Perfect and Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas
It’s a well-known fact that Christmas is all about the gifts, but you don’t always have to go out and spend fortunes in order to make your loved ones happy. If you are not convinced, we’re here to give you some great Christmas gift ideas that you can make yourself right from the comfort of your own home.
Whether you’re looking for jewelry, clothes, food or paper products, we got plenty of gift ideas for this year’s Christmas, so all you have to do is to pick your favorite one and get to work!
In order to make it easier for you to pick gift category, we divided our list into several main chapters based on the required materials for the job.
If you are thinking about making a few paper gifts, you can always just buy a black and white composition book and fill it with different photos, magazine cutouts, quotes, jokes and your personal handwritten feelings and wishes regarding the recipient. You can easily envelop the composition book in gift-wrap or fabric before handing it over to your beloved friend or family member. Don’t forget to write a few special words on the front page!
Another good idea is to make a few Christmas cards adorned with an image that you created yourself. This image or symbol can be stitched, drawn, printed or painted on top of the cards before placing them into several envelopes. These envelopes can also be housed in a small box adorned with a ribbon for extra effect.
You can never go wrong with a beautiful hand-made necklace! All you need to do is purchase some multi-colored beads and some cotton cord. Cut the cord so that it is no longer than 48 inches and start threading the beads into it. In order to make the ends of the necklace stiffer, you can always apply some glue.
You can also make a nice “water bottle bracelet” by using a water bottle, a ribbon and a paper map of a continent of your choice. Cut a bangle out of the water bottle and glue a thick ribbon on the inside. Now you can glue the map on top of the bangle and seal it in place using Mod Podge. Keep applying Mod Podge on the map every 20 minutes until get about 4 layers. After it is dry, you can give the bracelet to someone special.
If you are good with a needle and thread, then you should probably consider sewing some nice gifts yourself. Pay attention to the hobbies of your close friends and family members, as this will give you a good starting point. If you know someone that is really into gadgets and electronics, you can make them a nice iPod cover.
Of course, since we’re talking about sewing, the possibilities are endless. Socks, back support cushions, pillows, belts, neckties, shoe bows or even stuffed toys are all perfect ideas.
If the recipient lives somewhere cold, you can knit a nice colorful scarf for Christmas. If you don’t know how to knit and you want to learn, you can go to a yarn store and ask for some lessons, or you can just read a book about it or visit a website.
If all else fails, just personalize a T-shirt using the recipient’s favorite colors and quotes. Let’s not forget that you can put together a nice coat for a small pet, especially if the person in question is known to be fond of animals.
Turn Photos into Gifts
Just buy a relatively cheap photo frame as well as several fitting decorations that are related to the receiver’s interests and hobbies. You can now frame a picture regarding said hobbies, such as a football player or a car, for example, while the frame can be adorned with several card-making accessories purchased from a craft store.
Alternately, you can take a picture of the receiver and place it in the middle of a large cardboard before encircling it with several other pictures depicting his or her interests. You can always give away simple, personal photos as well.
As far as food gifts are concerned, gourmet candy apples can be a great idea. The recipe for this delicious sweet treat involves melting chocolate and dipping the apples in it before rolling them into a topping.
Breads or cookies are also a perfect choice, especially if they are decorated accordingly and placed in a neat basket.
Homemade jam is known to be much more delicious than the one that can be bought at the store. It is particularly delicious if it is served with homemade bread or muffins.
Hot chocolate mixes served in a mug can do wonders for Christmas, especially if they are served near the fire while watching the snow set outside.
Chocolate-covered spoons are also quite a delight. You’ll need to buy a bunch of cheap plastic spoons and dip them in microwave-melted chocolate. You can also roll them in crushed peppermint candies for extra effect.
Candy-coated pretzels are also great gifts for Christmas! Just melt some chocolate and dip one end of a big pretzel stick in it before sprinkling crushed candy cane, chopped nuts or mini M&M’s on top.
Personalize Bought Gifts
Even if you already bought a gift from a store, you can always make it even better. A glycerin soap block, for example, can be divided into small cubes or heart shapes that you can further beautify with lovely ribbons.
However, if you prefer to offer candles, you can buy a large plain white unscented pillar candle and decorate it with lovely peppermint candies by using a hot glue gun.
Re-gifting can also work as a last resort, but you should only give away a gift that you never opened or used. Moreover, if you really don’t want or need the product in question, make sure to give it to somebody who will actually make use of it and not re-gift it as well.
Winter warm-up baskets are just great, aren’t they? You can fill your own with anything from handcrafted marshmallows to instant hot-chocolate packs. Buy the basket in question from a craft store and decorate it with shredded tissue paper before placing your goodies inside. Afterwards, you can wrap the basket in shrink-wrap and use a blow dryer to make the wrap stay in place. Those of you who celebrate Christmas in the warmer regions should create a cool-down basket that can include sunscreen, face mist, flip-flops, a sun hat, a towel etc.
If you are in need for a quick, last minute gift basket, you can just put together a nice movie-themed gift that includes a bucket of movie popcorn, a box of candies and a gift card for a movie store.
Teacups and small saucers are also great gifts, especially if you fill the cups with lovely tea bags or gourmet cocoa mix packs. Just wrap the whole thing in cellophane and add a holiday bow on top. You can definitely use this idea to get rid of old china. You’re welcome!
- Now if you are set on making your own Christmas gifts this year, you should first make sure that you have the time, since this endeavor can prove time consuming and even tiring in most cases. However, a gift that you made with your own hands is bound to have more value than one you simply purchased from an ordinary shop, so your effort will definitely be appreciated in the end.
- Secondly, if you are thinking about gifting certain food products, make sure that the recipient is not allergic to some of the ingredients, such as nuts for example. Re-gifting can sound like a smart and cheap way of making someone happy for Christmas, but never ever pass the gift back to the person who gave it to you in the first place!
- If you are making a T-shirt, make sure that you get the right size. Don’t go overboard, especially when it comes to money, since you might feel sorry for purchasing certain gift materials if they turn out to be much more expensive than a simple store product. In this case, you can buy an inexpensive gift and embellish its packaging or give it away in a basket for a more traditional, homemade feel.