Handmade & homemade gifts made from the heart, those both given and received, are those that are made with love.
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There may be no better way of expressing love than by giving one thats been handmade & homemade. In fact, some of the most memorable gifts I’ve ever received have been the most simple, from the heart gifts.
Below find some inspiration for making your own handmade & homemade gifts that most anyone would be honored to receive.
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GIFTS FROM THE HEART DEFINITION
If nothing else good has come from the last year, it’s that people are realizing they need to “bring it home”. Keep it local and support those around us. Whether it’s supporting your local farmer, small business, friend or family, this past year has brought home the need to keep it simple & close to home. To get back to the basics of what’s really important.
So what exactly are gifts from the heart? To adequately describe what “gifts from the heart” actually means, we need to take a look at what gift giving looks like today.
Whether you are simply giving a “just because” gift, a birthday gift, a gift for a newborn or graduate, or giving a holiday gift, today gift giving is synonymous with shopping. With purchasing a pre-made item, more often than not, one that was factory made, often shipped from far far away.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve received some very thoughtful gifts that were purchased and not made. But honestly? I have a hard time remembering them without putting some thought into it.
Now ask me if I remember a handmade and homemade gift from the heart? I remember each and every one of them. Not only do I remember them, but I remember the feeling that was invoked when I received it!
For me, “gifts from the heart” are those that come from, well, the heart. They cannot be purchased. You cannot visit a store and pick it out. I feel as though there are two ways to give gifts from the heart.
“When you make it yourself & give a homemade gift, you are giving a small piece of your heart along with it.”— Suzan, IMSL
FREE GIFTS FROM THE HEART
Free? Yes. Free. Free gifts from the heart could include those that offer love, kindness, friendship and care. Or one of my favorites. The gift of time. Your time.
For instance, giving a gift of love could entail creating a “love jar”. Simply make 52 small tickets or pieces of paper on which you write something you love about that person, place them in a jar, & decorate and bling if you like. Think about a special memories, or jokes only the two of you share, characteristics & personality traits that you adore about them.
What better gift to give or receive than a complete year’s worth of weekly reasons why you’re loved?
Or what about creating an amazing video of why you love this person? Most everyone today has access to the software needed to create a stunning & memorable video.
Think iMovie or other online software to assist you. Add their favorite songs, photo’s, clips from other video’s, or interview friends and family, make it all about the person receiving this special gift.
For those who are musically & word inclined, what about writing a song or poem for your recipient? Play or read it for them live, or video tape it to give.
Or what about a “day spent with” gift. Give the recipient a complete day or specified time for whatever they want to do. A gift of time. Yours.
DIY GIFTS FROM THE HEART
For me, giving a gift that I’ve created from scratch, made myself, or have DIY’d, is like giving two gifts in one. The gift of my time as well as the gift itself.
The gift idea list I’ve curated for handmade and homemade gifts from the heart hopefully covers everyone on your gift list.
You don’t have to be a homesteader for sure! Think those who are organizationally minded, health conscious, crafty, foodies and yes, even homesteaders 😊
I’ve put together for you a few DIY handmade and homemade gifts, with a few homegrown ones thrown in for good measure, that any recipient would love!
HANDMADE AND HOMEMADE GIFT IDEAS FROM THE HEART
Handmade and homemade gifts from the heart are my favorites to give and to receive! However, it’s easy to feel uninspired or stuck in what to make yourself & give at times.
Hopefully this list of some of my handmade and homemade gifts that I love to give as well as a few that I’m hoping to create myself will give us both a bit of inspiration 😊. Please note this is a list for handmade and homemade gift idea’s and many of the links are not tutorials (many can be found with a simple google search).
Onward for some gift inspiration from the heart ❤️
HANDMADE AND HOMEMADE GIFT IDEAS FROM THE HEART – BATH & BODY
Now I love to make my own personal care products & those include bath & body one’s as well. There is just something so lush about using products that are pure, rich, and, yes, infused with love.
Think about creating an amazing basket filled with products you enjoy yourself & treat your gift recipient to a luxurious day at the spa! Maybe add a few personal care items in there as well such as homemade deodorant and homemade toothpaste along with a few of the more indulgent ones listed below.
A few favorites to consider …
- LAVENDER OIL
- BATH SALTS
- BATH BOMBS
- INFUSED OILS – Think calendula, rose (see rose water below), and dandelion here in addition to the lavender listed above
- SKIN SALVE
- ROSE WATER
- SUGAR SCRUBS
- LIP BALMS
- BODY SPRAY WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
HANDMADE AND HOMEMADE GIFT IDEAS FROM THE HEART – FOR CHILDREN
Simple handmade gifts can easily be made & given. Most are inexpensive to make, and can range from the simple to a bit more elaborate.
Think small, painted wooden blocks which can be stenciled to suit. Or what about a more elaborate gift, knitted hat and mitten sets, or crocheted scarves.
So many tutorials and guides to making these suggestions can be found online…
- HOMEMADE PAPER DOLLS
- QUILTS & FLEECE THROWS
- HANDCRAFTED DOLLS
- WALL ART
- FORT KIT
- MEMORY GAME
- HANDCRAFTED DRUM
- CREATE A BOOK
- KNITTED TEDDY BEARS
- FAIRY MAKING BOX KIT
- ROCK TIC-TAC-TOE
- BUTTON BOOKMARKS
HANDMADE AND HOMEMADE GIFT IDEAS FROM THE HEART – FOR & FROM THE CRAFTER
So many crafts to choose from. I recommend sticking to what it is you enjoy or are good at. Or even what you may want to learn 😊
- TRIVETS OR HOT PLATES FROM WINE CORKS
- DIY TEA TOWELS OR KITCHEN TOWELS
- DRYER BALLS
- QUILTED POTHOLDERS
- KNITTED OR CROCHETED DISHCLOTHS
- KNITTED OR CROCHETED CLOTHING ITEMS – Consider socks, sweaters, hats etc.
- UPCYCLED SWEATER THROW PILLOWS
- BURLAP SACK UPCYCLES – Think throw pillows, ornaments, & home decor such as candles
- CRAFT KITS
- QUILTED BAGS & PURSES
- HAIR ITEMS – Think handmade headbands, scrunchies, ties, or barrettes
- DRIED FLOWERS
- DIY iPAD OR COMPUTER CASE
- HANDMADE WOODEN SPOONS
- HANDMADE PAPER
HANDMADE AND HOMEMADE GIFT IDEAS FROM THE HEART – FOR FOODIES
Some of these suggestions are specific to an individuals own hobbies. After all, not everyone has access to grow their own mushrooms (although this is one thing on my bucket list 😊 ), or raise their own bee’s to share raw honey.
Should you be one of the fortunate that does, however, these gift idea’s are right up your alley!
Hopefully, there are many that anyone can enjoy giving as well …
- FLAVORED EXTRACTS
- DRIED CULINARY HERBS
- PROPAGATED CULINARY HERBS – If you’re really ambitious, paint a pot to plant your herb propagations in!
- RAW HONEY
- KOMBUCHA MOTHER/STARTER
- FRESH HOMEGROWN EGGS
- JAMS , JELLY & PRESERVES
- HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
- HOMEMADE KAHLUA OR LIQUEUR
- RECIPE CARDS OR RECIPE FILE
- MUSHROOM GROWING KIT
- HOMEGROWN FRUIT BASKET
- HOMEGROWN VEGETABLE BASKET
- ARTISAN CHEESES
- HOMEMADE APPLE SCRAP VINEGAR
- MASON JAR MEALS
- HOMEMADE BUTTER
- HERB INFUSED SALTS
- BAKED GOODS – Think bread, desserts, & pies etc.
- DINNER IN A BASKET – Think homemade pasta & pasta sauce along with all the fixings!
- HOMEMADE & HOMEGROWN COPYCAT HERB SPICE BLENDS
- SOURDOUGH STARTER KIT
- MAPLE SYRUP OR MAPLE PRODUCTS
- HOMEMADE SALSA
- SPOON BUTTER
HANDMADE AND HOMEMADE GIFT IDEAS FROM THE HEART – GIFT OF HEALTH
Should you not already be aware, I love to make my own herbal homemade remedies and take care to stock my home apothecary with all the essentials I need to prepare for the long winter months each and every year.
Here are a few favorite to make & share …
- ELDERBERRY SYRUP
- ELDERBERRY TINCTURE
- VAPOR RUBS
- HERBAL OXYMELS
- HONEY FERMENTED GARLIC
- FIRE CIDER
- HOMEGROWN & HOMEMADE TEA BLENDS
- RESTFUL EYE PILLOW
- FORAGED HERBAL REMEDIES
HANDMADE AND HOMEMADE GIFT IDEAS FROM THE HEART – FOR THE HOME & GARDEN
Who wouldn’t love a thoughtful handmade & homemade gift for the home or garden? I know I would 😊
- SACHETS WITH DRIED LAVENDER
- SCENTED AIR SPRAYS
- SCENTED PILLOW SPRAY
- FIRE STARTERS – Think pinecones, kindling, & paper here, wrapped up nicely. Make it even more special, add a s’more making kit along with it. Don’t forget to make these amazing homemade marshmallows to include!
- GARDEN ART
- GARDEN PLANT MARKERS
- HOMEMADE POTTING SOIL MIX
- HOMEMADE WREATH
- HOLIDAY DECOR
- HOMEMADE CANDLES
- HOMEMADE POTPOURRI
- STARTER PLANTS
- SEEDS FOR A BEE GARDEN
- FREE GARDENING MENTOR
- GARDEN TOOLS
- MICROGREEN GROWING KIT
- HAND-PAINTED OR STENCILED COFFEE MUGS OR WINE GLASSES
- HOMEMADE DOG, CAT, ANIMAL TREATS
- HOME OR GARDEN ORGANIZATIONAL SHEETS
HANDMADE AND HOMEMADE GIFT IDEAS FROM THE HEART – FOR THE ECO-FRIENDLY & NATURE MINDED
Again, these handmade and homemade gift idea’s for the sustainably & eco-friendly minded individuals are right up my alley.
- HANDMADE BIRD SUET
- HANDMADE RE-USEABLE SHOPPING TOTES – Keep an eye out for my favorite ones to make!
- HOMEGROWN BIRD SEED
- HANDMADE WOODEN BIRD FEEDER
- BOUQUET OF PINE CONE FLOWERS
- PRESSED FLOWERS
- PRINT FABRIC WITH LEAVES
- BEESWAX WRAPS
Hopefully you’ve found a few handmade and homemade gift ideas from the heart that you will be creating & giving. I know I have 😊
Which handmade and homemade gift ideas from the heart will you be making first?
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Doll clothes, blankets, and accessories can be great gifts. Some dolls are easier to buy clothes for but even those can be pricey. There are patterns for all sizes and shapes of dolls to crochet, knit, or sew clothes for and blankets and accessories make great gifts for doll lovers.
They would make wonderful gifts for doll lovers of all ages! Thank you for sharing!!
Handmade and Homemade gifts from the heart are incredible. They show how much love when creating them.
These are wonderful gift ideas with lots of heart. I love creating gifts for my family.
I have always been one who loves to make and give handmade gifts. To me they are so much more meaningful.
Homemade gifts mean so much! I think it really shows the care for the other person when you are willing to spend the time to gather / make something or even spend time with just them. I remember the homemade gifts much easier than just some random store bought gifts. Thanks for a great list.
You have so many great ideas here! Is it wrong if some of my favorite gifts are “I’ll watch your kid for a couple of days while you take a getaway with your husband?” I don’t need a lot of stuff–lol. I just like to have peaceful outings with my man from time to time.
Sounds like the perfect gift from the heart to give or to receive 😍
I love handmade gifts! They make me so excited!
I love getting and giving homemade gifts! I have a friend that composes a piece of Christmas music each year to send out to friends as a gift. I look forward to receiving it every year!
What a beautiful gift from the heart! Hopefully you can made a complete “works by” CD of them at some point!
You have some wonderful ideas for gifts! I especially like the love jar and think this would be great for kids to complete for their grandparents (or any family member). Gifts from the heart provide so much more meaning for those who feel like they do not have a purpose anymore in this world. Small things like the jar would give them time to reflect and experience gratitude.
Absolutely! This is one of my favorites to give and receive as well!
You have so many wonderful ideas for handmade gifts. I love giving the gift of time. My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my loved ones. Whether helping them with a project or just sharing a meal, I treasure those memories.
very cute ideas. I like homemade gifts because they always add a personal touch.
This is the best blog post of the season. I was gonna write something similar, but, honestly, I think you’ve pretty much got it covered here.
This list of ideas just resonates with me this year. I’m thinking of asking my family to think of gifts like this for me. No need to skimp of gift giving, but we can do so much to make sure it’s not super expensive, and that we are giving a little bit from our hearts!
Thanks so much! I found this post at another blog hop, but I know you’re gonna share this with our Homestead Blog Hop too!
Have a super week!
Ridge Haven Homestead
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Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words! These type of gifts are truly remembered and cherished. See you at Homestead Blog Hop!