You take the gift from your relative and give it a little shake. What could it be? After waiting for the younger family members to get done unwrapping their gifts, you finally get to tear it open.
Inside? A hand knit sweater.
Your reaction to this gift is going to depend greatly upon who made it. Did your very talented aunt handcraft a beautiful gift in your favorite color? That’s a blessing!
If your niece gave you the first knitting creation she’s ever done, that might be a different type of blessing.
Now, if you’re a bit worried about “blessing” people with your own DIY gifts, don’t be! I’ve found a ton of ideas that even a non-crafty person can do. (Because I, myself, am a non-crafty person.)
But there are crafts and gifts out there that are within my range of skills. And I bet if you look, you’ll find that there are some that fall within your skill set, too.
Since I’m not so super crafty, I’ve decided to collect a round up of totally doable make it yourself gift ideas that most of us can handle. Some of these I have even made and given out myself in years past!
Give these Do It Yourself Christmas Presents a Try!
There are so many options out there to explore.
For starters, there are food ideas. While I am not very crafty, I do enjoy cooking and baking. That opens up several do it yourself types of presents to me.
In the Kitchen DIYs
You don’t even have to be good in the kitchen to make this one work! Be on the lookout for cute bottles you can use. She mentions finding her glass bottles for a great price, but sometimes you can find an even better price at a thrift store or yard sale.
A Few Shortcuts
Similar to the simple syrup idea, you can make a variety of infused olive oils. This would be great for friends who love to spend time in the kitchen!
There are so many options for “In a Jar” types of gifts. If you or your loved ones aren’t crazy about hot chocolate (we tend to drink it daily in the winter here!), look for other ideas like cookies in a jar or soups in a jar. Pinterest is just chock full of ideas!
Layer this Hot Cocoa recipe with marshmallows, chocolate chips, peppermint (if you like to mix mint with chocolate), or any other fun additions to Hot Cocoa for a pretty and fun gift.
The Thrifty Couple
I made some of these last year thinking about giving them as gifts. They are amazingly simple to make (only 4 ingredients!). They taste so amazing that…well, none of them made it into gift jars. Whoops! Maybe this year I will make a bigger batch.
I haven’t tried this one (yet), but I bet it smells amazing! You can create all sorts of body scrubs (again, Pinterest abounds with recipes for different scents) and put them in a jar as a great gift idea.
I have put them in mason jars, but that does get tricky for using in the shower! You might want to look for a pretty plastic container or save a body wash containers to reuse.
Happiness is Homemade
Non-Cooking Do It Yourself Ideas
If you aren’t much of an “in the kitchen” type of person, there are plenty of other options out there. Here are some to consider.
If you just need something very small, here’s a really cute (and frugal!) idea for jazzing up a simple candy bar.
Cha Ching on a Shoestring
This one starts to head into the too much DIY for me, but they are only asking for simple stitch lines, so even I could probably handle that. And who couldn’t use a pretty heating pad?
The Happy Housewife
I have used this idea a few times, and it’s really fun to give and to receive!
You can start shopping now for sundae toppers. Or there are plenty of recipes out there for caramel or chocolate sauces that you can jar yourself.
Break up extra candy canes that you have, save a small bag of nuts when you are making cookies, etc. There are so many ways to make this into a frugal gift!
Bloom Designs Online
I’ve made this one myself, and it’s a great gift for the tea lover in your life! Look for coupons and deals on tea to collect a variety.
Medium Sized Family
This really only scratches the surface of the do it yourself Christmas presents ideas out there.
It really is possible to craft a gift yourself that your loved one will actually enjoy.
Do you make homemade gifts for people each year or do you prefer to leave it to the professionals?