Are you tired of giving the same old store bought mass-produced gifts that everyone else is? These homemade Christmas gifts will be something they’ll actually want to receive, and you’ll feel good that you made it yourself.
DIY Family Photo Heirloom Ornaments
This inexpensive e-book will give you all the instructions and templates you will need to create one or more of these amazing family heirloom ornaments. Whether you choose old, weathered photos of their ancestors or up to date portraits of the clan, these Christmas decorations will last a lifetime.
Diy Money Tree
Sometimes what the kids want most at Christmas is money, but it can seem a bit of a bland gift to give. Jazz it up a little with a homemade money tree. This tutorial will show you how to create these sweet Christmas trees using card, twine, and bamboo skewers.
This basket backpack looks incredible, and yet it’s super simple to make at home and needs no sewing or gluing at all. Using skinny belts as the straps, you can recreate this beautiful DIY Christmas gift idea with just a couple of tools and some bookbinding screws.
DIY Bath Tea
Bath teas make wonderfully thoughtful gifts, especially as you can customize each one to suit the recipient. All you need is Epsom salt, a selection of dried flowers, and essential oils, and you can create soothing teas in either reusable organza bags or layered in a glass jar or test tube.
Diy Agate Coasters
Agate coasters make the most beautiful accessories for the home, but they can be expensive to buy. Follow the instructions given here, though, and you can create a set of faux agates using polymer clay, paint, glaze, and liquid gold leaf for a touch of luxury around the edges.
DIY Fleece Blankets
If you have a sewing machine, you can create one of these beautiful DIY fleece blankets in under 30 minutes. The perfect gift for the wintry months, these blankets can be edged in a choice of pompoms, jumbo Ric Rac, and bias binding – this tutorial shows you how to do all three.
Bubble Bath Gift Box
Put together a charming bubble bath gift box, like the one in this tutorial, for a thoughtful Christmas gift with a personal touch. Every item should scream indulgence, so include things like chocolate, wine (sparkling is best), bath salts, candles, and matches, or add in some bits you know she’d love.
DIY Christmas Light Leggings
These leggings are so much fun, and will make an awesome gift idea for Christmas. Using a plain pair of white leggings, this blog post will show you how to make these colorful vinyl light bulbs, and add them to the fabric before drawing in the cord strands between each one.
Chunky Knit Blanket
Chunky knit blankets are everywhere, and so they should be – they’re soft, luxurious, and give any home a serious touch of hygge. But even if you don’t know how to knit, you can create one yourself using just the yarn, your fingers, and the easy to follow instructions in this post.
Snowball Bath Bombs
There’ll be snowball fights of a different kind this year, because the whole family will be fighting to use these snowball bath bombs. Made with all-white ingredients and peppermint oil (or use your own choice), these easy-to-make treats will make fun but thoughtful stocking fillers or even secret Santa gifts.
DIY Snow Globes
These DIY snow globes are ridiculously easy to make, so would be a great crafting idea to do with the kids. Using just a glass jar, epoxy, water, glycerine, and glitter, you can create a sweet and snowy scene, with a Christmas tree or woodland animal at the center.
Paint Chip Bookmarks
Bookmarks make invaluable gifts for voracious readers, and have saved many a book from taking on a dog-eared appearance. Make a set of paint chip book marks by following these simple steps. You could make one in their favorite color, or give them a full set of rainbow ones.
Homemade Butter Gift
Homemade food items make lovely personal gifts, and compound butters are one of the easiest yet most effective ones you can find. Follow one of the recipes in the link, or find your own, and then store it in a pretty jar, finishing it off with one of the free printable labels.
Fabric Covered Tree Ornaments
If you’re looking for simpler Christmas ornaments to dress the tree with this year, these DIY versions are adorable. Made using cardboard craft shapes, Mod Podge, and fabric, you can create a set of ornaments to match the décor in your home, or make them as a gift for someone else.
DIY Eye Masks
Super simple to make and really inexpensive, these sleep masks will make fabulous stocking fillers for the girls in the family, or as a fun sleepover activity in the run-up to Christmas. Using plain masks and iron-on vinyl, you can personalize each one, or make a matching set for all the girls.
Spa Pedicure Gift in a Jar
Mason jars make the perfect basis for so many homemade gifts, and none more so than this spa pedicure gift in a jar. Choose color-themed feet treats, such as nail polish, files, foot cream and more, and add them to the jar along with the printable label included in this post.
Diy Flip Calendar
Make someone a truly personalized calendar by following the easy steps in this guide. All the dates, days, and months are included in the printable download, so all you have to do is print them out, choose 12 favorite photos, and then assemble them all as shown in this fun tutorial.
Rudolph Gift Card Holder
This is a cute way to give a gift card at Christmas, and it makes a fun craft idea to do with the kids. Using an empty toilet paper tube, googly eyes, fabric, tinsel, and any other festive decorations you happen to have, you can create this sweet Rudolph holder in minutes.
DIY Pine Scented Soy Candles
How pretty are these pine-scented candles? Homemade using soy wax chips, this candle features a pretty green and white striped effect which looks adorable through the clear glass, and will infuse the room with a Christmassy smell. You could even use peppermint and red dye for a candy cane version.
DIY French Fry Ornaments
Tree ornaments come in all shapes and sizes, and this unusual design will make a fabulously fun gift for someone who just loves fast food. Made from upholstery foam, these fries sit neatly inside a red French fry container, and combine to make a totally unique DIY Christmas gift.
Winters upon us and that means cold fingers and hands, and achy joints. Make them this heat pack and they’ll be able to stay warm through it all, and think of you each time they get a warm up. It’s made with rice and a bit of essential oils so it’s all natural and you don’t have to worry about some of the strange chemicals used on other heating packs.
Diy Arm Knit A Blanket In 45 Minutes
A thick blanket is perfect to snuggle up under when you’re watching Christmas movies, but you don’t have to buy it from a store. Instead, this blog post contains the perfect tutorial for you to learn how to arm knit a super cozy blanket for you to keep for yourself or to give as a gift.
Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub
This hand scrub is a thoughtful gift because we all need to wash our hands, and the kitchen makes a great spot to do so, but using dish soap for the job isn’t ideal. It’s so easy to make, and the color makes for a great presentation when you give it to them.
Keep loved ones always on their mind with this family keychain. It starts by changing pictures from color to black and white, and then affixing them to a series of keychain tabs, one for each family member. It’s a handy way to for them to remember their keys, and always see their family members smiling back at them.
Diy Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub
Coconut oil is really good for our skin, we all know that by now. This DIY coconut and lime sugar scrub will make the perfect gift for someone this year, and because it has just four ingredients, you’ll know that there’s no added chemicals in it.
Diy Hot Cocoa Stirrers
Is there anything better than drinking a delicious cup of cocoa in December, after a long day of Christmas shopping? These DIY hot cocoa stirrers will make a perfect stocking filler for your loved ones or maybe even added into your kid’s Christmas Eve boxes as a before bed treat.
Diy iPad Holder
One of the best things technology has brought us is the ability to cook new and exciting foods, but finding somewhere to prop your iPad on while you’re reading the recipe can be difficult – that’s why this DIY holder is ideal; you’ll be able to cook tasty foods while keeping your iPad clean.
Satisfy their sweet tooth with these homemade gumdrops. They come in all different colors but are all the same flavor, as you simply add a different food coloring in to get the different color. You can make as large an assortment of colors as you want. They even include the PDF for a cute Goodie Goodie bag tag so they end up saying goodie goodie gumdrops.
Diy Super Mario Bros Box Bank
Perfect for fans of all things video game, this DIY Super Mario Bros. money box will look perfect in their gaming den. It’s easy to make and their coins are readily accessible as the top comes off, meaning they can get to their loose change whenever they need it.
You might have seen similar vases for sale in stores, or even antique shops. But now you can make these as gifts, and can make different sizes and styles as you see fit. You can make a set, as shown here, or you can give them as individual candle holders.
Diy Mint Matcha Body Scrub
Cosmetics are always a good gift to get someone, but there’s no point in spending loads of money on a product you can buy at the store when you can make an all-natural one for less. With just four ingredients, this body scrub will have amazing effects on your skin.
Healing Lip Balm Recipe
Winter brings with it chapped lips, so this is a very thoughtful gift, and one that is sure to get used up over the coming weeks or months. The balm itself just requires mixing together the proper ingredients, and then it is a matter of packaging this for a nice presentation on Christmas day.
Diy Lime Mint Foot Soak
Our feet deserve the best. They hold us up all day through work, play, and even the Christmas shopping. Give them a little pamper when you’ve bought the last present with this DIY foot soak. Made from natural ingredients, this will be the treat your feet deserve.
Stacked Jar Hot Chocolate Snowmen
These snowmen have everything they’ll need for the perfect cup of hot cocoa all in one place. The heads have the marshmallows, the bodies have the cocoa powder, and the base contains peppermint candies to have after or to drop into the chocolate for a minty version.
This is a great way to take a teacup you don’t use anymore, but that looks really pretty, and make a candle worthy of being a gift. You’ll want to put it on a matching saucer, and they show you how to affix is so it’s one piece. This makes a very handy candle that they’ll be glad to receive.
Diy Wooden Utensils
Knowing what to bring the hostess of your party is tricky, especially when you know she probably has everything anyway. Make her these DIY hand stamped wooden utensils for her kitchen and because you’ve made them, she won’t have anything like them. They’d make a lovely housewarming gift for a newly married couple, too.
These rings are made out of decorative spoons that you’re no longer in need of. When they’re finished they don’t look like spoons any longer, and the only thing that is left is the decorative handle, which has been wrapped around for a comfortable fit. There’s printable instructions and even video tips on how to get this done.
A bonsai tree is a thoughtful gift for anyone that likes gardening, or is a fan of Japanese culture. But did you know that you can make a bonsai tree quickly and easily as long as you have a plant available to use. You simply take a piece of that plant and make it so it will start to grow as a miniature bonsai.
Diy Terrarium Kit
Terrariums are beautiful – they make a lovely addition to a desk or shelf. This DIY kit will make a wonderful Christmas present, and it gives people the ability to create a plant in a jar that they’ll truly love. It’ll definitely be a unique gift that they haven’t received before.
Homemade Peppermint Scrub
This peppermint scrub feels ultra luxurious, and they’ll never guess that it’s easy to make from sugar, mineral oil, and peppermint extract. Presentation is key here, so as long as you put it in a nice jar with some ribbon around it as shown, this is not only a thoughtful gift but also very useful.
Modern Beanbag Pouf
Here’s a way to give them a piece of furniture that you can make yourself. There’s only six pieces of fabric used to make this, two pieces for the top and bottom and four pieces for each side. You then stuff the insides and you now have a pour suitable for an ottoman or a chair, and can even double as a coffee table.
Homemade Bread and Jam Gift
This step-by-step shows you how to package a bread and jam gift in such a professional way it will look store bought. It includes labels for both the bread and the jam, and presents them in such a way that they look like they were made to go together.
Chocolate Body Scrub
This body scrub turns out smelling and looking like some of the fancy stuff you’d pay big money for in a department store, but is simple to make and just as effective. The great part is that it’s made with all natural ingredients, so they’ll know what they’re putting on their body and be able to pronounce all ingredients.
Promenade Market Bag
For those leisurely market strolls you can’t beat one of these bags, and they’ll be much appreciated by those that need a good-sized bag that’s easy to carry. The patterns are included so there isn’t much guesswork, it’s just a matter of picking out the fabric you want to use.
This gives any family a feeling of officiality and almost serves as a family crest. It features the initial of the family’s last name, and the year they were established, just like you see on a corporate building. You can mark the year they got married, or their first home. This is a gift they’ll be happy to hang up and keep for years and years.
Three distinct spices make up this world tour, and you’ll be introducing them to new flavors from all over the world. Each spice mix is handmade, and there are recipes for each one. You then bottle them up with a bow and you have an instant gift.
Seaglass Wind Chime
This wind chime will really brighten up their outdoor areas, and also sounds nice too. You’ll find two different ways to make this, either by drilling a hole into the sea glass, or by wire wrapping it, whichever is easiest for you, your skill level, and the materials you have on hand.
This mug is pretty standard on the top half, but the bottom half acts as a chalkboard, so they can leave messages on it. Great for spreading morning cheer or making sure everyone knows who the coffee belongs to. Be sure to gift this with some chalk so they can get started right away.
Diy Texting Gloves
There is nothing worse than having frozen fingers in the winter, and not being able to text your friend to tell them where to meet you is frustrating. These DIY texting gloves will be the solution to that problem and, because you’re making them yourself, you can choose the color and pattern to suit.
They show you how to make these glass pendant necklaces which give you plenty of customizable options, so you can tailor them to the fashion sense of the recipient. They turn out looking really good, and if you package them as shown they look professional made. There’s also instructions for glass marble magnets they may enjoy.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Root Beer
This six-pack of reindeer is sure to put a smile on their face. It’s using IBC Root Beer as the base, and doctoring them up so that they resemble everyone’s favorite reindeer. Drinking this will be delicious, but having them around for decoration is the best part. Simple steps and materials make this a fast and fun gift to make.
Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves
They’ve just gotta have a coffee cup sleeve if they’re a coffee lover, and this is a way to cater to their morning mood. It has a button and a loop of string on it so that it can easily be reversed depending on how they’re feeling. Make one side quaint and flowery, and the other side a little edgy and amped up.
Mason Jar Snow Globe
These mason jar snow globes look great on the windowsill, and are made from easy-to-find materials. They feature a single white pine that gets dusted with snow each time you shake it up. It’s a rustic-looking take on a holiday classic and is sure to bring glad tidings and cheer to them.
Nuts and Bolts Chess Set
This chess set has all the pieces you’d expect in a proper chess set, but each one is made with nuts and bolts to give it a construction feel to it. Make sure that the white pieces are extra new and shiney, and then it’s a matter of painting the other side black.
These necklaces come out looking so good that they won’t believe it started out with some simple washers. Here they’ve stamped them with the word Believe but you can make whichever message you find appropriate, and use your own creativity to make it special and personalized. Once you have the materials in place, this is an easy process.
Wooden Six Pack Holder
For any beer lover in your life this wooden six pack holder will go over nicely. It replaces the flimsy standard cardboard carrier, and is a serious upgrade. No worries about your beers falling out or banging into each other. And it includes an opener right on the side of it for convenience.
Gingerbread Bubble Bath Bars
Give them peace and serenity this holiday season through the magic of these bath bars. They’re shaped like gingerbread houses and look good enough to eat, but they’re meant for the bath. If they’re in need of a holiday spa day they’ll surely appreciate this gift, and these are large enough for multiple baths.
Upcycled Brown Grocery Bag Basket
These steps show you how to take ordinary brown paper grocery bags, the kind you probably have a stash of right now, and make a decorative basket that you can make to hold another gift, or to use as a gift itself. It’s sturdy enough to be used, and looks like a hand-crafted piece of art rather than common grocery bags.
Shark Hoodie Towel
This is sure to be their favorite towel, because c’mon, it’s a shark towel! It has a row of big white shark teeth and a fin that form a hoodie at the top, so it looks like a shark is eating their head. It’s also a great way to make sure that their hair gets dry, and all towels should really be hoodie towels.
It’s incredible that you can make a fashionable scarf using an old t-shirt that you don’t want anymore. You’ll find similar scarves going for a lot more at some of the brand name stores, but making a replica for next to nothing out of pocket just can’t be beat.
Homemade Play Dough
Sure, you can buy jars of Play-Doh at the store for a reasonable price, and it says it’s non-toxic, but when you make it at home you have more control of what goes into it. These steps show you how to make as much of the dough as you want so that your child can make all sorts of creations, in lots of different colors.
They give you the template to print off the labels on these massage candles, so they look like something you bought, but they’re actually something you make. The scent is called Frosted Cranberry, and this will appeal to anyone that enjoys scented candles or cranberries. These should provide additional relaxation, just with their smell.
Travel Art Kit
Here’s a great gift for the kids if you’ve got an upcoming road trip or long plane ride. This is a book that built to travel, and includes everything they’ll need to do arts and crafts projects while on the go. The page are designed so they can log their journey, which will keep them occupied as well.
Snowman Quilted Pillow Cover
Luckily they provide the link to the quilt that was used, as well as a downloadable pattern, because these snowman pillows look great and make a great gift. You end up with three different pillow designs, each featuring a different snowman design. A sure way to help them get into the holiday spirit.
Reindeer Hooded Towel
A wonderful gift for baby’s first Christmas, this hooded towel makes them look like Rudolph, and is just screaming for a photo that will generate plenty of Likes. They give you the patterns, so it’s just a matter of hunting down the right towel pieces and fabrics to get the job done.
Diy Leather Hexagon Vanity Tray
Keep all of your hair grips, nail polish, and makeup in one place with this DIY leather tray. It’ll look amazing on top of your vanity table and you’ll never have to hunt for that one lipstick again. This tutorial even contains a template for you to print out and use.
Everyone loves receiving edible gifts, and these fried Oreos are sure to satisfy anyone with a chocolate addiction. They take one of the most popular cookies on the planet and fry them up, and roll them around in powdered sugar for good measure. Put these in a decorate box and you’re all set. Call them Fried Joy to the World.
Gold Leaf Paper Mache Bowls
These gold leaf bowls look so pretty they might just want to display them and not use them as a place to store their car keys. They are relatively easy to make, as long as you have all of the materials ready and don’t mind making a few mistakes until you get it right.
Diy Embossed Hand Lettered Journal
Journals are amazing, you can use them for a number of things – making lists, jotting notes down, or maybe even creating a bullet journal. Don’t just get a readymade one, though, because this DIY embossed one will go down a storm. It’s so easy to make and it’ll be a lovely Christmas present, too.
Animal Memo Holders
These memo holders are made from tiny plastic animals, so it will be up to you to play Noah and decide which animals make the cut based on which animals you know they like. You can further customize this by putting special memos on the holders to get them started.
Wooden Image Name Tags
Here’s a really special way to label their gifts. It involves transferring an image of the gift recipient onto a wood tag, which then gets placed on the gift. The cool thing is that these double as ornaments, so after they open their gift they can put their ornament on the tree.
Oversized Coin Purse
This coin purse is billed as being able to hold everything all in one place. While it may have started out as being a coin purse, it’s big enough to hold a smartphone and other items as well. That makes it a great gift for anyone that has trouble keeping track of their things.
Holiday Bottle Labels
This is a very easy way to spruce up an ordinary bottle of wine and make it special for the holidays. Since the windmakers did most of the work, you really don’t have to do much other than print off the labels and affix them to the bottles, but it really makes for a nice presentation.
This denim purse is made from jeans that are past their prime, but still have a lot of durability left in them. With a few enhancements it makes a pretty purse, one that can take beating and still look good, as well as being totally washable in case it gets messy.
Handmade Cell Cases
A smartphone case is a useful gift that will make it so they think of you each time they use their phone. There are so many different design ideas that it’s easy to find one you think they’ll like, and even easier to put it together using common arts and crafts materials.
Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments
If you’ve been looking for a DIY Christmas gift for the geek in your life, this one is it. These are the designs of the old Space Invaders game, and they can now adorn the tree as they mount their attack. Be sure they played Space Invaders, because this is some retro nostalgic nerdiness here.
This accordion wallet is made from a design of your choosing, so you can pick something out that’s really nice, and really fits their style. It’s a gift that is super useful, and one they’re sure to use on a daily basis, so they’ll always be thinking of your great gift.
Envelope Laptop Bag
If you know someone that has a laptop but no case for it, this envelope clutch might be just the thing they need. It’s just the right size for most laptop sizes, and it doubles as just a clutch if they don’t need it for their laptop. Instructions are given for multiple designs for you to choose from.
Fabric Gift Bag
Last but not least you’ll want a nice gift bag to put all of your crafty Christmas gifts into. This fabric gift bag makes a great choice, and of course they get to keep it as an additional gift from you. They’re easy enough to make, so you can make several at once for all of the people in your life.
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