Looking for inspiration for holiday gift ideas for women?
When you are looking for a homemade gift idea for Mom, Grandma, aunties, friends or daughters, it can be hard to know where to start.
Whenever I am making a gift for someone, I like to sit down and have a think about that person.
What are her interests, hobbies, favourite foods, places, sporting teams, music...? What might she like to receive? Does she like to have a good laugh? Is she sentimental?
Then I act on my ideas, and get creative!
Loves a laugh? Make her a gag gift, such as a novelty set of personalised magnets for her fridge.
Is the sentimental type? Make her a personalised calendar using photos of you and her throughout the years, or on a recent outing.
Is she under pressure and always busy? Make her a pamper kit filled with nice treats just for her (and perhaps a voucher offering to babysit for a few hours so she can have time to herself!).
If you have a particular set of skills already (knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, digital imaging, cooking, jewelry making...), use them to tailor a homemade gift.
If you don't have a particular skill, or just don't have the time right now to make something too complicated, then this page is just for you!
Below I have collated several holiday gift ideas for women that are perfect for the time-limited gifter. Have fun with them, and be sure to let me know how you get on!
DIY Brooch Tutorial:
Make a gorgeous wooden brooch using scrapbook paper and basic decoupage techniques. They are so simple and quick to make but look amazing. We've also made free printable gift tags for you to download so you can present your gift beautifully.
Homemade Vanilla Extract: Learn how to make vanilla extract with these step-by-step instructions. The recipe on this page is for full-strength vanilla extract, unlike some of the other recipes we've seen which will just give you vanilla-scented vodka. This is one of those fabulous holiday gift ideas for women, especially all those home bakers and foodie types, and we've even provided a pretty printable label so packaging it up is easy.
Homemade Tub Tea
For a twist on traditional bath salts, make our wonderfully relaxing bath tea mixture with oatmeal, lavender and epsom salts. You can present it in a jar, or fill some empty tea-bags for a novel gift idea.
With free printable labels and gift box to download!
How to Make a Notebook
These little notebooks are quick and easy to make out of a blank notecard or recycled cardboard. Who doesn't need a little notebook in their handbag?
How to Make Tile Coasters
A great gift for women who like pretty things in their kitchen. They're also perfect for housewarmings. You can decorate them either with scrapbooking paper or photos. I'll show you how to give them a glossy stainproof finish so they'll last and last.
This lavender soap recipe is quick and inexpensive to assemble, and the result is a fabulous homemade gift! With free printable gift labels to download, it takes the fuss out of thinking up holiday gift ideas for women as it's perfect for all the Aunts, cousins, sisters and your Mom.
Yummy Chocolate Truffle Recipe
Sew a Tote Bag:
This tote bag is perfect for days at the beach or summer picnics, and it's super easy to sew.
Lavender Hearts: This lavender heart is the perfect gift to sew if you are a complete beginner, or when you just feel like making something cute and easy.
A great holiday gift idea for your Mum or Gran, and make sure you make one for yourself too! They smell divine and look great hanging up around the house.
Refrigerator Magnet Crafts
Hot water bottle cover: This step-by-step tutorial will teach you how to make a hot water bottle cover out of an old wool scarf or blanket, and some scraps of fabric. And best of all, its an easy and inexpensive Christmas gift idea, perfect for those cold winter months!
Make a bulletin board: Make a bulletin board covered with funky fabric for your next homemade gift idea. They are super easy to make, inexpensive, and practical! All you need is fabric, thick cardboad, and glue.
Fabric Flowers (hand sew): Learn how to make fabric flowers with this easy design and step-by-step photo instructions. Perfect for glamming up a plain outfit, or use to make a gorgeous hair-clip.
Fabric Flowers (hot glue): Make pretty floral hair clips or brooches using this super-quick design with hot glue and fabric scraps! No sewing required. I'll show you two designs, a flat pinwheel style (picture here) and a puffy 3D rounded flower.
Making Felt Flowers in 3 Styles: Making felt flowers has become a bit of an addiction of mine recently as they look fabulous but are actually really quick and easy to make! On this page I'll show you how you can make three simple designs in a matter of minutes. Fabulous for last minute homemade gifts, whether a brooch, hair-clip or clothing.
Apron in a Jar: Made simply by sewing ribbon to an oversized napkin, this has to be one of the easiest homemade holiday gift ideas for women ever! A fun gift for your girlfriends or mum :-)
Homemade Gag Gifts: For women who like to have a good laugh!
I made this set of personalised fridge magnets for my Dad for Father's day, but my Mum is the one who gets the most joy out of them. She changes us around to wear different outfits every day!
Why not make your own set of novelty family magnets? Or create a series of inter-changeable outfits for a female friend who loves fashion!
Make sure you also browse through the other Gag Gift pages, as there are some great printable certificate templates, printable door hanger templates, and other novelty ideas such as the "expert jigsaw puzzle" (a bag of sawdust!), all great holiday gift ideas for women who have a sense of humour!
Bath and Body Recipes: Discover how to create aromatic bath salts, revitalising body scrubs, & fizzalicious bath bombs using my bath and body recipes. Wonderful as holiday gift ideas for women... but so good you'll want to keep them for yourself!
Why not put together a pamper hamper? You could even include a voucher or two, offering to help out with their housework, or give them an afternoon away from the kids.
Heart-shaped message: Guys, this is a great idea for that significant woman in your life. No, not your mom, the other significant woman.
This is seriously cute, and so easy to fold.
Follow the easy video instructions to make a heart shaped message, or make cute heart-shaped gift tags!
Make earrings and necklaces: Even if you have no jewelry making experience, you can make beautiful bead or pearl earrings and necklaces. Perfect for your mom, sister, grandma, or auntie. You can choose funky beads for teens, or classic pearls for an elegant individual :-)
These easy designs are made using a simple series of knots, so you don't need pliers, crimps, or any other special equipment.
Lariat Necklace: Create a funky design with any bits and bobs you can get your hands on, including beads and buttons, sequins and more!
And even better, no tools required to make this beautiful gift! Its ideal for Mother's day...
Memory Wire Bracelet: Make a bead bracelet using memory wire! Funky, pretty and really easy to make. Simple step-by-step instructions with photos.
Photo Calendar: Download my free photo calendar template to create a personalized calendar using microsoft word. All you need to do is pick 12 great photos, download the template, and follow my easy step-by-step video tutorial. Print it out on your home computer and voilà, a thoughtful and inexpensive homemade Christmas gift idea!
If your Mom likes flowers, why not take a series of photos of her favourite flowers and make her a themed calendar? Or, if she is the sentimental type, go through photos of the past and pick out ones that will hold special meaning for the two of you. This is one of my favourite holiday gift ideas for women as it is useful all year around.
Choc Brownies & other Decadent Treats: Do you someone who'd like a amazingly rich and chocolatey brownie with a divine gooey middle? I thought so. Because chocolate is a woman's best friend, never mind what the diamond marketers try to tell you :-)
And for a woman who loves pretty house decorations, here is a quick and easy no-sew method to make gorgeous decorative bunting.
Other ideas: There are many great homeade holiday gift ideas for women, and I will add more to this page in the coming weeks.
For now, consider making a gift basket, full of goodies that you are sure will be enjoyed (check out the Food page for recipe ideas).
If your recipient has a green thumb, then tailor a garden-themed present for her. Such as a homemade set of windchimes, a painted garden pot with some seeds for her to plant, cuttings from your own garden...
If she likes to write, you could make her a diary. Just cover a nice exercise book with pretty paper or fabric. Sprinkle through your favorite inspirational and heartwarming quotes.
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I hope you enjoyed my holiday gift ideas for women on this page. How did you go making them? If you'd like to share some of your own holiday gift ideas for women, or you just want to say hi, then you can contact me with this handy form. It's always a pleasure hearing from you :-)
Once you've made your gifts, you'll want to wrap them up all nice and pretty, so make sure you check out my gift wrapping page for creative ideas!