65+ Crafty Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

Save money and creatively tackle your gift list this year with our ideas for one-of-a-kind gifts you can create for him, her, the kids and even the family pet.

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No-Knit Monogrammed Mittens

Knit accessories are always a popular handmade holiday gift — but what if you can't knit or crochet? Then these personalized mittens are right up your alley — just stitch baker's twine initials onto readymade mittens, a scarf or hat for a personalized gift to keep them toasty warm all winter long.

Handmade Gift: Easy, No-Knit Monogrammed Mittens

Make This Rustic Bread Board

Have a baker, chef or hostess on your gift list? Surprise them with this handy bread board that looks just like an expensive antique. Reclaimed lumber and basic woodworking skills are all you need.

How to Make a Rustic Bread Board

Craft a Handy Firewood Carrier

Whether the folks on your list prefer to curl up in front of a roaring indoor fire or snuggle next to an outdoor fire pit, our DIY firewood carrier will make toting the kindling much easier.

Make Your Own Firewood Carrier

Practice Your Cursive

Calligraphy (or, in this case, faux calligraphy) is an easy way to add an artistic touch to all sorts of handmade gifts, gift wrap or, when popped into a pretty frame, the free-flowing script makes a sweet gift all by itself.

Write Like a Lettering Pro With This Faux Calligraphy Hack

Wow Wine Lovers

Upcylcle an old wooden pallet into this storage-rich wine rack that'll keep their favorite vintages within easy reach. Handy built-in storage for wineglasses turns this rack into a space-saving bar. 

How to Make a Wine Rack From a Wood Pallet

Trendy Rhinestone Headband

Fashion-forward friends will appreciate this stylish accessory that looks like a pricey vintage brooch — but is actually made from materials you can pick up at your local craft or fabric store.

How to Make A Trendy Rhinestone Headband

Cookbook or Tablet Stand

Everyone could use an extra hand in the kitchen, especially when they're whipping up a new recipe. Beginner woodworking skills and our step-by-step instructions will help you turn lumber into a thoughtful gift for your favorite chef.

How to Make a Modern Tablet or Cookbook Stand

Whip Up These Tasty Dog Treats

Our pets enjoy special treats around the holidays just as much as we do. Get tails wagging by whipping up a batch of these sweet and crunchy biscuits. Package them in cellophane bags or tins and hand out to all the furry friends on your list.

Rainbow-Frosted Dog Biscuits Recipe

Craft a Custom Tray

Give an old wooden tray a trendy new lease on life by covering it with upholstery fabric, then add a high-end finishing touch with a decorative pattern created with nail-head trim. Craft your own with our step-by-step instructions.

How to Craft a Trendy Fabric-Covered Tray

Personalize Your Pup's Bed

Give your four-footed family member a cozy place for cat (or dog!) naps by turning an old shipping pallet into a snug pet bed. You can even make it mobile by adding furniture casters and totally personalized by stenciling on your pet's name.

Make a Mobile Dog Bed From Shipping Pallets

Make This Classic Board Game

Encourage the kids on your gift list to step away from tech devices and reconnect with friends and family by instead sitting down at a board game. A classic, like this rustic-inspired tic-tac-toe board, is fun for all ages, and is easy for the gifter to create using cut wood slices and a live-edge board from the craft store.

Handmade Gift Idea: Make a Classic Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Don't Forget Your Furry Friend

If your kitty goes gonzo for catnip (half of all cats do), treat them with a small, handmade toy to hold their stash. Scientists agree that smelling, rather than eating, catnip garners the biggest response but they still aren't sure what neurological reaction catnip triggers for sensitive cats. It's thought that it stimulates receptors in their brains that makes them feel initially energetic, playful and happy, then mellow and relaxed.

How to Make a Christmas Catnip Toy

Make a Custom Cutting Board

Foodies will appreciate this custom-made wood cutting board. This project requires basic woodworking skills and materials to create a chef-worthy gift that is far from ordinary.

How to Make a Wood Cutting Board

Easily Craft a Pretty Trinket Box

Turn inexpensive fence-post caps, from the hardware store, into a pretty jewelry or gift box. By itself, the box makes a thoughtful birthday, Mother's Day or holiday gift. Fill it with sweet treats or a small trinket for a handmade gift they won't soon forget.

Easy-to-Craft Handmade Jewelry Box

Homemade Lavender Bath Fizzies

Give the gift of a luxurious home spa day with these homemade lavender bath fizzies. Package the sweet-scented bath bombs in a vintage glass jar with a custom tag for a pretty presentation sure to make the gift even more special.

Homemade Gift Idea: Lavender Bath Fizzies

Monogrammed Doormat

Turn an inexpensive coir doormat into a personalized greeting for a friend's front door. An old cardboard box, utility knife, spray paint and a little creativity will make a $10 doormat look like a pricey catalog find.

DIY Monogrammed Doormat

Delight Your Favorite Foodie

Upcycle pretty tins into a magnetic kitchen garden that will ensure fresh herbs are always handy. Pot your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Make a Magnetic Herb Garden for the Fridge

Delight the Hostess With the Mostest

Whip up an inexpensive wood conditioner and sealant to turn a hardwood board into a foodsafe surface they can use to make entertaining easy. Learn how to turn hardware-store staples into a pro-grade charcuterie board.

Create Your Own Party-Perfect Charcuterie + Cheese Board

Custom Smart Phone or Tablet Covers

A new tablet or smart phone top most people's most-wanted-gift list this year. If springy for a pricey tech gift isn't in your budget, get crafty to surprise them with a custom-made felt cover to protect their new gadget. Download our free patterns and learn how to sew one up with our step-by-step instructions.

How to Make a Felt Cover for a Smart Phone or Tablet

Monogrammed Serving Tray

Surprise your favorite hostess-with-the-mostest with a chic serving tray hand-painted with a trendy trellis pattern and the recipient's monogram.

How to Make a Monogrammed Tray

Make the Container Part of the Gift

This vintage copper bundt pan is proof that practical can be pretty. Too pretty, in fact, to hide away in a box. Filled with spices, tea towels, wooden spoons and other kitchen essentials, this collection will put a smile on any foodie's face.

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Upcycle Old Sweaters Into a Stocking

Don't toss that old sweater. Instead, repurpose it as a custom stocking for someone special on your gift list, then stuff their stocking with a few small wrapped surprises. This project requires no sewing machine or knitting needles and can easily be completed in an afternoon.

How to Make No-Knit Christmas Sweater Stockings

Cozy Up Their Cocoa or Coffee

Nothing feels better in ice cold hands than a piping hot cup of cocoa, tea or coffee — but, sometimes, a hot cup can be a bit too hot. The solution: our easy-to-craft felt cozies that are made by simply cutting felt into simple shapes then attaching them to felt bands that are a little longer than a standard paper coffee cup (7 to 9 inches long). Add self-adhesive Velcro strips to the felt's edges so the cozy will stay securely wrapped around the cup.

Upcycle a Frame Into a Cute Tray

Form meets function in this trendy tray made from an old frame, a pair of handles and colorful paint and wrapping paper. See more crafty transformations from our friends at HGTV Magazine.

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Handmade Woodland Necklace

Woodland-inspired accessories are all the rage. Create this trendy (and downright cute!) necklace with a branch from the backyard and a few inexpensive materials.

Natural Branch Necklace

Make a Pet Feeding Station

Make mealtime a little easier on large or older dogs by turning an old stool, box or crate into a raised feeding station where food and water are within easy reach. This is also a great gift for anyone who treasures their pet.

Note: Some vets caution that giant breeds or dogs prone to bloat shouldn't eat from a raised feeder. If in doubt, please first check with your vet.

How to Make a Pet Feeding Station

Kids' Craft: Birdseed Ornaments

Bird watchers and naturalists on your list will love this thoughtful handmade gift that allows them to get a closer peek at winter's colorful birds. Bonus: This easy project is a great one to make with even the littlest crafters.

Kids' Craft: Bird Seed Christmas Ornaments

Rolling Storage Crate

Fill this cute crate with books or toys as a fun gift for kids or with newborn necessities as a thoughtful gift for a mom-to-be. To create, shop antique stores or online sites for an old produce, wine or shipping crate. Thoroughly clean the crate, removing any loose staples and lightly sanding the wood to remove splinters. Purchase casters at your local hardware store and thoroughly coat them in a kicky spray-paint color. Once the paint has dried, attach them to the crate's bottom slats with wood screws.

Colorful Stocking Stuffers

Turn kids' broken crayons into the ultimate stocking stuffer for budding artists. Get our tips for making the colorful disks without trashing your pan.

Kids' Craft: How to Make Recycled Crayons

Spread Holiday Cheer With a Wine Elf

Seriously, how cute are these little guys? I wouldn't mind seeing a whole band of them spreading cheer at one of my holiday get-togethers. To dress up a bottle of wine as a holiday hostess gift, cut felt into an 8x10 rectangle and faux fur into a triangle roughly 2 inches wide by 4 inches long. Wrap felt rectangle into a cone shape, securing the edges with fabric glue as you wrap. Glue the faux fur "beard" to the inside of the felt "hat" and finish with a small pom-pom "nose."

Craft a Cute Canister

Got a baker on your gift list? They'll love receiving a vintage-style glass canister complete with a DIY chalkboard label that'll make storing kitchen necessities a snap. Learn how to add the chalkboard label with our step-by-step instructions.

Chalkboard Kitchen Canisters

Playful Preserve Their Memories

Just 1 of 6 easy-to-craft handmade gift ideas from our friends at HGTV Magazine, these clever photos printed onto fabric then embellished with yarn, beads or glitter are sure to brighten up anyone's walls.

6 Easy DIY Gifts

Tasty Dog Treats

Don't forget your furry friend! Whip up a batch of carob-dipped peanut butter bones using ingredients you probably already have on hand. A wet kiss and wagging tail will be all the thanks you need.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Make a Cat Spinner Wand

When planning your holiday gift list, don't forget your favorite kitty. Turn basic craft materials into a Christmas-themed spinner wand that will encourage hours of playtime.

How to Make a Christmas Cat Spinner Wand

Superhero Cape

Tell your little hero that you think they're super by stitching up the perfect gift. Personalized with their initial or name, this action-ready cape guarantees hours of imaginative playtime. Our step-by-step instructions will help you whip one up for every super kid on your gift list.

Kids' Superhero Cape

Recycled Sweater Scarf

Favorite sweaters past their prime are given new purpose as a cozy, oversized scarf. The ends can be stitched together to create a hip, continuous design or left loose for a traditional-style wrap.

Recycled Sweater Scarf

Kids' Craft: Ruffled Rose Headband

With just a little help from a crafty adult, kids can turn a plain elastic headband into a sweet hair accessory, perfect for girls big or small. Inexpensive materials and easy steps ensure girls can make enough of these to hand out to all their friends.

Kids' Craft: Ruffled Rose Headband

Make It Easy for Them to Stash Their Stuff

Anyone with kids will tell you that they could always use more toy storage — especially if its stylish enough to blend in with the "adult" furniture. Well, they'd be thrilled to receive this spacious chest with an upholstered top so it can also be used as a bench or coffee table. Put your wood-working skills and our step-by-step instructions to work to make one as a surprise for the parents on your gift list.

Make a Herringbone Wood Toy Box Storage Ottoman

Stitch Up a Custom Pet Collar

If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can whip up pet collars to comfortably fit all the furry friends on your gift list. Get sewing with our step-by-step instructions.

Eco-Friendly Hemp Dog Collar

Whip Up an Easy-to-Sew Tote Bag

Even novice sewers will be able to tackle this straightforward project. Customize the fabrics to suit the gift recipient's style and give the tote alone as the gift or fill with a few small surprises to really make their holiday.

Make an Easy-to-Sew Lined Tote Bag

Craft a Fashion-Forward Keychain

These trendy leather tassels are popular with fashionistas both as keychains and purse fobs. The real leather versions are pricey -- making them instead out of faux leather is much more affordable and you'll be surprised how easy these little fashion accessories are to DIY. Follow these instructions from our friends at HGTV Magazine to craft them up in all the colors of the rainbow.

How-to: Faux Leather Key Chain

Make Mobile Toy Crates

Make it easier for parents of small kids to corral their clutter with these cute, personalized toy boxes. Furniture casters make it easy to move their favorite toys from room to room while the crate's lid-less design makes playtime clean up a snap.

Mobile Wooden Crate Toy Storage

Easy-to-Create Bottle Cap Necklace

Create a one-of-a-kind necklace for your favorite tween. This is a great craft project for an older child to complete on their own or with a little help from a cool and crafty adult.

Personalized Bottle Cap Necklace

Keep Their Gadgets Cozy

A great project for young crafters or those with basic sewing skills, felt and a few beads are all you need to craft a stylish cozy to protect their favorite high-tech devices.

Toaster Pastry iPod Cozy

Make This Upcycled Jewelry Box

Old cutlery boxes are easy to find at estate sales or in antique or thrift shops — usually at bottom-dollar prices. With just a little elbow grease, you can turn one of these bargain boxes into a massive jewelry box that any fashionista on your list will be thrilled to receive.

Upcycle an Old Cutlery Box Into a New Jewelry Box

Kicky Wallpaper-Lined Trays

The hostess with the mostest on your gift list will appreciate an oversized serving tray lined with trendy wallpaper in her favorite color or pattern.

How-to: Wallpaper-Lined Trays

Easy Kids' Play Kitchen

Basic woodworking skills are all you need to turn a plain wooden bookshelf into a kid-sized kitchen for your little chef. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Easy Kids' Play Kitchen

Felted Sweater Vases and Candleholders

Wool sweaters are great — until you toss them in the washer and accidentally shrink them down to doll size. But, don't throw them out. Exposing wool to hot water, soap and a little agitation (all things that happen in the wash) not only causes the wool fibers to shrink, it also felts them, creating a super soft, nubby texture and preventing the knitted threads from fraying when cut. Put your doll-sized mishaps to good use crafting one of-a-kind handmade gifts, like Alicia of Thrifty and Chic who used hers to turn plain glass vases into trendy handmade gifts.

Easy-to-Create Dog Stocking

Santa's coming; don't forget your best friend when hanging the stockings by the chimney with care. Whip up this festive felt stocking to stash your pup's Christmas morning treats and toys.

Dog's Christmas Stocking

Kids' Adventure-Ready Backpack

Kids are natural explorers. Outfit their outdoor adventures with a sturdy backpack filled with a handmade nature press, bug jars, sifter and more. Learn how to sew the backpack and make its crafty contents with our step-by-step instructions.

Kids' Adventure-Ready Backpack

Capture Their Silhouette

A framed silhouette is a classic keepsake and makes a thoughtful Christmas, birthday or Mother's Day gift. A digital camera, computer and printer make this centuries-old craft a snap.

How to Make a Framed Child's Silhouette

Turn an Old Drawer Into a Chic Jewelry Organizer

The folks at HGTV Magazine got crafty with a thrifted typset drawer to create this handy hanging jewelry organizer -- a gift that any jewelry fanatic on your list would love.

How-to: Hanging Jewelry Storage

Homemade S'mores Kit

Surprise an outdoorsy friend with everything (except the fire!) necessary for ooey-gooey s'mores. Hand-make the cookies, marshmallows and chocolate squares so they're especially tasty, then package the goodies "hobo-style" for a gift that's ready to travel.

Homemade S'mores Kit

Monogrammed Men's Leather Valet

Does the man on your gift list need somewhere to stash his stuff? Easily turn an old frame and upcycled leather into a personalized tray to stylishly hold his keys, watch, cash — everything he needs to grab before heading out the door.

Make a Monogrammed Men's Leather Valet

Kids' Craft: Make an Outdoorsy Frame for Dad

Collected twigs, an inexpensive frame and a favorite camping photo are all you need to thank Dad for amazing outdoor adventures.

Help Kids Make a Rustic Frame for Dad

Create Custom Coasters or Trivets

A computer and scanner are all you need to turn their favorite collectible (like stamps) into a printable design you can use to turn inexpensive hardware store tiles into useful decorative accessories.

How-to: Vintage Stamp Coasters

Found Object Bottle Stoppers

Give keepsakes new purpose by turning them into conversation-starting bottle stoppers. Wine lovers will appreciate the useful, one-of-a-kind gift.

Found Object Wine Stoppers

Rough-and-Tumble Bar Set

Treat the beer lover in your life to customized glassware, funky license-plate coasters and a handy wall-mounted bar tool holder. They'll toast to your thoughtfulness in giving such a personalized gift.

Personalized Bar Set

Leather Christmas Stockings

Give any mantel a high-fashion makeover with stockings creatively recycled from old leather or vinyl coats. The finished stockings can be embellished with rivets, colorful stitching or stamped with the recipient's name or initials.

Leather Christmas Stockings

Seed-Starting Kit

The green thumbs on your list will appreciate this handy caddy filled with potting soil, pots, an assortment of seeds and other necessities for getting a head start on spring planting. Make a gift to nurture their green thumbs with our step-by-step instructions.

Seed-Starting Kit

Faux Leather-Lined Tray

Craft a fashion-forward tray to help them corral jewelry and spare change on the dresser or as a handy catchall for keys and mail near the front door. These instructions from HGTV Magazine show you how.

How-to: Faux Leather Lined Tray

Embellished Hair Combs

Turn plain hair combs into one-of-a-kind accessories with an assortment of vintage buttons. Shop estate sales, thrift stores and flea markets to pick up beautiful buttons on a budget then attach them to the combs with fine-gauge wire.

Silhouette Art

Put a playful spin on classic game taxidermy with silhouette pop art. Paint the surface of the cardboard backing in a picture frame, then trace the silhouette of a buck head to the backing with a pencil. Cover the traced silhouette with colorful buttons, fastening them in place with hot glue.

Geek-Chic Belt Buckle

Broken computer components can find new life as a hip fashion accessory. If a belt's not your thing, the defunct components can also be turned into funky jewelry, framed as art or made into drawer pulls.

Computer Circuit Board Belt Buckle

Coffee Bag Gift Tote

Turn empty coffee sacks into a trendy, rustic tote that can not only hold a wrapped gift but is part of the gift itself. These sturdy burlap totes can be created in a variety of sizes and are great for carrying books and groceries or for use as an everyday purse.

Coffee Sack Gift Tote

Canvas Photo Art

Turn treasured photos into ready-to-hang artwork by printing the images onto canvas photo paper then stretching the fabric over a wooden frame.

Custom Canvas Photo Art

Decoupage Tin

Don't discard an empty tin. Instead, embellish it with photos and favorite quotes. Fill the decorated tin with tasty treats, art supplies or a blooming plant for a uniquely personalized handmade gift.

Decoupage Photo and Quote Cans

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