Handmade Holidays

We share a piece of ourselves when we create a gift for someone we love. We’ve gathered lists of books you can use for inspiration and step-by-step instructions when making your own special gifts this holiday season. Here are some of the handmade gifts our staff have made or received and what makes them special.

The storage pouch

Nancy sewed shopping bags with pocket pouch from a thrifted curtain and sheet as birthday gifts for friends. She loves upcycling materials and making something reusable.

The tie

As a teenager, Christie made this knit tie for her grandfather. He wore it proudly on numerous occasions.

The game

John created a custom “Harry Potter—Slytherin” version of the classic board game Sorry! "I called it Ssssory! to give it the snake hiss in the name. My daughter loves this Christmas gift and we play it often.”

The framed Kermit

Mariah says, “Knowing how much I love The Muppets, my friend Michelle made this for me. Seeing it when I wake up makes me smile. Handmade gifts connect us—it's like a piece of her is there with me."

The doll

Emily received this unique goth doll, modeled after the gift recipient’s favorite comic book called Emily the Strange, because not everyone likes Barbies.


Making the Holidays

Inspiration for adults at every skill level

Gifts from Kids

A plethora of ideas for kids to make cherished gifts for those they love

Great Ideas for Photography Gifts

Create unique gifts that capture beloved memories

Browse even more holiday lists to find more guides for making handmade gifts