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.
Even if you have lots of people on your “nice list” 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 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.
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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.
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 DIY Christmas gift that doesn’t look handmade!
7. No-Sew Tied Fleece Blanket
Fleece is a great fabric to work with since it doesn’t fray, and like flannel, it’s inexpensive to buy by the yard and comes in loads of patterns. Follow this tutorial to make a cozy throw blanket.
8. Vanilla Peppermint Sugar Scrub
Who doesn’t want glowing skin? This relaxing (and yummy-smelling) handmade Christmas gift is simple to make in bulk with sugar, peppermint essential oils, and just three other ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
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