5 Reasons to Start Making Handmade Gifts in July

We’ve all heard of Christmas in July, but it really is the the perfect time to start planning and working on those handmade gifts.

Anne Merrow Jul 19, 2023 - 4 min read

5 Reasons to Start Making Handmade Gifts in July Primary Image

Start your spinning in July and you’ll be able to finish several gifts just in time for the holidays! Photo by Matt Graves

By the third week in July, I’ve barely recovered from the holidays. The socks I promised my Dad are finally finished (only 18 months late), and all I want to do is spin for the Tour de Fleece and think only of myself. But this is the perfect time to start spinning, knitting, or weaving your handmade gifts.

Here are 5 reasons to start making handmade gifts in July (and 5 things to make):

Make this: Eye of Partridge Cowl by Jennifer Raymond, which can be found in the special issue, Spin + Knit, in the Spin Off Library. Photo by George Boe

1. Gifts are cool.

I usually give hats, mittens, and socks as holiday gifts—none of them big, heavy sweaters that I would make for myself. I can bring a small handmade gift in process and work on it without melting.


Make this: Secret Garden Mitts by Heather Zoppetti, from Spin + Knit in the Spin Off Library. Photo by George Boe

2. Gifts pack easily.

Not only do gifts stay off my lap, they’re also easy to stow away when I’m on the go. As someone who packs knitting in my back pocket for a 40-mile bike ride, I appreciate a wee hat knitted from 50 grams of yarn as a summer project.


Make this: Stone & Fire Cowl by Amy Tyler. Download the free eBook, 7 Cowls, to Spin, Make & Give from the Spin Off Library. Photo by George Boe

3. You can take your time making handmade gifts in July.

A deadline can be motivating, but unless you really like working down to the wire, you can enjoy the process more when you have months to finish instead of days (or hours). Take your time to make something you enjoy.

Make these: Natural Colored Cotton Dish Towels by Gisela Evitt, from the Weaving with Handspun eBook in the Spin Off Library. Photo by Joe Coca

4. The yarn you’ll use for gifts is good summer yarn.

Do you know someone who claims to be allergic to wool? Someone who can’t be trusted to hand-wash handmade gifts? That sounds like someone you should give cotton, linen, washable wool, or lyocell/viscose. (Those are also fibers you can get a little dirty when camping or drop in the pool without much damage, as long as you wash them quickly.)

Make this: Humpty Dumpty Was Made of Handspun Yarn by Deborah McQueen Corder, from the Handspun Gifts eBook in the Spin Off Library. Photo by Joe Coca

5. Come winter, you’ll be so happy you did.

When the hectic holidays roll around, a completed handmade gift is a gift you give yourself.

Anne Merrow is Editorial Director and a co-founder of Long Thread Media.

Originally published July 18, 2018; updated July 23, 2019; updated July 19, 2023.