Last Updated on February 19, 2020 by Courtney Flinn
The holidays are a time for cheer, family get-togethers and festive activities — but they are also a time when shoppers frantically rush to stores, wait for hours in line and spend a large amount of money on mass-produced gifts. Homemade gifts for the holidays are on the rise again, even in the midst of the trend of store-bought gifts. According to the Pew Research Center, 58 percent of Americans plan to give homemade gifts or crafts for the holidays.
Handmade gifts are an excellent choice for many reasons, but the main one is that the receiver will appreciate it. Gifts with sentimental value and an investment of care are preferred by recipients. A significant factor in gift giving is creativity and selecting a gift that represents a particular loved one and their interests. But homemade gifts take that creativity to a new level. Taking time to put together a gift that is special to your friend, family member, child’s teacher or coworker conveys intentional consideration.
Creating a homemade present doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. Crafting kits and projects with simple instructions will have you easily completing handcrafted gifts for each person on your holiday gift list. Check out these handmade gift ideas that will help get you started on a beautiful holiday craft.
Macrame to Decorate for the Home Goods Fanatic
Macrame decorations, a gift that both reminds friends of the past and appeals to young people, are a versatile choice. This ancient art is usually attributed to the 1970s when bell-bottom pants and fringe-lined outfits ruled the runways. Millennials have brought the trend back to cover their walls and social media posts. Why not indulge the knotted hangings once more?
If you know an avid decorator ready to flip their living room if they get the chance to add new and intriguing pieces to their home, consider making them a macrame piece. This is a fun choice for any bohemian-themed rooms, and you will pick up the skill of weaving captivating rope art. Select the design of your decorative piece carefully to show your loved one that you care.
The Three Flowers Macrame Wall Hanging Kit is a delicate design of four-petaled blooms, and the variety of patterns make this piece eye-catching. The natural branch hanging rod suspends the 90-percent cotton cord. Your friend can proudly display your work on this project in their living room or study. Follow the instructions and tips to fashion a thoughtful present.
The Tree of Life Macrame Wall Hanging Kit is a 24-inch long decoration that will cascade down your friend’s wall. Its focal point, an ornate tree, is encased in a circular frame and features detailed branches topped with interwoven beads. If you have a friend who loves nature and admires the skill of rope-knotting, this gift will be treasured for years.
Ornaments for the Holiday Enthusiast
For your loved one who can’t get enough of the holiday season, put together ornaments that they can hang on their tree year after year. Let your friend or relative fully indulge in the festivities by passing on a unique ornament to dress up their tree. Ornaments are the kind of gift that suits many different personalities because an ornament can reflect their style, hobbies and likes.
If you choose the Sparkling Icicles Ornaments, you will be giving an elegant token to your loved one. This kit makes 30 ornaments, and the completed beaded baubles measure 4 inches. Add an extra bit of sparkle to your holiday decor with these crystal-looking ornaments. With easy assembly, you can deliver many icicle-shaped pieces as a stunning gift.
The Iridescent Bubble Danglers Beaded Ornament Kit contains enough materials for eight ornaments. Your eye is drawn down the ornament design by alternating small and large beaded sections until it comes to the jewel piece at the end. This craft is simple and results in lovely trinkets for the tree, so get your family involved in putting them together. The 4-inch long decorations will give your friend’s tree a tasteful winter ambiance and enhance their holiday spread.
Blankets for the New Baby
A new addition to the family deserves something special this holiday season. Welcome new infants into your clan with a soft, handcrafted blanket. Parents can’t collect too many blankets to wrap their little ones up in, so contribute a special blanket that will keep them warm and happy. Make it simple for families on the go to stow a personalized blanket in the car, or put together a throw to drape over the side of the baby’s crib.
Knit Car Seat Blankets are the right size to tuck around babies in their carriers so that travel is effortless and comfortable. Make sure the new baby is covered up when the family loads in the car to attend each holiday gathering. This kit includes four different patterns and colors so that you can gift an assortment for families to cycle through. These blankets are 19 inches long by 17 inches wide. Choose from light pink, yellow, baby blue and aqua yarns, then get started on this project.
The Making Friends Blanket is a sweet gift choice of a baby afghan displaying a friendly lesson. This crochet pattern uses a graph so you can easily construct this animal scene. As a larger baby blanket, this stretches 41 inches long by 37 inches wide. The baby animals of the pattern paint a lively picture that can hang over the edge of the crib or on the back of the rocking chair. The kit holds Starlette yarn and will show off your artistic crochet skills.
The Chevron Baby Blanket is an easy crochet project for anyone starting this crafting technique. This kit has Bernat Baby Stripes yarn and is a gentle texture for little ones. The zigzagging stripes are a polished way to coordinate nursery decor while keeping the baby comfortable and resting.
Tissue Box Covers for Any in Need of a Pop of Color
The cold of winter makes most people come down with something, and tissue boxes are used continuously and restocked often during this season. Brighten up a room and refresh your tissue boxes with homemade covers. For boutique and regular-shaped tissue boxes, you can create an accent for a holiday room that will turn a simple tissue holder into an impressive decorative accessory. Plastic canvas kits are an unexpected showstopper in handmade holiday gifts.
The Warm Glow Tissue Box Cover can add a candlelit ambiance to your home without striking a match. The box incorporates pearl beads for an extra glimmer, and the holly stitching at the bottom emphasizes the festive pattern. The needlework pattern is a different way to spruce up a family room or bedroom. A handmade gift like this that is both useful and attractive is a rare gem to find.
The Winter Snow Globe Tissue Box Cover transforms a tissue container into a staple of holiday fun. Everyone’s favorite object to shake up for entertainment can be a stationary cover and retain the same beauty of falling snow. The peaceful landscape is just as enchanting in needlework form as it is trapped in a glass globe. Piecing together a tissue box cover is a methodical process of threading yarn, so it is a stress-reducing and peaceful activity, which many people can use during the holidays.
Cozy Knit Pullovers for the Sweater Weather Lover
Sweaters are a traditional holiday gift that will never grow old. But you probably have a friend who enjoys a sweater more than most, and now that it is the perfect climate for toting one, give your loved one a cable-knit gift to keep them toasty. Rather than picking up a generic sweater at the mall, create one with your own hands. Whether you are shopping for a relative or a teacher, a homemade sweater is an intentional gift to give to the ones you care about.
The Comfy Cabled Poncho is a thick and plush option that has four colors that you can pick from before you begin knitting. A slightly different take on knitting sweaters, the poncho is a comfortable item to wear when the weather turns chilly. The yarn included is Starlette and Starlette Ragg yarn that you can contrast in layers for the color block effect. Ponchos have an insulating effect which brings even more warmth than a formal sweater and more flexibility for movement.
If you’d like to take the cardigan path for your knitting gift, the Fresh and Lacy Cardigan is a lighter version with a simple and smooth section on top and a detailed pattern on the bottom. The Mary Maxim Fresh yarn comes in several vibrant colors. A more delicate take may suit your loved one for a special occasion. Your friend may wear more layered clothing, and this cardigan style will hang over other layers well. You can take pride in your handiwork and the reaction of your friend to a carefully made present.
Latch Hook Rugs for the Friend Who Loves Picturesque Accents
Hand hooking rugs can be traced back to the Vikings, and latch hooking is a technique that North America adopted early on as a kind of folk art. This practice is artisanal and a way to appreciate a historical custom. Latch hook rugs can be hung on a wall to exhibit as art or used to highlight the ground at an entrance or exit. As a gift, latch hook rugs are an optimal gift for those who enjoy picturesque accessories to complete their home style.
The Brilliant Blossoms Latch Hook Rug contains a calming floral image fitting for feminine homes. The kit includes an unstamped canvas grid, visual instructions and pre-cut acrylic yarn. If you’re looking for DIY last minute gifts, this kit makes it clearer for individuals new to latch hooking because the grid features substantial holes. If you are concerned about finishing a handmade project in time for the holidays but still want to hold the sentiment of handmade goods, this is a gift that you can make quickly and easily.
An alternative choice, the Contented Cows Latch Hook Rug, is an appropriate present for those who can’t get enough of nature and especially farm life. These two cows graze in a tranquil area, and they bring that contentment to the space where they are set up. The 4-ply rug yarn comes with a full-color graph so you can be confident that you are applying the hues correctly. Rug hooking adds a pop of color to a walkway. Whoever you are creating a gift for, from a teacher to a coworker or a friend, latch hook rugs are considerate and creative ideas.
Diamond Dotz for Dazzling Fun
Diamond Dotz essentially allow you to paint with small sticky dots of various colors to compose a detailed pillow cover or wall hanging. These often mimic famous art, like Van Gogh’s Irises, so create this gift for your art-loving friend, especially if they appreciate alternative forms of art. This is a relaxing way to assemble a personalized gift because the attention you give the project eases you and clears your mind. Use the color chart to orient yourself as you pick up the sticky dots with the stylus and transfer them to the correct area on the fabric.
If you are creating something for the art aficionado in your life, Starry Night Diamond Dotz is a classic choice. The deep blue and yellow swirls will be a worthy challenge to recreate, but following the instructions and color chart will make the process manageable and stress-relieving. The surface comes with a unique adhesive already applied so that all you have to do is place the right dots in their designated areas until Van Gogh’s masterpiece is before you.
Create a shiny work of art by taking on Santa’s Secret Diamond Dotz. It’s the season for secret Santa gift exchanges, and if you are participating in one and are not sure what to give your person, this is a fun treat. A handmade gift will put your secret Santa gift above the competition. A jolly gift-bearing Saint Nick can be their crowning holiday gift that they are proud to display year after year. This simple activity will produce an intricate picture of everyone’s favorite holiday figure.
Mary Maxim Crafts and Kits
To begin any of these handmade gift ideas for friends, select a craft kit that will provide you with instructions, tips and materials. Homemade gifts show thoughtfulness and let you use extra creativity to find a gift that suits anyone in your life. You will also feel satisfied in your handiwork after you’ve completed a project and shared it with your friend or relative.
For over 60 years, Mary Maxim has been helping people pass on handcrafted gifts. Proudly featuring exclusive yarns, we continue to make these high-quality materials so your projects can stand out. Our 45 kinds of Mary Maxim Exclusive yarns offer a variety of choices for your holiday project.
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