If you’ve ever received a handmade gift for Christmas, you’ll know that they’re usually the most meaningful and memorable. Of course, we’re talking about the properly made gifts – not the stick eyes on a pinecone and call it a pocket pet type of homemade!
There’s something special about making something beautiful for loved ones. If you’re arty, crafty or good at DIY try your hand at our fabulous homemade Christmas gift ideas!
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- Chalkboard Serving Tray
- Pine Scented Candles
- Assortment of Flavoured Salt
- Homemade Snow Globe
- DIY Barbecue Set For Him
- Handmade Prism Necklace
- Indulgent Bath Kit For Her
- Stovetop Potpourri
- Christmas Spiced Fudge
- Picture Frame Terrarium
- Handmade Soap
- Picture Frame Lanterns
- Polaroid-Inspired Ceramic Tile Coasters
- Teacup Candles
- DIY Hand Painted Tea Set
Chalkboard Serving Tray
Life’s too short to serve cheese or charcuterie on boring platters and trays. If you have a friend or family member who loves entertaining, they’ll be over the moon when they unwrap a gorgeous homemade chalkboard serving tray.
You’ll need a wooden board, handles, painter’s tape, chalkboard paint, finishing wax, and wood stain. Follow these instructions to make a serving tray that the recipient can write the names of the nibbly things they serve. Scale up your gift by including a box of white chalk.
Pine Scented Candles
Christmas and the scent of pine are inseparable, so let that fragrant inspiration get you to roll up your sleeves and craft pine-scented candles as gifts for family and friends.
They require little more than soy wax chips, green wax dye, canning jars, candle wicks, and pine-scented candle or essential oil. Separate your wax into two batches, one of which you can colour green. This will let you make scented candles with beautiful green and white stripes.
Assortment of Flavoured Salt
Everyone uses salt every day, but that’s no reason for it to be boring! Put some sass into it by making an assortment of flavoured salt as handmade Christmas gifts. There are all sorts of combinations to try, such as chipotle and lime, spiced vanilla (yes, vanilla salt’s a thing), rosemary and lavender, lime and ginger, garlic and rosemary, and saffron and fennel.
You can make a batch of each, and then use them to make gifts for several people. Put the salt in bottles, label them, and put them in a metal or wooden box with newspaper or wood shavings.
Homemade Snow Globe
Few ornaments say ‘winter wonderland’ the way snow globes do. Delight your loved one with a charming handmade snow globe for Christmas. A widemouthed jar, plastic seasonal figurines or toys, epoxy, glitter, and glycerine are all you need.
You can stick to a single figure per jar, or you can let your imagination run wild, and create a scene that could rival the most opulent production of the Nutcracker!
DIY Barbecue Set For Him
If he’s a bit of a foodie who enjoys a good barbecue, why not make a DIY barbecue set for his Christmas gift? Purchase a good quality cutting board, skewers, and a basting brush, and add a bottle of homemade herb or spice dry rub, ketchup or basting sauce, and flavoured salt. Pack the items into a gift basket or a small wooden crate decorated with festive ribbon to complete the look.
Handmade Prism Necklace
Who says handmade gifts can’t be eye-catching, light-catching showstoppers? Source chandelier prisms from antique shops, markets and car-boot sales, and then use gold 22-gauge craft wire, gold-plated chain and S-hooks to create stunning necklaces.
The shape and clarity of chandelier prisms have echoes of ice and icicles, which makes them perfect for the holiday season. Gift them in green or red velvet bags.
Indulgent Bath Kit For Her
It has been a long, hard year, so give her a gift that offers her a few moments of blissful R&R. Put together an indulgent bath kit and surprise her with it on Christmas morning. Include bubble bath liquid or homemade bath salts, a box of good quality chocolates or truffles, a bottle of her favourite wine or champagne, and a candle or two.
Place all the items in a gorgeous gift basket. If the gift is for your partner or your mum, up the wow factor with a big bunch of flowers.
Potpourri has grown up and it’s no longer regaled to the guest bathroom under the stairs. It not only looks and smells great; it makes an excellent gift too.
There are two approaches to potpourri – the first is to fill a bowl with dried flower petals and other plant matter sprinkled with essential or fragrance oils, and the second is to make stovetop potpourri. Either would make a glorious Christmas gift, but our preference is for the stovetop version as it’s a little different. Mix the ingredients for your preferred recipe in an attractive jar, and don’t forget to include the instructions on a label.
Christmas Spiced Fudge
Sweet treats make fabulous stocking fillers, and they’re even better if you’ve made them yourself (just don’t eat them all while cooking!). Put down the tired-looking store-bought candy canes and whip up a batch of spiced fudge for awesome edible DIY homemade Christmas gifts.
Use ginger and mixed spice, or cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger for more exotic flavours, or keep it simple by adding orange or lemon zest. Decorate your fudge with Christmassy green, red, and white sprinkles before storing in widemouthed canning jars decorated with festive ribbon and gift tags.
Picture Frame Terrarium
A terrarium for potted plants is a pretty impressive DIY handmade Christmas gift, especially because it looks like hours of work went into making it. The good news for you is that you don’t need to spend an age making one; not when you can put a terrarium together using old picture frames and a few supplies you can find at your local DIY shop (don’t worry – we won’t tell).
If you’re worried that an empty terrarium might look a little stark, add a potted plant such as a maidenhair fern or a phalaenopsis as part of the gift.
If you like the sound of Christmas gifts that will leave the recipient’s skin feeling fab and smelling like a million bucks, why not craft a few handmade soaps?
There are countless recipes out there, some of which use soapmaking kits, while others include coconut or olive oil, and yet others use lye. You can colour your soaps and you can scent them using essential oils or dried herbs or flower petals to make them all the more appealing.
Picture Frame Lanterns
Spread the light with a DIY handmade Christmas gift of personalised picture frame lanterns. Craft your luminaries using picture frames, vellum, superglue, a square mirror, a selection of photos, and a home printer.
Be sure to choose photos that are special to the recipient. If you don’t want to use personal photos, consider using images from their favourite artist. Ramp up your gift by including a tea light or, even better, a homemade scented candle.
Polaroid-Inspired Ceramic Tile Coasters
If you’re a hobbyist photographer or an aspiring Insta influencer, use your pictures to tart up plain ceramic tiles by turning them into Polaroid-inspired coasters. Darkroom & Dearly’s Brittany Moser recommends using square tiles, colour photos, Mod Podge, a foam brush, sealant, and felt pads to create the quirky coasters.
Make sure your photos are trimmed to a width of 9.5cm and a height of 8.2cm. Position them on the tiles so that there’s a 0.6cm border on the top and sides, and a 1.9cm border at the bottom of the photo, to give them that classic Polaroid look.
Some of the best-scented candles are sold in lovely reusable ceramic, china, or porcelain holders, but you can do just as good a job by making scented pour candles in colourful vintage teacups. Visit charity shops, antique shops, and markets to find teacups and saucers, and then use a pour candle making kit or soy wax and essential oils to turn them into candle holders that make utterly exquisite Christmas gifts.
DIY Hand Painted Tea Set
Who would’ve thought that a plain white ceramic teapot, a couple of cups and saucers, and a black fine-point porcelain marker are all you need to give Bernardaud a run for its money? In just a few minutes, you can turn that boring tea set into something terrific. Such a simple update to any old set of plates or teacups and make the perfect personalised gift. For a present with that extra holiday spirit, paint a cute Santa Clause face or a colourful Christmas tree onto a teacup or mug. We’ll bet the recipient won’t guess it’s a DIY homemade Christmas gift!
Feeling inspired? Get a head start on your Christmas list and begin making the DIY gifts you want to pop under your tree.