You need to find a gift; something for a special occasion. You want to get something that the person will want; something that they will use, but you can’t find it.
Have you ever thought of giving something that you made with your own hands; something from the heart?
There are so many handmade gift ideas that there is bound to be something for everyone on your list and for every occasion. Even the least crafty person would be able to find something wonderful to make for a birthday, Easter, Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, gift for teacher, birth of a baby — for any occasion.
Add Meaning to Gift Giving
Imagine if you got a handmade gift that was made specifically for you — by hand. Imagine how wonderful and appreciated that would make you feel; to know that someone took the time to make a gift for you. That that person thinks the world of you and decided to make something that they knew you would love. That is a wonderful feeling.
Most people really love getting a handmade gift. They treasure it and know that it’s a gift from the heart. After all, the person took the time to figure out what to make for you and then took the time to make it. Who wouldn’t treasure something like that?
When you make a gift, you know that it will be the best quality gift that you can give. Because you made it yourself, or bought a handmade gift from someone you know, you know it will last far longer than anything that you could buy in a store.
In most cases, if you were to buy the same thing in a store, you would pay much more for it than what it would cost you to make it yourself. Handmade gifts are valued much higher than anything mass produced. Not just in money, but in the love that goes into it.
A Few Gift Ideas
There are craft gift ideas for the inexperienced and the experienced crafter. You will be able to find something to make that is simple and easy or advanced. Anyone can do it; it’s just a matter of finding something that you want to make.
Create a themed basket — go for an Italian theme. You could use a colander for the basket. Add gourmet noodles, garlic bulbs, a spoon, some pasta sauce, cheese, and spices.
Put together a cookie mix kit – a favourite of all. In a mason jar, put together all the dry ingredients along with the instructions for a cookie recipe so that all they will have to do is put it all together and bake. Oh so yummy!
Make a personalized mirror – buy some inexpensive mirrors, find a picture or a word that best suits the receiver, then etch or paint the image or word onto the mirror. Add a few pieces of bling and voila, you have a fabulous forever gift to give.
Give homemade granola – do you know someone who loves granola? You can make your own homemade granola with raisins, nuts, cinnamon, cranberries, cherries, and so much more. What a delicious and healthy gift that would be.
Make some tile coasters – using small tiles. Paint or stamp a design onto the tiles. Glue a piece of felt to the underside, stack them carefully, and then tie them with a ribbon. These are inexpensive, unique, and useful.
Frame it – make a decorative frame. Take a plain picture frame and add your own touch of décor to it with acrylic paint, beads, ribbon, and polymer clay. Imaginative and creative.
Design a flower pot – hand paint or decorate a flower pot. Fill it with a plant. Beautiful!
Even the busiest person can find the time to create a handmade gift. The craft ideas are endless and many of them can be done by fitting your creative time into the nooks and crannies of your day. If you plan ahead, you can have it done in plenty of time for the event.
List of Arts and Crafts
Here you can find a list of arts and crafts to get you inspired and started. Browse through the list and find something that you think you would like to make. Who knows, you may find more than one idea…
Basket making/Basket weaving – weaving unspun fibres into a basket shape.
Beadwork – the art or craft of attaching beads to one another or onto cloth using a needle and thread, or wire. Most commonly used in making jewelry. Can be used to adorn clothing, and to make a wall hanging.
Calligraphy – a form of art that consists of one-stroke design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument or brush.
Candle making – making candles from scratch.
Cardmaking – making handmade greeting cards. Usually involves scrapbooking and/or stamping.
Ceramics – the art of creating and decorating pottery.
Collage making – the art of assembling different forms such as newspaper clippings, ribbons, colored paper, artwork, text, other objects and gluing them to a piece of paper or canvas.
Crochet – creating fabric from strands of yarn or thread using a crochet hook.
Cross-stitch – counted thread embroidery using X-shaped stitches in a pattern to create a picture.
Decoupage – the art of decorating an object by layering and gluing colored paper cutouts and paint to make an piece of with an inlayed appearance.
Doll making – making a doll from scratch.
Drawing – the art of making pictures or diagrams using graphite, pencils, pen and ink, brushes, color pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, markers, or styluses.
Egg decorating – the art of decorating eggs from goose, duck, or hens.
Embossing – carving or molding a raised design onto a surface.
Embroidery – the art of decorating fabric using a needle and thread, or yarn.
Glass work – includes the art of
Stained glass – using colored glass to make decorative pictorial designs.
Glass etching – the technique of etching the surface of glass with acidic, caustic, or abrasive substances.
Sandblasting – used to clean or roughen a glass surface using a jet of sand that is driven by compressed air or steam.
Glass painting – the art of painting glass with paint that is composed of metallic oxides and ground glass, and then fired onto the glass.
Glass blowing -a glassforming technique where glass is heated and then inflated into a shape.
Jewelry making – the art of making jewelry.
Knitting – a method where thread or yarn is turned into cloth or other fine craft using consecutive rows of loops, called stitches.
Latch-hook rugs – rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through burlap or some form of stiff woven base.
Metal work – working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or structures.
Needlepoint – an art form of counted thread embroidery where yarn is stitched using a variety of stitches through open weave canvas.
Origami – the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.
Painting – the practice of applying paint to decorate a surface using a brush, knives, sponges, or airbrushes.
Paper modeling – models that are constructed from sheets of heavy paper, paperboard, or card stock.
Papier-mâché – an art form using pieces of paper or pulp and bound with an adhesive.
Patchwork – a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design in a repeated pattern.
Pottery – the art or craft of creating earthenware, stoneware, or porcelain.
Quilting – a sewing method of joining two or more layers of material together to make a thicker padded material.
Rubber stamping – a craft in which some type of ink is applied to an image mounted on rubber, then the ink coated rubber stamp is pressed onto any type of medium such as fabric, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic, or rock.
Scrapbooking – a method of preserving personal and family memorabilia (photographs, printed media, and artwork) in the form of a scrapbook.
Sewing – the craft of fastening or attaching objects using stitches made with a needle and thread.
Soap making – making soap for washing, bathing, and cleaning.
Spinning – a process of converting fibers into thread or yarn.
Teddy bear making – the craft of making teddy bears.
Weaving – interlacing yarn or thread at right angles to form fabric or cloth.
Woodworking – includes the art of
Wood working – the art of building, making, or carving something into wood.
Woodcarving – a form of working wood with a cutting tool that is held in the hand.
Wood turning – creating wooden objects on a lathe.
There are so many handmade gift ideas to choose from. You will be able to find something you enjoy making and giving.