DIY Gift Ideas for a Handmade Holiday

DIY Gift Ideas for a Handmade Holiday

True, not everyone appreciates the thoughtfulness behind a handmade gift. But for those who do, it’s always nice to have a few DIY gift ideas to choose from at this time of year. That way, you can get started on those handmade presents early enough to gift them on time. Perhaps this collection of potential gift ideas will help you get ahead of the curve this holiday season.

Welcome Basket

guest room welcome basket

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Having guests during the holidays? A plain basket just needs a colorful makeover (hello, spray paint!) to make it guest room ready. Fill it with books, snacks, personal sundries, and the Wi-Fi password and your guests will feel right at home.

DIY Gift Ideas for a Sewist

diy pin cushion in a vintage teapot

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Any avid sewist will adore this handmade gift idea! A hidden pin cushion in a vintage teapot is a darling idea, especially in a home filled with curious kids or pets. Plus, you can add a few new sewing notions to the teapot as well.

For the Spa Lover

foot soak with lavender and chamomile

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Self-care gifts are always in style and usually well-received, especially for someone who loves anything to do with spas. This DIY lavender foot soak is an excellent (and all-natural) gift that is absolutely perfect for someone who loves to pamper themselves.

DIY Wine Glass Charms

necklace charms as wine charms

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Wine glass charms are a great DIY gift idea for someone who regularly hosts dinner parties or book clubs- and they’re a lovely hostess gift, as well. This version is easy (and fun!) to make using jewelry charms and pretty beads.

For Coffee and Tea Lovers

gift for coffee lovers from the thrift store

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Maybe you need a gift idea for someone at the office, or perhaps a good friend absolutely loves to drink coffee or tea. Either way, these DIY gift boxes are a thrifty approach, using vintage canisters and funky coffee mugs from the thrift shop!

DIY Gift Ideas for Readers

mini book necklace

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Got a dedicated bibliophile in your life? Well, if they love all things “book”, then this mini book charm necklace has got to go on your crafting list. Is this not the cutest little mini book necklace, or what? And it’s made from an old book and a very small scrap of soft leather- so perfectly sweet and easy to make.

Drawer Sachets

Faking the look of grain sack fabric for DIY lavender sachets

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Lavender sachets are the perfect “thank you” gift to give neighbors, colleagues, teachers, and friends. Plus, one only needs some basic sewing skills to make them. This version was made with a vintage French country look in mind, but just about any style of fabric would work.

Chic Friendship Bracelets

braided bracelets from vintage handkerchiefs

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Why should kids and teens have all the fun with friendship bracelets? These chic and romantic versions are made from vintage handkerchiefs– but any lightweight fabric with a delicate print would be perfect! Plus, they’re super easy to create- which comes in handy if you want to make them for a bunch of your friends.

Leather Decanter Tags

How to make decanter labels from a leather belt

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Need a gift idea for a mixologist or cocktail enthusiast? Perfect for a home bar or bar cart, these leather decanter tags started out as a leather belt. But with some alphabet stamps, a leather punch, and some metal fittings, it’s easy to make an entire set of tags for their bar.

Environmental Seed Bombs

diy wildflower seed bombs from recycled paper

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These eco-friendly wildflower seed bombs are the handmade gift that keeps on giving. Which makes them the perfect DIY gift idea for your “greenest”, most eco-conscious friends and family. (AND they use recycled paper from some of those padded Amazon mailers you might have been receiving more of these days…)

DIY Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

Wine gift bag from a button down shirt

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Ok, so the fancy bottle of wine is the *actual* gift in this scenario, but how cute are these DIY (and upcycled) gift bags? They are made from button-down shirts and neckties from the thrift store and are a HUGE hit at holiday parties!

Insulated Coffee Sleeves

insulated coffee sleeves that are made from flannel shirt sleeve cuffs

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If they regularly drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes or Peppermint Mochas at this time of year, then a DIY insulated coffee sleeve like this is a fun little gift idea! Not only is it reusable over and over again, but it’s made from a flannel shirt cuff.

The tutorial for this project can be found in my book, “Crafting with Flannel”, by Sarah Ramberg.

Matching Necklaces for Your BFF (or Mother…or Daughter…)

Matching sister necklaces from vintage clip on earrings

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For a meaningful DIY gift that you’ll share with someone special, take a gander at these matching one-of-a-kind necklaces. Pairs of vintage clip-on earrings were repurposed into necklace pendants so that there are two identical necklaces that look like nothing else. Sharing these with a loved one or cherished friend is about as sweet as it gets…

Fancy Bookmarks

DIY bookmarks as a gifts for book lovers

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Whether you make them for yourself or to give as gifts for a reader, these DIY bookmarks with vintage jewelry are as functional as they are pretty. And they’re always a hit with bibliophiles, which really do make them the perfect gift.

Don’t Forget About Fluffy!

diy cat cave

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Will a cat hop into the first cardboard box they see? Yes. Will they love it even more if you add one of your old t-shirts to the mix and turn that box into a cave? Absolutely! You can even make a few catnip toys from your old t-shirts, as well.

DIY Gift Ideas for a Handmade Holiday

upcycled and handmade gifts

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Everyone on your list can receive a DIY gift this year with enough planning- and hopefully inspiration from this collection! Buying him another tie or her another sweater isn’t a bad idea, of course…but perhaps one of these DIY Gift Ideas will make for a more meaningful and memorable holiday season.

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.

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