10 home made gift ideas

Are you a home made gift giver?

I was trying to come up with a few sentimental, but not too expensive ideas to give this year and found some great inspiration in my own archives.

Here is my list of 10 thrifty yet meaningful home made gift ideas.

1. silhouette canvases – for your pet loving friends, or I think this would be a great way to commemorate a first Christmas, with a baby silhouette.

home made gift ideas

2. number canvas – maybe list the grand kid’s birth dates for the grandparents, or use the special dates between you and your honey.
home made gift ideas

3. pallet art – pick a quote from a favorite movie or a phrase that means something special to you and a friend.

4. coasters – simple yet thoughtful idea for a hostess gift, neighbor or co-worker.
do it yourself coasters

5. painted trays – customize a simple wooden serving tray and pair it with a nice cheese knife or set of napkins … or maybe even some home made coasters.  :)
annie sloan chalk paint

6. driftwood tree – these can be used as jewelry hangers all year round.
christmas tree

7. beer bottle chandy – for the redneck in your life … or that crazy uncle with the fun sense of humor … need a fun gift for that elephant exchange?

8. book page covered frames – customize the printable and let someone you love know exactly how you feel about them.

9. word art – I wrote down a bunch of memories my husband and I have made together and wrote them all out to spell the word LIFE.  My super creative BBF used that idea and made this awesome piece for her husband for their anniversary.  You could make your family name, or use words you think of at the holidays to write the word JOY or PEACE.
home made gift ideas

10. dry erase wall calendar – for the organizer in your life … sometimes practical gifts are as sentimental as they come says the organizer in our life. :)
wall calendar

Now, who’s in the giving mood?  Have any home made gift ideas up your sleeve?

Check out many other projects that can be customized for gifts here.

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  1. szinteriors says

    Oh my, I haven’t gotten this far. Well, we kind of did earlier in the month, but those gifts weren’t handmade by us. They were locally made by artisans in our area, but as for this DIY ‘artisan’, um, not so much! I do have a few ideas, but thinking vs,doing actually requires movement! Funny how that works. And time won’t stand still for me either. I better get cracking… or come up with plan B!

  2. says

    So many great ideas… So little time! how does Christmas always sneak up like this each year! Somebody buy Christmas a really loud cow bell please, so I can hear it when it’s still just August!

  3. says

    And all I usually get is a bottle of wine (not that I’m complaining)! I’ll take one of those drift wood trees – but I’m sure you’d get many strange looks (and may never be invited back) if you gave that bottle chandelier!!!

  4. says

    Great ideas Karah! I am thinking of making biscotti and sending that as a gift along with a pretty vintage plate.And we are going to make some tote bags.Those are always handy and you can never have enough!

  5. maryanncaballero says

    Lots of great gift ideas! I’m featuring them in the PoPP Spotlight this weekend. Thanks for linking up.


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