Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas Can Help You Stress Less and Enjoy More
I think a homemade Christmas is the best kind of Christmas! Whether you are making all your gifts this year or just a few for the fun and joy of it, a few good ideas can sweeten your Holidays in extraordinary ways!
Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy Christmas more this year? I find it annoying that advertisers bombard us with magical looking images of happy families out spending loads of money together, as if that will fulfill us... when in fact, spending loads of money almost never creates the magical feelings we desire during the Holidays... and often quite the contrary!
Christmas shouldn't be an expensive and stressful event to prepare for... with shopping taking days to complete and burning right through the family budget. My family and I intend each year to have less stress and more fun while we prepare for our friends and families during the holidays!
We think Christmas should be cheerful, sweet and fulfilling. We think everyone should be able to stay within a healthy budget and have fun throughout the entire Holiday season...
So what does create holiday magic?
For us and pretty much all of our family, homemade gifts are a huge part of the answer... They are fun, frugal and they inspire joyful times.
Each year we enjoy coming up with new homemade Christmas present ideas to create and give. We get so excited about new ideas and priceless personalizations and we never know what cool stuff might come our way!
We hope the homemade Christmas gift ideas on this site will help you stress less, spend less and enjoy this holiday season to the fullest... all while sharing that joy with those you love.
Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas
Nearly all the ideas on this web site can be used for fun homemade Christmas gift ideas so feel free to look around at your leisure. I particularly like to show you how to make things that you can put your own creativity into and therefore customize for any occasion using patterns and colors you choose...
Below I've put together several easy tutorials using fun homemade Christmas gift ideas that we've enjoyed in past years.
You'll also find lots of exclusive gift tag templates on the free printables main page for example:
You can make your own pure homemade vanilla extract for the holidays! Homemade vanilla is a great gift for a variety of people and can either be made super fast in bulk ahead of time and then bottled individually or made right in the bottles at the last minute and given with instructions to allow the vanilla time to infuse. Either way, you can make your own gift tags or print out the ones provided for an easy Christmas gift idea.
Cozy No-Sew Fleece Pillows. These make especially great gifts for kids and teens. You can match their decor or even have them pick out the fabric ahead of time. These pillows are super easy, super cozy and completely fun to give. Read more about that here.
No-Sew Sock Snowman. We have had a blast making these sock snowmen. The creation of these cuties brings the family together and giving them has been delightful. Read more here including how to customize your sock snowman for couples and more. Be sure to share your sock snowman creations with us as others have done! I love to see them!!!
Origami Tower of Treats. Here's a unique homemade Christmas present idea that lets you give a tower of sweet treats (or healthy goodies) with a flare of uniqueness. These are totally customizable using paper and patterns you like.
You can include a few homemade treats like homemade truffles or simply pick out some scrumptious store bought treats or even a little something purchased if you so desire (include jewelry, money, homemade gift certificates... anything small really).
An origami tower of treats is super fun and it brings me to a whole array of homemade Christmas gift ideas. Christmas food gifts!
If you are a baker, there is a whole world of wonderful food gifts for you to explore. I consider myself a baking dabbler. I have no trouble following recipes and have even been known to create my own here and there. I like things that are reasonably easy to make but very beautiful and quite tasty to give.
If you haven't already noticed, I enjoy packaging my food gifts in sturdy, but unique, and beautiful ways. Some of my favorite easy but delicious food gifts to make and give are as follows...
Homemade truffles are yummy and easy to make. There are many ways to flavor them, coat them and decorate them for fun gifts. I find them super easy to package. For example, using origami boxes is a easy, fun and elegant way to give truffles, whether you put together just one in a 2 x 2 inch box or four truffles in a 4 x 4 inch box.
Homemade gifts in a jar have become a staple gift item for many gift makers. There is no cooking involved and they look beautiful. Start here and learn all about gifts in jars including recipes, instructions and ideas for re-using glass you would normally throw out or recycle.
Caramel popcorn is another lovely Christmas gift idea. I've really gotten into making caramel popcorn and find it to be easy to package festively in gift tins or any air tight packaging. I've learned... always make extra to enjoy yourself and with your family!
My all about homemade Kahlua page is really popular on this site. It seems that others have enjoyed making Kahlua Christmas gifts just as much as I have. I started making it years ago and found that the flip-top Grolsch beer bottles made excellent containers for Kahlua gift giving. These styles of bottles just keep becoming more and more widely available (even Amazon has them now) making it even easier to make, bottle and give excellent homemade liqueurs like homemade Kahlua.
You may also like to learn how to make gift baskets. Gift baskets are a lovely way to package a few items together and make a smashing presentation!
A Tie Dye Christmas
Tie Dye Gifts are super fun and I've got some good info to help you get vibrant results. Choose a few people on your gift list and then shop for, search for or re-purpose a white cotton garment for each person (either the same for each person or something special for each one). Then have an afternoon tie dye adventure!
Tie dye ideas for Christmas gifts?... You could tie dye onesies for babies and new parents. Tie dye socks and tie dye pillow cases for younger people and teenagers (boys and girls). Tie dye boxers and t-shirts for your guy/man. Tie dye bandannas for the adventurous. Tie dye tote bags, tank tops, underwear, pajamas... whatever you want.
There are many ways to tie dye. The classic spiral is great but also try:
Bonus Idea: You can also make a tie dye kit, for example... make a tie dye sock kit: one pair of high quality cotton socks for each person. Dye for one project each, gloves, rubber bands, kitchen garbage bag for each person, instructions... You can even buy a kit and split up one among a family, giving them each a color to dye with, a pair of socks and adding a pair of latex gloves for each person, rubber bands and customized instructions.
More Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas
To scent stationary, simply put it in a plastic zip lock bag with a few strips of scrap paper containing several drops of essential oil or perfume. The scent will infuse into the paper after a few days. Do this with paper, envelopes, cards or even journals. Scented stationary can be:
Make Your Own Stationary:
Thanks for reading through my homemade Christmas gift ideas... I've got lots more tutorials and ideas in progress so come back soon!
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Unique Personalized Gifts. Create your own unique personalized gifts online. They make priceless treasures. They are incredibly affordable. They are easy! You do all the designing and someone else makes the product the way you design it and even sends it off!
You may also like to learn how to make your own greeting cards. I focus on ideas that can be done without buying a lot of expensive stuff at the craft store. You'll find simple ideas that can be customized using the paper you have on-hand. The pouch card shown works great for sending money or small flat-ish gifts in the mail for Christmas and other occasions.
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