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7 Handmade Gifts That Are Better Than Anything in the Store

Now that the holiday shopping season has officially kicked off, it’s time to make your list and check it twice to find just the right gifts for everyone on your list.

But don’t be blinded by the glitter and gilt of flashy ads for expensive gifts. Giving someone a handmade gift is a heartfelt gesture that shows you took the time to make something you thought they would really enjoy. Your homemade holiday gifts are sure to be the most cherished gifts of the season.

So, deciding to make a handmade gift is the easy part. Knowing just what to make can be tricky. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at these fun and festive homemade gift ideas.

Chocolate-Dipped Spoons

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If you’re looking for ideas for homemade gifts for the coffee and cocoa drinkers in your life, a chocolate-dipped spoon that’s fully loaded with yummy embellishments is a sweet surprise. And you don’t need to be a crafter to be good at making these. All you need are thrift store spoons, chocolate, candy decorations, and a few craft store finds to pull these together. See how to make them here.

Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments

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A cute add-on to your chocolate-dipped spoons, these hot cocoa mix ornaments are adorable single servings of hot chocolate in a clear glass ornament, layered with marshmallows, sprinkles, and chocolate chips. Thoughtful and easy to make, these are great gifts for co-workers, and gifts for kids.

Dip Mix Ornaments

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Why not take your ornament-filling skills to the savory side with these savory dip mix ornaments. Just use a funnel to fill your ornaments with powdered dip mixes and include a printable gift tag with instructions for how to prepare and serve the dip. Add some good-quality crackers, and your homemade gift is complete—and perfect for hostess gifts and friendship gifts.

Gingerbread Fudge

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Giving sweet treats for the holidays is always a gift—and this unique gingerbread fudge is packed full of all the flavors of a favorite cookie. For a festive twist, use a cookie cutter—like a gingerbread man--to cut the fudge into cute shapes. This homemade gift idea is a fun gift for her, gift for your sister, and cute gift for mom.  

Soy Candles

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If making homemade candles seems a little ambitious, you’re in for a surprise. These homemade candles are shockingly easy to make and you’ll feel like a Martha after you’ve perfected this fun craft. Be sure to play this one safe, though, because you’re working with hot wax. You’ll be proud to give these homemade gifts to mom, gifts for sister, or sister-in-law gifts.

Chocolate Almond Clusters

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Three ingredients and a microwave are all you need to whip up chocolate almond clusters that look like you slaved over a hot stove for hours. Chances are there is someone on your list that loves chocolate and almonds—and this handmade candy gift has their name written all over it.  Sweet and salty homemade gifts always make great gifts for him, gifts for dad, and gifts for your brother.

Handwritten Notes

Creating a handmade gift can mean putting your special touch on a personalized holiday gift. Like KindNotes. KindNotes is a customizable jar of 31 handcrafted messages, enclosed in mini decorative envelopes, for your recipient to open anytime they need a pick-me-up.

Start by choosing from our selection of festive keepsake jars with coordinating crinkle cut, envelopes, and embellishments. Then make it your own by selecting from our library of messages or writing your own holiday wishes on blank papers. Your customized KindNotes is a thoughtful handmade gift that will be cherished throughout the holiday season and well into the new year.

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