Homemade gift giving is fun for you and has a unique way of showing your loved ones how much you care. Taking the time out of your busy schedule and crafting DIY gift baskets and homemade gifts elevates your gift giving from ordinary to extraordinary. Plus, people really enjoy gifts made with love! As a group of makers, crafters, and DIY-ers, of course, we’ve created a homemade gift giving guide for any special occasion!
Homemade Gifts for Kids
Spark some curiosity into the lives of kids using homemade gift ideas. Whether you’re gifting for birthdays, the holidays, or just because, homemade gifts can get kids thinking critically and using their imaginations.
Homemade Paper Journal for Kids
Get kids channeling their inner author by gifting them the gift of a handcrafted journal using homemade paper. Making homemade paper allows you to create a beautiful customized journal or notebook for the aspiring writer in your life.
Homemade Clay for Littles
Sensory play is a great way to get kids to build their fine motor skills. Homemade clay is colorful and fun for toddlers and young kids. Building with clay helps spark creativity and strengthen those little hands and fingers.
Homemade Raspberry Pi Game Console
Kids of all ages love playing video games. Introduce your favorite kids to the classics from your childhood by building them a homemade Raspberry Pi Game Console.
Handmade Drone for Older Kids and Teens
Get older kids interested in a gift that incorporates science and technology with a homemade drone. Introduce kids to the basics of DIY tech and have fun with a drone.
Model rockets are an excellent stem activity for kids of all ages. Building and painting a model rocket is fun for your creative kids, while launching and watching them fly is exciting for the whole family. Just make sure you let their grownups know before you gift the gift of an explosive flying object!
Homemade Gift Giving for Adults
Homemade gifts aren’t just for gifts. Many adults love handcrafted gifts, especially unique gifts that match their style and interests. Here are some ideas for giving handmade gifts to the adults in your life.
Homemade Hot Sauce
A DIY Self-Care Kit with Homemade Body Products
Homemade gift baskets are a go-to gift idea of mine for the holidays. I love giving families gift baskets of my homemade creations. And as a bonus, they can reuse the basket for other purposes for a no-waste gift! I love matching the baskets to their interior decor if I can!
DIY Self-Care Basket:
Don’t forget to craft your own gift tags using homemade paper!
Coffee and Tea Themed Gift Basket for Caffeine Lovers
We all run on caffeine from time to time. If you have a coffee or tea lover in your life, you can give them a homemade coffee and tea themed gift basket.
What to include:
- Hand-Roasted Coffee Beans
- Homemade Tea
- A French Press for DIY french press coffee.
- Handmade Boba for bubble tea
Take your caffeine themed gift basket even further by supporting local businesses and incorporating handcrafted coffee mugs from local artists, or you can try your hand at making your own coffee mugs.
Homemade Food Baskets for the Foodies in your Life
Homemade food gift baskets are excellent for food lovers, young and old. A food basket would also be a great gift for an entire family to enjoy. Incorporate a little bit of everything for a delicious handcrafted gift. Don’t forget to include handwritten recipe cards for a gift that keeps on giving!
What to Include:
- Homemade Hot Sauce
- A jar of Homemade Pickles
- Homemade Sodas for the whole family
- Homemade Jams and Jellies
- Bread for those Jams and Jellies
- Handmade Butter
- Roasted Peanuts for a salty snack
- A variety of Homemade Condiments
- A Jar of homemade vanilla extract
A Cocktail Themed Gift Basket for 21+ gifts
Handmade spirits and cocktail kits are much more fun and creative than simply giving someone a bottle of booze.
A DIY Cocktail themed basket is easy to put together but does take some planning ahead. DIY spirits take several weeks to months to be ready to drink.
What to Include:
- Homemade Vanilla for flavored cocktails
- A barrel of your handmade spirits
- A bottle of your homemade gin
- Handcrafted Bitters
- Homemade Mead
- A cocktail shaker
- A nice set of rocks glasses
Favorite Supplies for Homemade Gift Giving
Including handmade recipe cards, labels, and tags for your homemade gift baskets is easy when you use a printer specially designed to create such things. I love the Cricut Joy because it’s a smaller and less expensive version of the Cricut that is perfect for making cards, labels, and tags!
If you’re going to include anything storebought such as glasses and containers, try using reusable and eco-friendly versions so that your gift is reusable. Glass jars and containers are preferable over plastic tupperware, plus they look nicer.
Choosing a Basket
When choosing a basket for your homemade gift basket, I love matching either their home decor style or the gift theme.
Homemade Gift Giving
Homemade gifts show your loved ones you care. Go the extra mile by customizing your handmade gifts to match their interests! Save yourself money and save them the heartache of thoughtless gifts by crafting handmade gifts and gift baskets!