If you think you don’t have the time or money to make handmade Christmas gifts this year, think again! These easy DIY Christmas gifts are inexpensive, and you can make them in an evening after work.
The holidays are so hectic, which is why I love putting together gift guides to help you with your shopping. But sometimes, buying presents isn’t economical or even fun!
Even if you have lots of people on your “nice list” (think teachers and neighbors) you don’t need to break the bank buying individual gifts.
But when you think of handmade Christmas gifts, you probably picture the popsicle stick ornament from your kindergartener or the lopsided clay pencil holder you made for your dad when you were eight.
Easy DIY Christmas gifts are more than just childish tchotchkes, and if you plan well you can make lovely handmade gifts for the teachers and neighbors on your list in an evening.
If you’re worried that you aren’t crafty enough, just don’t! All of these handmade gift ideas are no-sew and link to detailed but simple tutorials.
10 Easy DIY Christmas Gifts Anyone Will Love
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1. Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies in a Jar (with printable recipe card)
When both of my kids were in daycare, there were at least ten teachers and staff members to recognize at Christmastime. After all, they calmly and kindly put up with screaming babies and tantrum-y toddlers all day. So at the very least, they deserve a cookie!
Buying individual gifts for so many people quickly gets expensive, so one year we made mason jars filled with a mix to make delicious Cranberry Hootycreek cookies. I have no idea why they have such a funny name, but they’re yummy and look festive.
In addition to the gift tags, I also included a pretty recipe card with instructions for how to make the cookies. The original recipe is from AllRecipes, but get the free printable Cranberry Hootycreek recipe cards (3 cards on a 1-page PDF) right here!
2. Stove-top Potpourri
An orange and a few spices are all you need to put together this yummy-smelling stove-top potpourri. It’s an easy DIY Christmas gift that will make your friend’s or neighbor’s home smell spectacular!|
3. Lavender Drawer Sachets|
4. Mason Jar Soy Candle
Love the glimmering glow of candlelight? Then try your hand at making candles in mason jars! I was surprised by how easy this DIY Christmas gift is. The tutorial is very detailed, and the author even explained which parts of the process kids can help with.|
5. Tiny Potted Succulent
If you have a green thumb, an adorable potted succulent is a great handmade gift. Purchase small bowls or vases at the dollar store and follow the simple directions in this post.| Think you can't make your own Christmas gifts because it's too hard? Check out these 10 super easy DIY Christmas gifts that are sure to please!
6. No-Sew Flannel Blanket Scarf
As someone who’s always cold, I would love a cozy scarf like this one! There are so many flannel fabric choices out there that you’re sure to find a pretty print. This is an inexpensive and easy handmade Christmas gift that doesn’t look handmade!|
7. No-Sew Tied Fleece Blanket|
8. Vanilla Peppermint Sugar Scrub|
9. Painted and Personalized Cork Coasters
Coasters are great hostess gifts, and there are endless possibilities to customize them. Buy basic round coasters, then use stencils (or even just painter’s tape) and craft paint to make them gorgeous. Follow this tutorial to make some pretty ones!|
10. Colorful DIY Crayons
If you’re making handmade gifts for kindergarten teachers, preschool teachers, or a group of kids, then learn how to make DIY crayons! It’s so easy with my tutorial, broken crayons, and a fun silicone mold.
Creative Handmade Christmas Gifts You’ll Enjoy Making and Giving
Whether you’re searching for a creative present for your kids’ teachers or your neighbors, these easy DIY Christmas gifts are a wonderful way to creatively (and cheaply!) celebrate the season.