Christmastime is all about the gifts! People give them, receive them and make them! With such interesting homemade Christmas gift ideas at your fingertips, there really is no reason to head out to your local department store during the holiday season.
Homemade Gifts for Children
Give the little ones in your life something homemade and personal, showing them that during the holiday season, you are thinking of them.
Homemade Holiday Headbands
Holiday bows and headbands make for the perfect finishing touch to any festive outfit. If you have little ones who will be arriving at your Christmas celebration all decked out in skirts and dresses, give them homemade holiday headbands to complete their look. For older kids, choose something like this glitzy, stretchy headband or this fun and funky ornament headband. Gift little ladies a soft bow headband in a holiday color pattern.
Christmas Felt Checkerboard
Checkers will keep kids busy during Christmastime while adults work in the kitchen to create a holiday feast. A festive checkerboard made of green and red duct tape is easy to create, so go ahead and made a few sets so that several children can receive one. They easily fold up for storage, and playing family checkers on Christmas will become a holiday tradition with this classic game.
A Knitted Cap or Scarf
If you can knit, then you can create all sorts of fun items to give the little ones in your life for the holidays. Knit warm and cozy items like scarves or cute winter caps for children to wear all season long.
Homemade Christmas Gifts to Fill the Bellies of Friends and Family
Show the people in your life that you love them with a gift that will warm their hearts and fill their bellies. These homemade gifts are almost too pretty to eat!
A Tin of Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Making a batch of chocolate-covered pretzels could not be easier or tastier. A tin of homemade chocolate-covered pretzels makes the perfect seasonal gift for neighbors, co-workers, or your children's teachers. Use white chocolate and silver sprinkles or milk chocolate and green and red sprinkles to tie this yummy gift in with the holidays.
An Array of Infused Salts or Sugars
Infused salts and infused sugars are easy to make and will always have a home in any kitchen. Create a couple of imaginative flavor combinations and pair them with a bottle of your favorite olive oil or vinegar.
Peppermint is the taste of the holiday season, and fudge is an easy and decadent treat to make and give as a gift. Peppermint fudge is something the entire family can help out with in the kitchen. Throw on some aprons, turn up the Christmas music and get cooking.
Holiday Cookie Mix in a Jar
Everybody bakes during the holidays! Make things simple for loved ones by giving them everything that they will need (sans a couple of key ingredients) to create their holiday cookies in a pretty jar. Holiday cookie mix in a jar contains all the dry ingredients one would require to bake a batch of delicious treats that will be long gone before Christmas Day even arrives. Make sure to include a holiday bow tied to the jar as well as baking directions.
Candy Cane Cake
A candy cane cake is a great, less formal gift to give over the holiday season. It is the perfect thing to bring to a holiday party and give your hosts in exchange for a warm winter invitation.
Savory Soup Mixes
Delicate snow falling onto the ground as the sun slips behind the trees...winter evenings are made for savory soups to warm the soul. Choose a few of your favorite soup recipes and layer ingredients into a mason jar. Attach cooking directions as well as a list of ingredients still needed to complete the soup. Tie a new wooden soup ladle to the mason jar with twine and give the gift of comfort food during the holiday season.
Homemade Christmas Gifts That Will Make the Home Merry
Give friends, neighbors, or family members something that will help to make their homes merry and bright. They will think of you and smile every time they look at one of these decorative, homemade Christmas gifts.
A Christmas Wreath
Most doors have holiday wreaths attached to them during the holiday season. They are bright, cheery, and welcoming ways to decorate your front door space. Making Christmas wreaths is simple and cost-effective. What materials you choose to include in your Christmas wreath is completely up to you. You can make artificial wreaths to last throughout the years or a wreath from natural evergreen boughs and other natural materials.
Holiday Hand Towels
Hand towels are perfect places for painted handprints to go. Use kids' handprints to make wreath designs, Christmas tree designs, or dot their fingerprints on a sketched-out tree to create little lightbulbs. Anything goes with this handmade gift that is perfect for a set of loving grandparents.
Prettiest Pears In All the Land
Making pretty, golden pears to sit atop shelves and mantles during the holiday season is a great idea for anyone who gets into decorating during the wintertime. Leave these pears up through New Year's Day since their color scheme flows right into that event as well.
Say It With Signs
Rustic holiday porch signs are easy and cheap to create. They add a rustic charm to the home's exterior and can be personalized with some quick, simple touches of paint. There are so many cute designs to work into a homemade rustic sign, so make one for every person you know!
Homemade Christmas Gifts for Partners
Diamonds and pearls are one way to your loved one's heart, but nothing says you are the center of my universe, like something made by your two hands. Handmade gifts express love like no other present can.
A Cozy Quilt With Memories and Cheer
With a handmade quilt, you will be able to wrap yourself up in the love of the person who created it. By using easy quilting patterns and holiday fabrics, you can make a sweet and simply DIY Christmas gift for someone you want to wrap your arms around all year long.
A Christmas tree can always use one more sentimental ornament, right? Give the special person in your life a Christmas ornament that was made just for him/her. Each year, when your special person hangs his/her personalized ornament on the tree, they won't help but think about the love and care it took to make them this special gift.
Jewelry That Is One of a Kind
If you have a crafty touch and the necessary materials, make a pendant tray necklace for that special person in your life. In making this gift, you will wear your heart on your sleeve, and your sweetheart will wear your words around his/her neck.
If you are in a new relationship and want to get your new crush something without making a major fuss, create a reindeer six-pack of their favorite beer. After exchanging homemade gifts, crack a few brews open under the Christmas tree and watch a couple of your favorite holiday movies.
Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas That the Kids Can Help With
Children love crafts, and they love Christmas. Get the kids in on the action during the holidays with one of these fun and festive homemade gift ideas.
Making stationery is a great craft to get kids in on. It is simple and fun for people of all ages, and personalized stationery makes for a great gift for loved ones. You will need stationery paper and a couple of rubber stampers and ink. Choose designs that compliment the personality of the person you are giving the stationary to, or choose designs specific for the holiday season.
Soap making is such a great skill to learn because soap makes the perfect gift for anyone, any time of year. Kids can learn along with their parents and keep the tradition of gifting soaps as they grow into their adult years. For the Christmas season, choose to make soaps with cedar, pine, or peppermint scents.
Cute Mason Jar Snow Globes
Kids can make snow globes out of mason jars and give them to special people in their lives for Christmas. Many of the needed items can be found around the house, and much of the project can be done independently by older children. Parents might need to supervise some aspects of the craft, like operating the hot glue gun. These gifts are so pretty when completed, kids might think twice about giving them away.
Christmas Crafts Using Handprints
It is pretty amazing what you can create using paint and handprints. Fashion Christmas trees, ornaments, reindeer, and wreaths using your children's tiny hands and paint. Set designs on clothing, pot holders, canvas, or any other medium that you can dream up.
Pretty poinsettia pens are delightful and crafty presents to give, along with a set of homemade stationery. Any teacher would be tickled pink (or red and green rather) to receive such a thoughtful gift.
Homemade Gifts to Stimulate the Senses
Who doesn't fawn over the warm scent of simmering cinnamon, the fresh smell of tantalizing pies, and the crisp hint of evergreen in the air? These are the smells of the holidays, and these homemade gifts encompass the holiday spirit for the senses.
Seasonal Simmer Pots
Simmer pots are simple, pretty gifts that will fill the entire home with scents of the season. These homemade gifts are great little items to use in a gift exchange or for kids to give to school teachers or the parents of friends.
The art of candle-making has been around for hundreds of years. You can make candles in numerous ways and with varying ingredients. Choose to make scented candles that fill the home with smells of pine or cinnamon.
Beautiful Bath Salts
Slipping into a warm, scented bath after a long, cold day of sledding or shoveling is a small slice of heaven on earth. Give beautiful bath salts to friends and families that will give off the aroma of the holidays and allow them to slip into a spa-like environment of relaxation and relief.
Christmas Lotion Bars
You can make Christmas lotion bars at home using only a few simple steps and ingredients. While this craft isn't challenging, it does take a few days to complete, so make sure you don't leave this one until Christmas Eve to create.
Make It With Love
No matter what type of homemade gifts you give this year, be sure to make them with love to let those you are giving them to know that you care. They'll be sure to appreciate whatever you give them, as long as they know it's from your heart.