There are endless options for gifts in stores and on websites, whether it’s a gift for a birthday, anniversary, baby shower, or housewarming.
Have you started to feel that these presents are becoming repetitive and lack the special touch, especially when they arrive at your door already packaged?
You might want to make a homemade gift for your friend, coworker, or loved one.
Before you dive into hobby and craft websites to find ideas and supplies, take a moment to read the pros and cons of handmade gifts. This will help you decide if this is something you want.
The benefits of handmade gifts
Giving thoughtful gifts: Making something yourself is not as simple as buying it in a store or ordering online. Handmade gifts are thoughtful in this way.
Saving money: You can often (but not permanently) save money when you make a gift rather than buying it. You probably have the materials to create a beautiful handmade gift if you’re crafty.
Fully customizable You and the recipient may appreciate a homemade gift if you have ever been to the store but could not find a perfect present. You can customize it to the recipient’s taste and preferences.
Cons of handmade gifts
It takes time to make a gift: You will need some time. Ask anyone who knitted a blanket or hat for a newborn (or even started but never finished). You can buy a gift much more quickly if you are busy.
A handmade gift is usually more expensive than a store-bought one, but this may not always be true. You may spend more on specialized equipment and expensive materials than you would if you bought a similar present.
The wishlist is gone: Many people create wish lists using online gift registries like Giftster.com. Be aware that the handmade gift you choose may not be what the recipient wants.
Handmade Gift Ideas
Here are some ideas for handmade gifts you may want to consider if the pros outweigh any cons.
Food Catherine Princess of Wales made a famous Christmas jam for Queen Elizabeth II. It’s worth trying if homemade food is good enough for royalty. You can make pickled foods, jams, and baked goods in mason jars.
Clothing You can make cute toys, scarves, and socks by crocheting and knitting.
Personalized items: You probably already have all the materials to create a funny or cute customized mug or shirt.
Home and Decor: Candles and soaps made at home make great gifts. Consider adding a label or scent to the homewares.
Show off your creativity with an original piece of art, such as a canvas, a rustic welcome sign, or jewelry. You can find items on the Giftster wishlist that you could make yourself or with some personalization.