7 Ideas for Heartfelt Homemade Gifts

Uncle Ernie asked his bees to make us some honey...There’s a lot of pressure during the holiday season to spend. Sometimes this pressure to spend overshadows the underlying intention to give.

In these tough economic times, with many out of work and a bleak economic outlook, here’s some ideas on how you can still give without always having to spend an arm and a leg.

It really is the thought that counts, although retail stores would have you think otherwise. Adding a personal touch is a great way to dress up simple gifts and infuse them with heart!


1. Choose a book you know they’ll love. (Old-fashioned ink-on-paper books are great.) Make a bookmark with ribbon and stock paper and add your own message to it. Wrap it in newspaper, old maps, or sheet music.

2. Pair a small bottle of lavender oil (or tea tree, eucalyptus, or peppermint oil) with a few sticks of incense and a favorite rock or shell. Tie with twine or ribbon.

3. Grab a few extra bottles of your favorite (inexpensive) wine and include a handwritten toast with a fresh flower or two attached.

4. Recycle glass apple sauce jars, jelly jars, and peanut butter jars. Fill them with homemade treats, like granola, or craft kits you create yourself. Include colored pencils, stamps, stickers, ribbon, and scissors. Choose a theme for the jar, like Muscle Relief Kit, and fill it with everything they need for a relaxing soak: Epsom salt, dried lavender or rose petals, tealights, a book of matches, and a small container of bubbles.

5. Create a homemade Vision Board Kit. Vision boards are a wonderfully inspiring way to turns goals into realities. Pick up a large piece of cardboard or poster board, five or six magazines (to cut pictures out of), markers, paper scraps, pens, some glue, and anything else your creative heart desires. Drop it all into a large reusable grocery bag and make a handmade label, “Vision Board Kit.” Make two or three for your friends and then create them all together!

6. Pair a jar of good honey with a small tin of tea or Wakaya Perfection ginger powder. Tie some cinnamon sticks with twine as your bow.

7. Make a homemade fruit basket with fresh citrus from your local farmer’s market this Sunday and arrange in an old wood crate or box. Decorate with some fresh herbs like Rosemary or Thyme.

What are your favorite homemade gifts? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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Richard T.
Richard T5 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Julie F.
Julie F5 years ago

great ideas :)

Isabel Araujo
Isabel Araujo5 years ago

Thank you for this ideas. *_*

alex l.
alex l5 years ago

another is one i found in a magazine;

you get a large jar, and all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies.

then you layer them in the jar. the first layer is flour, then choc chips, then sugar and baking soda. all the dry ingredients. if you want to make it complete, use a powder egg replacer. the different colours make a very pretty presentation.
the label should be hand made, with instructions for baking.
and place it on a new baking sheet to give them, with a bow.

alex l.
alex l5 years ago

these are fun - and people really do like them!

one of my favourites to make is scented bath salts.
you get sea salt or epsom salts, and a few drops of an essential oil that the person likes.
just mix in a bowl, and pot in a pretty container.

put a dried flower on top of the salt, so that when they open it, they see it.
i put that in the basket, with hand made soap (or bought) a scrubbie or sponge, a book for the bath, and a candle.
it is pretty inexpensive, but people really like it, because it is tailored to them personally.

a lit candle, a warm, fragrant bath and a good book can't ever be wrong.
(well, at least in my opinion!!"
if it is a busy parent you are giving the gift to, put a written coupon for baby sitting in the basket so that they get to have a two hour soak without interruptions.

Euterpe J.
Euterpe J5 years ago

None of these sound very "homemade." Some of the "homemade" gifts I've given: hand-sewn catnip pillows for cats; colorful homemade waterproof large placemats for pet feeding stations; hand-sewn herbal dream pillows; handmade candles; hand-painted wooden trinket boxes; handcrafted jewelry; handcrafted orgone energy pyramids and hearts. For a friend who enjoys a seasonal tipple, I livened up an inexpensive bottle of brandy by inserting a 15 year old heaven grade ginseng root and some fo-ti bark. Creativity and craftmanship may be dead in some places but not in our household. A genuine "personal touch" entails a little more energy and effort than the suggestions in this article would imply.

Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago


John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks Chelsea for sharing these great ideas.

Samir Nassir
Past Member 5 years ago