Handmade Holiday Creative Gift Ideas


I love making holiday creative gift ideas. Today I am sharing some of my favorite homemade gifts that are perfect for the holidays.

Christmas in the Dining Room

It’s Day four of the Twelve Days to Get Ready for Christmas! My very amazing and talented friend KariAnne Wood at Thistlewood Farms and I are sharing tips for twelve days to help get you ready for Christmas. 

So what are we sharing today? Handmade holiday creative gift ideas!

If you missed any of our Twelve Days to Get Ready for Christmas, you can find them here:

Day 1: Nine Ways to Repurpose Last Years Christmas Decor

Day 2: Creative Ideas to Stock Your Pantry for the Holidays

Day 3: Favorite Places to Find Inexpensive Holiday Craft Supplies

You can also find Karianne’s amazing blog posts here:

Day 1: 9 Simple Ideas To Repurpose Last Year’s Christmas Decor

Day 2: How To Stock Your Pantry For the Holidays

Day 3: The Best Places to Find Inexpensive Craft Supplies

And here is Karianne’s post for today!

Day 4:  Handmade Holiday: Creative Gift Idea

My Favorite Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas


I love crafting so much and believe it or not, I have been making Christmas gifts for my family since I was eight years old. 

I love to make handmade gifts. Of course, that doesn’t mean that my handmade gifts have always been amazing. I made my first Christmas gift for every member of our family when I was seven. I made felt comb cases for my family. Of course, I didn’t even know what a comb case was, nor did I know if a comb actually needed a case, but I was convinced I could make one for every member of my family.

The end result was pretty bad. Of course, it was the thought that counts.

Over the years I have gifted homemade quilts, stained glass, oil paintings, a family cookbook, clothing, pillows, a family advent calendar, and more. 

So which homemade gifts am I going to share today?

When I think about all of the gifts I have made, I think I should start off with two of my favorite homemade Christmas gifts I gave to my parents and siblings.

A Gift for All Seasons 

I love to make pillows and I thought it might be fun to make a set of pillow covers that could be used year-round. I bought some burlap bags and ironed on the saying “A gift for all seasons”. 


Inside each bag, I put one pillow form and six pillow covers. The pillow covers were themed for all of the seasons throughout the year.  As you can see there is a pillow cover for winter, Valentine’s Day, spring, summer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


This was a very affordable gift to make. I used mostly pillow covers from IKEA and cut the iron-on transfer with my Cricut machine. You can use any design you want, and fewer pillows if you want. The complete DIY is on my blog post here.

Check out the Rudolph name on the pillow. I love it.

Family Advent Calendar


This is probably the best gift I have ever made. It’s an advent calendar that has old letters and family recipes decoupaged on a piece of wood. I added some letters that say “Tis the season for Family”. Then I cut 25 squares out of mat board and placed craft paper with a rubber-stamped letter on one side and old family Christmas card photos on the back.

I forgot to mention that every time I make family gifts for our family, I have to make six of them. 

This craft is a bit more involved than most, especially when you make six. But the time and effort were so worth it!

The complete DIY to make this advent calendar is on my blog post here.


Felt Tree Skirt with Pom Poms

It’s time for an easy handmade gift! This tree skirt is so adorable and easy to make. All you do is cut out the felt, sew on the pom-poms, and hand stitch around the outside (if you want). 


I  suggested two places where you can get felt and felt pom poms. The complete DIY is on my blog here.

Personalized Placecards

I made place cards on my Cricut last Thanksgiving and so many of you loved them! Since then, my daughter in law Charlotte created more place card designs and now makes and sells all of them on her Etsy account.


I love these so much because they are personalized and can be used over and over again. They make the perfect gift for just about anyone. Click here to find more information. There is a lot more information about the place cards on my blog post here.


Lastly, I thought I would share a blog post I wrote last year that has 25 homemade gift ideas. 

Christmas Tree Pillow

I made this Christmas Tree pillow and a lot more gifts. Be sure to check out my blog post here.

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Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

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  1. I love your blog. So much inspiration and talent! Just wondering if you made the Ho Ho Ho Christmas sign. If not, could you share where you purchased it.

  2. Can you pls let us know if you made your “ho ho ho” sign and if not where you bought it. Just love it! Thx!!

  3. Love your ideas, especially those that involve a Cricut. I have been wanting to purchase one for a long time but have no idea which model would be good for a beginner. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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