20 DIY Christmas Gifts for Loved Ones

diy christmas gift ideas

There’s something about gifting your loved ones with something you made yourself that makes Christmas just a little bit extra special. It’s the ultimate way to say, “I know you, and I care for you”!

I personally love creating gifts myself come Christmas time because you can make something totally unique for your recipient. So, here are twenty of my favorite DIY Christmas crafts for loved ones this year.

1. DIY Sherpa Infinity Scarf

Sherpa Infinity Scarf

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met anyone who wouldn’t appreciate receiving something this cozy on Christmas morning. Sherpa scarves are almost unbeatably comfy, so why not make one?

As the clever crafter of this tutorial says, there’s no need to be intimidated when working with Sherpa. It’s a fuzzy, warm, and versatile fabric that’s perfect for cold winter mornings (find some here).

2. DIY Christmas Cake Mix Bath Bomb

Christmas Cake Mix Bath Bomb

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Next up, we have a delicious bath bomb fit for any Christmas-lover’s bathtub. They make a wonderful stocking stuffer, or you can gift a pack of them as your centerpiece gift!

This wonderful bomb features some delicious-smelling essential oils to get that trademark Christmas scent, so you’ll need to pick up the right mix of oils if you don’t already have them. I love this set for Christmas.

3. DIY Activated Charcoal Bath Bombs

Activated Charcoal Bath Bombs

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Speaking of bath bombs, here’s a recipe to put even the darkest gift recipient in the festive mood. If your loved one is more of a “Nightmare Before Christmas” fan, this is the bomb for them!

Using activated charcoal powder (find some here), a good mix of essential oils, and some standard bath bomb ingredients, you can make your own set of sparkly black bath bombs.

Secret Arts bath bombs? Never heard of them. Lush, move over, DIY Christmas-themed bath bombs are the next big thing!

This is a great addition to your DIY Christmas basket.

4. DIY Fleece Buffalo Plaid Hand Warmers

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As Jack Frost starts to nip at our fingertips, giving the gift of constantly warm hands is almost invaluable. These adorable hand warmers are great for beginner sewers just getting their bearings!

All you’ll need is some good buffalo plaid fleece (try this one out for size), your trust sewing machine, and—of course—rice! Rice holds heat beautifully, so it’s perfect for a project like this.

Looking for some more beginner sewing projects to try your hand at? Why not try out one of these 20 Easy DIY Sock Plushies?

5. DIY Chunky Arm-Knit Blanket

Chunky Arm-Knit Blanket

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It’s quick, it’s cozy, and you only need your hands to get it done. That’s right. It’s a chunky arm-knit blanket! You really can’t make one of these lists without at least one large knitting project.

Using eight skeins of Premier Yarns Couture Jazz, you can whip together a five-foot-long blanket in about forty-five minutes. I’d say that’s definitely an afternoon well spent!

This is ideal for the person in your life who loves both comfort and home décor because this blanket is a gorgeous statement piece on the couch when not in use.

This is also just an amazing Christmas project to take on for adults.

6. DIY Paint Splatter Planter Pot

Paint Splatter Planter Pot

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This next craft is for anyone in your life who loves plants (or might just need to add a little life into their home). It’s a splatter planter! White paint on a terracotta pot makes it look just a little Scandi.

This is a great gift to choose if you’re running low on time or if you have a lot of other gifts you need to make this year. Once you’ve made the pot, consider planting a little Christmas tree in it.

 So, by the time the next Christmas rolls around, your loved one will have their very own live tree!

Fond of plant pots, but don’t think this is the one for you? Why not try this DIY flower pot?

7. DIY Etched Wooden Cutting Board

Etched Wooden Cutting Board

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We’ve all seen those personalized cutting boards on Etsy, but who knew you could make one by yourself? Thanks to this genius-level crafter, you can give your loved one a custom chopping board!

This method really takes something store-bought and elevates it, making it a far more personal and meaningful gift. The best part? All you need is an etching tool (like this) and your wooden cutting board.

8. DIY Marble Serving Tray

Marble Serving Tray

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A marble serving tray sits right at the top of any homemaker’s kitchenware wish list, and now you can gift one without breaking the bank. All you need is a marble slab, and some brass drawer pulls.

High-quality marble slabs are shockingly easy to find, and they make for a professional-quality gift without the associated price tag. Add the drawer pulls for easy portability, and you’ve got a tray!

If you can’t find brass drawer pulls, just grab some silver pulls from your local hardware store and alter them using some of this antique gold Rub ‘n’ Buff.

9. DIY Sweater Sleeve Wine Gift Bags

Sweater Sleeve Wine Gift Bags

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Looking to gift a loved one a bottle of wine, but you don’t want it to seem too plain? How about sprucing it up using an old sweater sleeve? It looks much better than it sounds, I promise.

This adorable DIY bundles up a bottle of wine in the sleeve of an old sweater, giving it a cozy look that’s much more suited to a Christmas gift. Pick a cheap sweater up online or hit the op shops!

If you want to take this gift up a notch, why not try making it a gift basket? Include the wrapped wine bottle, a really nice corkscrew (like this one), some wine glasses, and some chocolates.

10. DIY Cranberry Vanilla Shea Butter Soap

Cranberry Vanilla Shea Butter Soap

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If you have a lot of people on your gift-giving list this Christmas, why not try making a big batch of cranberry vanilla shea butter soap to spread the festive cheer?

Homemade soap is much harder to come by nowadays, and it carries so much warm nostalgia along with it. Not to mention, the comfort and relaxation it brings is something we all sorely need these days.

Making this soap is much easier than it appears, thanks to a melt-and-pour shea butter soap base, which you can find here. Just incorporate the ingredients, let it set in the mold, and wrap away!

This is a lovely Christmas craft for teens to make.

11. DIY Cookie Mix Gift Sack

Cookie Mix Gift Sack

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A pre-measured cookie mix is a great gift for any loved one who loves sweet treats, and they’re super easy to make! These cookie-mix gift sacks make for an adorable gift, complete with measuring spoons.

Not only are the sacks easy to assemble in bulk, but they’re also cheap to make, so they’re ideal as a family-wide gift if you’re low on cash. Print out some labels and write a note to make them personal!

If you like, you can include a set of metal measuring spoons (like these) with each bag. They’re a great way to add an extra-special touch to your gift.

12. DIY Candy Cane Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Candy Cane Peppermint Sugar Scrub

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There’s almost nothing better than a high-quality sugar scrub for keeping your skin healthy. Using this craft, you can gift a sugar scrub with a Christmas-y twist to any loved one who loves skincare.

This layered sugar scrub re-invigorates the skin with lovely exfoliating sugar, coconut oil, and the magic of true-blue essential oils. Layer white and red layers of the scrub for a truly Christmas-y aesthetic.

13. DIY Gorgeous Fleece Blankets

Fleece Blankets

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I don’t think there is such a thing as having too many blankets, so you really can’t go wrong with gifting a comfy blanket this Christmas. Especially if you’ve taken the time to make it by hand!

These blankets are super simple to make, and they’re the perfect pre-Christmas gift to give on a chilly Christmas Eve night. Using some fleece fabric and the all-important rickrack, this is a cakewalk!

Find the right rickrack for your blanket’s edging at your local craft store or check out Amazon. I really like the look of this one for a Christmas mood.

14. DIY Pinecone Fire Starter Favours

Pinecone Fire Starter Favours

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Now for something a little off the beaten track. These pinecone fire starters are absolutely adorable, and they make the perfect party favors for your next Christmas party.

These fire starters make for the perfect kindling, and they add a delicious scent to any evening spent curled up by the fire. Apart from the pinecones, the most crucial ingredient is soy wax flakes (found here).

Just keep in mind that you might find your recipients reluctant to burn these little party favors. After all, they’re just so cute!  

15. DIY Metallic Print Glassware

Metallic Print Glassware

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I don’t know about you, but there have been times I’ve been walking through a homeware store, seen a set of metallic glassware, and desperately battled with myself not to buy them on the spot.

Thanks to this clever craft, you can create a custom set of gold metallic glassware. Design any pattern your heart desires, cut it out on some gold adhesive vinyl, and adhere it to the glass. Easy!

Keep in mind that this craft will either require a Silhouette—which you can find here—or some seriously precise craft knife skills.

Alternately, try out any one of these 20 DIY Christmas Gift Baskets for Your Loved Ones.

16. DIY Copper Tealights

Copper Tealights

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Speaking of metallic décor, these modern DIY copper tealights are perfect as votive candles, Christmas lights on the big day, or as year-round little delights. Plus, they’re a piece of cake to make.

These simple little copper accents are the perfect thing to add to any space. All you need is some wax, some small wicks, and some little copper caps.

In fact, this is the perfect way to recycle a large candle you haven’t found the time to use! Just melt it down and repour it into these caps. Done! 

17. DIY Herb Planter Cutting Board

Herb Planter Cutting Board

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I love this gift because it’s so simple, so clever, and so practical all at the same time! Not only do you have constant access to your herbs while you’re cooking, your chopping block can also double as décor.

Pick out a couple of your recipient’s favorite herbs to cook with and install them in a gorgeous wooden chopping block. You can customize the shape and size to your liking, be sure it’s sturdy!

18. DIY Rope and Brooch Statement Necklace

Rope and Brooch Statement Necklace

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If we’re talking homemade gifts, there’s almost nothing that says, “I took the time to make this for you” quite like something woven. It’s especially good when the gift is wearable. Enter… the necklace!

This gorgeous necklace utilizes macrame cord (find some here) and golden accents to create a unique piece of jewelry. Customize it to suit your recipient and test your braiding skills at the same time.

If you’re keen to test out your macrame skills with some other crafts, why not try out my DIY Macrame Leaf Earrings too?

19. DIY Pine Scented Soy Candles

Pine Scented Soy Candles

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Scented candles make a wonderful gift for the holidays, and I love the striped look this one has. It adds some subtle interest to the gift! Test out your candle-making abilities with this cute craft.

Apart from the candle wax, the jars, and the wicks, the core component of this craft is undoubtedly the pine-scented candle oil. It’s a subtle nod to Christmas, but your loved one can burn this any time.

20. DIY Cardamom and Pumpkin Spice Solid Coffee Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Solid Coffee Scrub

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Finally, to accompany all the other self-care crafts in this list, here’s a solid coffee scrub recipe! Invigorating coffee and soothing pumpkin spice bring the scents of fall to any season.

You can choose to mold this in any shape you like, but I love this crafter’s choice of a gingerbread man. Find the gingerbread man mold here, mix up the recipe, set the scrub, and watch your recipient grin with glee!

Conclusion

So, which one of the gifts would you like to get yourself? Did you get any inspiration for your Christmas gifts this year?

 

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