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DIY Small Gift Ideas

Updated on September 4, 2014

Ideas and Suggestions for Small Gifts

We live in a small house, we're always on a small budget (lol) and because family and friends are so scattered it's much easier and cheaper to mail small gifts.

Here are a few smaller DIY gifts to consider making for those of you who have similar needs and likes. You'll find my original crochet pattern for this hand sanitizer carry along further down the page. I hope you enjoy the ideas presented here and thanks for visiting! :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Japanese Otedama Bags - Gift Idea
Japanese Otedama Bags - Gift Idea

DIY Small Gift Idea # 1 Japanese Otedama Bags

Sachiko from Tea Rose Home guest posted a tutorial on Living With Punks.

Each bag is made of 4 strips that measure 1 3/4" x 3 1/2" and these strips are sewn together and stuffed with small beans. This present is the the perfect size for a younger child to practice their juggling skills safely. :)

(Photo credit Tea Rose Home Blog)

DIY Ideas - Spoon Ring Tutorial
DIY Ideas - Spoon Ring Tutorial

DIY Gift # 2 - Sterling Silver Spoon Rings

Back in the day, I got married with a spoon ring because that's all we could afford. This sterling silver handmade spoon ring is so dear to me, I actually wear the spoon ring more often than I wear the diamond ring which I eventually got. So when I saw this fabulous spoon ring tutorial I knew it was a keeper to share with you on this page of small gifts.

Here you go. Thank you Kirsten! :)


(Photo credit Kirsten @Through the Front Door)

DIY Gift Idea # 3 - Crochet Hand Sanitizer Carry Along

DIY Small Gift Ideas - Crochet Hand Sanitizer Carry Along
DIY Small Gift Ideas - Crochet Hand Sanitizer Carry Along

This is a very handy item and it's super easy to make. Once completed the key ring can be attached to your purse or car keys so finding hand sanitizer when you need it is simple. You can also make your own hand sanitizer to refill the small bottle. :)

For each carry along, you'll need: 1" diameter key ring, sz 5 steel crochet hook, cotton crochet thread, .5 fl oz hand sanitizer (bought at my local pharmacy on sale for 50 cents per bottle.)

Begin. Chain 1. Single Crochet (sc) all around key ring encasing ring in thread. Slip stitch (Sl st) together at end.

Row 1 Half Double Crochet (hdc) first st. Chain 1. Repeat every other sc. Sl st together.

Row 2 Chain 1. sc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.

Row 3 Chain 2. hdc every other sc. Sl st together..

Row 4 Chain 2. sc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.

Row 5 Chain 2. hdc every other sc. Sl st together.

Row 6 Chain 2. sc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.

Row 7 Chain 2. hdc every other sc. Sl st together.

Row 8 Chain 2. sc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.

Row 9 Chain 1. hdc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.

Row 10 Chain 1. sc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.

Row 11. NO CHAIN. sc in each opening all way around Sl st together.

To form handle: Chain 1. sc in next 5 openings. Turn. Repeat 10 to 12 rows as desired. Knot at end and leave long "tail" to hand stitch handle in place. It's done! :)

Note: This was my first attempt at writing crochet instructions, so I beg your forgiveness if it sounds a little wonky. oooops! :/

Idea # 4 Hair Bandana Ties

Small Gift Ideas - Hair Bandana Ties
Small Gift Ideas - Hair Bandana Ties

I made five of these hair bandana ties for a young friend of mine. They travelled all the way to New Jersey and arrived on her birthday. This diy small gift is quick and inexpensive to boot.

Happy Birthday Jolie! (she's one of my animal advocate online co-horts).

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Flower Hair Clips for Shoes
DIY Flower Hair Clips for Shoes

DIY Small Gift Ideas # 5

DIY Flower Hair Clips for Shoes

These are actual diy flower hair clips made by Maegan. She made some a while back for her hair, for her Christmas tree and now just look what she's done!

Aren't these fabulous? I would LOVE to receive a pair, but I may just have to make them to gift to myself.They are simply lovely!.....sigh. :)

(Photo credit Maegan @love Maegan blog)

Red Gingham Takeout Boxes (1 dz)
Red Gingham Takeout Boxes (1 dz)

Aren't these classic and cool? :)

 
Small Gift Idea - Leather Pocket via CraftyStaci
Small Gift Idea - Leather Pocket via CraftyStaci

Small Gift Idea # 6 - Leather Pocket for Loyalty Cards

Staci of Crafty Staci really knows how to get the most out of a smallish scrap of leather. This present is great for anyone who wants to get the most use of loyalty cards. Staci shares her tutorial here.

(Photo credit CraftyStaci.com)

Idea for DIY Small Gift #7 Homemade Firestarters

Homemade Firestarters
Homemade Firestarters

Gerbermom crafted these DIY spice and herb firestarters which are so incredibly clever and easy to make. She has all the how-to steps on her blog, henry happened. A trio of these would make a charming Hostess gift, don't you think?

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Just curious. What's the best thing you ever received in a small package?

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    • DawnRae64 profile image

      Dawn 

      4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Before i forget, thank you for visiting my Tivoli Radio lens! I love this lens. I love the crocheted hand sanitizer holder. I think i can do that. And i know who would love it as a gift. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Bartukas 

      5 years ago

      Great gift ideas thank you :)

    • HealthfulMD profile image

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      I was looking for a crochet pattern for hand sanitizer holders. Thanks

    • Paul Ward profile image

      Paul 

      5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Clever - looking good but practical.

    • techmom profile image

      techmom 

      5 years ago

      chocolate, of course! I love your gift ideas here though!

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      marsha32 

      5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: The females are getting plastic bag holders from me this year....that is if I ever get them sewn. I have a start, all the material is cut at least.

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      marsha32 

      5 years ago

      Other than money? LOL

      I love your ideas here! I've pinned it to my craft ideas board.

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      aquarian_insight 

      5 years ago

      Fabulous ideas - I love DIY gifts.

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love all of your small gifts. These are right up my alley. I love that your wedding ring was a spoon ring!

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      You come up with the greatest craft ideas. One year, I made everyone quilted bags (the kind you hang in your kitchen to hold all those plastic grocery bags).

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