13 of Our Most Popular Homemade Holiday Gifts on Pinterest
As it turns out, everyone loves receiving a chunky knit blanket, a pair of slippers, or an apron printed with your family's recipes as a holiday gift. These are the most-pinned gift ideas, according to you—our readers—on Pinterest.
Pinterest is its own inspirational corner of the online world. It's your place to explore, make, and embody our favorite saying, "I'm so Martha." And while we love to support small businesses and makers across the country, a homemade gift (courtesy of you) is special in its own way. And, according to Pinterest, lots of our readers agree.
On Pinterest, trending ideas come from people all around the world. Each month, over 250 million people—food lovers, style seekers, hostesses, and hobbyists everywhere—come to the platform to discover ideas they love, which results in trending projects. The way we define an idea as "trending" is by looking at what they're all searching for, clicking on, and sharing with others. And if that upward trajectory holds steady for more than six months, then it's deemed a trend.
As editors at the forefront of these trends, we're pleased to tell you that the ideas that are popular right now also align well with our favorite projects. Most of our handmade gifts pertain to any type of personality. For the mixologist in your life, you can a blend and decant a batch of cocktail syrup that makes holiday toasts all the more delicious. For the fashionista, a soft leather clutch or a scrunchie sewn in luxurious fabrics both make for covetable additions to her wardrobe. Kids and adults alike in your life will love snuggling up in their own cozy knit shawl. And anyone can appreciate a self-care kit, like the one pictured here, stocked with aromatherapy tools and necessities for unwinding at the end of the day. Handmade gifts that focus on comfort prove to be quite popular among pinners. And it's no wonder: Considering how busy most people are, the opportunity to take some time to ourselves is a luxury.
We invite you to peruse our editors' ideas for that perfect gift. Gauging their popularity on our boards, each idea is bound to be adored.
For the fashionista, knowing how to make a quick running stitch produces these covetable hair accessories. Choose your fabric—supple pink silk, rich silvery velvet, or a cheery floral Liberty print—and make one for friends and family. They're as pretty as they are practical—a scrunchie won't leave a crease in your hair, and helps to eliminate snags and damage while ensuring a secure hold. And when they're as bright and lustrous as this set, they'll want them in every color.
Recipe-Printed Towels and Aprons
Show off an heirloom recipe, handwritten notes and all, by turning it into a fabric pocket for an apron. First, scan a favorite recipe into your computer, and print it onto colorfast printer fabric; let the ink dry. Peel paper backing from the fabric. Iron the fabric to set the ink, rinse, and let it dry. Trim the top of the fabric, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Trim the sides and bottom, allowing for a 1/8-inch seam allowance. Fold in and iron the edges so they will stay in place, making stitching easier. Stitch the top seam down, using a sewing machine. Then stitch sides and bottom of recipe to apron, leaving the top open as a pocket. (You can also make tea towels through a custom-fabric service like Spoonflower.)
Tassels are truly having a moment, and it's no wonder why: These light-weight embellishments make a big sartorial statement when worn with summer basics or a holiday party dress. And while they look high-fashion, they're low-effort. Select the size and color of your tassels. (Or see our editors' favorites in the materials list.) Then, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to slip fishhook-shaped ear wires through the tassels and insert the top loops of the tassels inside; pinch the wire closed, and they're ready to wear.
You can make this quilt for the newest little bundle of joy in your circle, but it also makes a thoughtful gift for someone who just needs to let their hair down (or enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation). The tassel-like ties hold the quilt together in lieu of stitches—in fact, they're called "quilt knots."
A scarf is always a great holiday idea—especially one in this classic buffalo plaid print. There's an editor's trick to its frayed fringe-looking edge—all you need to do is work by pulling a single string. With this project, you'll end up with two handmade scarves, so you can outfit a cozy couple or wear the matching one yourself.
Wrap yourself up in the cozy comfort of our throw that's been "knit" by weaving your arms in a tangle of super-chunky yarn. In neutral hues that are yarn dyed for color that lasts, it fits naturally in any room of the home. No knitting needles or much skill is required—just your own two hands and a patient, giving spirit.
Sewn Felt Slippers
Comfy cozy slippers are always a great go-to gift. But homemade slippers? They're fit to perfection. These slippers, with a moccasin-inspired design, are made from a single piece of felt. Use our printable template, choose a festive color, and start to stitch.
Give the gift of a great cocktail—a must once the hectic holidays are all said and done. We have the recipe mixers for Hibiscus-Ginger, Spicy Cinnamon, or Fennel Orange. Make a big batch to gift for the season, which can be stored in bottles and refrigerated for up to one month. Did we mention these make for great hostess gifts?
Goat's Milk Soap
This set of pretty little soaps is as simple and fun to make as it is to give. With only four ingredients, it's time-efficient to put together, too. You can choose between pink sea salt or dry oatmeal for rich exfoliation, and we have several different types of labels to put on each gift box.
Iron-On Appliqué Leather Clutch
Our editors love appliqués for the same reasons that you do—they're speedy, easy, and essentially foolproof. Embroidered patches with an adhesive backing can be ironed onto almost any item in your closet: think jackets, jeans, shoes, skirts, or even a leather clutch such as this one. Mix and match them (or add a metallic tassel looped through the zipper pull) to make a one-of-a-kind purse that the recipient is sure to covet.
Denim Tech Case
He has it all—an iPhone, tablet, laptop, and more—except for the protective case to carry them in. This project uses an easy-to-follow diagram and sturdy denim fabric to design an accessory that fits all of his portable electronics.