It’s that time of year again when we start to think about Christmas. One day after Halloween, and the stores shelves are already packed with Christmas treats and decor! When it comes to gift giving at Christmas, what kind are you? Do you plan ahead and scout all year long for the perfect gift OR are you like us, and wait till the very last week to cross the names off your lists?
Well because of our annual procrastination with gift giving, we thought this month’s Simple Daily DIY challenge would be the perfect opportunity to get ahead of the game.
I always WISH to make gifts for friends, family and teachers but in the end, I find myself pressed for time and lacking inspiration. This year is going to be different! We’ve assembled a wide range of simple and fun DIY gift giving ideas to get you motivated. Check them out below and join us on November 15 to start our gift making bonanza!
So pick at least five DIY gift ideas from the list below to make alongside us over the 15-day live challenge. For your preparation convenience we’ve created a shoppable page where you can find all the supplies for the projects.
If you haven’t yet joined the challenge you can learn more about it and join here. There’s fabulous perks to being a member such a prizes, access to exclusive video tutorials and a supportive Facebook community! So let’s get our simple handmade gift giving game on!
12 EASY DIY HANDMADE GIFT IDEAS:
1. Create Your Own Floral Greeting Card and Watercolor Envelope Gift Sets
This is fun to make and is a practical gift that can be used all year round. How many times have you been stuck without a greeting card to give? With these DIY greeting cards and envelopes you’ll be ready for any occasion. Make them for yourself (that’s allowed too) or assemble the gift sets for a loved one to use in their busy lives.
2. DIY Peppermint Body Scrub
We’ve seen so many wonderful and beautiful homemade body scrubs over the years that we’ve collected on our Pinterest board called Pamper Yourself - DIY Spa Day. This is the year we follow through and make this one from Love Grows Wild! Mmmmm, I can smell the soothing peppermint already!
3. Make a DIY Succulent Tea Cup Planter
We LOVE succulents. Call us obsessed if you want. We’ve even created a collection of home decor with succulents at our Society6 shop. Hoping to get one of those succulent mugs this year….hint hint, Jane. And this idea of adding some pretty faux or real succulents to a tea cup is just lovely.
4. Prepare and give a Homemade Brownie-in-a-Jar
Yes, please! This homemade brownie mix in a jar idea looks delicious and thoughtful. Add a pretty gift tag and you are good to go!
5. Assemble a gift of delicious Cocoa-in-a-Jar
Is there anything more delightful than a cup of hot cocoa on a cold Winter day? There is something so warm and cozy about this idea by Happy Hour Projects. We love how pretty the ingredients look layered in the clear glass mason jar. And she provides a beautiful printable tag as well!
6. Create a beautiful Arm Knitted Blanket
This is on our must-try DIY list for this year. How lucky would someone be to get an arm knitted blanket for Christmas? And the video tutorial provided by Simply Maggie makes this project doable even for beginner knitters!
7. Make a decorative No-Sew Candy Throw Pillow
Give the gift of something sweet but also unexpected. These no-sew candy pillows are a great accessory for anyone’s holiday decor and would be fun accent pillows for a child or teenager's room. And yes, you read correctly….no sewing involved!
8. DIY No-Sew Flannel Scarves
These are so easy to make that we bet you’ll be making yourself one as well as someone on your list. And yes, you read correctly here as well, no sewing involved! The idea of a no-sew scarf gets even me excited (since I actually love to sew)!
9. Make these Nested Burlap Storage Boxes
Give the gift of organization to someone on your list. Is there such a thing as too much storage? We don’t think so! And we think these inexpensive DIY nested burlap storage boxes by A Piece of Rainbow are perfect for their practicality. Add some spa-like goods or perhaps some tea and coffee accessories, or even chocolate (I’ll take one, please) and you’ve got a gift basket within a gift.
10. Assemble a Themed Gift Basket
When in doubt, a basket filled with useful and fun gifts is the best idea. Pick a theme and just go for it. Use the DIY nested burlap storage boxes and you’ve got yourself a handmade “basket” to hold all those wonderful goodies.
DIY GIFT GIVING JUST IDEAS FOR HIM:
11. A DIY Jack Daniels Soap Dispenser
How cool is this gift idea? I know my hubby would just love it. We have some Crown Royal bottles kicking around that will work just as well hopefully.
12. Give the gift of Homemade Bacon Salt
Bacon salt? Yum! Enough said.
Be sure to pop over and visit these amazing projects for all the details and instructions and don't forget to join the challenge and make five of them with us!
We'd love to hear from you! Which of these DIY gift giving ideas will you make this year? What's the best handmade gift you've ever gotten?