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25 Handmade Gift Ideas for Any Occasion
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25 Handmade Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1/2 day +

There’s nothing quite as charming as a handmade gift to show somebody just how much they mean to you. What’s more, there truly is endless possibility when it comes to handmade gift making – all within reach, whether it’s adding a personlised touch to a bag or frame with vinyl, or creating the ultimate amigurumi toy from scratch using the softest cotton yarns. We’ve got you covered with these 25 handmade gift ideas suitable for any occasion!

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How to make a DIY Macrame tote bag by fall DIY 

Create a stylish macrame tote bag to give as the ultimate gift for those interested in sustainability and showing off their weekly fruit and veg haul. Use bag handles and macrame twine to recreate the look, following the fantastic tutorial linked above by Francesca of Fall for DIY.

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How to Make a Marbled FIMO Trinket Dish by Little Button Diaries.

Fimo is an excellent material that allows the creation of high quality handmade items in a pinch! Why not create an on-trend marbled trinket dish for a friend or loved one using their favourite colours? Follow the tutorial linked above by Little Button Diaries and you’ll create your own in no time at all!

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How to Make Beeswax Food Wraps by Moral Fibres 

Another one for the eco-conscious recipient are beeswax wraps, the ultimate alternative to one use food coverings such as cling film or tin foil. Use your favourite fat quarters with pinking shears and beeswax to create these excellent reusable alternatives. Follow the blog post linked above by Wendy of Moral Fibres to find out how to make your own.

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How to Make Marbled FIMO Jewellery by Little Button Diaries.

Thanks to the durability of finished Fimo, it works a treat for jewellery! Add jewellery fastenings and tassels to create super on trend pieces that friends and family will adore.

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How to Make a DIY Shaggy Latch Hook Cushion Cover by My Poppet 

These latch hook cushions are so gorgeous, and surprisingly quick and easy to make once you know how! Follow the above tutorial by _ at My Poppet, using a latch hook, or follow along with one of the latch hook kits available online and in store at Hobbycraft.

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How to Make Hand Painted Gift Wrap by Becki Clark.

Add a personal touch to any handmade gift by wrapping it using hand painted gift wrap! Add patterns, foliage or abstract mark making to quickly create a stunning and sentimental addition to your gift. Follow the tutorial linked above on the Hobbycraft blog by Becki Clark, who talks us through how she hand paints her gift wrap using gouache paints. Finish with twine and a brush lettered gift tag.

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How to Crochet an Amigurumi Apple and Pear.

Create these ridiculously adorable amigurumi fruits using Knitcraft Cotton Blend yarns by following the tutorial linked above by Sarah-Jane. Any recipient would be outwardly smitten upon receiving these as a gift!

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How to Make Handmade Knitted Coasters by Evermine 

The patterns for both the knit and crocheted coaster tops are super simple, so it’s perfect for folks who are looking for a beginner’s knit or crochet project opposed to the rather complex amigurumi project above! And because the coasters call for an optional fabric backing, they make a great activity to work on if you’re looking to brush up on your sewing skills, too.

 

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How to Make a Personalised Metal Stamped Necklace by ImpressArt.

Metal stamping is an upcoming crafting trend that allows the creation of high quality, professional-looking, and personalised jewellery or decorative gifts from your very own home. Read the above tutorial to find out how easy it is to use the ImpressArt range to metal stamp, available online and in store at Hobbycraft!

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How to Make Painted Plant Pots using Rubber Bands by We Can Make Anything 

Painting over rubber bands creates an uncharacteristically high end look for these plant pots. Follow the tutorial above by on We Can Make Anything to find out how it’s done, and create the perfect quick gift that an interior-obsessed friend will adore!

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How to Make Personalised Wall Art by Jackie Jasper.

This beautiful personalised paper cut wall art piece would make the perfect handmade gift for a new arrival or young child. Paint a box frame to a colour of your choice, and use a combination of die cut florals and letter tiles to create an entirely unique and elegant gift. Follow the tutorial above by Jackie Jasper to make the pictured piece.

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How to Make the Easiest Necklace Ever by The Lovely Drawer 

This necklace is super easy to make, and will instantly add a pop of colour to any outfit! Follow the tutorial linked above by The Lovely Drawer to find out how she uses coloured threads, rope, and a chain to create the piece from scratch. Any recipient would be delighted with this gift, that appears to be bought straight off the shelves, but has the added sentimentality of being a handmade piece.

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How to Sew a Fat Quarter Clutch Bag by Kathi Smith.

Create a classic wardrobe staple by transforming a pack of fat quarters into this super chic envelope clutch. Use a magnetic popper to take for a make that looks just like you’ve bought it off of the shelf! Use fat quarters of your choice to make a personalised and unique accessory that would make the perfect gift. 

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How to Make a Geometric Vase by Aisha Cluitt.

We have loads of beautiful unglazed ceramic blanks online and in store at Hobbycraft, and there’s no end to the designs that can be painted onto them. This tutorial will show you how to make a fresh geometric vase using one of these blanks, adding the perfect amount of vibrancy to any room. These vases would make the perfect gift – just add a bunch of flowers! 

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How to Make a Clay Weaving Loom Decoration by Elizabeth Hardy.

You can create pretty much anything out of air drying clay. The above tutorial will teach you how to create a gorgeous clay loom, that would make a perfect home decoration, and the perfect gift! Make intricate weaves using embroidery floss – which colours would you choose?

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4 Clever Ways to Organise your Kitchen using Wooden Dowels by Grillo Designs 

Wooden dowels are very versatile, making them the ideal base material for simple crafting or DIY projects. These four ideas by upcycling obsessed Medina of Grillo Designs would make brilliant gifts for those who love functional, minimal home decor and furniture!

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How to Make a Pyrography Adventure Decoration by Rachel Richardson.

This pyrography adventure decoration makes us all want to immediately pack our bags and head off on a woodland trip! This would make an excellent home decoration gift for those in your life with a case of wanderlust! Check out the above tutorial by Rachel Richardson to download the free template and pick up some handy pyrography tips. 

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How to Make an Artificial Autumnal Wreath by Jessica Hillier.

Create this gorgeous autumnal wreath using artificial foliage available online and in store at Hobbycraft for the perfect home warming gift! Follow the tutorial above by floral designer Jessica Hillier, who explains how best to attach bundles of foliage to the wire wreath frame, and creates a vibrant and modern centrepiece for the home.

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How to Make Marbled Ceramics by Zeena Shah.

Creating marbled ceramics is a beautiful and speedy way to add a pretty surface pattern design to a functional object. The technique is super on trend, and when added to blank ceramics make the perfect handmade gift. Follow the tutorial linked above by Zeena Shah to find out how it’s done!

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How to Make a Macrame Feather Wall Hanging by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier

Create this stunning wall hanging using a selection of cotton yarns and a tying technique that replicates the delicate shape of a feather. Any home maker would love this modern decorative piece to dress their walls! Crafter Debbie von Grabler-Crozier explains the technique used within the blog post linked above. 

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How to Make Furoshiki Tea Towl Gift Wraps by My Poppet.

This handmade gift wrap is a gift in itself, and is the perfect solution for making something that is not only beautiful, but practical, too! Create towels and wraps using fat quarters or fabrics available online and in store at Hobbycraft. Inspired by Furishiki, the Japanese practice of fabric wrapping, why not wrap every gift in this eco-friendly, reusable wrap this year?

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How to Make Printed Clay Coasters by Elizabeth Hardy.

Create a set of classy clay coasters using air drying clay, and wooden block printing stamps! These are so quick and easy to make, and are the perfect gift for a tea lover. Add a spot of colour to really emphasize the textures left behind by the stamps. Read the tutorial linked above to find out how it’s done.

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How to Make a Framed Paper Cut House by Ellie Nixon-Hill on the Hobbycraft blog

Using paper cut techniques to create portraits of people, objects, pets, or homes make for perfectly sentimental gifts, and sit beautifully within the Hobbycraft box frames. Follow the technique guide by following the above link to see how paper engineering superstar Ellie Nixon-Hill creates one of her fantastic home portrait box frames.  

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How to Make a Clay Monstera Leaf Trinket Dish by Little Button Diaries.

Create this super chic Monstera leaf trinket dish for a friend or loved one using air drying clay and gloss acrylic paints – perfect for a bedside table, desk, or vanity table! Follow the tutorial linked above by expert crafters Little Button Diaries to find out how to make your own.

 

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How to Make Clay Bead Keyrings by That’s So Gemma. 

 

Clay allows experimentation, and how to learn new ways of making a variety of different items; whether it be household objects, decorative pieces or fashion accessories, like these trendy clay bead keyrings! Easy to make and the perfect gift – what’s more to like? Follow the tutorial linked above to find out how to make your own.

 

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