30+ Homemade Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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If you’re sticking closer to home, as many of us are these days, there’s a good chance you’re looking for ways to avoid the crowded stores to accomplish your holiday shopping. If you’ve never made holiday gifts for your loved ones, this is a great year for making, baking, or growing something special for the people you care about.

When you make gifts, it shows you care enough to spend a little time and effort putting together something nice for the person receiving the gift. At the same time, you can generally avoid the long lines at the shopping centers and hundreds of dollars spent on items that your loved one may or may not appreciate.

If you are marginally crafty, homemade gifts will likely come easy for you, but, even if you’re not creative at all, there are simple homemade gifts that you can put together for your friends and family. This list of homemade gift ideas includes links to tutorials for both novices and experienced crafters.

DIY Gifts That Family & Friends Will Love


Food gifts are among the easiest gifts to make and are often the most appreciated. Cookies of all sorts that are presented in a decorative tin make a delicious gift, but the food gift ideas don’t stop at cookies. Check out these easy gift ideas for people who love food.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Gifts
Mulled-Cider Sachets
Curried Lentil Soup in a Jar
Homemade Eggnog Pancake Mix in a Jar
BBQ Spice Rub
Flavored Salts
Homemade Jelly or Jam
Salted Caramels
Homemade Liqueurs

If you’re someone who preserves food by canning or dehydrating, it can also be a nice treat for someone to receive a basket full of home-preserved goodies, like apple pie filling, barbeque sauce, candied fruits, jerky, or an assortment of dried spices. The sky is the limit when it comes to home-preserved foods. If you make it, you can probably find a theme for a basket and put together a nice gift with just a little bit of decoration.

Bath & Body

While bath & body items are a bit personal, homemade scrubs, soaps, and other fun bath & body gift ideas can be a great choice for someone you know and love. Discover how easy it is to make a luxurious homemade gift with one of these at-home bath & body recipes.

DIY Citrus Sugar Scrub
Bath Tea
Milk Bath
Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars

Home Goods

Whether your friend or family member loves to host get-togethers or spend most nights staying cozy with a good book, there’s something you can make for them that’ll fit perfectly in their home to match how they enjoy spending time. Here are a few ideas for homemade home goods.

DIY Herb Planter
Beeswax Food Wraps
No-Sew Fleece Tie Blanket
Chunky Knit Blanket
Chalkboard Wooden Serving Tray
Miniature Altoid Tin Toolboxes

Gifts For Kids

When it comes to Christmas gifts, kids can sometimes be hard to please. A lot of kids have very specific ideas about what they want for Christmas. These homemade gift ideas for kids, though, they’re pretty neat. And, if you’re looking to foster a home environment where homemade is appreciated, these gifts offer a few fun ways to get started.

Car Wash Mitt Puppets
Lunch Box Doll House
Superhero Mason Jar Bank
Crocheted Teddy Bear
Play/Reading Tent

Gifts Made By Kids

What would Christmas be without keepsake gifts from the kids? These gifts are great for little ones to create for grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers, and coaches.

Salt Dough Ornaments
Kid-Made Dish Towels
Hand-Painted Candle Holders
Snowflake Popsicle Stick Ornaments
Jar Lid Photo Frame Ornament

Happy Holidays with Gifts from Home and the Heart

Whether you’re planning to give all homemade gifts or put together themed baskets or boxes with a few handmade items, do-it-yourself gifts are a fun, heartwarming way to show the people in your life how much you care about them. Happy holidays, everyone!


Published by Sheryl Davis

Sheryl Davis is a freelance writer and chief homesteading officer at Cedar Swamp Homestead. She loves spending time in the garden, baking up new treats with homegrown ingredients, and writing for a wide variety of businesses and industries.

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