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60 Handmade GIFT IDEAS…you’ll be PROUD to give!

Gift giving season is upon us and I can honestly say that as I get older, I really could care less if I got a single thing for my birthday.  Or even our wedding anniversary.  Cards are great, a phone call or text, maybe even eating at a nice restaurant — that’s all I really want.  But Christmas……there’s something about gifts that gets me all excited.  Maybe it’s the kid in me that loves the anticipation of the season!  I do love unwrapping gifts and seeing the thought someone put into a gift for me or our family but not nearly as much as I like watching my kids and husband open their presents on Christmas morning.  And I also really enjoy making and delivering gifts to family and close friends.  I never seem to have enough time or supplies for every single person on my list…..but I sure like to try!

Maybe you’re the same way? Then you’re going to LOVE these ideas……and will feel super proud to give these really clever and beautiful handmade gift ideas!!


Polaroid Photo Coasters


Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub


Natural Branch Coasters


Square Hot Pads with Hand Pockets


DIY Cement Planters


Toy Sling Shot Tutorial


Hand Stamped Wooden Utensils


DIY Mouse Slippers


State String Art


Painted Pots



Big Bow Bookmark


Sweet and Savory Compound Butter


Arm Knit Blanket….in 45 minutes!

Play Tent Tutorial


Monogram Soap Holder


Personalized Cork Coasters


Peppermint Whipped Body Butter


Stuffed Cat, Stuffed Dog, and Stenciled Pillow via Make It and Love It



Imprinted Clay Bowls


Phone Amplifier/Speaker


Marble Dipped Mug


Toy Fishing Pole


Marbled Clay Ring Dish


Fabric Baby Doll Basket



DIY iPad Kitchen Holder


DIY Car Seat Toys via Make It and Love It


Birch Bark Candle


Monogrammed Zipper Pouch via Make It and Love It

Felt Animal Hand Puppets via Make It and Love It



Rosemary Infused Olive Oil


Interchangeable Bowtie Onesie with Attached Suspenders


Hot Chocolate Spoons


Farmer’s Market Bag (from an Ikea Rug) via Make It and Love It


Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix


Earphone Holder…from a Mint Container


Gold Foil Lettered Pots


Self Binding Baby Blanket


Mini Tissue Holder

Child’s Apron with velcro closure


Pin Cushion Jar


Etched Cutting Board


Pineapple Drawstring Bag

Animal Roll-Up Blankets


Stuffed Fabric Turtles.


Fabric Chapstick Holder


Faux Vest Onesie…with Interchangeable Bowties


Painted Chalkboard Herb Pots


Gauze Swaddle Blankets


Silhouette Art


Fabric Dolls (pattern pieces included)


Mustache Cup Cozy


Black Pebble Trivets


Knit Candle Cozies



Wood Clock


Fabric Fishy Purse


Tic Tac Toe Rocks & Bag


Felt Toy Truck



DIY Photo Coasters


Little Pieces Toy Sack


Stuffed Fleece Snake


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. celine says:

    all are superb ideas!

  2. Ashley Karis says:

    Everything looks so cute!

  3. Hannah says:

    Out of curiosity, why does the picture just link to itself in a new tab, instead of the full post? I love your blog, but I’ve always wondered that.

    1. Ashley says:

      Hi Hannah….just trying to understand which picture you’re talking about? The one at the very top of this main post? Are you unable to see the entire post? Because if not, there’s a “Read More” button right under the main picture of the post that will direct you to the rest of the post. But once the post is no longer the newest post on the blog, it never shows up like that anymore. So, if you click over to an older post… doesn’t have a “read more” button beneath it. But the reason for adding the “read more” button is because some of my posts are really long and if the whole post was on the home page, it would take a lot of scrolling to get to the other topics that are listed below. Anyway, just trying to see where the confusion is….because I am always up for tweaking it to make it more clear. :)

      Thanks Hannah!

    2. Anonymous says:

      She’s talking abou how, normally if you click on the picture of a project, that will also take you to the tutorial, not just the words that name the project. But on your site, it just opens to a page with just the picture.

    3. Anonymous says:

      Try clicking on the title of the project. The words are the link to the tutorial, not the picture. It took me a while to figure it out too.

      Love your ideas Ashley. Thanks!

  4. Haylie says:

    Fun list. But the homemade butter links to the birch candle tutorial. I was hoping you could tell us the link so that I could see how to make them. Thanks so much!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, sorry about that! I just fixed it and it links correctly now! Thanks for letting me know! :)

  5. Maria Hoffbeck says:

    Love your collection of Ideas :-)
    I can use a lot of them, thank you.
    Have a lovely weekend :-)

  6. CreativeKhadija says:

    Great collection, Thank you for sharing Ashley :)

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