DIY Holiday Gifts

Posted on November 22, 2016

by April S

The holidays are a great time to show how much you truly appreciate family and friends by giving gifts from the heart. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from visiting grandma at Christmas. She always made an eye-catching assortment of delectable desserts. Years later, our family has grown quite a bit, so many of the holiday traditions had to change. Now, each year, everyone brings one dish, side or dessert to pass during holiday potluck dinners. A few of my recent favorites include Flaky Biscuit Pizzas and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars – both were incredibly easy to make, unbelievably yummy and real crowd-pleasers!

Another holiday tradition I’d like to start this year – exchange handmade gifts with family and friends. The reason – it’s often cheaper, more personal and most importantly – fun! Over the years, I’ve received so many wonderfully kind, thoughtful and memorable gifts that there’s one thing I can say with 100% certainty – people can surprise and amaze you. Handmade items like a scrapbook, swaddling blanket, earrings and knitted onesie stick out in my mind as gifts made from the heart. While I’ll never be able to duplicate these wonderfully unique hand-crafted items – I’d like to start giving back a little more to those that really matter to me most. I’d like to spread more joy during the holidays and hopefully surprise and amaze a few people along the way. After all, aren’t the holidays meant to be a time when you give back?

Want to make your own homemade gifts during this holiday season? Below, you’ll find a variety of resources to help get you started on the road to a more personalized holiday gift giving season that’s sure to be more fun than shopping at a crowded mall.

DIY Gift Giving Made Easy

Handmade / Homemade : Ideas for Every Occasion

GIFTS IN JARS : homemade cookie mixes, soup mixes, candles, lotions, teas, and more! / Natalie Wise
Homemade Holiday - gifts for every occasion by Mari Bolte
DIY artisanal soaps : make your own custom handcrafted soaps! / Alicia Grosso
DIY aromatherapy : over 130 affordable essential oils : blends for health, beauty, and home / foreword by Lea Harris
Handmade personalized photo gifts [eBook] : Over 75 Creative DIY Gifts and Keepsakes to Make From Your Photographs / Carla Visser
Upcycling celebrations [eBook] : a use-what-you-have guide to decorating, gift-giving & entertaining / by Danny Seo
50 DIY Gifts : Fifty handmade gifts for creative giving edited by Ame Verso
Present Perfect : 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow by Betz White

Food Gifts / Edibles / Treats

Food swap : specialty recipes for bartering, sharing & giving--including the world's best salted caramel sauce / Emily Paster
In good taste : great gifts to make, eat, and share / by Mari Bolte
Christmas cookie swap! : more than 100 treats to share this holiday season / editor: Nicole Fisher
Best holiday sweets & treats : good and simple family favorites to bake and share / Daniella Malfitano
Food gift love [eBook] : More than 100 Recipes to Make, Wrap, and Share / Maggie Battista
Edible DIY [eBook] : simple, giftable recipes to savor and share by Lucy Baker
Homemade for the holidays [eBook] / Aileen Anastacio and Angelo Comsti
Vegan Food Gifts : More Than 100 Inspired Recipes for Homemade Baked Goods, Preserves, and Other Edible Gifts Everyone by Joni Marie Newman

Holiday Crafts / Projects

Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home and Tree : Stockings, Ornaments, Garlands, and More by Edie Eckman
Holiday Paper Crafts from Japan : 17 projects to Brighten Your Holiday Season - Inspired by Traditional Japanese Washi Paper by Robertta A. Uhl
In a Weekend - 50 Festive and Fabulous Holiday Projects [eBook]
Christmas crafting in no time [eBook] : 50 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas by Clare Youngs

DIY Gifts – Online Resources

58 DIY Christmas Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love – Country Living

Homemade Linen Spray and Aromatherapy – DIY Natural

Easy Homemade Soy Candles! – The Frugal Girls

45 Holiday Gifts to Start Making Now – Good Housekeeping

100+ of the Best DIY Gifts Ever – PopSugar

8 DIY Mason Jar Kits to Give Your Favorite Foodie – Real Simple

Homemade Cuticle Cream – Thirty Handmade Days

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