5 handmade gift ideas

Being one who enjoys making the gifts I give, I'm always on the lookout for ideas. But not any idea will do.....My criteria is: 
  • easy to do
  • easy to find supplies
  • something useful
  • looks polished / not too homemade
So far, I'm making hemp kitchen cloths ...and they're coming along nicely. But here are 5 more I'm seriously considering (I made the belt hanger already thingy and it's awesome-I kept 2 for me). 

1. Etched glass

I have been wanting to try this. Apparently, all you need is etching cream (this is the one item I'm worried about finding around here but I'm hoping for the best), masking tape/stencils and thrift store glass. Here's an Etsy inspiration. 

photo, urbanbelle couture

2. Body scrub/ bath salt

So easy it's almost silly that people buy this stuff (no offense if you have, of course). But it seems like it must be harder than it is, so makes for a great gift! You can find everything at a drug store. Package in a pretty container, tie on a custom tag. 

photo, www.gardentherapy.com

Candy cane sugar scrub
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup oil (like sweet almond or olive oil)
5 drops vanilla essential oil

5 drops peppermint essential oil

Lavender bath salt 
2 cups Epsom salts 
1 cup baking soda
10 drops lavender essential oil 
optional: add a handful of whole dried lavender (they look nice but I usually leave them out of my mixes as it's a pain to clean the tub after)

3. Belt hanger

I made one of these for Craig last year but he prefers to hang belts on the curtain rod in our bedroom. I think clothing organized people would appreciate it. I have 2 of them (now) and they keep all my belts tidy and awesome. 

photo, Martha Stewart

Drill holes into a wooden hanger about 2 inches apart then hand screw hooks into it. You might have to snip the ends of the screws if they're too long, I had to. 

Another super easy one. All you need is a food processor. Use organic sugar and lemons to make it a little more special and put the ingredients on a homemade tag. It will keep several months in the fridge.  

photo, Martha Stewart

5. Dark chocolate bark

One of my favourite treats during the holidays! I buy the big dark bars when I'm at PC to start with. Here's a recipe for Chocolate bark with fruits and nuts that looks amazing. The more stuff in there the better I think. Wrap in parchment paper and place in a small, coloured paper bag. Tie with twine or ribbon. 

photo, thefifthtine.com

More gift-making ideas of mine...hand cream...3-card sets...natural room spray

Happy gifting! Have any handmade gift ideas to share?


  1. I can't believe he hangs his belt on the curtain rod!!!!

  2. I know! It drove me crazy for a while but I'm over it now.


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