Simple Inexpensive Handmade Crafts for Thank You Gifts


Whether you are thanking someone for helping you through a hard time, lending you a hand for a few hours or having you over for dinner, give a small gift as a token of your appreciation. The most thoughtful types of thank-you gifts are handmade ones, as they show that you care enough to spend time making something.

Crocheted Potholders

  • People who already know how to crochet can make a pair of simple potholders in less than an hour. Because the potholders are not very large, they do not require much yarn and are therefore quite inexpensive. Choose a design that includes a loop so the recipient can hang the potholders from a hook in the kitchen. These gifts are appropriate for thanking a hostess or for thanking someone who gave you baked goods or brought a meal to your home.

Greeting Cards

  • Handmade greeting cards are inexpensive and useful for somebody who corresponds by mail frequently. For each card, start with a piece of folded card stock. Embellish with ribbon, buttons, paper punches and scissors that create patterned edges. Rubber stamps and scrapbook-type stickers can help designate the cards for specific occasions. For example, use a rubber stamp that says "Happy Holidays" to stamp a piece of light green paper that you can glue to a red card to make a holiday card. A thank-you gift should have at least four handmade cards tied together with a piece of ribbon.

Jar Mixes

  • Any recipe that uses mostly dry ingredients can make a simple gift when presented in a glass jar. Cookies, muffins and bean soup are just a few options. Each jar should contain all of the dry ingredients, either mixed together or layered in the jar, plus an instruction card on top with details on how to cook the recipe. Purchase canning jars for these mixes or thoroughly wash and remove the labels from jelly, spaghetti sauce or applesauce jars. For a special handmade touch, place a square of fabric over the jar opening before screwing the lid on.


  • A bookmark is a simple and thoughtful gift, especially when thanking somebody for giving or lending you a book. Designs can vary depending on the types of crafts that appeal most to you. For a simple bookmark, cut out letters to spell "thank you" and glue them onto a bookmark of a different color. For a more complex project, press fresh flowers, arrange them on a strip of white or colored card stock, and protect them by laminating with an at-home kit.

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