Written by Stacey Kelleher.
Homemade Christmas gifts are a great way to explore your creative side and give something a personal “from the heart” touch. You don’t have to be a seasoned crafter to make any of the handmade DIY Christmas gifts we’ve outlined below. They are all simple to make, budget-friendly, and only require a handful of supplies, some of which you probably already have lying around the house.
These DIY Christmas ornaments can be customized for the favorite teacher, coach, or coworker in your life. Fill these durable, shatterproof ornaments with anything from paint, to buttons, to pine branches, to jingle bells for a one-of-kind ornament they will always cherish.
Pro Tip: Add a personal message on a pretty slip of paper inside your ornament to boost the sentimental value of your gift.
There’s nothing like the warm and comforting smells and flavors of Christmas. Fill a clear, glass jar with cinnamon sticks, cloves, cranberry, orange, and fresh rosemary or fir. Download the label at the bottom of the page in this tutorial, add a colorful ribbon, and you have a beautiful gift for mom or grandmom.
Pro Tip: Include apple cider or red wine for mulling.
These adorable candles are a fun project to do with kids, and they’re also a great way to use the last little bits of old candles you never know what to do with. After an adult has melted and poured the wax, kids can have fun popping out the cooled candles.
Pro Tip: Add eco-friendly glitter to melted wax for a bit of sparkle and shine.
These plates are beautiful to display and easy to customize for any holiday. Plates from the dollar-store, thrift-store, or even your cupboard will do. Attach a Christmas stencil and use an oil-based marker to fill in your design. Bake per the tutorial instructions to seal the design and it’s ready to use.
Pro Tip: Instead of going with a holiday theme, stencil your loved one’s initials for a chic monogram they can show off year-round.
This simple and delicious homemade treat uses only three ingredients. Melt your chocolate, crush up your candy canes, and spread on a foil-lined baking sheet. Cut into squares or use cookie cutters for fun holiday shapes.
Pro Tip: To ensure your chocolate is firm and easy to cut, let your bark chill for at least an hour.
With coconut oil and shea butter, ginger, and cinnamon, this rich, luxurious moisturizer is a non-toxic antidote for dry, winter skin. And it smells amazing! Make in large batches and seal in airtight containers and it can last up to six months.
Pro Tip: If any separation occurs, just give your gingerbread body butter a good stir.
These charming coasters are a great use for all of the hundreds of photos you’ve taken throughout the year. With tiles from your home supply store, your favorite photos, and a bit of glue and sealer, you have a great homemade Christmas gift that costs less than $1 per coaster.
Pro Tip: Apply felt pads to the bottom of each coaster to keep them from scratching furniture.
We’ve tried quite a few and found this to be our favorite toffee recipe. The sprinkle of sea salt is the perfect complement to the sweet chocolate. The best part is - you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry!
Pro Tip: Stir your sugar and butter mixture continually to prevent separating. When it turns light brown in color, it’s ready to pour.
Using a dollar-store frame and pretty craft paper, you can transform a favorite family recipe in your loved one’s handwriting - into a piece of art. Frame several recipes for a beautiful wall display in a kitchen or pantry.
Pro Tip: Framed recipe cards also make wonderful birthday and Mother’s Day gifts.
This one is a lot of fun for the kids and makes a great gift for friends. Using washed out jam jars filled with miniature winter figurines from the craft store, children can make a beautiful snowy day last all winter long. They can write a short message to their friend or teacher on the lid in permanent marker.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to add a drop of glycerin to the water to give it that magical snowy effect.
If you can’t find the time to DIY or you want a gift to complement your homemade Christmas presents, consider natural home and body gifts from Puracy. Our limited-edition, hand-signed New England Balsam Fir gift set is a beautiful way to bring winter indoors. Our Balsam Fir Organic Hand Lotion is enriched with aloe vera, shea butter, and organic, plant-based oils for rich hydration without greasiness. Meanwhile, our Balsam Fir Natural Hand Soap is full of safe, natural, non-toxic ingredients that cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
Puracy home, body, and baby product sets are also perfect for gifting. There’s a set for everyone on your list and nearly are all available at significant savings.
There is something truly special about receiving a handmade Christmas gift. A unique present made with love is priceless. And there’s something satisfying about giving something that can’t be bought on a store shelf. So clear some space, dust off your glue gun, and let’s get crafting!
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