If you’re searching for homemade gift ideas for your friends and family, you’re in luck. I have put together a list of fun and interesting homemade Christmas gift ideas for everyone on your gift-giving list.
A few years back, I decided to reject the overconsumption that often goes along with the holiday season and intentionally simplified the holidays. Handmade gifts are one of the ways I do that.
Homemade gifts are a great way to stretch the budget while giving something truly unique and meaningful.
Health and Beauty Product Gifts
Everyone can appreciate some natural body care in the winter. Try these gifts that will bring some pampering to the cooler months.
Organic Foundation – If you have someone on your list that prefers natural makeup, this is a great gift idea. It’s unexpected yet something they’ll likely use over and over again.
SPF Lip Balm – I love giving this lip balm as a stocking stuffer or as part of a gift basket.
Sugar Cube Scrub – This unique gift will be a favorite because it’s cute, beautiful, and easy to make!
Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub – A fun scrub to add some luxury to your gift!
Homemade Leave-In Conditioning Spray – I make this for my kids, but it would make a great gift as part of a health and beauty basket.
Shaving Soap – Add this one to your basket for a man or woman, and the recipient will surely love it!
Coconut Oil Hand Cream – Moisturizing and luxurious, this hand cream will be a favorite quickly (and they’ll be looking forward to more next year!).
Hot Process Soap – Hot process is fast and simple, so you can make the soap and use it (or gift it!) the next day.
Homemade Natural Sunscreen – Conventional sunscreen contains toxic ingredients, not to mention it’s expensive. Gift a homemade natural version to your outdoor-loving friends this holiday season.
Wearables Homemade Christmas Gifts Ideas
These wearable gifts are fun to make and give. Plus, you’ll be showing off your crafty talent all at once! Try making these gift ideas to show your family and friends how much you mean to them.
Mini Book Necklace – The bookworm in your life will love this sweet and thoughtful gift.
Ombre Knotted Bracelet – The detailed pictures and instructions on how to craft this stylish bracelet make this a totally doable gift your loved one will be thrilled to receive.
Upcycled Scarf from a T-shirt – Transform some of your clothing that’s seen better days into stylish scarfs for a budget and eco-friendly gift idea.
Acorn Necklace – These acorn necklaces (using real acorns) are so cute and would make a fun craft to do with kids to give to someone they love, too.
Button Earrings – These button earrings are so simple to make, and I love how versatile and creative you can get with different fabric choices.
DIY Infiniti Scarf – Infinity scarves never seem to go out of style, which means this is a gift for someone to cherish for years to come.
Edibles Homemade Gifts
Everyone loves to get gifts they can consume. Whether it’s tasty treats or delicious beverages, edible gifts are one of my favorites. Add some festive labels and ribbon for a practical but delightful gift!
Herb Infused Salt – I didn’t realize how many different ways you could use herbal salts. Make these personalized to your loved one’s taste, and they’ll be delighted by your genuine thoughtfulness.
Bacon Bark – This is the uniquely ideal gift for any bacon or chocolate lover!
Brandied Apples – These would be a delicious addition to any food-lover gift basket.
Elderberry Elixir – This is a delicious and immune-boosting gift idea. What better way to say “I love you” than with a homemade, be well tonic?!
Candied Orange Peels – Conquer food waste and gift-giving all in one afternoon by making these tasty candied orange peels.
Taco Soup in a Jar – Gift the ultimate comfort food to be enjoyed on a cozy night in.
Holiday Chai Tea Blends – One of the most popular fall or winter drinks is warming chai tea. These two blends would make for a lovely homemade gift to be sipped on all season.
Cookies in a Jar – Imagine your friend or family member reaching for this jar of lovingly prepared homemade cookie mix on a snowy day after the holidays have passed.
Gingersnap Palmiers – Nothing is quite so festive as the bright and spicy aromas of oranges and cloves.
Homemade Vanilla Extract – I love adding everyday-use gifts like vanilla extract to my recipients’ gift baskets, knowing how handy they will find these simple pleasures long after the holidays are over.
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds – This recipe comes with a printable gift tag to package your homemade gift together perfectly!
Strawberry Wine – This step-by-step tutorial to make your own wine really couldn’t be easier to follow!
DIY Homemade Christmas Gifts for Guys
Though many of the ideas above would be great for the men in your life, here are some specifically less…uh, girly ones to try.
DIY Fire Starters – if you’re looking for a way to make your guys’ homesteading chores easier, how about making him these DIY fire starters?
iPad Case – Grab some manly fabric patterns and get to work sewing this padded iPad case to help him protect his favorite device.
Camp Stool – I love this idea for a guy (or gal) that enjoys sitting out by a fire while camping out under the stars.
Zen Garden – This is a fun homemade gift idea to add a little relaxation to any guy’s office space or workshop.
Bottle Cap Fishing Lures – Upcycle that pile of bottle caps in the garage into fishing lures for your guy’s next day at the lake.
DIY Monogrammed Mugs – A DIY monogrammed mug would make an excellent gift for any guy that can’t go without his morning coffee. This would be a fun homemade gift idea to make with kids, too.
Grill Tools Carrier – Make grilling even more fun for the grillmasters in your life with this simple tutorial.
Laptop Sleeve – Sew a laptop sleeve using your guy’s favorite fabrics for a fun and functional homemade gift.
House Shoes – Create some fun, personalized house slippers to keep your guy’s feet warm all winter.
Home and Garden Christmas Gifts
Homemade home and garden gifts are probably my favorite gifts to give and receive. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.
DIY Glass Magnets – These colorful magnets would go great with a set of office supplies.
Create a Giftable Indoor Herb Garden Kit – Your garden enthusiast friends would love this cute indoor herb garden kit. And if you grow herbs yourself, this would be an excellent way to take cuttings and share your plants.
Gold Leaf-Painted Vases – These gold leaf-painted vases would be perfect for a friend or family member with a flair for chic modern style decor.
Gold Decoupage Mug Planters – Your loved one will think you picked these mug planters up at Pottery Barn or maybe ordered them from Wayfair. Nope—made with love by you!
Upcycled Scarf Wine Bag – This tutorial shows you how to dress up a bottle of wine for a cute and festive homemade gift.
Gold Dipped Wine Glasses – Pair these glasses with the upcycled scarf wine bag above for a delightful homemade gift your friends will love.
Mason Jar Candles – Candles are always an excellent gift idea. Make them at home to add a personal touch.
Ribbon Bookmark – These sweet ribbon bookmarks make unique gifts for the readers and students on your holiday list.
Monogrammed Handkerchief – I love how versatile this thoughtful and eco-friendly gift is.
‘Everything’ in a Jar – Get creative and add personal touches to this idea by coming up with your own “in a jar” ideas for your special someone. Think “Christmas in Jar” or “Travel Games in a Jar.”
Family Recipes Book – Personalize this family recipe book idea to match the style and taste of your gift recipient for a classic gift they’ll surely treasure.
Hand-Dipped Candles – This homemade gift idea would be perfect for kids to make and give to teachers or someone special in their lives.
Baby Blankets – Baby blankets are sweet treasures to cherish. And making them is such a loving act!
Covered Recipe Binder – This is such a thorough tutorial on making the perfect gift for your favorite chef or an aspiring baker.
Tiny Polaroid Magnets – Gift your favorite memories with someone special in a unique way that your gift recipient will think is so fun.
Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Sometimes, kids can be challenging to buy for, especially when you want them to receive meaningful gifts. But with these DIY gifts, they’re sure to feel special!
Molly Monkey Doll Pattern – This is such a fun sewing pattern to make a loveable doll that a child would adore.
Felt Dolls – These felt dolls could provide hours of imaginative play.
Cutest Dino Toy – For the dinosaur-loving child in your life, this little guy (or gal) is a must.
Bedtime Bath Teas for Kids – Soothing herbal bath teas are easy to put together and beneficial for calming and relaxing children, especially before bedtime.
Magnetic Paper Dolls – Paper dolls need not be a thing of the past with this clever homemade gift any young fashion-forward girl would love to receive.
Felt Fishing Set – This would be an entertaining homemade gift for the little fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts on your list.
Elephant Knitting Pattern – This loveable knitted elephant would make an excellent friend for any young child. I love that you can customize this outfit, too!
I Spy Book – This is a fantastic homemade gift idea to make your very own “I Spy” book. You could even customize the theme to fit your child’s preferences.
DIY Fort Kit – Kids of all ages could have so much fun with their very own fort-making kit. I love that this can be used indoors or outdoors, too.
DIY Costumes Patterns – Kids are excellent at pretend play and costumes like these can help to encourage their imagination. Make a costume for your little ones’ favorite characters for hours of fun.
How to Package Homemade Christmas Gifts
One of the most enjoyable parts of making homemade gifts for family and friends is personalizing the wrapping. You can get really creative with it or go low-key. And it’s always exciting to see what you can come up with.
I have made fabric gift wrap in the past for gifts to save on paper gift wrap. You can also use recycled gift bags, glass jars, recycled ribbons, newspaper, kids’ drawings, or anything else you have lying around.
What are your best homemade Christmas gift ideas?