Best DIY Holiday Gifts
Best DIY Holiday Gifts
November 5, 2020

Best DIY Holiday Gifts

Best DIY Holiday Gifts.
Photo by Mel Poole
Best DIY Holiday Gifts

A handmade gift is a thoughtful, personal way to spread holiday cheer no matter what you’re celebrating this year. DIY gifts are often a lot more affordable than store-bought presents and are a fun way to get both younger and older kids involved in celebrating the season.

Worried you can’t compete with Martha Stewart? Don’t be. These 20 DIY holiday gift ideas are quick and easy, and most involve items you can pick up at a craft store, the grocery store or that can be purchased easily online.

Happy crafting—and happy gifting!

Boho Holiday Garland

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This modern, neutral garland is really easy to make with only a few simple supplies. It complements almost any decor and can be hung on walls, strung through bookshelves or placed anywhere you need a little extra holiday cheer.


Personalized Wire Craft Ornaments

Personalized Wire Craft Ornaments

This creative take on homemade ornaments takes a little bit of muscle but is well worth the work. The personalized twine-wrapped wire names work as gift tags, place settings and of course decorations for the Christmas tree.


Photo Luminary Candles

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Looking for a way to show off cute family photos? These candles use photos printed on vellum (a type of translucent paper) to create a unique and custom look. We especially love these for grandparent gifts.


Marbled Ornaments

Marbled Ornaments

These look a whole lot fancier than they are—and that’s the whole point. You’ll use nail polish and nail polish remover (and a few other things you have around the house) to create this gorgeous marbled pattern on white glass ornaments. You can use any color you’d like, though we’re pretty partial to the blue shown here.


Modern Kwanzaa Kinara

Modern Kwanzaa Kinara

One of the most symbolic rituals of Kwanzaa is lighting the kinara, and a homemade version makes this celebration even more special. This kinara uses a wooden plank for the base and small glass jars as candle holders. With a bit of help along the way, it’s easy for even little hands to make.


Peppermint Bath Bombs

Peppermint Bath Bombs

These bath bombs have a creative holiday twist. Scented with essential oils, they’re fun to make and are a great gift for anyone who loves relaxing in the tub.


Hanukkah Bark

Hanukkah Bark

Sometimes the best homemade gifts are the ones you can eat! This Hanukkah bark is as delicious as it is pretty. It’s easy to make and a great family activity to get the kids involved in.


Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

And speaking of eating…hot chocolate on a stick FTW! All your lucky gift recipient needs to do is drop one of these treats into a mug of warm milk for instant hot chocolate deliciousness. The sticks don’t take very long to make, and you can customize them with all different types of sprinkles, marshmallows and other candies.


Photo Keepsake Ornaments

Photo Keepsake Ornaments

If you have 10 minutes and a few basic craft store supplies, you’ll be able to make these distressed photo ornaments to give as a gift to family and friends. We love the vintage look of the black and white photos and their handmade feel.


Marbled Art Tile Coasters

Marbled Art Tile Coasters

You’ll definitely need to supervise your kids while making these (there’s a little fire involved!) but it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. This easy, affordable project uses permanent markers and alcohol to create marbled coasters that look like colorful granite.


Fabric-Covered Wooden Spoons

Fabric Covered Wooden Spoons

Need an easy gift for a home chef or baker? You can never have too many wooden spoons, and these handmade ones are as beautiful as they are easy to make. You can have fun customizing the fabric choices for whatever look you like best.


Five-Minute Lip Balm

Five-Minute Lip Balm

Homemade lip balm sounds intimidating, but it really only requires three ingredients and comes together in about five minutes. We love gifting these to friends and family or using them as stocking stuffers.


Mini Gold Nutcrackers

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These tiny, shimmering nutcrackers make great ornaments, a festive addition to a place setting or a fun pop of extra holiday cheer on a wrapped present. They’re easy to find online or at most craft stores and don’t require much effort for professional-looking results.


Eggnog Fudge

Eggnog Fudge

Eggnog + fudge? Sounds like a winning combo to us and a gift we’d never say no to. The recipe is easy to follow and there are also printable gift tags templates included so you can attach one to your packaged fudge.


Kwanzaa Unity Cup

Kwanzaa Unity Cup

You can bring together multiple generations to help make this unity cup. It’s quick and simple, and you may want to buy extra supplies so you can keep one for yourself and gift the other!


Hanukkah Stained Glass Cookies

Hanukkah Stained Glass Cookies

These cookies are almost too beautiful to eat. (Almost.) The “stained glass” effect looks complicated but is actually pretty easy to achieve. Package them in a glass jar with some ribbon and a personalized tag for an easy, festive holiday gift.


Terracotta Christmas Tree

Terracotta Christmas Tree

This DIY Christmas tree is a super kid-friendly craft that has “great grandparent gift” written all over it. We love the endless possibilities for decorating the tree with whatever supplies you have around the house. And don’t forget to add a star on the top!


Stitched Ornaments

Stitched Ornaments

You will need a drill for this one, but the rest of this homemade project can be completed by kids as young as three or four (with a little help, of course). We love how the ornaments stand out from the usual holiday fare and that you can get creative with different shapes and designs.


Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop Potpourri

You can get everything you need for this DIY gift at the grocery store—it doesn’t get much easier than that. The mix of orange, cranberry, cloves, rosemary and cinnamon sticks creates a sweet scent that will fill any home with holiday cheer.


Handprint Christmas Tree Tea Towel

Handprint Christmas Tree Tea Towel

Another grandparent favorite, these kitchen towels are a sentimental way to preserve tiny handprints and celebrate the holiday season at the same time. The project works for tiny baby hands all the way through big-kid hands and only takes a few minutes to complete.

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