Gift ideas

5 handmade gift ideas for your loved ones

Gifts are an important part of any relationship, be it platonic, romantic, familial or otherwise. It’s the easiest way to say that “you are important to me and I care about you”. But what will make a better gift? Something handmade and unique other than a store bought. It doesn’t have to be flashy or done with fancy crafting skills and tools or anything, but it would be more than enough when the other person realizes you took your time to sit down and do it for them.

So here are some perfect, tried-and-true handmade gift ideas that won’t require a lot of craftsmanship expertise and at the same time would make the other person extra special:

Handwritten letter

What could be better than just saying loud and clear how much a certain person means to you. Writing letters isn’t that common these days, thanks to messaging apps, which makes it even more unique. Simply write how you feel on brownish paper and for dramatic effect, burn the edges. If you can’t find paper that gives out archaic vibes, just brew some tea or coffee, dip some cotton in it, and use it to spread the infused drink on the paper. This trick gives that old look to any sheet and all you have to do now is grab a pen and write whatever you want. Be honest and spread some love.

Matching wristbands

Handmade gift ideas

These days, it doesn’t take long to go to a dollar store and buy charms and bracelet strings. Then all you have to do is put together a set of matching charm bracelets. This can work for both best friends and partners. Matching accessories always look adorable and what will make it even more special is the fact that it’s your own creativity and you’ve given your time to make something special for a specific person.


A painting doesn’t have to be something elaborate or a masterpiece created by experts. A mini canvas with a small quote written on it or a moon and some stars painted on it is also counted under a painting. With freely available mini canvases, the size of the painting can be according to your favorite size and you can work on it without hassle.

‘The Reasons I Love You’ Mason Jars

Handmade gift ideas

To do this, you need a small mason jar, a few scraps of paper and a pen. That’s it. The subject can be anything from ‘100 reasons why I adore you’, ’75 reasons why you are my best friend’, ’99 reasons why you are my soul mate’ to ’50 reasons why no one but me can tolerate you. Now all you have to do is take that many slips, write them down, fold them up and put them in the jar. Easy.


Handmade gift ideas

Bookmarks can be another cute gift for one of your book-loving friends. It doesn’t have to be a Da Vinci painting, a basic quote, or doodles or a splash of watercolor would be enough to make it pretty. Either way, ultimately what matters are the intentions behind it, not the artistic expertise.