Merry Martha HANDMADE Gift Guide

If your holiday budget is small this year, you might be wondering if there are any handmade gifts you could make, even if you aren’t a gifted crafter. Martha to the rescue! I’ve collected my 10 favorite handmade gift projects that even the most craft-impaired person can make. So while the rest of the world is out fighting the crowds on Black Friday, why not enjoy a quiet day at home and work on some low-cost DIY gifts with Martha?

1. Decal Candles. This craft is ridiculously easy and Martha even provides the templates.

2. Bath Fizzies. Cute and easy to make. What woman wouldn’t enjoy receiving these?

3. Velvet Ribbon Belts. Who wouldn’t love a fab new belt?

4. Map Coasters. I made these and they were actually quite easy. Perfect for a man or a woman, and easy to personalize with maps from their favorite vacation spot, cabin, or even where they honeymooned.

5. Photograph jewelry. Any gift that involves buying something and sticking a photo in it is doable for even the most craft-impaired. You know you can make any mom or grandma misty eyed with this kind of gift.

6. Stenciled Stool. Stenciling is a quick way to dress up a child’s stool, and a stool is a gift a young child will use every day at the bathroom sink.

7. Holiday Drink Mixers. Just mix and give – no crafting required! This is a gift that says “invite me to your next party.”

8. Pecan Clusters. You can’t go wrong with candy and these are classier than homemade fudge any day. Sneak a couple for yourself.

9. Popcorn tins. This all-purpose gift is even less expensive when you make your own at home. There are many yummy options available.

10. Organza Sachets. This is a great project for kids to work on with you or do on their own with a little guidance.

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17 Responses to Merry Martha HANDMADE Gift Guide

  1. Great listt! I’m considering the map coasters for my travel editors!

  2. Nancy Monson says:

    Hi Brette,

    I had no idea Martha could do simple things! Thanks for the ideas.

    I will crosspost this on my blog.

  3. marthaandme says:

    I made them with cork rounds from Michaels. I would recommend buying thick cork if you can find it. Mine are bowing a little since the cork was pretty thin.

  4. marthaandme says:

    Who knew, right? It did take some digging to find them though!

  5. marthaandme says:

    Oh and thanks for the cross-post – very much appreciated.

  6. I love the map coaster idea! We need coasters and we love to travel. I’m so not crafty, I hope I don’t screw it up.

  7. Alexandra says:

    I’m going to make the bath fizzies for guests at my bed & breakfast. Who would have thought they would be so easy to make?

  8. marthaandme says:

    Let me know how they turn out!

  9. marthaandme says:

    Really it is hard to screw up. You can see how mine turned out here:

  10. Various of folks blog about this topic but you wrote down some true words.

  11. Love this list! I have some lavender at home so maybe I should make some sachets with the children….

  12. These are great gifts. Wonderful crafts kids can help with or do for teachers, coaches, babysitters. This posts comes at a great time. Thanks.

  13. Frugal Kiwi says:

    Love the list. I’m a homemade gift-giver as well.

  14. Love the bath fizzies! The stores here charge like $5 for these damn things… which is ridiculous.

  15. Alisa Bowman says:

    I’ve decided that we’re going to make all of our gifts this year (except for the wee kiddos), so thanks for these great ideas!

  16. marthaandme says:

    Wow! That is a great (and brave thing!). I would love to hear if you end up making any of these.

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