17 Easy DIY Christmas Gifts Everyone Will Love
“It’s the thought that counts” is usually a cop-out for someone giving a cheap gift. But with these ideas, you can create an inexpensive but still meaningful present for anyone on your Christmas list.
Wine cork snowflakecourtesy Paula Skulina
Here’s a great way to re-gift those wine corks you have lying around your house. Paula Skulina from Sweet Pea came up with a fun, easy-to-make ornament using wine corks, glitter, and ribbon. Find out how to make it at virginiasweetpea.com.
Homemade Christmas potpourriTaste of Home
Ever wish you could bottle up those magical Christmastime scents? You actually can—and give it as a gift (or keep it for yourself). Choose one of these fun smelling “recipes” and put the ingredients in a mason jar as a gift. When your recipients add the contents to a pot of water on a low simmer, their houses will smell like Christmas.
Refurbished picture framesHannamariah/Shutterstock
Turn a cheap purchase into a memorable Christmas present. Buy old frames from the dollar store or a garage sale (the more intricate the designs, the better) and give them a fresh coat of brightly colored paint. Be sure to put a cute photo of the two of you inside. Don’t miss these other Christmas gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.
Photo collage trayThe Family Handyman
Want to gift a more inventive photo display? Editors at The Family Handyman came up with this creative way to show off fun photos. They decorated a white wood tray with photos and stickers and covered their designs with an acrylic piece. Make it more special by adding mementos like movie stubs or quotes from the recipient’s favorite TV show.
Sand art brownie mixTaste of Home
This DIY gift not only looks pretty, but it tastes delicious. Layer the brownie ingredients in a mason jar and add a festive gift tag. All the recipient will need to do is add eggs, canola oil, and vanilla to prepare tasty brownies. Get the recipe from Taste of Home. Want more delicious ideas for presents? Check out these Christmas foods gifts that anyone can bake.
Pom pom keychaincourtesy A Bubbly Life/Laurel Stavrosjpg
Know someone who always loses their keys? This keychain from Laurel Stavros at A Bubbly Life will prevent that from ever happening again. Wrap yarn around cardboard until you get the size you want. Slide it off the cardboard, tie an extra-long string around it, and then cut the ball of yarn to make a pom pom. Tie it to a keychain, and voila!
Cloth wall clockcourtesy Fabric Paper Glue
A gift that’s as practical as it is fashionable, this homemade clock from Fabric Paper Glue can be any color, pattern, or design that you wish. You will need access to a power drill, but don’t let that intimidate you. The whole project can be completed in just five steps. Get all the instructions from Fabric Paper Glue.
Homemade gumdropsTaste of Home
Gumdrops are one of the most festive Christmas treats, and now you can make them in your own kitchen, thanks to this recipe from Taste of Home. They’re perfect for any friend or relative with a sweet tooth. Gift them in a fun holiday tin or mini picnic basket.
DIY cell phone covercourtesy The Crafty Blog Stalker/Katie Adams
Cell phone covers can be pricey, and many of the more reasonably priced ones only come in solid, boring colors. But with this clever idea from blogger Katie Adams, you can turn any ordinary cell phone cover into a work of art with some washi tape and decoupage. Get all the instructions from The Crafty Blog Stalker.
Boozy hot chocolate mixTaste of Home
There’s nothing like a nice warm cup of hot chocolate to put anyone in the Christmas spirit—especially if that cocoa is made with spirits. Layer all the dry ingredients from this Taste of Home recipe in a mason jar, and tie a small bottle of Kahlua or Baileys to the jar with a festive ribbon. If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic twist on this wintery classic, check out these delicious hacks to upgrade your hot chocolate.
Homemade lemon body scrubkazmulka/Shutterstock
If you’re lucky enough to not be hosting the holiday party you’re going to this year, you don’t have to go through the effort and stress that your hosts put into the big event. Thank them for their hard work with a relaxing, rejuvenating body scrub. Mix a half cup each of Epsom salt, sugar, and coconut oil. Then add one tablespoon honey and five drops of quality lemon essential oil. You can also check out these other homemade scrubs to pamper tired feet for more ideas.
Good mornin’ pancake mixTaste of Home
There’s one gift that no one thinks to ask for but is universally adored: the gift of breakfast. And this pancake mix doesn’t make your average pancakes. The orange peels, raisins, and cinnamon give the batch a touch of special festive spice that the cook in your family is sure to appreciate. Put the raisins and almonds in one bag and the rest of the dry ingredients in a second bag, and tie them up with a holiday ribbon. Get the full recipe from Taste of Home.
The craftsman’s Christmas treeMallmo/Shutterstock
Want to be a little more crafty with your gift? Show off your woodworking skills by building your own a Christmas tree. Use nails or a manual staple gun designed for wood-on-wood projects to tier the “branches” onto a sturdy wooden plank that will act as the trunk. Mount it onto a base and paint on a festive Christmas message.
Festive yarn treeThe Family Handyman
These simple crafts from The Family Handyman are perfect Christmas gifts for friends and perfect decorations for you. Wrap leftover yarn around a foam cone and secure it with tacky glue or a low-temperature glue gun. Make it more festive with multiple colors of yarn or adding pins and charms as ornaments. Don’t miss these DIY Christmas decorations that anyone can handle—they also make great presents.
Gingerbread spice jellyTaste of Home
As surprising as it may seem, jelly is always on people’s minds around the holidays (after all, Santa’s belly does shake like a bowl full of the stuff). But the “go-to” flavors of strawberry and grape are better suited for warmer seasons. This tried-and-true gingerbread spice jelly is sure to become a holiday favorite once you give out jars as presents this Christmas. Even novice cooks won’t have a problem making a batch. Get the full recipe from Taste of Home.
Glittery holiday message bottlescourtesy Through the Yellow Door/Annie Fenneman
Give your friends a festive sparkle this Christmas with these decorative wine bottles. All it takes is some paint, Modge Pog, and glitter. Lots and lots of glitter. Get the instructions from Annie at Through the Yellow Door, but feel free to put a different message on the bottles or use a different color combination, like red and green or silver and blue.
A terrarium is basically a small garden that lives inside a transparent container, making it a fun addition to any plant lover’s collection or the perfect “starter’s kit” for anyone trying to make their thumbs greener. Get all the instructions you need from The Family Handyman, from what kind of container you should use, what plants to include, and how to arrange your display. Want more gift-giving inspiration? These homemade Christmas gifts cost almost nothing to make.