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When holiday season arrives, it brings calm and warmth for some and stress for others. Part of that may be trying to find the perfect gift for a loved one or friend. Stores begin to crowd with people looking for the right gift to really ‘wow’ the receiver.
But the key to a perfect present might not be from a store. Many value gifts that are made with love, so DIY Christmas gifts might be the answer you’re looking for. Here are a few affordable, unique and easy DIY gifts that you can easily make in the comfort of your own home.
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1. Hot Cocoa Kit
Nothing says “happy holidays” quite like a mug of hot cocoa. Gift the gift of warmth this holiday season by gifting them with everything they need to make one. With one pint-size mason jar, fill the bottom with a half cup of sugar and 1 cup of cocoa powder. Add marshmallows to fill and dash with cinnamon. If you’re feeling creative, use food coloring and a toothpick to carefully draw snowman faces on the marshmallows. Seal the jar and decorate with festive ribbon. It’s as simple as that.
2. Meaningful Ornaments
For many newlyweds, they have yet to collect ornaments and holiday decor to fill their tree. A DIY ornament is a perfect gift to help build their collection. Find an invitation or a program from their wedding and cut into strips. Curl and place into a clear ornament, being careful not to press the paper too close together, with text facing outwards. If you’d like to add a bit of detail, find number stickers and add the year the couple was married. This is a gift that’s sure to be cherished for years to come.
Another meaningful ornament DIY is to use scrabble letters to spell out the last name of a family. Use hot glue to stick the pieces together. Once they are dry, attach a looped ribbon together so it can hang from the tree.
3. Sugar Scrub
A great DIY gift for any occasion, not just the holidays, is bath sugar scrub. It’s a small way you can help someone rest and relax even after the holidays. They come in many variations that you can make at home. Most start with a base of sugar and coconut oil, and the scent is added with nourishing essential oils. Many of the items required, you may already have in your pantry!
Depending on how much time you must craft this holiday season, you can make more than one kind to give away as gifts to friends, family and even coworkers. Wellness Mama has a great tutorial with different kinds you can make this year.
4. Cork Coasters
If you know someone that loves the modern and contemporary look in their home, a DIY coaster gift will be a perfect fit. It’s affordable, as most cork square packs cost between $3 and $5 at local craft stores. Additionally, materials required are painters tape and paint. Then, you can get to work. See this tutorial from The Thinking Closet for more instructions on how you can create your DIY cork coasters. When you finish, tie together with some beautiful ribbon to complete the look.
5. Candles In Tea Cups
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This is a gift I have made for previous holidays and even some brithdays. I've been sure to keep a few for myself as well, as they make any room more inviting. If you’ve never poured a candle before, be aware that this can be a messy project. You’ll want to have specific cookware you don’t mind getting dirty. If you’re wondering where to find tea cups, check your local thrift or second-hand store. They often have various option available so you can choose your favorites. To learn how to pour the perfect tea cup candle, see this tutorial from Hey Gorgeous.
6. Sweet Tooth
What’s the holiday season without a few sweets! They make great gifts for all to enjoy once the season has ended. One of my favorites to make is almond bark. It’s a no-bake dessert option that everyone will love. You’ll need:
- 1 lb. Dark Chocolate
- 1 Bag Of Salted Almonds
- Sea Salt
- Parchment Paper
To start, line a baking sheet with the parchment paper. Next, break up the dark chocolate in a pot and melt until smooth. Once the chocolate is melted, mix in the almonds. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread out to the thickness you desire. Refrigerate for at least an hour to set. When it’s solid, break the large piece into smaller, jagged pieces. Wrap in festive plastic bags and ribbon. It can’t get easier than that!
7. Mug & Tea
I received a customized mug for Christmas two years ago and thought it was incredibly thoughtful. I soon found out it was decorated simply with permanent marker and a little time in the oven! And you can do this too. Write the recipient’s name or a quote that means a lot, or even draw something from their favorite TV show. The options are endless. A unique idea is to add a small bag of local coffee or tea that they can enjoy in their new mug
To see how you can decorate a mug, see this tutorial from PopSugar.
8. Cookie Mix In A Jar
If you have a friend or family member that loves to spend time in their kitchen baking away, give them a gift they can truly use. You can use your favorite cookie recipe or simply find one online. Layer the dry ingredients in a pint-sized mason jar. Print out instructions on what other ingredients they may need and how to bake the cookies. Decorate with fabric and ribbon, this is a gift that is to pretty to even be wrapped!
Take away some of the stress this holiday season by creating some DIY gifts for those you love. You will have fun doing it and they will appreciate the thoughtfulness and time you put into something special.
Do you have any DIY holiday gift ideas that have been a hit? Share with us in the comments below!