The 8 Best Homemade Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones

When you have a loved one’s birthday coming up, you’ll want to choose the perfect gift. Before you start shopping, why not consider giving a homemade gift? Homemade gifts are always well received because they are sentimental and heartfelt. If you need a few ideas, check out these eight options!


1. Homemade Candles

Homemade candles are the perfect gift idea for literally anyone. It’s best to use vegetable or soy wax, as these are more earth-friendly than traditional candles. You can purchase candle-making sets online that include soy wax, fragrance oils, and candle wicks. You’ll also need a heat-proof container, a thermometer, a double boiler, and a spatula. Candle making is simple and lots of fun. You can customize the color, and even add crafty touches (like dried flowers). Find full instructions here!

2. Bath Bombs

Bath bombs make an excellent gift and are easy to make at home. To make bath bombs you’ll need ingredients such as baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, and corn starch. You’ll also need an oil (olive oil works fine!), skin-safe food coloring, and essential oils. To decorate your bath bombs you might want to use dried lavender or orange peel. You can find full instructions for bath bomb making here!

3. Decorated Mug

Looking for an easy homemade gift to make? Why not make some cute mugs with a mug decorating kit? These sets come with a plain mug, and paints to create your own design. Before you start painting, it’s a good idea to sketch out your design on a piece of paper. You might choose a pattern, or a design that features your loved one’s name. Painting is the perfect therapeutic activity to relax, and you’ll end up with a gorgeous gift at the end!

4. Homemade Cookies

Cookies are a really sweet gift (lol) and are lots of fun to make! To get some great ideas for recipes, these baking apps might come in handy:

  • Baking Recipes: This app has plenty of delicious recipes for cookies and cakes. As well as recipes you’ll find baking tips and nutritional info. It’s easy to save your favorites or rate the different recipes.

  • Perfect Bake: With the help of the perfect bake app you can bake plenty of yummy cakes and cookies. One of the best features is the virtual mixing bowl, to help you with the measurements.

Whether it’s a holiday gift or a birthday treat, homemade cookies are a great gift!

5. Homemade Perfume

Everyone loves gorgeous fragrances, which is why perfumes are a great gift. To make a perfume out of essential oil you’ll need a small roller bottle, essential oils, fractionated coconut oil, and dried flowers (optional). Choose three of your favorite essential oils, ensuring that you choose complementary fragrances. Add a couple drops of each essential oil into the roller bottle. You’ll need to experiment with different amounts of each scent until you get the perfect combination. Next, add the carrier oil. If you’re using dried flowers, add these at the top.

6. Homemade Art Frame

If you enjoy getting creative, why not make an art frame as a gift? There are many different ways to make an art frame. You might like to draw a picture and frame it, or perhaps write a poem? Maybe instead you’d like to print off an inspirational quote? You could also try making a collage out of natural materials. To give you a little inspiration, the following apps might come in handy:

  • Etsy: On Etsy Marketplace you can browse the work of many talented artists. Enter ‘art frame’ into the search box, and take a look at plenty of beautiful designs.

  • CraftGawker: The CraftGawker app has plenty of ideas for cool arts and crafts projects, including frames. There are lots of different categories to browse, each includes straightforward instructions.

Art frames are a beautiful gift for any occasion, whether it’s a birthday gift, a Christmas present, or even as Sympathy Gifts.

7. Homemade Soap

Soap is one of my fav homemade gifts — everyone uses it and it’s a luxury staple in my house! To make your own soap first you need to buy a soap base. A soap base contains ingredients such as glycerin, plant butter, and soap. You can purchase plenty of different soap-making kits online. You’ll also need a heat-proof container, a whisk, some silicone molds, and pots and pans. Find full instructions here!

8. Knitted Scarf

Fancy trying your hand at knitting? A scarf makes a great gift! To help you with your knitting project, check out these apps:

Knit Companion App: With the help of this application you can learn how to knit, with a variety of cool projects. The basic version has hundreds of projects to choose from, you can track your progress, and access timers and counters. It’s simple to customize your settings, with the ‘inverted marker’ feature. Using the Knit Companion App you can highlight any pattern you wish, and add notes.

Knitting Genius: With the help of the Knitting Genius app, you can find inspiration for many different projects. Want to knit a bag, mittens, or a scarf? Knitting Genius can help you to do all of this and more. The app features tutorial videos, progress tracking features, and row counters.

One of these homemade gift ideas is bound to impress your loved one. Making homemade gifts is a great way to get creative and learn some new skills. Before you start making your gift, plan your designs to help you make something beautiful. Whether you’re making holiday gifts or birthday gifts, it’s fun to get creative!


Which of these homemade gift ideas is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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