Christmas is right around the corner, but many of us have not finished our shopping. Though it may be tempting to splurge on expensive gifts for our friends and family, some of the best presents are the ones that are made by hand. With these 31 do-it-yourself ideas you can easily create gifts that your loved ones will cherish long after the holiday season has ended. Take a look.
1. Homemade Fort Kit
These are great for adventurous children or adults. Click here for ideas of what to include in your kit.
2. Arrow Bookmark
A simple and adorable way to keep your place. And best of all, they are easy to make with this tutorial.
3. Knitted Soap Socks
Homemade soap wrapped in wool is a delightful shower experience. Pattern here.
4. Sweater Mittens
What to do with a shrunken sweater? Why, turn it into mittens, of course. Tutorial here.
5. A Recipe-Etched Cutting Board
Now your favorite family recipe will always be close by. Instructions here.
6. Clementine Wreaths
Nothing says Christmas quite like clementines. Instructions here.
7. Indoor Snowballs
These make especially great gifts for loved ones in warm weather states. Pattern here.
8. A Money-Filled Tissue Box
Imagine their surprise when they realize that you did not just get them a box of Kleenex. He-he.
9. Hershey’s Kiss Rice Krispie Treats
Absolutely delicious. Recipe here.
10. A Package of Beautifully Decorated Oreos
This unexpected sweet treat never fails to delight children and adults alike.
11. A Travel Reading Pillow
A great gift for any book-loving kid. Pattern here.
12. Starbucks Latte Soap
Making soap just got a whole lot easier. Tutorial here.
13. A Wallet Full of Gift Cards
Make a whole day of fun, or stick to a theme, like the mall food court cards above.
14. Roll of Coins Stocking Stuffer
Perfect for the college kid who needs quarters for laundry.
15. A Cupcake in a Jar
Delicious and unexpected, who wouldn’t want a cupcake in a jar? Instructions here.
16. Homemade Bubble Bath
This gift will really stand out with this gorgeous bottle label that can be printed for free.
17. Lip Balm Lockets
You can’t go wrong by giving a lady makeup and jewelry. Tutorial here.
18. Christmas Bow Bobby Pins
Adorable, cheap, and great for holiday photos.
19. Watercolor Portraits
These look so professional, it’s hard to believe that they are easy to make. Best of all, grandma will love it. Instructions here.
20. Tube Bead Necklace
Fun and fashionable. Tutorial here.
21. A Bag of Stamped Peppermint Candies
Get creative – these can be personalized with anything. Instructions here.
22. Thread Necklace
Make these in any color combo you like. Tutorial here.
23. Their Name In Pom-Poms
Or, spell anything you like. Instructions here.
24. A Gingerbread House Kit
Be sure to include their favorite candy. Instructions here.
25. A Pom-Pom Branch Bouquet
This will be sure to light up any room. Tutorial here.
26. Gold Initial Mug
Looks store bought, but it’s 100% homemade. Instructions here.
27. Dip Mix Ornament Set
Perfect for that one relative who’s always hard to shop for. Tutorial here.
28. Wire Heart Earrings
So simple and sweet, you can’t go wrong. Tutorial here.
29. Fruity Print Zipper Purses
No one will believe you actually made these adorable little purses. Instructions here.
30. Bath Bombs in a Jar
Bombs are the new bubbles. Instructions here.
31. Shower Disks
Or try the latest trend – a shower disk. Instructions here.
This holiday season, don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get a little messy. It will be worth it when you see the look on your loved one’s face as they unwrap their homemade present. And don’t forget to share these great ideas with friends and family.