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.)

(This post is part of the 7 Ways to Pile Up Christmas Money series.  If you missed any of the previous days in the series, you can find them at the bottom of this post.)


7 Ways to Pile Up Christmas Money: Way #6 Simple DIYs that even the non-DIYer can handle!

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.

9 Ideas for totally doable DIY Christmas gifts for family. A variety of do it yourself Christmas presents that just about anyone can handle making on their own!

In the Kitchen DIYs

Homemade Coffee Syrups

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.

Homemade coffee syrups

Homemade Coffee Syrups

A Few Shortcuts

Infused Olive Oils

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!


DIY Infused Oils

DIY Infused Olive Oils

Just Putzing

Hot Chocolate in a Jar

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.


 Hot Chocolate in a Jar

The Thrifty Couple

Homemade Mints

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.


Cream Cheese Mints

Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub in a Jar

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.


Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

 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.

Wrapped Up Candy Bar

If you just need something very small, here’s a really cute (and frugal!) idea for jazzing up a simple candy bar.


Magazine Wrapped Candy Bars

Cha Ching on a Shoestring

Microwaveable Heating Pad

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?


Microwavable Heating Pad

The Happy Housewife

Sundae in a Box

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!

Christmas Sundaes

Christmas Sundaes

Bloom Designs Online

A Box of Teas

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.

Frugal Gift Idea: A Box of Teas

 Frugal Box of Teas

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.

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest, where I will be pinning more totally doable (even for non-DIY types!) gift ideas.

Visit Medium Sized Family’s profile on Pinterest.

Do you make homemade gifts for people each year or do you prefer to leave it to the professionals?



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