8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas | The House Down the Lane

Welcome to another installment in The Stress-Free Holiday Challenge series!

This post is packed with handmade gift inspiration to help you make a plan and get those gifts done in plenty of time to be wrapped and stowed safely under the tree!

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas

I’m loving all of these creative gift ideas! And I spent some time today working on my list of who’s getting which one! :0)

#1 For the Foodie on Your Gift List

My daughters love Chai Tea, so I was thrilled to find this Chai Tea Mix Recipe and Printable from Samantha of Five Heart Home!

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas | The House Down the Lane

Mmm, it looks so creamy and delicious! I know my girls are going to love it!

And, hey, if you have other foodies on your gift list, spend some extra time on Five Heart Home! Samantha has packed her site with TONS of amazing recipes!!

#2 For the Star Wars Lover

I’m going to be making A LOT of these this holiday season! You see, my family is full of Star Wars nuts! I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but we all have our own Star Wars names. #ImSerious #Completely

Allow me to introduce you to my alter ego, “Tif” Fisto {aka Kit Fisto in the Star Wars series}:

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas | The House Down the Lane

Kind of creepy looking, but a kick butt Jedi!



Now that you know WAY too much about my family, let’s talk the perfect gift for the Star Wars lover on your list!

I LOVE these Star Wars Tin Can Lanterns from Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys?! The moment I saw them I wanted a set and wanted to give everyone on my gift list a set, too!

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas | The House Down the Lane

I’m going to be the queen of gift giving at my family’s Christmas get-together! #YeahBaby

#3 For Your Four-Legged Friends

There are A LOT of dogs in my family, and for years I’ve been wanting to do Homemade Doggy Biscuits for all of them for Christmas. #ThisMightBetheYear

This recipe for Homemade Dog Biscuit Treats from Jessi of Practically Functional will work perfectly!

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas | The House Down the Lane

Isn’t Jessi’s puppy, Fawkes, so cute?! She’s almost as cute as these two pups! #ImBiased #IAdmitIt

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas | The House Down the Lane

Uh-oh! I think they heard the word T-R-E-A-T!

#4 For Your Hosts & Hostesses

We go to a lot of parties during the holiday season, and we always like to bring a little something to thank our host or hostess for having us. We usually bring a bottle of wine, and I love the idea of packaging it in a special way.

Well, Amanda over at Dwelling in Happiness has the perfect idea for this… A No-Sew Monogram Wine Bag!

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas | The House Down the Lane

I love these! And there are so many creative options!

#5 For the Ladies

If you’re a member of The Stress-Free Holiday Challenge, you know how much I love a little pampering! And this Glass Etched Sugar Hand Scrub Gift from Kirsten over at Sweet Tea and Saving Grace is perfect for the woman on your list who could use a little R & R!

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas | The House Down the Lane

And it’s a quick and easy gift that requires only a few supplies! Time-saving and relaxing! #winwin :0)

#6 For the Grandparents

I have the hardest time shopping for my kids’ grandparents! They don’t need anything…

But when I found the Silhouette Project Idea: Turn Kids’ Notes & Drawings Into Keepsakes by Melissa from Silhouette School, I knew I’d struck grandparent-gift-gold!

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas | The House Down the Lane

How much would a grandparent love a pillow inscribed with a note from their grandchild?!

#7 For the Extra Special Peeps in Your Life

I am SO excited about the possibilities of this idea! Seriously, it took me more than two hours to fall asleep last night, because I was sifting through all of the possibilities!

This idea comes to us from Christine over at Where the Smiles Have Been, and it’s all about How to Turn Your Handwriting into a Font for Free!

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas | The House Down the Lane

I’m envisioning clothes with favorite quotes written in your handwriting, scarves with fun sayings, framed art, ornaments, cards, and so much more!

#8 Think Outside the Box

If you’re still stumped for ideas for that hard-to-buy-for person or if you’re having a hard time getting in the handmade {or “heartmade”} spirit, check out Thinking Outside the Gift Box by Lauren Lanker of The Thinking Closet.

Thinking Outside the Gift Box from Lauren Lanker of The Thinking Closet. Beat Gifter's Block!

This book will help you beat Gifter’s Block once and for all! And it’s all about gifts from the heart. What could be better?

I love how Lauren has created different packages that include lots of fun extras! Just click here to learn more about Thinking Outside the Gift Box’s landing page!

P.S. Plan on getting seriously excited about gift giving!!

Ready? Set? Create & Make!

There are so many amazing handmade gift possibilities! Make sure you pick the projects you’re doing, grab the supplies, and start early, so that you can stress less and enJOY more this holiday season!

What are your favorite handmade gift ideas?

This post is part of The Stress-Free Holiday Challenge.

You can learn more about and sign up for The Stress-Free Holiday Challenge HERE!

Here are the other posts in the series in case you’ve missed any:

The Stress-Free Holiday Challenge (2015)

Add Hours to Your Day with One Simple Tool

8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas

My Favorite Hand-Stamped Christmas Card Designs

DIY Mobile Gift Wrapping Station

20 Ways to Sneak in a  Little R & R

Learn more about the challenge by checking out THIS post.

If you haven’t joined the challenge yet but would like to, just click on The Stress-Free Holiday Challenge logo to the right of this post or click on the envelope at the bottom of this post!

Thanks for joining me!




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  1. Thank you so much for featuring my sugar scrub in those adorabe etched glass jars! My coworkers loved them as Christmas gifts last year, and couldn’t believe they were handmade! 🙂 This is a great list of ideas. I absolutely LOVE Lauren’s ebook, Thinking Outside the Gift Box. She is the master gift giver, and an incredible story teller, too. I just love her to pieces! 🙂
    Pinning this for sure. Thanks Tiffany!
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  2. What a great round-up, Tiffany…thanks so much for including my Chai Tea Mix! And how smart are you for getting your handmade gifts put together so far ahead of the holidays?! 🙂
    Samantha @ Five Heart Home recently posted…Slow Cooker Baby Back RibsMy Profile

    • Hi, Samantha ~ Thanks! My daughter’s are going to go crazy when they get your Chai Tea Mix for Christmas! :0) Most year I wouldn’t be nearly this organized, but along with a group of motivated ladies, I’m trying to do my preparations early, so that I can stress less and enJOY more this holiday season! Thanks for visiting! Have a great week!
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  3. This is such a fabulous roundup! I love that idea of turning kid’s messages into keepsakes like a pillow, such a clever idea! Thanks SO much for including my wine bag idea; it really is an easy way to gift some wine! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week so far!
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  4. Wow. I am SO incredibly honored that you featured my eBook in this awesome-blossom round-up. I am totally the kind of person who gets seriously excited about gift-giving, so it really humbles me to know you felt my book could do the same for you and your readers. Way to make my NIGHT, Tiffany. Hugs galore comin’ your way. Now, off to pin!
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    • Hey, Lauren ~ Oh, you’re so sweet! I just love your book! Such amazing ideas and inspiration! And I still have more to read!! :0) I LOVE to give heartfelt gifts that light up a person’s world! I know your book will be a valuable resource for me and my readers. Thanks for putting it out into the world!! So glad you enjoyed the news! Thanks for the hugs! They’re headed back your way right. about. now!
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  5. What a lovely roundup! I LOVE giving handmade gifts but often have a hard time deciding on what exactly to make. You know, you want it to be meaningful, special, and most importantly USEFUL for the recipient without looking totally amateur and cheap. These are all excellent ideas! Oh, and thanks so much for including my handwriting font tutorial as an idea….you’re right, the possibilities are pretty much endless with that! 😉
    Christine | Where The Smiles Have Been recently posted…Personalized Art Smock: Back To School In Style!My Profile

    • Hi, Christine ~ Thank you! I know! I do, too! And I have the exact same struggles! Glad I’m not alone. I love all of these ideas! I’m excited about creating some fun stuff with your handwriting font tutorial! Lots of fun ideas running through my mind! Have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by!
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  6. I love some of these ideas! Especially since I’m trying to cut down on costs this Holiday season. 🙂
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  7. Great ideas! I love the notes turned into artwork and creating your own font. So much fun. Thanks for sharing at the #MerryBlogmas link party!
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