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Homemade Gifts for Everyone on Your List

This holiday season, make these easy, personalized handmade gifts for your loved ones.

By Amy Ahlberg
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    Chocolate-dipped pretzels

    Everyone loves these sweet and salty treats, and they're extra festive when coated with holiday-colored sprinkles. Package your finished pretzels up in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon.

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    Pet pillow

    All you need to make a soft pet bed for Fido or Fluffy is a foam insert and colorful dishtowels (plus iron-on fasteners). Use fabric markers to write the lucky pet's name on one end.

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    Personalized tote

    Make a personalized carryall—think names, pictures, sorority letters, and more—with iron-on silhouettes.

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    Chocolate bark

    This gourmet gift looks like more work than it actually is. Make the recipe your own by using your favorite combination of dried fruit and toasted nuts.

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    Map coasters

    These fun coasters make great gifts for the avid traveler in your life. You can also personalize them with a shared favorite location.

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    Hand-poured candle

    Pour soy wax into flea market teacups or sugar bowls to make charming gifts for the vintage-lovers on your list.

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    Etched glasses

    Great idea for newlyweds, but also anyone who loves to entertain: Etch an initial or monogram (or fun pattern) onto a vase, or a set of inexpensive glassware.

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    Bejeweled barrettes

    Go from dime-store clips to boutique beauties by using super glue to attach colorful or sparkly beads.

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    Baby bib

    An easy dish towel project: A bib that’s not only pretty, but large enough to be truly functional.

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    Recipes as art

    Frame a cherished, handed-down recipe for a loved one who cooks, and pair it with a photo from the family album to make it twice as meaningful.

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    Flower hair pin

    Handmade fabric flowers added to a hair clip (or headband) dress up a bun or ponytail.

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    Pegboard organizer

    Make your favorite handyman’s workspace organized and efficient with this organizer. Part of the gift? Your time to help set up shop.

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    Skateboard clock

    Your skater boy will love telling time with a one-of-a-kind wall clock made from the board.

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    Scented body scrub

    Make a homemade spa treatment for a fraction of what it would cost in a specialty store, with easily available ingredients.

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    Fun mittens

    Even if you can't stitch much, you can personalize store-bought fleece mittens with a few sew-on additions, like the first and last initial of your friend.

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    Ribbon belt

    Use grosgrain or velvet ribbon and D-rings from the fabric store to make an eye-catching, adjustable belt that’s a cinch to put together.

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    Car travel kit

    The new (or seasoned) drivers in your life will be pleased—as well as prepared—with car essentials packed into a kit that can slide under a seat or be stowed in the trunk.

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