It's the thought that counts when giving gifts, and that's even more true with handmade gifts. Forget Black Friday — we're celebrating homemade gifts and the makers that craft them with the Homemade Gift Contest. Enter your gifts for a chance to win a 13” Chromebook, Kindle Fire, warm winter blanket, and enough hot cocoa to last you until next holiday season.

We’re looking for all kinds of entries for this contest and we’ll be giving out special judges’ prizes for the best stocking stuffer and toy. Show us your Instructables for personalized leather belts, custom word clocks, handmade toys, and anything else you make for your friends and loved ones. As Mother Theresa would say: “ It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” So put a little love into your Instructables, and we’ll give some back. Who’s on your gift list this year?

Please be sure that your entry into the contest contains original photos and text. Entries without original photos and text will be denied.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

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The Homemade Gifts Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

21 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prize: Stocking Stuffer (1)

One winner of the Judges' prize for a stocking stuffer gift will receive:

Judges' Prize: Toy (1)

One winner of the Judges' Prize for a project documenting the build of a toy will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten runner up prize winners will receive:
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Dec 1, 2014 and Jan 12, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Homemade Gifts Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.