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10 Homemade Gifts to Show Your Appreciation This Year

By Meaghan Maybee on November 16, 2021

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Meaghan Maybee

As pc/nametag's in-house Word Wizard, Meaghan creates educational content that brings people together and drives meaningful conversations in the events industry.

The holidays are the perfect time of year to show your appreciation to those you care about. Say “thank you” this season by surprising your family, friends, employees, or team members with a homemade surprise.

This article features ten homemade gift ideas that are affordable and easy to make. Plus, I’ve noted the perfect type of craft sticker you’ll need for each one. Let’s get crafting!

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1. Make baking easy with cookie mix in a jar.

When I think of gifting season, one of the first things that comes to my mind is homemade sweets. “Cookie mix in a jar” is by far one of the easiest ways to give someone the comfort and warmth of a fresh-baked cookie at home whenever they’d like and with minimal baking effort. 🤗

To assemble the jars, simply layer the dry ingredients of a cookie recipe; think flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and candy toppings – that’s it! This gift could not be simpler. Look at your favorite cookie recipe and go from there.

  • Quick Tip: Decorate the top of the jar with fabric and ribbon, then attach a printed recipe card with required wet ingredients and baking instructions.
  • Best Craft Sticker to Use: Buy Medium Inkjet Full-Color Stickers (Pack of 150 Labels) to speed up the printing process for your recipe.

Decorative cookie mix in a jar

2. Knit a handmade hat or scarf with a circular loom.

You’ve probably heard of knitting with needles, but have you ever heard of knitting with a circular loom? Not only is it super easy, it also creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts in a pinch. With a circular loom, anyone can knit — trust me. If I can do it, so can you.

Loom knitting can produce the same types of projects that traditional knitting can but is a great place to start if you’re a beginner. Plus, it’s a tried-and-true way to fool your grandma into thinking you actually know how to knit. 😉 We promise not to blow your cover.

  • Quick Tip: Your local craft store will have circular looms in various sizes and shapes. This will allow you to make different crafts from winter hats to fluffy scarves.
  • Personalize Your Gift: Print a short and sweet message for your recipient on a 4”x 2 ½" stick-on tag and attach it to the finished package.

Circle loom knitting

Photo Credit: Mollie Johanson

3. Flex your creativity with eye-catching alcohol ink art.

Want to create a unique piece of art in 20 minutes or less? (We’ve got you!) Try your hand at alcohol ink art. Alcohol ink is brightly colored, dye-based paint that’s often used to create free-flowing, abstract art. In other words, it’s hard to mess up; make it as simple or as complex as you want.

Alcohol ink can be used on a variety of surfaces, but I’d suggest starting with glass. Purchase a picture frame and drip various ink colors onto the glass. Use a straw to “blow” the ink colors around and finish your artwork by running a flame quickly and lightly over the top to dry it.

  • Quick Tip: Use 2-4 ink colors that coordinate with one another. If you use too many colors at once, you’ll run the risk of making your artwork look muddy.
  • Personalize Your Gift: Print a thoughtful message on a 4-1/4" x 6" Satin Sticker and adhere it to the back of your artwork.

Artwork made with alcohol ink

4. Show your appreciation with a “Little Jar of Thanks.”

For centuries, handwritten notes have been a go-to way to show you care and to express gratitude. They’re also a great way to reach out, connect and recognize someone for the great things they do every day. A “little jar of thanks” is a fresh, creative take on the traditional handwritten card (though you can’t go wrong with those either!)

To create a “Little Jar of Thanks,” write something uplifting on different strips of colored paper. Roll up each strip, fasten it shut, and drop it into the jar. Finish by decorating the jar, covering it with fabric or tying on a piece of ribbon.

  • Quick Tip: Write directions on a label and stick it to the back of the jar. For example, instruct your giftee to open one note per day, or whenever they’re in need of a smile.
  • Best Craft Sticker to Use: Keep your instruction label small and simple with a print at home 4”x 2 ½" stick-on tag.

Glass jar filled with thank you notes

5. Try your hand at making homemade candles.

Want to know what I love about candles? They’re classically beautiful, endlessly customizable, and incredibly easy to make. I’m also convinced that there’s really no such thing as having too many candles. 😉

There are countless articles and videos on how to make candles, so don’t be afraid to try your hand at making them for the first time. The best part is that you can go wild with different wax colors, wick types and fragrances. The result is a unique candle your giftee will love.

  • Quick Tip: If you’re looking for a candle with a strong scent but that still burns clean, try mixing paraffin and soy wax together.
  • Try Adding a Custom Label: This fun craft deserves a quirky sticker! We suggest using a unique shape such as our 3-3/4" Octagon Satin Sticky.
Homemade candle making

6. Create a DIY water marble mug with nail polish.

Did you know that you can make an awesome-looking “marbled” mug with just a bit of nail polish? Not only is this craft incredibly easy, but it’s also quick and affordable to make a bunch of them at once. In fact, you'll only need to spend $2 or less, especially if you already have nail polish at home to use.

All you’ll need is a ceramic white coffee mug, nail polish, and a bowl of water that’s deep enough to dip the coffee mug in. Shop for these items at your local Dollar Store to keep your costs low.

  • Quick Tip: This craft is NOT dishwasher safe. Instruct your recipient to handwash their mug, or brush the finished product with dishwasher-safe Mod Podge.
  • Personalize Your Packaging: Make your mug’s gift box look elegant with a 4" Circle Satin Sticker.

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs

Photo Credit: The Sweetest Occasion

7. Bring a pop of color to their sink with gemstone soap.

Have you ever seen handcrafted soap? It’s beautiful, and now you can try your hand at soap-making too! Making gemstone soap is as easy as melting and pouring different colored soaps into a mold and using a sharp knife to create your own signature shape.

Despite the number of steps involved, there’s no real “right” or “wrong” way to make gemstone soap. It’s more about expressing your creativity, so have fun with it. In the end, you’ll have a unique work of art that someone can use every day.

  • Quick Tip: Use skin-safe, biodegradable glitter to add some sparkle to your soap. You might also experiment with a few drops of essential oil to give your soap a nice scent.
  • Personalize Your Packaging: Emulate the beautiful shape of a gemstone with a 4" Triangle Satin Sticker adhered to your gift box.

DIY Gemstone Soap Craft

Photo Credit: Happiness is Homemade

8. Test your green thumb with a handmade terrarium.

Indoor gardening has never been easier! A mini terrarium is a fun, eco-friendly way to help your giftee incorporate greenery into their home or office. In addition to being enjoyable to look at and fun to decorate, terrariums are easy to care for.

To make a terrarium, pick up a glass container from a craft store or garden center, gravel, moss, soil, and plants (like an air plant, cacti, or succulents).

  • Quick Tip: Plants that require a humid environment do best in a closed or partially closed container, whereas plants that require a drier environment do best in an open container.
  • Personalize Your Gift: Mirror the geometric shape of your terrarium container with a 4" Pentagon Satin Sticker attached to your packaging or to the bottom of the container.
DIY Terrarium Gift

9. Add some trendy ceramic coasters to their coffee table.

Everyone needs coasters, so why not make some yourself? Ceramic tile coasters can be easily customized to fit your giftee’s personality and taste. They also come in handy for protecting their table or office desk from pesky watermarks.

To make ceramic tile coasters, you’ll need Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, and black felt for the bottoms. You might also need scissors, a ruler, a paintbrush, and clear spray paint (or sealer). You can find tiles at your local hardware store.

  • Quick Tip: Want to get extra crafty? Use photos for the tops of the coasters.
  • Personalize Your Gift: Try tying together your coaster set with twine and attaching a personal message with a classic 4"x 3" Satin Sticker.

DIY ceramic coaster - green agate

Photo Credit: rachelteodoro.com

10. Give the gift of something savory.

If you're someone who likes to give gifts you know your giftee will use, you can’t go wrong with something savory. Homemade salsa, hot sauce, barbecue, ranch, aioli, teriyaki, tomato sauce – the list goes on and on. Your recipient will appreciate the time you spent creating an edible gift they can enjoy at a meal.

There are tons of recipes to peruse on Google if there’s a specific type of sauce you’re looking to make. If you’re looking at a more advanced gift idea, consider canning! Green beans, peppers, pickles, jalapeños, and relish are just a few tasty items to try.

  • Quick Tip: Make your jar or bottle stand out with a custom label. This will make your gift feel more personal and memorable! You can even print the recipient’s name or write a fun saying on the label.
  • Best Craft Sticker to Use: Use a larger sticker such as the Large Laser Jet Full-Color Sticker (Pack of 120) to ensure you have ample space to list out your ingredients.
Canned food as a gift

Need Help? Leave the gifting to us! 💖

When it comes to showing your appreciation to others, it’s the thought that counts. If you’re short on time or need a little help in the “craftiness” department, pc/nametag is here to help.

  • Check out our selection of pre-assembled holiday gift boxes that can be delivered straight to your recipients’ doors or offices. From cookie totes to charcuterie boards, you’re sure to find a great option for your recipient here.

  • Ship us your homemade items and we’ll create a custom-curated gift box for you! Simply send your gifts to our facility and we will take care of the packing and shipping for you. You can even have us source additional items to include with your homemade items. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

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