) Pom Pom Bookmarks

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: DIY bleach tees tshirt

13) Bleached-Out Tees. The possibilities with this project are endless.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: hand stamped dish towels

14) DIY Hand Stamped Dish Towels. I love these so much.

Gorgeous Handmade Gift Ideas featured by top US lifestyle blog, Design Mom: easy monogram mugs

15) Easy Monogram Mugs. These are great-looking. Pick up mis-matched white mugs at Goodwill and make a collection for a family — or gift the mugs to individuals.

Your turn. Do your kids make handmade gifts for each other? Do you have a handmade gift policy? Maybe you make handmade gifts for your neighbors? 

What handmade gift ideas are you making this year? 

P.S. — More handmade ideas.