Great Handmade Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Handmade Holiday Gifts

I love giving — and receiving — handmade holiday gifts. Whether the gift is something a friend or loved one has made themselves, or that they’ve bought from a small creative business, there’s something so thoughtful and unique about a handmade piece. Most of the finds here are from Etsy; a couple are from Amazon Handmade. While it can be overwhelming at first, there are many great finds on these sites, along with so many great artists on there to support. Read on for my round up of handmade gifts for 2021!

Supporting small business is so important to me, not only because I have my own small creative crochet shop, but because I truly believe it does a world of good in our community. Read more here: Why We Should All Support Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Mossy Green Crochet Coaster Set from the Critter Crafting crochet shop

Mossy Green Crochet Coaster Set from my Critter Crafting crochet shop

Great Handmade Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Whether you’re shopping for friends, family, or even yourself, you’re sure to find something in this guide. From accessories to ambiance accents like candles and planters, small creatives offer a wide variety of options.

There are so many beautiful glass and pottery pieces available on Etsy this year. I am particularly drawn to these stoneware glazed spoon rests and this soft green tray. The green tray would be great on a coffee table or desk as a kid of catch all try. The spoon rests are a fun pop of color for any home chef!

Top Row: Stemless Wine Glasses | Concrete Home Decor Plate | Hand Thrown Spoon Rests | Personalized Dopp Kit Toiletry Bag
Bottom Row: Custom Valet Tray Catch All* | Star & Stripe Mugs | Canvas Tote Bag | Custom Pet Food & Water Bowls

* If you like the custom valet tray above, you may also like this gorgeous watch stand and tray; I got a single watch version for Brett for our anniversary and it turned out so lovely!

Handmade Gifts for the Home

As for glassware, the stemless wine glasses pictured here are a great option, available individually or in sets. Similarly, these sets of recycled handblown cone glasses are right around $50 and so unique. For a cozier option, try the star & stripe mugs or these woodland glazed cups, ideal for coffee and tea lovers. Pair any of these with a set of my handmade crochet coasters for a beautiful gift set!

Top Row: Amethyst Crystal Planter | Cat Travel Mug | Zodiac Woven Wall Tapestry Hanging | Crochet Cat Mats & Pet Blankets
Bottom Row: Hand-turned Coffee Scoop | Mossy Green Crochet Coaster Set | Custom Pinch Bowl Ring Dish | Ceramic Coffee Mug (this mug has sold out, similar style available here)

Great Handmade Gifts for Pet Lovers

Besides simply handmade gifts, Etsy has so many customizable options, such as the toiletry bag pictured above or the pinch bowl ring dish pictured below. There are even custom options for pet lovers. I particularly loved these minimalist pet bowls, perfect for any dog parents on your list, or this personalized Christmas tree ornament, which could easily stay out all year.

Of course speaking of pets, don’t forget to check out my Critter Crafting Cat Mats for all the cat (and small dog) parents in your life! These mini pet blankets are durable, machine washable, and come pre-nipped with my cats’ favorite catnip spray, so they’re sure to be an instant hit.

*This post was originally published on December 1, 2020. It was most recently updated on December 7, 2021.

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