9 Creative DIY Holiday Presents You Can Gift this Season
Christmastime is almost here! And we all know what that means– ’tis the season for giving! Over the years, Christmas has become a popular worldwide religious and secular celebration. Whether you celebrate Christmas or another holiday this time of the year, the spirit of giving is very much alive. Trying to look for unique gifts that won’t break the bank this year? What about something hand-made? DIY holiday presents can be creative, unexpected, and fun! (And you know how we always say, its the thought that counts!) Need some inspiration? Here are a few suggestions on what you can gift this season.
1. DIY Luxurious Bath Essentials
The holidays can be a little overwhelming at times- from braving the brute winter drafts to endless holiday gift shopping and entertaining family, the first thing you’ll want to do is catch a break and relax. You know what this day calls for? A luxurious bath, the perfect indulgence after a hectic afternoon. If your giftee is an avid spa-goer, why not gift them with handmade soap bars and/or a DIY sugar scrub? Check out these soap tutorials from Everything Esty here.
2. Knitted Scarf
Brrr… the brutal cold winds of winter calls for soft warm accessories! For a one-of-a-kind couture present, use some colorful yarn and try your hand at knitting a scarf, beanie, pair of gloves– or a set of all three! Your giftee would definitely appreciate the time and effort you took to make this thoughtful present. There’s a ton of different knitted patterns (Courtesy of Crafty) out there, so find one to best suit your level of expertise. And remember, knitting is just half the fun.
3. Decorated Mug
Feeling crafty? You can never go wrong with a decorated mug! It’s a fun and practical gift— just think about how much coffee we chug during the work week. The creative possibilities are endless too- we’ve created awesome fun pieces like the Sharpie-Baked mug, Monogrammed mug, and Nail-Polished Marbled mug! Or try this cool Chalkboard mug tutorial from Whit & Whistle!
4. Date Night Movie Bundle
For a gift and bonding activity, put together a romantic night-in with your Significant Other. Purchase or rent a hilarious romantic favorite and complete the “gift package” with a bottle of something fancy, popcorn, candies, and other favorite movie snacks. Don’t forget the warm blanket to get your snuggle on!
5. DIY Custom Jewelry
Got a flair for fashion? Recycle ordinary materials into wearable jewelry for your ultra-chic girlfriends! Like this easy mock-up of Kris Jenner’s Elegant Pearl Necklace on the cheap. (Ok, so maybe that example was more for laughs, but we got more jewelry ideas here on Buzzfeed!) Trying to gift something to the guy in your life? What about accessories like cuff-links or even this fun Velcro-watch?
6. Baked Goods
Have a sweets lover in your life? Fuel their sweet tooth with the very best cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and glucose galore! Wrap up your present in festive cling-wrap or fill our a mason jar for a Insta-worthy effect.
*Please remember to consume responsibly.
7. Your Favorite Book and a DIY Bookmark
If you love to read books, why not share your favorite novel with another book lover? While giving someone an actual book (we blame the e-book!) may be a loosing tradition, it is nonetheless a great way to spread awesome works of literature. Add a special custom book mark to make this gift really stand out! Try some of these fun ideas from Architecture Art Design here.
8. Wall Art Decor
Got a friend who recently moved into a new place of their own? Or maybe you have family members who are moving into a college dorm for the first time. Either way, creating a unique homemade piece of art is the perfect housewarming gift! If you love to paint, why not grab a canvas and doled out one of your master pieces? For a classic timeless look, flatten and frame a few flowers into a glass display! We love these vibrant home decor ideas from Popsugar.
9. DIY Holiday Card
This is the extra pizzazz to complement the perfect present this season. For that sentimental friend who has kept every holiday/birthday card you’ve ever gave her/him– this year, try something new by creating your very own custom card! Get inspo by browsing down the card aisle in your local drugstore/pharmacy or scrolling at online e-cards.
There are still a bunch of creative DIY gifts out there– we’ve merely scraped the surface! Think you might go the do-it-yourself route this year? Tell us what you’re planning on gifting with a comment below!
And if you need more great gift ideas on a budget, check out our recommended list of stocking stuffers here (ALL UNDER $15!).
Season’s Greetings, everyone!