Looking for some homemade Christmas gift ideas? These DIY gifts are fast, simple to make, and straight from the heart!
I don’t know about you, but I always have good intentions of making homemade Christmas gifts (I’m full of gift ideas!) well in advance of the holiday. And then life gets in the way and I find myself with some holes to fill in my list. Sound familiar?
Good news, though: You can pull most of these homemade Christmas gifts together in under an hour.
DIY gifts from the kitchen:
There are plenty of homemade Christmas gift ideas and hostess gifts that can come right out of your kitchen.
From baked goods and home-preserved treats (maybe from your garden!?) to some easy homemade liqueur, it’s hard to go wrong with a homemade gift of food.
- Make up a batch of coffee liqueur or creme de cacao or homemade Triple Sec. Sure, it’s best if it sits for awhile so the flavors can meld, but nobody’s going to complain if it’s not aged perfectly. Package it up in these pretty DIY upcycled bottles.
- If you have a few days to pull together a DIY gift, throw together a batch of homemade grainy mustard. It takes five minutes to make, but you’ll need to let it sit for a few days before it’s ready to give.
- Got citrus? A bottle of tangerine syrup would be a novel DIY gift for a foodie.
- Put a little chocolate under the tree with a plate of homemade fudge or a batch of peppermint bark.
- Warm up the holiday with this homemade hot chocolate mix paired with some of these sweet gingerbread cookies.
DIY gifts from the heart:
There are — admittedly — some folks who just don’t appreciate homemade Christmas gift ideas that have so much heart behind them. You may very well know who those people are on your list.
Instead of giving up on the idea of a DIY gift, do your best to really zero in on that person’s interests and cater to that.
- Stitch up a set of mini bags for buying spices in bulk. Or follow the same directions and make larger bags for produce shopping.
- Or gift a set of these pretty upcycled linen bread bags to your favorite bread baker.
- Upcycle some linen napkins to make these pretty linen bread bags. They help keep bread fresh.
- How about some handmade soap? Customize the scent for the gift recipient!
- A ‘Make Your Own Laundry Soap‘ kit? Brilliant homemade gift idea! Gather the ingredients into a pretty basket. (I’d make mine sans plastic wrap.) Need a recipe? I like Frugal Kiwi’s laundry soap recipe.
- Your friend who is trying for a lower-waste kitchen will appreciate some cute beeswax wraps.
- Gardeners will appreciate homemade a tin of natural bug bite relief or mosquito repellent.
- Years (and I mean years) ago, I made what became known as ‘rice babies’ for my family. Essentially a small pillow filled with rice, it can be warmed in a microwave and used as a bed warmer. My mom still uses hers and tells me regularly that she loves it. It was the easiest thing in the world to make.
- Indulge your gift recipients with a DIY gift of a homemade sugar scrub or solid lotion bar.
- Whip up some lavender-mint lip balm.
- Grab your essential oils and mix up a batch of scented room sprays.
- Give someone special the gift of relaxation! Make up a batch of this herbal buttermilk bath soak and package it with a good book.
Homemade Christmas gift ideas for the kiddos:
When you’ve got young kids, homemade Christmas gift ideas abound. (It’s a bit harder to delight a tween or teen with homemade gifts, but they can still be wowed.)
- Tactile and fragrant, gingerbread playdough is sure to please. Tie on a cookie cutter or two and the kids will be busy for hours.
- If you sew, make them a homemade bean bag game.
- Gather up 26 smooth stones and add a little paint to make this sweet alphabet set.
- Turn your fabric scraps into a simple memory game.
- The little girls on your list will enjoy making their own with this DIY lip balm kit.
- An oversized game of Yahtzee will delight kids of all ages.
- A simple zippered pouch made with fun fabric can hold toddler treasures, art supplies, cosmetics and more.
- Make and give this pretty earring holder — they might not even guess that it’s a DIY gift!
Originally published in December 2011; this post has been updated.