Easy to make gifts to DIY this holiday season – that won’t break the bank or your budget. Tis the season to overspend, but it doesn’t have to be that way! I love to make simple gifts for my family and friends, and they always love getting something homemade. A homemade gift shows that you truly took time to give them a gift with meaning, time and a little of yourself poured into it. But DIY holiday gifts don’t have to be hard to be wonderful. I have an entire list of easy to make gifts that you can make before the season gets in full swing. Skip the Black Friday shopping, pour a big mug of coffee and let’s get crafty!
I know that we are all living very busy lives; not everyone feels like they can take time to make diy gifts. But that’s the beauty of these homemade gifts – they should take you less than an hour to complete! I find making gifts very relaxing, you might too; it is a great time to pick one of these amazing DIY gifts and give it a shot. Gifts made by your hands are priceless, truly.
Easy to Make Gifts to DIY
The first gift is one that is ALWAYS a hit – and a perfect DIY stocking stuffer!
My Favorite All Natural Orange and Peppermint Lip Balm
- 1 oz of Organic Beeswax
- 2 oz of Unrefined Organic Shea Butter
- 1 oz of Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
- 10 Drops of Orange Essential Oils
- 10 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- Double Boiler or glass bowl & pot
- Glass dropper
- Melt the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil over medium heat – DO NOT BOIL
- Once melted, remove from heat and quickly add your essential oils
- Give it a gentle but quick stir
Pour slowly into your containers - I used 10 of these and love the old school feel.
- You can let them cool on the counter or put them in the fridge until completely cooled and hardened
- Put on your top.
BONUS – You can make lotion bars with this same recipe! Using the same measurements you can make 2 Altoid tin lotion bars. Be careful to only fill to just below the hinge or you’ll make a mess.
The next easy to make gift to DIY this year is for adults only!
Easy to Make Homemade Kahlua or Coffee Liqueur
- 2.5 cups of pure cane sugar
- 3 Tablespoons of instant coffee
- 1 Tablespoon of pure vanilla extract no imitation
- 4 cups of water preferably filtered
- 2.5 cups of a good quality vodka
- Add water, sugar, and instant coffee to a pan
- Bring to a boil, stirring often
- Reduce to a low simmer for 1.5 hours (this will reduce by about half)
- After the 1.5 hour simmer allow the liquid to cool completely
- Once completely cooled add in vodka and vanilla
- Bottle (make sure you sterilize your bottles and lids)
Label and decorate to your liking. Enjoy a little glass of the leftovers over ice with cream. This recipe will make about 45 oz of coffee liqueur. Very easy to double or triple, as needed, for gifts.
I hope these easy to make gifts help you to feel confident in making some homemade gift this year. Most of them are fast and easy to make gifts that won’t cost a ton of money to make too.
Melt & Pour Soap – Instructions and Recipes to Get You Started (check out the shampoo bars!)
Fast DIY Beard Balm – Perfect for No-Shave November too!
Gardener’s Hand Balm with Lavender – You might want to make this for yourself too!
Honey Whipped Hand Cream – Great for dry hands and very healing (smells wonderful too).
Smelly Shoe Spray with Essential Oils – Practical gift and it really works!
All Natural Hand Sanitizer – Another great stock stuffer!
Coffee Sugar Scrub – Smells fantastic and works wonders.
Healing Salve – Great for those who love herbal remedies and all natural products.
Bug Repellent Bars with Essential Oils – Your outdoor enthusiasts will love these!
Easy to Make Gifts – For the Home
Fun DIY Chicken Wire Crafts – Know someone who loves the farmhouse look? Check out these DIY ideas!
Mason Jar Candles – Cute and useful, you can make them in a variety of sizes too.
No-Sew Fleece Blanket with Fancy Ties Simple but so cute, from The Suburban Homestead
Twine Wrapped Planters – Can be used indoors or out!
Easy to Make Gifts – Tasty Treats
Homemade Vanilla Extract – Give them their own bottle with beans in it with directions, if steeping time is limited.
Homemade Almond Extract – Better than store bought and bakers love it!
Quick and Easy Lemon Extract – All natural and so tasty!
Tasty Spice Rubs – These are perfect blends for your BBQ and Smokers!
Easy to Make Gifts – For Pets
Homemade Dog Treats – Why should our furry friends miss out?
Easy to Make Gifts – Misc.
DIY Feedsack Tote from The Giles Frontier
No Sew Fleece Scarf from Mom Prepares
Creative Wrapping for Your Easy to Make Gifts
You can get even more crafty with this cute homemade wrapping ideas!
15 Wrapping Paper Alternatives from The Prairie Homestead
30 Unique Gift Wrapping Ideas from Country Living
Reusable Gift Bags from Brown Thumb Mama
Magazine Gift Bags from Little Blog on the Homestead
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