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DIY Holiday Gifts Even the Craft-Averse Can Make

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It’s officially the holiday season.

Between decking the halls, lighting the menorah, and baking for Santa, preparing for the holidays has become a full-time job (but without the paycheck!). If your list is long and your budget is short, or you just have no idea what to get a certain someone, try one of these DIY holiday gifts.

It’s smart to have a few extra gifts stashed away just in case you get a last-minute invitation and need a hostess gift, or if you overlooked some generous soul that got you something, but who didn’t seem to make it on to your list. Here are some of my favorite ideas for DIY holiday gifts:

For the Girls

I love to keep stamped note cards handy for the express purpose of last-minute gifts. Grab some pretty blank note cards to mark with a unique stamp from the craft store, and then wrap it up in some raffia ribbon. Everyone loves a hand-written note and after the holidays everyone needs thank-you cards. These are my go-to present.

If you can knit, why not make a nice scarf or a cowl like this one. One simple and classy accessory idea is to make homemade hair combs. All you need is the comb, embroidery floss, and a little bit of time. You could also do a soothing, homemade body scrub and include a few candles and an exfoliating sponge. If you’re feeling crafty, get a few spoons and make a spoon ring. Not only will be it be homemade, it’s one-of-a-kind.

For the Guys

Worry not! You can create a homemade BBQ spice rub or sew a bow tie and matching pocket square. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so bake up his favorite treat and wrap it up. You could also make him a rustic leather notebook and include a nice pen.

From the Foodie

If you enjoy baking, there are an endless number of gifts you can make. Try Banana Bread in a Jar or Glazed Apple Spice Cake. If you need a pooch present, try Homemade Doggie Treats. For the sugar fiend, try some Peppermint White Chocolate-Dipped Oreos or chocolate-dipped pretzels, marshmallows, or candy canes. If you need more inspiration, or just want to tantalize yourself, check out my Delicious Desserts Pinterest board.

For the Coffee or Tea Lover

Personalize a mug! A stenciled mug looks lovely, or you can keep it simple with the Sharpie mug filled with some homemade cocoa, coffee beans or loose-leaf tea and a strainer. Tuck in some tea cookies or biscotti, and double points for homemade versions like cranberry pistachio biscotti, that’s tied up with a ribbon or raffia. If you need more biscotti inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board.

For the Person Who Has Everything

…They don’t have your time. Think of their hobbies or other activities that you both would enjoy and give the gift of spending time with you. If they’re a foodie, offer to host a dinner party for them or invite them over and cook a dish together. What about going to high tea? Or you could plan a day trip somewhere and prepare a picnic. If they’re crafty, you could designate a day of scrapbooking or crafting together.

For Anyone

Who wouldn’t love some homemade sugar cube shapes? You could also wrap up a few extra and bring them to your holiday party as a hostess gift. Or, whip up a batch of flavored salts or infused olive oils. The entertainer in your life might like a chalk serving tray, which has a multitude of uses. (I use mine as a cheese board since I like to write the names of the cheeses that I’m serving.) If you have a few corks laying around you could make a set of cork coasters. A baker, old or young, would love a baking kit. And wouldn’t you love to gift those odds and ends baking cups that are littering your pantry? Get the cook in your life some essentials and wrap them up in a festive red oven mitt like this. I came across these bronze animal bookends while browsing Pinterest one day, and I love them because they would make a great gift for someone (like me!).

For more fun DIY present ideas using Scrabble pieces, making your own stamps, using up an abundance of wine corks and more, check out my DIY Pinterest Board.

What are you DIY-ing for the holidays? Tell us in the comments!

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