Don't panic - you can still have that handmade holiday or birthday, and do some stash busting while you're at it! Here are some great last minute crochet gifts, each of which takes less than 200 yards of yarn! Now updated in 2021 with even more categories and gift ideas!
Crochet Gifts For Kids:
- Sparky the Monster by Stacey Trock, for Knitting Fever: There are all sorts of monsters here to make, and they are all adorable. But I have to admit Sparky is my favorite!
- Hermione the Unicorn by Dawn Toussaint, a Ravelry download: How cute is this!? I know so many little girls who would treasure their very own handmade unicorn.
- Mrs. Murdock's Mittens by Brenda K. B. Anderson, on Crochet Me: Simple stitches and a classic shape make this a quick crochet project in any of the three size!
- Shark Time Pouch on Moogly: This is one of my most popular patterns, and it takes only about 100 yards of yarn!
- Gecko Book Mark by Lion Brand Yarn: Pair it with a great book for a fantastic gift.
- Bandana Scarf Bib: Perfect for their first birthday or holiday feast!
- Magical Toadstool Finger Puppet Set: Let their imagination soar with this set - customize the look and add your own little puppets too...the toadstool is the carrying case to keep it all neat!
- Tooth Fairy's Tooth Pillow: Make it a little easier for the tooth fairy to do her job with this adorable pillow!
Crochet Gifts For Teens:
- Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanies: Slouchy hats are hip as can be! (Though saying that probably makes me un-hip.)
- Owl Cell Phone Cozy by Linda Cyr, on Craft Yarn Council: Just 75 yards of yarn and a button make this clever cozy!
- Dragon Egg by Susan Gater, a Ravelry download: A great pouch or dice bag - great for gamers as well as fans of Game of Thrones.
- Easy Listening Ear Bud Covers on Moogly: Teens love listening to their electronics, but you don't have to love hearing it! Use plastic lacing for a tough cover that wipes clean!
- Crochet Chain Link Necklace by Shara Lambeth, on Shara Lambeth Designs: Such fun! I can see both guys and girls going for this tongue in cheek piece.
- Hyperbolic Velvet Scrunchies: Scrunchies are back in a big way - use up your odds and ends to whip up a bunch!
Crochet Gifts For The Chef:
- Everyone needs to clean up, so make it fun with the Basketweave Scrubby Cloth, Ripple Puff Cleaning Cloth, or Rainbow Flower Scrubby Dishcloth!
- Crochet Flower Hot Pad on FreeCraft Unlimited: I've made one of these myself - super fun and fast project!
- Wiggle It Crochet Trivet on Moogly: The table blooms with flowers (and delicious food) when you use these trivets!
- Crochet Grocery Bag by Haley Waxberg, on Knit-O-Matic Yarns: Scroll down to find this fast and easy pattern. Great for any eco-friendly people on your list!
- Christmas Crochet Teapot Pattern by Twisted Yarn: How festive is this?!
- Cactus Potholders: Pretty, practical, and great when they already have a ton of plants (be sure to check out the plant lovers collection below too!)
Crochet Gifts For the Fashionista:
- Well Dressed Dog Coat and Matching Cowl: Because nothing says fashion like matching with your furry bestie!
Boutique Ribbed Cable Cloche by Guinevere Parisi, a Ravelry Download: This hat has a great vintage look.
- Nordstrom Crochet Hobo Bag by Dao Lam, on Just One More Line: I've made this pattern myself - it works up very fast, and looks great!
- Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf on Moogly: This pattern has been out for less than two weeks but it's already one of my top patterns. People are reporting making them in less than two hours!
- Crochet Beaded Necklace by Devon Clement, on Notes from the Something: This detailed tutorial teaches you to make beaded necklaces using very basic stitches. I've been meaning to try this!
- Lizzie by Lisa Gutierrez, on GoodKnits: These little slippers are super fashion forward, and great to slip in a pouch for when those high heels are just too much to take any more. And much more stylish than stocking feet when everyone has to remove their snow boots!
- Hygge Cloud Hat (and Super Scarf): So the matching scarf takes a bit more yarn, but you can make this hat with odds and ends!
Crochet Gifts For Teachers, Friends, and Co-workers:
- Crooked Coffee Cozy by Danyel Pink, on CrazySocks Crochet Blog: This is a great beginner pattern, and a great way to wrap up a gift card for their favorite coffee shop.
- Little Christmas Tree by Iga Pączek, on Tako-san: These are adorable and take just 40 yards of yarn! A great way to spread some cheer and stash bust those odds and ends!
- Mug Coaster Cozy by Micah York, a Ravelry download: Make sure Bob and Sally don't get their mugs mixed up again! (Remember what happened last time?)
- Pampering Massage Soap Saver on Moogly: Pair it with a bar of locally made soap or one of the goodies from Bean Tree Soap!
- Felted Purse Organizer by Josephine Woo, on Little Projects, via the Wayback Machine: This is so smart! For everyone who loves being organized - or could get a little more so!
- Little Bow Gift Bag: Grab your odds and ends of acrylic and whip these up for all those little gifts!
- Cord Nesting Bowls: A great gift for the hostess with the mostest!
- Christmas Tree Coffee Cozy: This one is a little seasonal, but so much fun!
Crochet Gifts For the Fellow Crafter:
- Donut Pincushion by Nevadamama, on Crochetville: So fun, and zero calories!
- Snail Tape Measure by Karen Null, on Karen's Knittin' Crap: Love this! A tape measure is a must for any crafter, and this one is sure to be treasured.
- Crochet Needle Case by Karen Janine, on Mitten and Makings: Very cute, very handy, very little yarn and very fast to make!
- Nifty Needle Case: Or perhaps with a closure?
- Tower of Babel Hook Stand by Eleanor Howe, a Ravelry download: A great way for them to show off their hook collection!
- Simply Crocheted Stitch Markers by Pickle Soup, a Ravelry Download: Make them as is for knitting stitch markers, or add a lobster claw clasp to the loop for crochet stitch markers!
Crochet Gifts For the Plant Lovers:
- Planting Seeds Flower Pot Cozy: Perfect for making with the kids - and there's a printable card for teachers included!
- Patons Plant Hanger, on Yarnspirations: Get the "macrame" look with this diamond stitch planter!
- Lucky Pineapple Plant Hangers: Air plants are so easy to care for - and this pattern turns them into fun fruit!
- Crochet Hanging Plant Trio on Yarnspirations: So many plants, gotta hang them in bunches!
- Large Potted Plant Crochet Cozy on Yarnspirations: Such a fancy plant!
Crochet Gift Baskets and Containers to Fill and Give:
- Emergency Basket: Whip up this big basket and fill it with their faves - from treats to skincare to BBQ supplies!
- Button Up Basket: This basket is a little smaller than the one above, but it features these fun and functional buttons - click through to see just how clever it is!
- Cushy Cube Storage Bin: Those cube shelves are everywhere now! Crochet custom cubes to match the decor - lovely!
- Beer Growler Cozy: Beer, kombucha, whatever their beverage of choice, be sure they carry it in style and safety!
- Super Sturdy Basket: You can find these sorts of bases in craft stores and online, for a whole different look!
Do you start your crochet gift crafting ahead of time, or do you hook right up to the last minute? What's your go-to gift when you need something fast? This year mine is the Tasty Little Chevron Bag. Share your ideas in the comments!