10 reasons why you should give handmade gifts


Do you have a handmade gift that you treasure? Are you wondering what to get family members and friends for Christmas this year? I thought it would be fun to put a list together of the many reasons one should consider giving handmade this year!

Please feel free to add any additional ideas in the comments below!

10 Reasons Why You Should Give Handmade Gifts u-createcrafts.com

Let’s get started with #1 (and my personal favorite on this list)…

1. The Person Who Has Everything

We all have that “hard to shop for” person in our lives right? Mine happens to be my sweet mother-in-law. She buys pretty much anything she wants. One year I gave her a hand stitched frame with one of her favorite sayings and it brought her to tears.

2. You Determine Quality

There have been times when I will purchase something and it falls apart or even breaks during shipping. When you make your own gift you determine the quality by choosing the best supplies, techniques, etc..

3. Personalization

You can create personalized gifts in so many different ways by including a favorite saying, name, color, pattern…endless possibilities!

4. Unexpected

I LOVE the surprise factor when giving a gift! Handmade gifts can bring tears, laughter, jaw-dropping expressions and so much more!

5. Unique/One of A Kind

When you give handmade you can choose to create a one-of-a-kind gift that is unique to that person. A friend gave me a necklace and I always get asked, “Where did you get that?” I tell them that a friend made it. Sometimes it’s nice to wear or have something that nobody else has!

6. Usually Less Expensive

In many cases giving handmade is less expensive than purchasing. When you purchase something you are usually paying for the time it took to make the item. When eliminating the time factor you can usually save lots of money!

7. Thoughtful

My sister-in-law Danielle is the queen of giving thoughtful, handmade gifts! Last year she gave me a book of inspirational quotes that she printed out to inspire me and she included my very favorite candy. I feel special when I know someone really took the time and effort to decide what to get me.

8. Do What You Love

Creating something can be therapeutic or a time to get away from our busy schedules. It’s great to have any excuse to do what we love.

9. Gift They Will Treasure

My mother gave me a framed cross-stitch of a bride in a gorgeous wedding dress for my wedding. It took her a couple of years to make! If my house was on fire you could bet I’d grab that along with my precious photos.

10. Share Your Talents!

You have creative talents – share them! Finishing a creative project can give you such a sense of accomplishment right? Seeing somebody wear, use, or display what you created them, can give us that same feeling!


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  1. says

    I love giving hand made. I make my kids each at least one hand made gift every year for Christmas. They look forward to it and start making requests as early as September. :)

    that said, I do think that these days you have to be careful sometimes. There are people who just don’t appreciate home made. I try once and if doesn’t work, then I think long and hard before I’ll do hand made for them again.

    • says

      I have the same issue! I made me MIL a gift the first year I was married- never saw it again. Just this last summer she finds a similar product at a garage sale and goes on and on about how much she loves it! Makes me feel real good- actually all the items I have given my MIL go to some secret place but the ones from her other DIL go on the wall the same day! Yea- don’t know if homemade is for everyone lol

  2. says

    Last year I started making homemade noodles using an old family recipe. My family loved them so much that I thought it might be fun to make them for friends and neighbors for Christmas. A homemade gift that could be frozen for later or eaten during a really busy time of year. So my kids and I all made noodles and packed them up with a whole chicken and chicken broth along with direction on how to prepare a homemade chicken and noodle dinner. It was the biggest hit of a gift I have ever given. And for special friends, I also included homemade cheesecake for dessert!

  3. says

    One reason I got back into sewing, besides no longer homeschooling my son after 10 years, was that I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer at age 40. All of a sudden, leaving a legacy behind meant a whole lot more to me. Now I’m cancer-free, and I have tons of great nieces and nephews to sew for. I’ve become what I told my sister….a great aunt who is fat and sews things. 😉 …just like ours were…but they seemed so much older! I did become a great aunt for the first time at age 37, so that’s part of the reason!

    But Iike making handmade teacher’s gifts especially. I always make something useful. Last year it was a crossbody bag for my daughter (who is multiply disabled) main teacher. She said it was by far the best gift a family has ever given her! :-)

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