Something you make with your own hands, especially an ornament or decoration, is a handicraft. You might buy some local handicrafts on your trip to Mexico, like woven bags or handmade toys, as gifts for your family.

Things that are made with machines or on a large scale aren't considered handicrafts. Instead, items made by artisans like pottery, handwoven blankets, handmade jewelry, and quilts stitched by hand are all examples of handicrafts. The word comes from the Old English handcræft, "skill of the hand," and was probably modeled after handiwork.

Definitions of handicraft
  1. noun
    a work produced by hand labor
    synonyms: handcraft, handiwork, handwork
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    type of:
    piece of work, work
    a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
  2. noun
    a craft that requires skillful hands
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    the craft of binding books
    sewing, stitching
    joining or attaching by stitches
    creating thread
    creating fabric
    creating knitted wear
    creating a garment of needlework
    lace making, tatting
    the act or art of making handmade lace
    needlecraft, needlework
    work (such as sewing or embroidery) that is done with a needle
    blind stitching
    stitching that is not easily seen or noticed
    surgical joining of two surfaces
    creating nets
    type of:
    craft, trade
    the skilled practice of a practical occupation
    arts and crafts
    the arts of decorative design and handicraft
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