10 Jar Gifts to Get You Through the Holidays

Whenever the holidays come around, I sometimes feel a sense of dread washing over me when I think about the many Christmas gifts I’ll need to get. People with big families know what I’m talking about. The thought of buying so many gifts can be slightly unnerving. That’s why I’m a big proponent of jar gifts. Gifts in a jar are the best strategy when you want to give something creative and special to everyone in your family (extended family included). Jar gifts are beautiful, easy to make, and very inexpensive. You can dress up each jar pretty easily, too. Add a ribbon here. Glue on some holly there. When you’re deep into decorating Christmas jar gifts, the task becomes mechanical at some point, and you can crank out a whole crate full of jar gifts in no time. I often turn on a favorite holiday movie in the background, too.

If I’m being honest, the hardest and most time-consuming part in coming up with the perfect jar gift is the idea. Great homemade gifts require thinking, and as Christmas gets closer and closer, time to think becomes less and less available. We all have so much to do! Whether we’re baking cookies or putting up Christmas decorations, there is never a dull moment in holiday preparation. This is why I LOVE lists. Did I make Christmas Cookie Gifts in a Jar last year? If so, then I’ll just gladly mosey on down to another item on the list. Making a list is quick. It’s convenient, and it lets you jump right in and tackle all of those gifts you still need to make.

10 Jar Gifts to Get You Through the Holidays

10 Jar Gift Ideas Your Family Will Love

  1. Christmas Cookie Gifts in a Jar
  2. DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
  3. Tea Time DIY Gift Basket
  4. Udderly Amazing Gift in a Jar
  5. Citrus Bath Salts Gift in a Jar
  6. Wine Lover’s Gift in a Jar
  7. Spa Day Mason Jar Gift
  8. Jolly Gifts in a Jar
  9. Snowflake DIY Candy Jar
  10. Santa Candle Mason Jar Crafts

If you’re looking for EVEN MORE jar gifts to use this holiday, you really need to check out this 34 Holiday Ideas for Gifts in a Jar free eBook.

I’ve told you my secret. How do you prepare for the holidays?

101 Homemade Gifts Your Boyfriend Won’t Hate

It can be so hard to shop for your boyfriend around Valentine’s Day. All of the traditional fall-backs of the holiday just don’t apply to boys. The flowers and teddy bears and chocolates that they can shower you with on Valentine’s Day aren’t exactly gifts that men would want to receive. So what’s a girl to do?

Well never fear! We’ve rounded up our favorite collections of Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him. And the best part about these gifts – they are all homemade! There is no better way to show the man in your life how much you care than by hand crafting a homemade gift for him. Homemade gifts require a lot of time, care, and effort. Because of this, they are the perfect physical representation of the love that you and your significant other share.

So take your time and browse through this collection of gift ideas. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect gift to make for your boyfriend!

Homemade Gifts Your Boyfriend Won't Hate


The Top 5 Homemade Gifts He Actually Wants

Sure, a watch is a nice and respectable gift. But is it a gift that your boyfriend actually wants? We’ve done the research and assembled the 5 Homemade Gifts He Actually Wants. One of those gifts is an all-time favorite of ours: Giant Oreos! Because everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

Giant Oreos

Check out the other four gifts he actually wants here!


DIY Gifts for the Guy Who Has It All

Is your boyfriend the type of guy who buys himself everything he needs, whenever he wants it? If so, then shopping for him can be a real struggle. That’s why homemade gifts are so great. Giving him a homemade gift means that you’re 100% sure that he doesn’t already own it! This collection of DIY Gifts for Boyfriend: 24 Paper Crafts for Guys Who Have It All has some great ideas for homemade gifts for your man. One of the cutest ideas is pictured below, 49 Reasons Why I Love You. It’s guaranteed to make your man’s heart melt!

49 Reasons I Love You Homemade Gift

Check out more DIY gifts here!


Still Stumped? We’ve Got MORE!

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got 72 Valentine’s Day Ideas for Boyfriend, and we know that one of these will be the perfect gift idea for you! Just check out the adorable Tiny Painted Teacups and Saucers pictured below. Can’t you see yourself enjoying a warm cup of tea with your boyfriend?

Tiny Painted Teacups and Saucers

Check out more Valentine’s Day ideas here!


Comment below and let us know, what gifts will you give on Valentine’s Day?

The BEST DIY Gift Ideas: Knit and Crochet Baby Patterns

Looking for the best DIY gift ideas? The holidays will soon be upon us, so it’s time to start making all of your handmade gifts. These knit and crochet baby patterns are the perfect gift for the little one in your life. There’s love and care put into every stitch, so these baby patterns are bound to be treasured!

The BEST DIY Gift Ideas: Knit and Crochet Baby Patterns

Making knit and crochet baby patterns as gifts for either the holidays or for baby showers is a great idea for so many reasons. They’re often much more inexpensive than buying the same item at a baby store or boutique. They’re also a great way to use up your stash of yarn. For instance, baby bootie patterns are super stashbusters – you’ll get through your stash in no time!

We also love baby blanket patterns because they’re so snuggly and soft. Every little babe deserves a beautiful and cozy blanket for nap time. These gorgeous baby blanket patterns will make the perfect addition to any nursery or child’s room. Simply customize to the colors to your preference and get stiching!

The BEST DIY Gift Ideas: Knit and Crochet Baby Patterns


How to Make Baby Booties

Any of these crochet baby booties or free knitting patterns will help you make the best booties! From fun designs to the basics that every baby needs, these free bootie patterns are a must-have.

Cutie Newborn Baby BootiesSuper Easy Knit Baby Booties

Basic Baby Booties

Moccasin Style Baby Booties Pattern

Bitty Baby Uggs

Owl Crochet Baby Booties

Cowboy Booties

Cutie Newborn Baby Booties

Free Baby Blanket Patterns

Knit or crochet up something warm and snuggly for the perfect handmade gift that will last for years to come!

Fun & Free Baby Patterns 

These free crochet and knitting patterns are extra fun for that lovable little one in your life. They’re one-of-a-kind gifts that are too adorable to resist!

Which of these free knitting and crochet patterns would you make as a gift?

The Cutest Baby Crafts You’ve Ever Seen (Seriously!)

Want to make a big impression at the next baby shower you attend? Here’s an ideas – give the absolute best gift. Sure, the new mommy is supposed to be the star of the show, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own moment in the spotlight. Among a sea of store-bought items, your handmade gift is sure to stand out, and we think that’s awesome!

What items meant the most to you when you were a tot? For me, it was my crocheted baby blanket. My mom received the blanket as a gift and it grew up right along  with me. Handmade items are so much more likely to become keepsakes and leave a lasting impression on the recipient. Be that memorable person and make something meaningful for your next baby shower or celebration. Fair warning about sometime hormonal moms to be – they may not be able to contain their excitement, enthusiasm and appreciation.


Crochet For Babies

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on crochet baby patterns. There are so many ways to make a delightful baby gift – all you need is a hook and some yarn. If you’re short on time, make a hat or toy. If you’re willing to put in a little extra time and effort, create an afghan or baby sweater. No matter, what the results are sure to wow everyone! The finished crochet piece will keep kids warm, toasty and comfy. New mommies – do you know what that means? Less crying and more (adorable) giggling from your bundle of joy. What could be bad about that?

crocheted-baby-dressAdorable Crocheted Baby Dress

Scalloped Bubblegum Baby Dress

Impossibly Cute Baby Skull Hat

Baby Pullover Sweater

Precious Crocheted Baby Booties


More Super Cute Baby Crafts

If you can’t crochet, you’re in luck – there are plenty of other ways to create adorable baby gifts. Knit, sew or craft something that a baby can wear or a new mom can display. Any hip youngster needs cool looking threads, so step up to the plate and make sure they don’t disappoint! Your homemade designs will make everyone say “Awwwww”,  so prepare accordingly. Baby crafts are fun to make because they can be over-the-top, so experiment with bright colors and wild designs. When it comes to DIY projects for kids the more eye-catching your design is, the better!

Simply Adorable Sock Yarn Baby Booties

Precious Hooded Cardigan

Too Cute Baby Tank and Leggings

Sweet Dreams Hat

Burst Blossom Headband

Modern Lovey Baby Afghan



What is the Last DIY Gift You Created?



Make it Personal: Monogrammed Gifts for Family and Friends

Make it Personal: Monogrammed Gifts for Family and Friends

There’s something charming about monograms. Personalization is practical and comforting to people, whether they be newlyweds, homeowners, or little girls and boys. It’s fun to see your name or initials on items you use daily, like a favorite coffee mug or pillow case. Plus, it’s so easy to keep track of monogrammed accessories. At AllFreeChristmasCrafts, we’re always looking for great gift ideas for the loved ones on your list. We have a nice collection of monogram crafts on our site, but there are tons of ideas out there. Check out a few of our favorites.


DIY Wedding Gifts

Personalized Casserole DishSpring and summer are the most popular seasons for weddings, and often those invitations come with a hefty price tag. If the items on the registry are out of your price range, or if you find yourself scrambling for gift ideas, consider making a monogrammed gift for the happy couple. You can tastefully display the first letter of the couple’s surname on ceramics, such as these Personalized Mugs and Dishes. For a quirky and useful present, etch the couple’s last name on the bottom of a casserole dish, and there will never be confusion over which dish belongs to whom at family dinners.


If you happen to be the bride-to-be, you can put together personalized treats for your bridesmaids or wedding guests. These Chalkboard Wine Glass Bottoms will delight your bridesmaids, plus they will give you an excuse to stop by for a glass of something sweet when you return from your honeymoon.

And what about those lovely folks who came to help you celebrate? Fill these Monogrammed Treat Containers with mints, chocolates, and other tiny treats for your guests. Family and friends will appreciate these favors, which double as mementos, long after the candy is gone.


Monogram Gifts for Women Who Wander

Personalized Travel MugThese traveler-friendly crafts are great for people who are always on the go. For instance, most travelers rely on caffeine to keep them energized, which is where this Personalized Travel Mug comes in. It’s reusable, easy to clean, and has your name written all over it–literally! Another fabulous and inexpensive gift is this Personalized Lip Balm. Cute and convenient, you can wear your lip balm around your neck when you make this fun craft. It’s especially great for scatterbrained people like yours truly. You can also make yourself or a loved one a personalized gift idea like this Monogram Sachet. Stow this darling craft in your suitcase so that every time you open it you’ll catch a lovely scent. If you’re traveling with a large group and storage space is limited, you can’t beat this Travel Pillow Case. The monogram will prevent any packing or unpacking mix-ups. Even if you can’t sleep in your own bed, your head will feel at home.



What type of crafts do you like to personalize?



Thank Your Teachers! 25 Homemade Teacher Gift Ideas

Ideas for teacher gifts aren’t always easy to find! Your child won’t want to bring in the same gift as a classmate; instead, help your little student make something homemade. Handmade teacher gift ideas are so exciting because they give you an opportunity to craft something totally unique with your kids. Thank your student’s teacher in a heartfelt way by crafting any of these awesome teacher gift ideas before the school year is over!


Homemade Teacher Gift Ideas

Homemade Teacher Gift Ideas


Homemade Thank You Cards

Apple Core Spool Card

Every gift should come with a card, and we have fantastic card making ideas to thank the teachers! Get creative with your card making. A personal favorite is the Apple Core Spool Card. With a simple wooden spool and a cleverly attached piece of paper, this card is completely unique and charming. Find even more homemade thank you cards below!

  1. Apple Core Spool Card
  2. Apple Leaf Card and Snack
  3. “Apple of My Eye” Box and Card Set
  4. Teacher’s Gift Birthday Cards
  5. Teaching Award Ribbon Card


Ideas for Teacher Gifts

DIY Desk Organizer

Anyone can pick up a gift card or a box of chocolates at the store, so why not surprise your child’s teacher with a gift that is completely original? Use basic craft supplies to craft up a fantastic homemade gift. Mason jars are a popular supply. Use a mason jar to create a flower vase or a clever apple! You can make pencil holders, classroom decor, sticky note holders, and more! The best gifts are homemade, and we have an array of DIY teacher gift ideas to inspire you.

  1. Adorable Apple Jar
  2. An Apple for Teacher Gift Box
  3. Candy Coated Pretzel Pencils
  4. Darling Decoupaged Clipboard
  5. DIY Desk Organizer
  6. Dr. Seuss Teacher Gift
  7. Giant Goody Pencil
  8. Monogrammed Gift for Teachers
  9. Pencil Blooms for Teachers
  10. Personalized Hand Sanitizer
  11. School Teacher Clock
  12. Sticky Note Holder Gift
  13. Teacher Appreciation Mug
  14. Teacher Appreciation Vase
  15. Teacher Flower Gifts
  16. Teacher’s Pencil Vase
  17. Teacher’s Pet Post-it Holder
  18. Tiny Apple Refrigerator Magnets
  19. Tribute to Teacher
  20. You are Tea-rific Gift
21 Teacher Gifts: Bags, Kitchen Crafts, and More
For even more marvelous teacher gift ideas, be sure to check out this collection of 21 Teacher Gifts: Bags, Kitchen Crafts, and More from FaveCrafts!


Double bonus! Our friends at AllFreeKidsCrafts have a collection of 28 Crafts for Kids to Make for Teacher Appreciation Week. Celebrate your child’s educators with any of these projects!


Who was your favorite teacher and why?





20 Quick and Easy Homemade Gifts


Every once and a while, a birthday, baby shower, wedding, or holiday can sneak up on us. Even those with the sharpest memory can forget a date here or there. If you just realized you are in a pickle when it comes to gift giving, take a deep breath. I have compiled this list of 20 Quick and Easy Homemade Gifts to help you out. No matter who you need to make a gift for, we have plenty of homemade gifts for you to choose from.

I personally love making, giving, and receiving homemade gifts. They are just so thoughtful. It is so heartwarming to know someone put a lot of time and effort into a gift. That being said; making DIY gifts does not have to be time consuming. All of the projects below are quick, easy, and cheap.

Purses for Your Pals

Penny Lane’s Purse
Super Simple DIY Purse
Around Town Tiny Tote
DIY Rug Clutch
Large Tote with Rounded Opening

Bonus! If you love these purses, you will love these 27 Patterns to Sew Purses.

Office Flair for Your Colleague

Journal Cover Tutorial
Never Lost Bookmark
Fabric Book Cover
Make Your Own Binder Cover
Leather Laptop Case

Bonus! Help your workmates stay organized with these 4 Wall Organizers.

Baby Must-Haves for New Moms

Little Man Diaper Clutch
Stylish Baby Change Mat Clutch
The Lady’s Nappy Wallet
Baby Gift Zipper Pouch
Diaper Bag Pattern

Plus: Love these? Then check out our 34 Free Baby Sewing Patterns You’ll Adore!

Toys for Birthday Tots

Super Shark Satchel
Baby’s First Book
Lowly Worm Felt Apple Toy
Easy Travel Toy Car Caddy
Plaid Whale Plushie

Looking for even more sewing patterns for kids? Check out this How to Make Games for Kids: Stuffed Animal Patterns, DIY Toys and Other Goodies They’ll Love list.

Sewing Pretty Little AccessoriesPlus! Enter to win our Sewing Pretty Little Accessories Giveaway!
Crafters and sewists, do you have a massive amount of scrap fabric and materials collecting in your craft room? If you do, this unique book offers a medley of many charming ideas for using up those scraps. Sewing Pretty Little Accessories by Cherie Lee is one of those books that will become a project bible. You will return to it time and time again to find a funky project to create. Whether your scraps are big or small, you will find a precious little project to get started on. Read the full review.


What is your favorite homemade gift to give?

How to Give the Perfect Present: Gifts by Personality

gifts-by-personalityGift giving is an art, and when you’re good, you’re good. But if you’re not, we’re here with some marvelous suggestions that will get your wheels turning. Nothing means more than a well-chosen gift: a present that was clearly thought out. Consider your recipient’s personality to give a gift that she’ll love. These ideas work perfectly for Christmas, birthdays, graduation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or as thank yous to your ever-devoted bridal party. While many brides give all of their bridesmaids the same gift, personalizing your presents will really show your deep appreciation. Your bridal party puts a lot of time and money into your event, so thank them with presents they’ll love.

The best part about these perfect presents is that they pair a DIY project with a complementary suggestion, saving you money and putting even more love into the gift. These ideas are guaranteed to garner many thanks and smiles.

The Spa Lover: Aromatic Bath Salts

Give this with a gift certificate for a manicure, pedicure, or massage.


The Jewelry Junkie:  Antique Cameo Jewelry Box

This is great to pair with earrings or a small necklace with each recipient’s initial.

The Sports Fan: Jersey Insulated Beverage Holders

Surprise the sports lover in your life with this adorable DIY and tickets to his favorite team’s game. If you want to spend less than that, get him a glass etched with the logo or special-edition apparel.


The Stylish Homeowner: Chic Wooden Coasters

Wrap these up with a bottle of wine.


The Avid Cook: Gorgeous Gold Dipped Utensils

Together with a new cookbook, this gift will blow your food-loving friend out of the water.

The Game Guru: Scrabble Coasters

Give the coasters with a newly released game he hasn’t got his hands on yet.


The Coffee Drinker: Doodled Mugs

Pair this with a jar of her favorite coffee or even a coffee maker.

The Dapper Gentleman: Manly Mustache Handkerchief

Alongside this fancy handkerchief, give your best man an old-fashioned shaving kit. He’ll love you forever.

The Shopper: Dip-Dyed Canvas Tote

Inside the bag, place a gift card for her favorite store.

Click here for more DIY inspiration and gift ideas.

Which of these gift sets would you love to receive?

Gift Guide: 26 Quick Gift Ideas for Kids to Make

WIU No-Sew Fleece BlanketThroughout this week, I embarked on a crafting adventure  that continued daily the instant I returned from work. It began as a mere idea on Monday, and by Friday it had transformed into the finished product. My friend is going to be a freshman at Western Illinois University, and I decided to make her a no-sew fleece tie blanket using WIU’s school colors, purple and gold. It’s an easy process that didn’t take long at all, so I was finished by Wednesday, but I felt that something was missing. That’s when I came up the idea to cut out a ‘W’ in purple felt and sew it on with a fancy applique stitch. That’s how I turned a simple, new-sew blanket into a sewing craft. Go figure! If you’re interested in making a blanket like this one and want to learn how, my craft is based on the No Sew Fleece Blanket from AllFreeKidsCrafts.com.

This craft project took a few hours to make, but if you don’t have that kind of time to spare then try these 30 Homemade Gifts for Kids to Make. Whether it’s Mother’s Day, Christmas, or your BFF’s birthday, it seems like you’re always in need of a great gift. There’s no use in spending money on a store-bought gift when you can create one that’s even better at home.


Homemade Cards

Hand Print on My Heart CardThere’s nothing better than watching someone’s face light up as they open up a gift from you. If you start off your gift with a homemade card, things can only get better. Easy homemade gifts that come from the heart like the Hand Print on My Heart Card are the best kind to give to your loved ones. All of the crafts in this gift guide are kid-tested and guaranteed to be a blast. Whether you’re using fabric, tissue paper, or sparkles, these homemade gifts for kids to make will make card making so much fun.

Other Homemade Cards

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Priceless Cangle HoldersGet in the the ho-ho-holiday spirit with these great homemade Christmas gift ideas. You won’t be spending big bucks on any of these gifts. Instead you can spend the time you save with your friends and family this holiday season. Use materials you find at your home to be a thrifty crafter. The Priceless Candle Holders are a great gift to keep someone warm. This easy homemade gift looks like a million bucks but it won’t cost a dime. Christmas is the time of giving, so make sure all of your presents are homemade gifts for kids to make.

Other Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Homemade Gifts for Mom

Printed With Love Apron You know your mom is the best, so why not give her a gift that’s as cool as she is? Use this gift guide to find the perfect craft to make with dad so you can surprise mom on Mother’s Day or her birthday. The Printed With Love Apron craft is so cute and something that she will love to wear around the kitchen or in the garden. Mom does so much for you, and there’s no better time like the present to give her a present! Say thank you with an easy homemade gift from your heart to hers. It’s a great feeling to see momma smiling and knowing that it’s because of you.

Other Homemade Gifts for Mom

Homemade Birthday Gifts

You've Got Mail PinataBirthdays are the best days out of the whole year. You get presents, cake, and a pinata; what’s not to love? You love getting gifts on your birthday, so make a friend’s birthday just as fun. Use this gift guide to craft a wonderful gift like the You’ve Got Mail Pinata, which is a pinata that can be mailed all over the world.

Other Homemade Birthday Gifts


What is your favorite gift that you’ve ever received?



14 DIY Gift Ideas

Save money this holiday season by making all your gifts by hand.  From lovely home accents to beautiful accessories, the projects in 14 Gift Ideas and DIY Home Decor are all great for the holiday gift-giving season.

Jingle-All-the-Way-BraceletGirls of all ages are sure to love this Jingle All the Way Bracelet.  Adorned with the characters and symbols of the season, this Jingle All the Way Bracelet is sure to be a conversation starter at family gatherings and holiday parties. The soft muted tones of the beads also make this DIY bracelet easy to wear with everything from jeans and a sweater to a formal evening dress.

Scrappy-Fabric-BookmarkIf you know someone who loves nothing more than to sit by the fire and spend a snowy day deep in a good book, this Scrappy Fabric Bookmark is sure to be a well-loved stocking stuffer!  Made from a variety of fabric scraps, this bookmark makes a great last-minute gift idea and is a great way to clean out your own craft stash!

4-Season-CowlThe great thing about the DIY gifts in this collection is that they’re great for all kinds of gift-giving occasions.  This 4-Season Cowl, for example, is not only great for Christmas, but it makes a wonderful birthday gift as well.  It’s a fun and easy pattern for beginning knitters and is sure to be appreciated by men and women of all ages.



Here are a few more gift ideas featured in this awesome collection:

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