20+ cool DIY gifts you can make for an easy homemade holiday


We love DIY holiday gifts so much — both giving and receiving. Especially when the kids help. So we’ve combed the web for some of the coolest ideas for handmade holiday gifts you can make without a Masters degree in Hot Glue Gun.

Some require fun crafting kits, others are free with stuff you may have around the house.

Not that we ever turn down a holiday trip to the craft store…



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DIY Polaroid-Style Photo Ornament

We loooove Erica’s simple video to help you make these adorable DIY ornaments!

Tutorial, Darby Smart


Candy Cane Cupcakes

This kit comes with everything you need to make two dozen cupcakes topped with peppermint frosting. Mmmm…..

$30/kit, Red Velvet NYC


DIY Sharpie Love Mug

Find 4 different ideas on her site (we love this vinyl letter Sharpie mug idea!), complete with excellent materials lists.
It’s easy to also personalize it with a name or monogram.

Tutorial: Jennifer Maker


Woven Beaded Bracelets

This kit contains everything you need to make three stunning bracelets.

$68, Purl Soho


DIY Sparkle Unicorn Ornaments

Doesn’t every tree need more unicorn?

Tutorial: Hello Wonderful


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DIY Potpourri Simmer Pouches

Nice DIY gift idea from the kids for grandparents, teachers, or any adult who could use a little break. Maybe from the kids?

Tutorial: Domino


DIY Santa Slime in a Jar

Okay, so the 10 year old just saw this image, exclaimed WANT, and now we are going to make it for all her friends.

Tutorial: Best Ideas for Kids


Rejuvenating Desktop Diffusion Salts

Just 10 minutes to make these Frankincense and Bergamot scented salts that will give anyone an instant aromatherapy break.

Tutorial: Aura Cacia


Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Dreidels

“…I made it out of pretzels, chocolate, peanut butter, and a whole lot of sugar…”

Tutorial: Oh Nuts!


DIY Marbled Star Ornaments

Leave it to Martha to suggest a DIY gift idea so simple and classic that you can actually pull off.
[photo: John Armitage]

Tutorial: Martha Stewart


Baby Alpaca Fingerless Mittens

If you’re a knitter, this kit makes such a stylish, thoughtful gift. (If you’re not, maybe start with something a little more basic, ha.)

$47.75, Wool and the Gang


DIY Washi Tape Menorah Cards

Thoughtful Hanukkah gift from the kids for observant friends. And no glitter to clean up!

Tutorial: Creekside Learning


Handmade Rosemary-Balsam Fir Sachets

Lavender is classic for sachets, but this one is just so seasonally perfect.

Sewing Tutorial: Martha Stewart
Recipe Tutorial: Aura Cacia


DIY Gold-Dipped Succulent Planters

Lovely way to brighten a windowsill even when it’s snowy and grey outside.


Tutorial: Homey Oh My


DIY Holiday Wrapped Candles

This downloadable kit includes printables to make more than a dozen affordable holiday gifts more gifty.
They’re all fantastic, but really love these candles!

$6 kit, Caravan Shoppe


Gingerbread Biscotti

Cool Mom Eats is always our go-to source for homemade food gifts, like these incredible chocolate-drizzled gingerbread biscotti. Yum!


DIY Painted Chalkboard Ornaments

Modern and classic all at once! Made with plastic ball ornaments, they’re even safe for little ones to decorate.

Tutorial: Michael’s


Gourmet DIY Hot Chocolate Mixes

One of our perennial DIY holiday gift suggestions, this one is equal parts easy and delicious.

Tutorial: Gringlicious


DIY Finger Knit Necklaces

When kids have a zillion friends or cousins, this is a fun way to make something special for everyone without spending weeks.

Tutorial: Hello Wonderful


DIY Glitter Handprint Ornament

How do you not get weepy just looking at kids’ handprint gifts?
Psst: The grandparents will love this one.

$14.98 kit, Hearthsong


Simple Christmas Tree and Wreath Cookies

She had us at simple! (Too cute, right?)

Tutorial: The Decorated Cookie


Homemade Cookies in a Jar

A classic DIY holiday gift made more special with this printable label as part of a holiday gift set.

Downloadable tag $6 in set with other items, Caravan Shoppe
Cookie Recipe: Very Best Baking


DIY Button Hair Clips

So easy and cute! Get creative with festive holiday themes, metallics or snowflakes.

Tutorial: Martha Stewart


DIY Embellished Holiday Candle

This semi-homemade gift is perfect for teachers, neighbors, and your kids’ friends’ parents.
She even offers a set of printable holiday gift tags including the one shows here.

Tutorial: Skip to my Lou


Gingerbread Chex Party Mix

Guilty pleasure, what can we say.

Recipe: Chex

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