I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed my holiday gift guides – now it’s time for my most favorite gift guide of all: 30 QUICK handmade gift ideas that are easy to make but still have that wow factor. That’s right, you still have time to make that perfect gift if you haven’t been able to find one in stores. A lot of these handmade gifts can be made in large batches, so you can spend an afternoon or evening and knock out multiple gifts at once. Or – if you’re already done your holiday shopping and/or present making (go you!) – pin this list of 30 quick handmade gift ideas for later and make something perfect for you. My Mom and I plan to carve out some time for a couple crafting sessions during the holidays and I’m really looking forward to it! Anyways, let’s get to this list of quick handmade gift ideas before you run out of time to make them!
How cute is this DIY wood egg holder? Once you get everything set up, you can easily make a bunch. But this quick handmade gift looks fancy, like you bought it from an artisan show.
This gemstone soap tutorial has been so popular. I myself have given many bars of soap as gifts and people love them. They’re one of a kind, smell great, are made with organic glycerine and they’re consumable – perfect for anyone who doesn’t relish the ideas of more clutter this time of year. Plus you make the soap in big batches so once you’re on a roll, you can churn out dozens at once.
You could easily make DIY spa gift baskets with the gem stone soap above, some DIY all natural foot scrub, and maybe some handmade bath bombs and lip balm. Batch make everything and you could have a dozen gift baskets ready a few hours from now!
Make this DIY zippered pouch and fill with gorgeous stationary or pretty cosmetics! It’s a perfect vessel for giving smaller gifts with a handmade touch, or you can tuck a gift card or a lottery ticket inside (who doesn’t want $50,000,000 for Christmas?).
For surprisingly BIG impact but little time, make a DIY arm knit blanket. How’s an hour or so sound for a quick handmade gift that wows?
Technically this might not be a quick handmade gift because there is a lot of waiting involved with resin crafts, but other than the curing time, this DIY resin gem planter is fast and easy to make. Just allow around 72 hours for resin to try (check manufacturer’s instructions for specific dry times).
These DIY marbled coasters are SO quick and easy to make. You could literally line up dozens of sets and make them in minutes. Get the kids involved with this handmade gift too. Tie with a pretty ribbon and you’re done!
These DIY tassel key chains are so easy to make, you could put together dozens tonight with one quick trip to the craft store for supplies. Add a personalized charm (like an initial) or use them as a gift topper / ornament / gift combo.
Speaking of gift tags, these DIY wood burned birch slice ornaments are a breeze to make and you can use them as gift tags / personalized ornaments (add the date or a special memory). Also, the burning wood smells amazing – you will LOVE making these, I promise.
This is another DIY that doesn’t even look handmade! Make this DIY clay and rope bowl and totally floor your recipient when you tell them it’s handmade. It’s great for filling with something cute too, like wrapped homemade chocolates or bath bombs. Or oranges, is the obvious suggestion I guess…
We have a really delicious local cheese shop in town and I envision these amazingly chic, DIY cheese knives paired with some high quality local cheese and crackers, as just the sweetest (or, I guess, cheesiest?) DIY hostess gift.
You can literally ice dye in your sleep. Check out my DIY ice dye tutorial: it takes two seconds to set up the ice dye and then you just set it to melt overnight – easy peasy! Use my DIY pillow sewing tutorial to turn a few yards of hand dyed fabric into a bunch of pillows. Each pillow will take about 1/2 hour to sew. Pillows for everyone! Or for an even quicker DIY gift, try ice dyed napkins.
Lots of people have asked if my shiny new copper roof will patina to a pretty aqua verdigris and, sadly, no. Our roof is actually steel, painted to look like copper (real copper would have cost a million dollars more), so it will always stay bright. But I do love the look of verdigris, so I really want to try these DIY copper pots – make a batch and gift them with plants for a sweet, handmade hostess gift. I’ll gladly take one if you’re making a bunch…
These DIY ginko leaf earrings look like they came from a high end shop but you can make them. Sometimes DIY tutorials are so good, I don’t even believe they’re handmade.
Make these DIY gemstone topped boxes with any box, any size or style – bonus points for using someone’s birthstone (real or faux). You could fill them with the earrings above! Or these DIY gemstone studs, which take two seconds to assemble and pair well with the gemstone topped box theme.
These DIY marbled ring dishes look so glam and they’re so practical. Plus they’re so easy you can stuff everyone’s stocking with one!
This DIY vintage ornament pillow is so creative and makes for such a cute and quirky handmade gift idea.
For the tea drinkers in your life, this DIY tea cozy is a treat! Pair with some delicious loose leaf teas or a handmade pottery mug. It’s probably the least quick handmade gift idea on my list, but you could skip the beading/applique and just use beautiful fabric.
This sophisticated DIY acrylic tray is a practical and beautiful DIY gift.
This easy to make DIY apron is a wonderful gift and you can make a little mini too, for a mommy-and-kiddo gift. Cue the awwwww…
This sequin shirt has been on my DIY to-make list forever and it looks like an easy and quick handmade gift idea! It’s also the perfect opportunity to personalize a handmade gift – use the recipient’s name, favorite saying, funny quote. Can someone please make me one with aqua sequins that says “The Answer is Always Aqua”…
These DIY felt tomte are so easy to make, you can create a whole village of these tiny gnomes in an afternoon. Give them as ornaments, as gift toppers, or in a collection. They are TOO CUTE.
Pajamas are always a safe bet because they’re easy to fit, but step up the PJ giving game with these personalized photo pajamas!
Weaving takes time, but there are so many gorgeous quick and simple no-weave wall hanging tutorials out there to make beautiful fiber art, like this dip dyed tutorial and my own no weave wall hanging tutorial. Makes a bunch of mini versions in an afternoon to give as gifts – and then use the extra time to make a biggie for you to keep! I won’t tell…
This DIY flannel scarf is cozy and perfect for the season – and that snap detail makes it look expensive! It’s a SNAP (couldn’t resist) to make a bunch.
Turn a special inherited doily collection into sentimental throw pillows for everyone in the family – this DIY doily pillow project is really simple to make (you can even use a store bought pillow, for a really quick handmade gift, or customize it further and add a little to the overall timeline by dyeing the doilies first).
These personalized door mats are SO quick and easy to make, and you can be the best gift-giver ever my make one with the recipient’s last name or a funny quote or saying. I miss my old Go Away doormat, not that it was effective, but now that I know how to make my own, I wonder what I should put on it…?
Once you melt the soy flakes, you can make dozens of handmade candles. Collect vintage containers and vessels and make a whole batch of one-of-a-kind candles. Wrap in a cute little gift bag with pretty matches and you’re done!
This DIY recipe box is cute and quirky – but so simple to make. Make one for everyone with grandma’s favorite recipes, or ask everyone to contribute a recipe and then gift every participant with the collection. My in-laws created a cute recipe book for the family and it was such a sweet idea!
Remember: no tree is complete without a beaded spider and it takes me less than 15 minutes to make each beaded spider ornament, so you can make one for everyone on your list in an afternoon. Don’t forget to print the story (found in the tutorial) and give it with the spider, so people know why the heck they’re getting this 😉
Lastly, top your handmade gift with a pretty handmade alcohol ink card! You can create a custom message for each, but the alcohol ink design takes seconds.
I hope you loved this list of 30 quick handmade gift ideas – which one is your favorite?