Whether there’s a birthday, new baby, housewarming party, wedding, or holiday coming up, crocheted gifts are a sweet and thoughtful way to treat a friend, coworker, or family member. However, sometimes it can be tricky to find the perfect gift to give. In this post, I’ve put together 25 crochet gift ideas to get you started. No matter who you need a gift for (him, her, adults, kids…anyone!) or what occasion you have on your calendar, I’m confident that this list will have an idea that you’ll love!
Crochet Gift Ideas
Have you ever stared at an invitation just racking your brain for a thoughtful, practical, or unique gift to bring?
Are you tired of buying gift cards for your loved ones for every occasion?
I’ve definitely been there.
Crochet gifts are a perfect way to show your family and friends that you’ve been thinking of them. They can be practical, modern, or unique. You can spend weeks working on a crochet gift project, but many can also be completed in an hour or less!
Here are some occasions in which a crochet gift would be a perfect fit:
Some of the patterns below require additional supplies, so be sure to read through the supplies list for your specific pattern before getting started.
Choosing Yarn for Gifts
Here are a few tips for choosing the best yarn to use for your crocheted gift.
Choose fiber content to suit the project.
Certain fibers are best for specific projects. For example, dishcloths and facecloths generally do best with durable, easy-to-wash cotton yarn. On the other hand, cuddly stuffed animals will probably turn out better when made with a jumbo fleece yarn.
In this list, you’ll find the ideal yarn weight and type of yarn for each pattern listed right here within the post for easy access. You can substitute these if you’d like – just be sure to take the yarn weight and fiber content into account.
Choose the best quality you can afford, so the gift lasts.
If you’re going to invest time into making a thoughtful gift, it’s important to make sure it lasts! You’ll want to use durable, high-quality yarn, especially if the item will get a lot of use or be washed regularly. Again, take into account the suggested fiber type and yarn weight for your project (suggestions are included within this post).
Choose superwash or washable fiber and include care instructions.
Of course, if you’re making anything that might need to be washed, check to ensure that your yarn is indeed washable. Acrylic, cotton, or superwash wool would be a good choice. Additionally, it’s also a good idea to include care instructions for your gift.
Consider whether or not the recipient has allergies.
Keep in mind that some people are allergic to animal-based products, such as wool. For those with sensitivities, wool can cause rashes and breakouts. Alpaca wool, however, tends to cause fewer sensitivities than other types of wool since it doesn’t contain lanolin. Alpaca yarn could be a good alternative for some recipients.
If you want to be on the safe side, choose a synthetic yarn, such as acrylic, bamboo, cotton, or linen, just to name a few.
25 Crochet Gift Ideas (+ Free Patterns)
Enjoy these 25 free crochet gift ideas for adults, kids, friends, family, or whoever is on your gift-giving list!
This chunky crochet hat makes a perfect gift, yet it’s very beginner friendly. The stretchy ribbing stitch pattern gives it a knit look even though this hat requires no special stitches. If you can single crochet and half double crochet, you can make this beanie!
These eco-friendly face scrubbies are washable, reusable, and gentle on the skin. They’re quick to make and great for using up leftover yarn. Face scrubbies make a unique gift for friends and family who might want to replace their makeup wipes with a safer, more sustainable option.
Everyone can use a handmade, durable potholder! These beautiful potholders are easy to crochet and make perfect gifts for Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays, or housewarming parties. They’re made double thick to stand up well to hot temperatures.
These straightforward mittens are made using the single crochet stitch. This mitten pattern is available in three different sizes. Embellish them with designs or keep them simple. Either way, you can make sure that your loved ones’ hands stay warm with this cozy pattern!
This quick and easy can cozy is perfect for keeping drinks cool. Pair this cozy with a favorite beverage, and you’ve got a complete gift on your hands! The fun texture is made by using the moss stitch (instructions included!).
These sturdy nesting baskets are perfect for organization. You’ll need a few pieces of plastic canvas to layer the sides and keep these baskets standing up nice and tall. I love that these are so pretty for decorating but also so practical!
These cozies are perfect for small candle jars or succulents. When finished, they measure about 4” x 3.5”. If your cozy seems small as you’re making it, don’t worry. You’ll be surprised at how much stretch this cotton yarn offers!
Here’s a unique crochet gift that will add a vintage, homey touch to any table. You can make these granny square placemats in light, summer tones, or in winter colors. The suggested Pima cotton is durable and machine washable.
Need a crochet gift idea for mom? Who can’t use new kitchen hand towels? These towels are also great for housewarming or new neighbor gifts. The sewn button keeps them hanging securely so they’re always ready for drying hands or dishes.
Keep jewelry safe and organized with these crocheted dishes. This project would make a lovely and thoughtful gift for gifting to a mom, sister, or friend who enjoys jewelry. You could also consider purchasing a necklace or bracelet to complete your gift! After crocheting, you’ll starch and block your tray to give it extra sturdiness.
These quick crocheted bookmarks are the perfect gift for any book-lovers in your life! They can take as little as 20 minutes to make. Any DK or worsted yarn will work well for this project, which makes them excellent for using up scraps. Check the instructions to see how to block your bookmark in order to prevent curling.
Here’s a practical crochet gift for yoga lovers! The lacy design allows the yoga mat to stay dry while also making it so much easier to carry around. If you want, you can add beads to make this bag even more unique.
Looking for the perfect crochet gift ideas for Christmas? Look no further! These fingerless mitts are ideal for keeping hands toasty warm while still allowing for finger dexterity. The ribbed stitching gives them a knit look and also allows them to be stretchy and comfortable.
This crochet doll makes a lovely, personal gift for a little one in your life. This doll stands about 8.5”-9” tall depending on your yarn and hook size (see pattern for details). Get as creative as you want with this little doll - you can even crochet or sew her a wardrobe!
Reusable water balloons? Yes, please! These colorful balloons are fun for kids and adults alike. Simply soak, throw, wash, and repeat! No more picking up balloon scraps all over the yard every time the water balloons come out.
This pattern makes an enjoyable puzzle for adults and kids, but even babies love to roll around with the colorful ball. This puzzle ball comes apart in three segments. This pattern is best for intermediate crocheters.
Crochet gift ideas for him aren’t always easy to find, but these golf club covers make a super thoughtful gift for the men in your life! Choose his favorite colors and start crocheting. These covers are best for intermediate crocheters.
Looking for a crochet gift idea for your crafty friends? This crochet hook roll is both practical and stylish. This pattern contains 12 “pockets” for holding crochet hooks, but the instructions explain how to easily adjust for more or less if you so choose.
Here’s a modern crochet gift duo that’s perfect for adventurous friends or family. The water bottle bag is a perfect way to help remind your loved ones to stay hydrated! And the fashionable, larger bag, while lightweight, is roomy enough to hold all kinds of goodies, whether at the beach, the park, or the grocery store.
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