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35 DIY Christmas Gifts for Family You'll Love!


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Make Awesome Handmade Gifts for Christmas!

If you're like me and don't have a lot of money to spend, there is no need to leave the special people in your life without a special gift. Besides what could be more thoughtful than personally crafting a thoughtful gift for a loved one? From upcycling dollar store wine glasses into snow globes to turning sweets into fun sleighs there are plenty of ideas for you. So get the yarns and glue sticks out and get ready for some craft time!

1) Mini Christmas Baskets

I absolutely love these! You'll need some small candles with a gift card then hot glue on candy canes (that have already been hot glued together to make a heart). Christmas treats are then hidden inside!


2) Slipper Gift Basket

Buy some lovely comfortable slippers then add some treats like lotion, nail polish, nail file or any other little gems you can pick up at the dollar store!


3) Coke + Mini Gift Pack

Grab a six pack of coke then use some Christmas ribbon to tie some mini vodka, rum, gin etc bottles to them! After 2020 trust me - everyone will love this gift!


4) Gift in a Mug Set

Grab a really shiny big mug and fill it with hot chocolate goodies, candy canes, marshmallows - and give it to your nearest and dearest!


5) Reindeer Brownie

This is a light hearted holiday gift you can give to people of all ages - just whip up some really gooey brownies, wrap them and add some felt antlers and googly eyes!


6) Gingerbread Sticks in a Mug

These gingerbread sticks look so tasty! When you take them out - why not fill up your mug with Baileys coffee and indulge yourself!


7) Pot Holder Gift Set

If you need to make a lot of gifts and are on a tight budget - why not buy a dozen pot holders and fill them with a Betty Crocker cake mix and spoon - so cheap - but everyone will love them!


8) Cheese Snowmen Sticks

Here's another great idea if you need multiple gifts or stocking fillers! Just follow the tutorial below -

Cheese Snowmen Sticks


9) Socks Filled with Goodies

Grab some fluffy, fuzzy socks for girls, fill them with nail polish, mascara, tea tree oil etc then tie them with a ribbon!


10) Socks with Nail Polish

Or you can get some nice patterned ankle socks and simply add some nail polish for a cute little gift!


11) Mugs with Beauty Supplies

Or you can even get all those beauty supplies and socks and squish them into a Christmas mug!


12) Family Tree

This would be an awesome gift for grandparents! Get a cheap canvas or picture frame and write out all the names of the family in the shape of a tree!


13) Handmade Jam Basket

For those of you who grow lots of your own fruit - why not make some homemade jam and put them into a basket with a handwritten card! You could even add a bottle of wine if you like!


14) Kitchen Gift Set

For those of you who have a special cook in your life why not fill a basket with spoons, whisks, spatulas etc and add in a few ribbons and a couple of tea towels and you're good to go!


15) Sweet Ornaments

Kids will love these gifts - simply buy some clear ornaments and fill with their favorite treats and hang them on the tree - then open on Christmas day! (if they last that long....)


16) Oven Mitts with Goodies

Oven mitts are always a winner with cooks - so grab a few and fill with some Betty Crocker cake mixes!


17) Gift Basket Full of Goodies

If you can find a nice wicker basket then fill it with wine, banana bread, mini Baileys bottles, sweets etc and give to a very special someone this Christmas!


18) Twizzlers in a Jar

Well this is pretty straight forward and oh so yummy!


19) Whisk Filled with Sweets

This is another easy gift you can make multiples of and also makes a great stocking filler!


20) Cash in a Stocking

This is a pretty cool way to give cash - especially to any college students who always seem to be broke!


21) Bottle Cap Sign

This is a really great idea for a kitchen - you can buy the letters at Michaels and just grab some driftwood from your local beach.


22) Crockpot Gift Basket

Grab some kitchen utensils, spices, recipe books and pack them into a crockpot for that special cook in your life!


23) Treats in a Mug

Fill some mugs with some hot chocolate goodies and use them as a really delish stocking filler!


24) Christmas Date Night

Buy some color envelopes and fill them with ideas for date nights for your loved one!


25) Pink Gift Basket

This would be a tween girls dream gift for the holidays!


26) Mittens with Goodies

Whats better than mittens? Mittens with nail polish of course!


27) Movie Night Gift Basket

Fill this with popcorn, sweets, treats and some soda and settle in for a night of your favorite Christmas movies!


28) Scrabble Gift

Glue some scrabble letters onto material with ribbon - spell out the names of your family and use them as Christmas ornaments!


29) Wine Gift Basket with Nuts

Whats better than wine? Wine with nuts of course!


30) Wreath with Gift Cards

Here's a great gift for someone who never likes the gifts you buy them!


31) Cash Christmas Tree

Here's another novel way to gift some cash over the holidays!


32) Scrabble Picture

Spell out the names of all your family members and place them into a picture frame.


33) Wine Christmas Gift Basket

The wine in that box looks really expensive - add in some nice chocolates and you're onto a winner!


34) Winter Gift Basket Ideas

Here's a range of different gift baskets you could give to your loved ones this Christmas!


35) Santa Candy Sleighs

This is a very cute little gift for little friends or nieces and nephews. You will need candy canes and bars of chocolate to recreate this little beauty.



Sp Greaney from Ireland on June 02, 2020:

Love these ideas. Much more personal than commercial gifts.

erinshelby from United States on December 08, 2018:

The teacup candles are adorable- fun idea.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on November 05, 2018:

What a great hub filled with such inventive ideas. I am saving it to go back and review and decide which ones I will make.

Cailyn on December 08, 2017:

I did 56 things I love about u.I love art and I am only 8.i plane on doing art for the rest of my life.

Mylo on October 12, 2017:

Love these ideas especially the ones from Mason jars. I'm a little obsessed

Sara on July 03, 2017:

What clips were used for the 52 card gift and where would you get them from or if ebay what do I search.

Nancy Stoner on December 23, 2016:

I made the sleighs made out of candy canes and mini candy and they were big hits with everyone I gave them too. Easy to make and lots of fun. These little sleighs are just something to give and don't cost a lot of money.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 01, 2016:

Great hub, EZZLY. Real clever and innovative too. I love that spa jar idea. If only I had those glasses and jars around my apartment....

Naomi from Boston on November 29, 2016:

I used to craft so much before I came to college. Now that finals is over I can finally have time to come up with something nice to gift people for christmas and save a lot of money! Lol, This page sparked that lights in me again!

#8 "52 things I love about you" Is my fav!

Thank you :)

Elva on November 18, 2016:

I'm trying to find the printable gift tags

Amy from East Coast on November 03, 2016:

Love the spa in a jar. I am going to try it! Thank you for the helpful information!

ezzly (author) on October 01, 2015:

Thanks for commenting Babbyii :)

Barb Johnson from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on October 01, 2015:

Thanks for the fun and easy Christmas gift ideas. They made me smile!

ezzly (author) on March 23, 2015:

Thanks for visiting Deborah Diane :)

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on March 18, 2015:

What wonderful Christmas gift ideas! Voted Up and shared!

ezzly (author) on February 06, 2015:

That's a great point ! Thanks for the input Rtalloni :)

RTalloni on February 06, 2015:

Besides being great projects, these ideas can be used as a springboard for coming up with new ideas!

ezzly (author) on February 04, 2015:

Thanks for visiting Deborah-Diane, yes and which one of us would refuse a gift wrapped in cash ? ;)

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on February 04, 2015:

These are wonderful ideas! I know that people really love homemade gifts and wrapping them in cash is brilliant!

ezzly (author) on December 09, 2014:

Thanks for visiting the wrapped in cash is a clever one! Hope you've a Merry Christmas

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 08, 2014:

Hidden gift and Wrapped in cash were two of my favorites! Never would have thought of them. The rest of the ideas are just as good. Thanks for sharing!

ezzly (author) on December 07, 2014:

Thanks Flourish, I'm totally going to do that for my teen nephew all he wants is money :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 07, 2014:

I particularly like the ways to present money for teens or others. Very useful and creative!

ezzly (author) on December 06, 2014:

Aw thanks so much savvy dating , have to say I love crafting things for people !!!

Yves on December 06, 2014:

What adorable gift ideas. There's something in here for everybody. You've made it so easy--all we have to do is pick one or two and there you go. The teacup is perfect for grandma. I loved that idea especially because it's hard to know what to get someone who has practically everything they need. You've written a delightful & useful hub. Yay!

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