8 DIY gift ideas for Hanukkah

Nov 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET

The eight days of Hanukkah deserve heartfelt attention, even if your budget is tight. These DIY gift ideas will delight the recipient and are a delight to make.

Ready to get creative with your gift list this year? These eight great ideas for Hanukkah will fit the bill.


Bath bombs

Bath Bombs

Photo credit: At Home with Meg Stone

A great gift for adults and kids alike, bath bombs are surprisingly easy to make. Meg Stone of At Home with Meg Stone gives you step-by-step instructions for using ball molds and just seven ingredients. You choose the fragrance and coloring. Stone even gives tips for creating a "marbling" effect with the coloring.


Embroidered gelt pouch

Embroidered gelt pouch

Photo credit: The Purl Bee

These sweet pouches have a personal touch with the monogram of the recipient on the front. Molly at The Purl Bee provides complete instructions and even offers a free Dreidel Game Rules printout, available for downloading.


Key chain embroidery kit

Key chain embroidery kit

Photo credit: Cool Mom Picks

LIz Gubbiner of Cool Mom Picks recommends these DIY key chain embroidery kits, available for $16 on Etsy. Billed as being simple enough for beginners but fun for even advanced stitchers, these key rings are made from lightweight, eco-friendly bamboo.


Crochet-covered sea stones

Crochet covered sea stones

Photo credit: The Purl Bee

Inspired by the work of artist Margaret Oomen, these crochet-covered stones are just the project if you already know how to crochet. They can be used as paperweights, or stacked as shown for an unusual decoration. You can get the crochet pattern, created by Oomen herself, for free at The Purl Bee. A step-by-step tutorial is also included.


Felted simcha soaps

Felted simcha soaps

Photo credit: Oy Crafts

Blogger Karen at Oy Crafts describes these soaps as the perfect Hanukkah gift: they're gender neutral, practical and smell like Hanukkah. Hanukkah, she explains, smells like chocolate and oranges — her childhood memories are of gelt and Jaffa oranges, which come into season during the winter months. Oy Crafts offers full instructions, including a Kosher source for those who do not want to make non-Kosher soap.


Mini clipboards

Mini clipboards

Photo credit: Echoes of Laughter

An easy project with great professional looking results, these mini clipboards require only the clipboards themselves, Mod Podge, scrapbooking paper of your choice and a Mod Podge brush. This is a good project for younger kids to help with and older kids to do on their own, says blogger Angie Pitre of Echoes of Laughter. And although Pitre lists it as a Christmas gift idea, it would be great to give for Hanukkah as well.


Yarn scrap bowl

Yarn scrap bowl

Photo credit: On Blueberry Hill

Flour, water, colorful yarn and a bowl to drape it all around are all it takes to make this fun, decorative bowl. A project kids can do on their own, this fanciful piece would add fun to any decor. Step-by-step instructions are available at On Blueberry Hill.


Sophisticated macrame bracelets

Sophisticated macrame bracelets

Photo credit: Honestly WTF

You might not ever think to put the words "sophisticated" and "macrame" in the same sentence, but these DIY bracelets fit the bill. Developed by blogger and executive editor Erica at Honestly WTF, these bracelets employ the simple square knot, nylon cords and glossy metal charms. They're sure to charm their recipients!

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