These easy DIY Christmas gifts won’t break the bank and are sure to get a smile. Check out these ideas and get started crafting for everyone on your list.
I know it’s a bit early to start talking about Christmas, but let’s face it. It’s here. It’s in all of the stores and advertisements already. And, for those of us that enjoy DIY Christmas gifts, now is the time to start planning and preparing!
Luckily, these gift ideas won’t take much of your time, especially if you make them in batches. Plus, they offer a thoughtful Christmas gift to friends, family, teachers, grandparents, and everyone else on your gift list this year!
DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List
I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of homemade Christmas gifts. Over the last five years or so, I’ve really become a bit jaded by the commercialism of the holidays.
I guess, as a minimalist, I’ve just realized that I don’t want stuff for the sake of having stuff. I don’t want to be just another name to check off of a list at the department store. If that’s the case, I’d rather people save their money.
I am, however, a huge fan of a handmade gift, and truly cherish those. And, I figured I can’t be the only one, so I’ve started making it a practice to make as many gifts for others as I can, as well. In fact, my goal this year is to hand-make at least 90% of my gifts. I’ll let you know how I do in January!
I’ve put together a huge list of DIY Christmas gifts to share with you today. I hope you enjoy them as you begin prepping for the holidays!
DIY Soap Gifts
Last year, my daughter and I gifted homemade goat’s milk soap as part of our spa baskets, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.
One of the things that I thought made the homemade soap process so perfect for gift giving is that by nature, you make it in bulk.
The trick to making this an easy craft for anyone is to find a recipe with a melt & pour base. Check out these homemade soap recipes to get you started:
- This melt and pour goats milk soap recipe by Melissa Norris is the recipe we used last year and loved!
- What a better pampering gift than this matcha green tea and goat’s milk soap by Reuse Grow Enjoy. It’s got so many amazing ingredients for your skin!
- Jasmine Dead Sea Salt Soap Recipe by Essentially Eclectic looks amazing and so easy!
- This Easy DIY Foaming Handsoap Tutorial by Angie Cruise is a cute, rustic looking gift, perfect to display by the kitchen sink!
- These miniature single use soaps from Tikido are precious and would be perfect as part of a bigger gift basket!
DIY Bath Salts, Bombs & Scrubs
You really can’t go wrong gifting pampering and bath products at Christmas time, and these recipes make it so easy and fun.
Just like with melt and pour soaps, these are usually really easy to make in big batches and then divvy up for several people. Check out these tutorials to get you started!
- Thrifty NW Family has a tutorial for these really cute funfetti bath bomb cubes that would be perfect for the preteen and teen girls in your life!
- This DIY Herbal Bath Tea was also an addition to our gift baskets last year and received really great feedback!
- This DIY peppermint almond body scrub from More Than a Mom of Three is the perfect Christmas themed gift
- These sugar scrub cubes from Smart Schoolhouse are perfect for gift baskets, since they’re already self-contained. I love this idea!
- These DIY Fizzy Bath Salts have been a big hit this year already!
- This brown sugar and vanilla coffee scrub recipe is the perfect addition to those pampering gift baskets as well, plus it uses ingredients you probably already have on hand!
DIY Candles for Christmas
Just about everyone loves candles, and making your own is the perfect DIY Christmas gift idea. There are so many options, so this is one gift idea you can really get creative with. Check out some of these tutorials!
- This lavender DIY candle tutorial from A Pumpkin and a Princess even comes with a gift tag, making it an easy choice for Christmas gift giving.
- How pretty are these pressed herb candles from Garden Therapy?
- Know someone who’s a fan of wax melts? This recipe from LW Vogue is perfect!
- These cinnamon vanilla candles from Six Dollar Family would create a cozy Christmas gift this year.
- Have a tea or coffee drinker on your list? This caramel latte teacup candle from Simply Stacie would make a great gift!
- Not ready to make a candle yourself? Maybe try your hand at this tutorial from Decor Hint for a DIY Cinnamon Stick candle holder!
Crochet and Knit Christmas Gifts
Do you knit or crochet? In my experience, these always make really popular DIY gift ideas! There are so many options available, but here are some of my favorites.
- This free knit wash cloth pattern from the Angie Cruise blog works up quickly and uses readily available cotton yarn!
- These crochet little washies from Brenda K.B. Anderson are so cute and have such a great pattern! Check it out for free on Ravelry!
- These crochet face scrubbies would be perfect, especially in a gift set with one of the homemade soaps above. Check them out on Ravelry!
- This hooded owl blanket is a project that will be on my own hook very soon, because I know my kids will love it. Here’s a blog post about it with some good info, and you can grab the pattern yourself on Ravelry!
- Remember a couple of years ago when those huge knit blankets became all the rage? They are such a statement piece, and are still sought after, but the going price is in the hundreds of dollars for one already made. This tutorial from The Budget Decorator shows you how to make your own. You don’t even have to be a knitter to give it a try!
- You could also try an easy crochet throw pillow, using this tutorial from The Craft Patch Blog! It’s beginner friendly and offers a cozy touch to any room.
- Scarves are always a great gift, and this oversized infinity scarf is an easy, quick project even beginners can make!
- Soap socks would be a great addition to your bars of handmade soaps (at the top of this post)! As a bonus, this pattern uses wool, so it gradually felts as you use it.
DIY Photo Christmas Gifts
In today’s digital age, it’s so easy to just snap a picture on your phone, put it on social media, and forget about it. I’m trying to be a lot better about printing our photos, and the grandparents especially love getting photo gifts of their grandchildren, so these tutorials make the perfect DIY Christmas gift!
- These Instagram Photo Magnets from Our Handcrafted Life are so original and so cute! How perfect would they be as a gift for family? You can find the full tutorial here.
- Photo calendars have always been a huge hit with my family, and this mini 2020 photo calendar tutorial from It’s Always Autumn comes with a pdf template and full tutorial to make your own.
- How cute would a little brag book be for the grandparents? Check out this tutorial from Nalle’s House!
- Style Me Pretty has a great tutorial for an Instagram Photo Box, which would be a great gift for siblings and friends.
Gifts for Plant Lovers
There are so many really simple DIY Christmas gifts you can make for plant lovers!
- You could gift a cutting from one of your plants you’ve propagated. These are always so loved, and it’s especially easy if you have a succulent or something like a Pothos that roots really easily.
- How cute are these little pots from DIY Candy? All you need is a sharpie!
- Are you a fan of copper? This DIY copper plant hanger from Style Me Pretty is a showstopper for sure!
- If you’re more of an artist than a crafter, a pretty watercolor plant painting is sure to be well loved and displayed. This tutorial from Surely Simple is a great place to start!
- Have you seen those cute pots with faces? They’re some of my favorites and this tutorial from Gold Standard Workshop really breaks down how to make them look nice!
- You could also try your hand at a macrame plant holder! It turns out that the basic ones are pretty simple. Check out this tutorial or learn about the different kinds of knots here!
- Bob Vila has a great plant stand tutorial that would be perfect for any empty corner.
Handmade jewelry is one of my favorite things ever. It’s so unique and different from what you can buy in the boxed stores, and honestly, most of it isn’t as hard as it looks.
Want to try your hand at some simple DIY jewelry for Christmas? Check out these tutorials!
- This necklace from The Lovely Drawer is gorgeous, and I’m not even kidding when I say the pictures stopped me in my tracks. You can find the tutorial here!
- Faux leather earrings are really in style right now, and this tutorial from Rural Ruby breaks down how to make your own! These would make a perfect gift!
- Have an essential oil lover in your life? This DIY diffuser necklace is incredibly simple to make!
- This isn’t strictly a jewelry tutorial, but this gold dipped jewelry tray tutorial from A Fabulous Fete would be the perfect gift for any jewelry lover in your life.
- This beaded bird’s nest necklace tutorial from Busy Creating Memories would make a great gift for parents and grandparents.
Homemade Food Gifts
Food is always a well loved gift, and creates the perfect, personalized touch. But, we all know it’s easy to overload on sweet treats around the holidays. These food related gifts are items that have a shelf life, or can last in the fridge, so they’ll be remembered after the last cookie has been eaten!
- Oh My! Creative really changed this up by putting together this Friendship Soup in a Jar! It’s perfect for a cold winter night and comes together really quickly. Check out the full recipe and tutorial here!
- I love this S’mores in a Bag gift idea from Frugal Coupon Living! It’s the perfect gift idea for a family.
- Brown-Eyed Baker shares a recipe for hot fudge sauce, and I am here for it.
- My daughter made these snowman candy bars from The Gracious Wife one year and they were a huge hit! This is one your kids can help with, and they’ll love.
- My Baking Addiction shared a recipe for homemade apple butter in the slow cooker. Talk about something you can make in big batches! Yum.
- You could also make some homemade vanilla extract for the foodies in your life. It takes some time, but it’s not very labor intensive! Check out the recipe from Bake at 350 here!
- S’mores in a Jar from A Night Owl takes trail mix to a new level. Check out the recipe here.
DIY Christmas Gifts for the Kids in Your Life
Sometimes I think it’s more of a challenge to come up with DIY Christmas gifts that are good for kids. This year, with a big goal to DIY for the majority of my list, I was on a mission to come up with some awesome ideas for them as well! Here are some of the ideas I came across.
- Check out this DIY tic tac toe board from HGTV! It’d be a great gift for a family who loves board games.
- These Sock Bunnies from Dynamic Dad are really cute, and are sure to be a well-loved gift for younger kids.
- I don’t know a single kid who doesn’t love a backpack to carry their things in, and this tutorial for a drawstring bag from Love Grows Wild will help you make a really cute one!
- This cute stuffed monster would make a perfect DIY Christmas gift, and according to It’s Always Autumn, it’s a beginner friendly pattern! Find the full tutorial here.
- Want to make a kid’s day and save yourself some money while doing it? This DIY Super Hero Fort Kit from Meg + Andy is perfect! They even break down where to find the supplies for the best price, and if it’s accurate, it looks like you could do this for about $10. Find the full tutorial and supply list here!
- Have a super-hero lover who loves to dress up? This super hero mask tutorial from The Homes I Have Made looks so easy and perfect! Whip up several and gift them as a bundle.
Christmas Gifts for Teachers
Knowing as many teachers as I do, I’ve always made it a goal to gift useful gifts and gifts that can actually be used up rather than stored. Here are a few gift ideas for teachers that might help you figure something out. Some of these do still require buying things, so they’re a little less DIY, but they’re still really cute and will be well received!
- This tote bag from Feeling Nifty is both cute and functional. Find the tutorial, along with the graphic, here.
- Teachers go through a lot of supplies each school year. It doesn’t seem to matter how much extra I send at the start of school, something is always running low by Christmas time. I love incorporating school supplies into our Christmas gifts, and this Dry Erase Marker bouquet from The Happy Scraps is a cute way to do that!
- If you’re wanting to gift a plant, this cute ruler pot from Elizabeth Joan Designs is really cute.
- Okay, so technically, this is a gift card, and not a DIY, but the presentation is really cute and shows some extra thought! Check out this Thanks a Latte teacher gift from Just Add Confetti.
- Pencils are a hot commodity in any classroom, and this DIY pencil bouquet is sure to get used up and enjoyed all year. Bonus: You can get most of the supplies at the Dollar Store! Find the post here.
- Want to gift extra school supplies, but want to make it cute? This school supply cake from Happy Go Lucky has got you covered!
- The 36th Avenue shares this cute teacher emergency kit that would make a great Christmas gift for teachers! Stock it full of the necessities plus a few treats for those rough days.
- What about this cute cookies in a jar gift for your favorite teacher? Building Our Story shows how to make your own and gives you a free printable along with it!
Make the Holidays Lovely with These DIY Christmas Gifts
I’m a huge fan of handmade Christmas gifts. They show you put thought and effort into your gift, and the recipient gets something unique that will make them think of you as they use it.
I hope you find this list of DIY Christmas gift ideas helpful as you prep for the holidays!