A quick, easy and very nice way to create a Home Crafted Birthday present, is to make up a basket of goodies for the Birthday person.
Pick a nice basket from the dollar store, and then, a theme. Say the recipient is a coffee fan, then, pick a nice mug - something feminine for a lady and perhaps something rugged for a man or one with a cute joke. Then, take a trip to your local coffee shop. Most will have small packages of different flavoured coffees available. Pick a selection and add to your basket. If you like to bake, maybe some nice ginger snaps or other spiced cookies could be added to the fold. Chocolate - perhaps. Or do the same with tea - there are lots of different teas available and you could add say some nice homemade jams, a small bowl and a spreader.
Bath Baskets are always a big hit both with men and women. There a lots of spa things available - like loofahs, and foot brushes and the like. Lotions and shower gels and powders can be added, along with some nice candles for ambiance.
Clear wraps are available and you can bundle every thing up in your basket and use tissue paper for fillers so things don't fall out. Then, wrap with the clear wrap and bundle the top with an elastic and then cover with a pretty ribbon.
I don't know about the rest of you, but all kinds of little things make my day.