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Handmade gifts have a bad reputation. No one wants to receive a gift that looks like something from grandmas' house. I totally get it.
Thankfully Pinterest has given us a million beautiful handmade gift ideas. In one swipe of your finger, you can learn how to sew a dress and bake the perfect chocolate cake. It's the stuff dreams are made of!
There are so many ideas out there, it can get overwhelming. I've narrowed down a few of my favorite handmade gift ideas for you. Each handmade gift will cost you under $15 to whip up and give!
Gifts that are easy on your wallet but stunning to give. Gifts that will WOW your family and scratch that creative itch you may get from time to time. Gifts that you can do during your next Netflix binge because multitasking is a spiritual gift. Right? No? Nevermind.
ON TO THE GIFTS!!!
1. LAPTOP SLEEVE
Make friends and family a beautiful laptop or tablet sleeve. You can hand stamp fabric or sew one together with beautiful fabric. You could also crochet or knit a simple case.
2. LEATHER STITCHED COFFEE MUG
Do you have any coffee lovers on your gift list. Use a simple ball jar and some scrap leather to make this cute coffee mug. You can grab all the supplies you need at your local craft store. Or purchase a second hand leather handbag or jacket at the thrift store to make this mug. Thrift stores are great places to buy scrap leather for craft projects!
3. CROCHET COWL WITH A ZIPPER
Do you know how to crochet? Try this simple crochet cowl pattern with a zipper. It is really easy to do. Any beginnier can make it.
4. CROSS STICH FAMILY PORTRAIT
Cross stitch your favorite family picture for a treasured family gift. Cross stitch is really easy. We learned over a couple of Youtube videos. We've had so much fun with it. It is a relaxing craft. Keep a basket of all your supplies by your sofa or favorite chair. You can work on it little by little while watching television.
5. BATH BOMBS
Homemade bath bombs are fairly easy to make and would make a great addition to any gift basket. Bath bombs don't have to contain any chemicals or weird ingredients. In fact, you can get everything you need to make bath bombs on Amazon! They would make a great gift for any women who needs some extra pampering in her life.
6. LEATHER EARRINGS
Leather earrings are so popular right now. They are super simple to make. We buy our scarp leather at the local craft store, but you could also use old leather handbags or jackets from the thrift store. You could make tear drop earrings or feather earrings. You can make them in any size you prefer.
7. BEARD WAX
Do you have a bearded man on your gift list? How about making him some beard wax? We had never heard of such a thing until we traveled to Kentucky this summer. Brad picked some up at a local store and loves using it. It smells amazing too. Karissa has a wonderful tutorial on her blog on how to make beard wax. She also has cute labels!
Check it out:
8. QUICK KNIT COWL
As winter approaches, I love having a stack of beautiful, warm, handmade cowls by the door. They keep you warm and add instant style to any outfit. Give the gift of warmth and style to your gift list with a handmade knit cowl. I love this pattern. It is easy for any beginner and you can whip it up in no time!
9. MODERN EMBROIDERY
Embroidery has come a long way since your grandma's tea towels. It is a relatively easy craft that anyone can pick up. I am self-taught and love this new hobby! Sarah K Benning has the BEST patterns for modern embroidery. Do yourself a favor and sign up for her monthly pattern program. Each month you'll receive an original pattern, stitch making guide, a shopping list, and so much more.
These patterns would make great gifts for friends and family. Check out more of Sarah's work here.
10. PRINTABLE ART
The Internet is full of great printable art! A quick Pinterest search will give you loads of free art you can download and print from your own home. Grab a frame and mat at your local craft store and you have the perfect gift!
Here are some of our favorite FREE printable art:
11. BOBBLE STITCH CROCHET HAT
Hats are a great and practical gift! We love this puff stitch crochet hat pattern. It is easy for beginners. She gives excellent description on how to puff stitch if you've never done it before. It is an easy stitch to learn and looks beautiful on a hat. This pattern is so versatile. You can make it with different weight yarns. You could add a pom-pom to the top. The options are endless.
Coasters make a cute gift. You can make coasters out of just about anything. You can use scrabble pieces or felt. You can paint or stain wood coasters. You can use square tiles or just about anything from your local home improvement store. If you have extra branches in your yard, cut them into coasters! You can always buy wooden rounds from Etsy. You can even burn sayings or pictures into each coaster.
13. KNIT FAIR ISE HAT
Take your knitting skills up a notch and knit a stack of Fair Ilse hats for your friends and family. It really isn't that complicated to learn. If I can do it, you can do it! We love the patterns from Peppermint Pine on Etsy. She gives great instructions for this hat in her pattern. She has other fabulous hats ready to ship!
14. CUTTING BOARDS
Cutting boards are a beautiful statement in any kitchen. They are functional and beautiful. The crazy part is, cutting boards are not hard to make. You can make cutting boards in ANY size. You can make your boards out of most types of wood or glue many different scraps together for a stunning gift!
15. AN ORIGINAL DOORMAT
Grab a cheap doormat from Ikea and paint your favorite saying on it. Be creative! We love this one from Brit + CO that says "You Better Have Tacos." You can make a stencil on your computer and paint it on your mat with paint. This is a fun and hilarious gift any homeowner would love!
What are your favorite, stunning handmade gifts to give for under $15?