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16 Handmade Gift Ideas That People Will Actually Want

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If you’re looking for unique and creative gifts, you’ll love these 16 Handmade Gift Ideas That People Will Actually Want! Get 16 affordable DIY gifts for women, men, coworkers, friends, or neighbors.

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Some people adore giving handmade gifts because they are made with love. Some people make homemade gifts to make sure their gifts are creative and unique. And still others do it because they need affordable gifts.

Regardless of your desire for handmade gift ideas, there is something here for everyone on your list. Most are extremely easy handmade gifts that will have a “wow” factor without a ton of work.

Handmade Food Gifts Ideas

Homemade Vanilla Extract – Making your own Homemade Vanilla Extract is so simple and makes the best handmade gift. This recipe uses vodka or bourbon and can also be made in the Instant Pot.

Three bottles of homemade vanilla extract

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Homemade Peppermint Extract – Learn how easy and affordable it is to make your own Homemade Peppermint Extract! Homemade mint extract makes wonderful Christmas and holiday gifts.

A jar of homemade peppermint extract

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Turmeric Latte Mix – You can make your own Turmeric Latte Mix in a matter of minutes! It’s as easy as whisking together a basic turmeric latte recipe in bulk – it’s inexpensive, and it makes for a fabulous homemade gift. 

a mug of turmeric latte with jars on a grey board

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Addicting Strawberry and Chocolate Bark – Learn how to make this easy Addicting Strawberry and Chocolate Bark. An easy homemade candy recipe that makes a decadent treat or the perfect handmade holiday gift.

pieces of strawberry and chocolate bark on a pink glass plate

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Homemade Chocolate Mint Tea Blend from Homespun Seasonal Living – Having teas made from ingredients you can feel good about is both delicious and healthy. This Chocolate Mint Tea Blend is the best of all worlds.

ingredients for chocolate mint tea

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Candied Nuts – Two-ingredient easy candied nuts are so simple to make! This is the best recipe for candied nuts made on the stovetop. These are perfect for salad, snacking, and holiday gifts.

a tray of candied nuts with a spatula

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Salted Chocolate Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies from Recipes From a Pantry – These 7 Ingredient Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies are an easy recipe for deliciously soft peanut buttery bites, melting chocolate chunks and the best flaky sea salt you can buy.

A hand grabbing a salted peanut butter cookie from a tray of cookies

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Aunt Barbara’s Old Fashioned Fudge – This Old-Fashioned Fudge recipe is so easy to make in under 20 minutes! Made from scratch with condensed milk, marshmallow, you’ll love this rich chocolate fudge.

a bowl of old-fashioned fudge with a mug of milk

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Homemade Marshmallows – Learn how easy it can be to make honey-sweetened Homemade Marshmallows without corn syrup. These healthy homemade marshmallows are perfect for gifts, roasting, baking, or in a cozy cup of cocoa.

A saved by the bell jessie spano mug with homemade marshmallows

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Peppermint Bark Graham Cracker Recipe – A delightful and addicting homemade dessert, this Peppermint Bark Graham Cracker Recipewill be the star of your holiday cookie tray. One part cookie, one part peppermint bark, these irresistible treats are a seasonal favorite.

peppermint bark graham crackers on a plate with candy canes

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Handmade Home & Health Gifts Ideas

Eco-Friendly Beeswax Wraps from Piwakawaka Valley – Make your own Eco-Friendly Beeswax Wraps as an eco-friendly alternative to clingfilm or plastic wrap. 

a bowl covered with a homemade beeswax wrap

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Lotion Bar Recipe – This three-ingredient Lotion Bar Recipe is the best non-greasy formula for dry to normal skin. They are easy to make and can be prepared in only 10 minutes!

homemade lotion bars on a wooden board and gold tray

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Avocado Bath Bombs With Real Avocado from Happiest Camper Homestead – When combined with lemongrass, Fresh Avocado Bath Bombs give you an invigorating burst of energy while hydrating your skin. 

a avocado bath bomb with baby's breath

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Homemade Chapstick {Natural Lip Balm} – This DIY project with step by step photos will show you how to make Homemade Chapstick. This natural recipe uses only five organic ingredients like coconut oil.

three tins of homemade chapstick on a piece of burlap

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Goats Milk and Honey Soap Recipe from Practical Self Reliance – A naturally moisturizing Goats Milk and Honey Soap that helps to nourish skin.

multiple bars of goat milk and honey soap

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Homemade Vicks Soother Tablets – Perfect for cold and flu season, use these Homemade Vicks Soother Tablets to clear your stuffy nose and relieve sinus pressure naturally. This is the original Vicks Soother Tablets recipe online and uses natural essential oils to help relieve head colds without chemicals.

Homemade vicks soother tablets on a grey board with herbs and essential oils

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8 comments on “16 Handmade Gift Ideas That People Will Actually Want”

  1. I love these ideas! My sister usually makes gifts for her kid’s teachers, so I’ve been sending her some of your posts. Thanks for sharing these 🙂

  2. I’m finally going to make my own lotion bars! Only been thinking about it for a year or so. 

    I’m pretty lazy and didn’t search much but I think your links go right to the best price on beeswax and the almond oil. Already have coconut so didn’t check that one. 

    Hands are on the brink of cracking in Indiana so plan to try this when Amazon delivers the goods.

  3. I did it! 30 lotion bars made and many already given to coworkers and a neighbor. So far everyone loves them. Distributing the rest to family this weekend and Christmas Day. Thank you so much for this cheap and easy gift idea! 

  4. 2″ x 2″ silicone mold for the first 6. Switched to a muffin tin lined with cupcake lines for the next 24. Much faster for bulk production!