Make Your Own Special Handmade Christmas Gifts
Have you ever seen the Pinterest Fail blog? It’s so popular because most of us have trouble recreating the beautiful projects we see online. Never fear! These Christmas gifts are so simple to make that you can DIY them, even if you’re more John Stewart than Martha Stewart. Scroll through these unique homemade Christmas gifts—they’re sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face. The directions are easy, and the supplies are inexpensive. Let’s get crafting!
Homemade Christmas Gifts for Kids
Kids love games, so why not make them one for Christmas? Do you find yourself constantly wrangling your iPhone away from Angry Birds-playing kid? Make them their own live version. Just save old cans, and paint them. To smash the cans, add a small ball painted like the bird… they’ll have fun stacking and knocking them down over, and over, and over. This game would be super-fun for an Angry Birds themed party, too. Get step by step instructions at Homemade Beauties by Heidi.
Another fun idea is to customize a board game! Buy old ones for cheap at thrift stores, then just customize away. To make it personal, print out words and glue them to the game cards (like adding your home address to Park Place on Monopoly), add special photos to the game board, and go wild. Craft Stylish has some great ideas.
For something a little more basic, you could create a family deck of cards, putting different photos on the cards for the Queen (mom), King (dad), Jack (recipient), Joker (little brother or sister), Ace (family pet). Mod Podge craft glue is perfect for sealing the photos on the cards.
For those of you who are constantly stepping on Legos® (otherwise known as foot-daggers), make your kids their very own DIY Lego tray for a fun way to keep the building blocks where they belong. The tutorial from Frugal Adventures shows you how to make a portable tray for less than $30, including links to purchase all the parts online.
Homemade Christmas Gifts for Mom
For the stylish mom in your life, help her get organized with a homemade scarf holder. Using nothing more than a hanger, some shower curtain rings, and fabric scraps, you can create a really neat custom gift. Follow the step-by-step directions from Studs and Pearls. I love the idea of using mom’s favorite colors or even some cute polka dot fabric.
Another great idea for mom is this awesome dip-dyed shirt from Martha Stewart. The “ombre” look is really in style right now and with some liquid dye and a white shirt, you’ll be able to make this one in a snap. Really simple directions can be found here.
If Mom loves to bake, give her some “helping hands” in the kitchen. Gather up the kids and some paint, and make some special oven mitts. The directions from Green Kid Crafts are super easy (so yes, Dad, you can do this one!). Or switch this idea up with paw prints for the fur-mom in your life (just be sure to use water color or non-toxic acrylic paint on your pup).
If Mom loves to “pin” recipes on Pinterest, she can cook straight from her iPad on the kitchen counter with a wooden tablet holder. This fun gift is easy to create with the help of the directions from Mamie Jane’s using a couple wooden blocks and a thrift shop cutting board.
Homemade Christmas Gifts for Dad
Does your dad love to grill? He would love a tasty spice rub made by you. For this gift, it’s all about the packaging, so find a great jar or tin for the spice mix. If you need some inspiration recipes, check out Kojo Designs (she also has some downloadable labels for your jars). Another easy packaging idea is to use a parmesan cheese shaker (with the label removed, of course) so Dad can shake out the seasoning.
If Dad’s taste is more sweet than savory, make him an ice cream kit. My Dad eats a bowl of ice cream every night after dinner, and I think I’ll make him a kit like this one from Bloom Designs, which includes free printable labels. (This would also be a great gift for the neighbors!) Go as crazy as you want with this one—include sprinkles, candies, toppings and more. Some homemade cinnamon almonds would be a nice touch as well.
Another fun idea that you or the kids can do for dad is to make custom coffee mugs. This is super easy! You just need a white mug (check out the dollar stores) and some Sharpies. Write a poem, song lyrics, or draw a picture for a keepsake he’ll use for his morning joe daily. For step-by-step instructions and inspiration, read the post over at Bubble Gum Post.
DIY Christmas Gifts for Friends
Homemade bath salts are great for giving affordable (and adorable) gifts in bulk—think coworkers or groups. You’ll be buying an entire bag of Epsom Salt, so make one big batch and divide them up. Like the spice rub, the packaging makes the gift! For a rustic look, you could use mason jars and twine. Or save your oil bottles during the year and package them in fancy glass bottles. For labels, use chalkboard paint on the glass and write on the bottles with chalk for a really trendy look. Homemade bath salt directions can be found at Everything Etsy.
No matter what your friends are into, you can create some fun alphabet tile coasters for them. I love the themes in these: coffee, reading, wine, and margaritas! Other fun themes might be music “sing, play, soul, beat” or “love, hugs, kiss, cute” for the newlyweds, or maybe “wish, hope, pray, live” for another idea. Regardless of what you spell out, these coasters are sure to be a hit! Check out the step-by-step directions from The Ribbon Retreat to easily make your own (bonus savings if you find a board game at a thrift store).
Homemade Christmas Gifts for Anyone
Who doesn’t love curling up with a blanket in the winter? You can easily make a blanket for anybody on your gift list! This no-sew blanket is super easy to make. You just need fabric and scissors. Fabric stores offer fleece in tons of designs, from sports teams, animals, solid colors, prints, and more. Be sure you make the blanket the right size for the recipient as adults will need a bigger blanket than a two-year-old. Just follow these simple instructions from About.com.
These last simple handmade gifts would work for just about anyone—clothespin magnets. Clothespins are crazy affordable; often a bag of 100 will be less than $20. Add some scrapbook paper and some magnetic tape, and voila, you just made enough gifts for a group of people. The Krazy Coupon Lady has simple instructions to follow to make these for everyone on your Christmas list. To package these, I would just take a pretty Christmas card and clip the clothespins on the edge of the card. Or you could add these to a gift card in a small bag for a little bonus gift.
Are you ready to hit up the craft stores? That should give you plenty of ideas for handmade, affordable gift ideas for all your family and friends. If you have more ideas for homemade gifts, leave us a comment. We love to hear your thoughts!