Whether you’re on a budget, environmentally conscious, or just want to give more thoughtful gifts here are 25 handmade Christmas gift ideas. The best part is not only are they frugal, but they also aren’t just good for Christmas! You can give them year-round!
My sister and I have already agreed to go handmade with our gifts to each other this year. So Cara if you’re reading this… just try to forget what you see before December 25! If you plan to make Christmas gifts you need to make sure to plan and budget ahead so you have time to purchase any materials needed and then actually make them.
You may also need to plan in advance to save up jars; if you are making anything that needs to be stored in glass. You don’t necessarily have to buy jars; wash out glass jars as you empty them and save them. Some are really pretty, but all can be “gussied up” rather easily.
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25 Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas
1. Sugar scrubs for handmade Christmas gifts
Something so simple to make can also be such a treat! All you need for this one is yes, sugar, and essential oil of your choice. Lavender and peppermint are common choices in sugar scrubs. Mix the sugar and 10-15 drops of the oil well. To make it extra special you can even use food dye to color it. Pour in a small jar or glass container with a locking lid. I based some I gifted previously this year based on this post from One Little Project.
2. Bath salts
3. Coconut oil hair mask
Winter is hard on the scalp and hair. Use my DIY recipe for a luxurious and frugal treat!
4. Homemade soaps/facewash
These can be done on their own or in combination with previous ideas for a little spa package. Castile soap is a good soap base to use. I mix hand soaps with Castile soap on a regular basis and add my Thieves oil.
5. Homemade sauces make great handmade Christmas gifts
If you are a whiz with canning make your own sauces and preserves to include in gift baskets.
6. Homemade vanilla
I’ve seen this on Instagram and it looks heavenly. Better get started ASAP; this stuff takes time.
7. Tea towels A Handmade Christmas Gift
If you have basic sewing skills you can make tea towels (or any table linen) to include in a gift basket. Maybe with that homemade sauce or jelly.
8. Cocoa or Spiced Cider Mixes
Make up your own cocoa mix and layer the ingredients in a jar. Add a couple of mugs from Dollar Tree and a tea towel or two for a gift basket. A spiced cider mix would be yummy as well.
9. Have a signature dish with a lot of dry ingredients?
Layer the dry ingredients in a jar and include a needed utensil or two along with a tea towel. For instance, for cookie dough layer dry ingredients in the jar, add a wooden rolling pin, and cookie cutters. Print out or write instructions on a tag tied to the lid.
10. Whip up a special roller of oil
Customize a perfume or just whip a roller to help them sleep (lavender). They don’t have to own a diffuser to get the benefits of essential oils. A little something to help relax and unwind during the busy holiday season may be most welcome.
11. Baked goods
Bake up a loaf of your famous homemade bread and add local jellies, jams, or honey to the gift basket. Throw in one of those tea towels too.
12. Knit a handmade Christmas gift
If you knit a lovely scarf in their favorite colors, a sweater, or blanket would be a very thoughtful gift. Maybe some mittens.
13. Reclaimed wood frames
My husband made picture frames of reclaimed wood once and we placed family pictures in them. Grandparents love sentimental things like this. You could even frame some of the kids’ original artwork to make it extra special.
14. Personalized art
If you know their style and are good with a paintbrush (or just stencils) some wall art would be a nice touch. Maybe a nameplate with the year the family home was established.
15. Initial artwork or wooden letter
Initials are very popular, in painted and carved work.
16. T-shirt quilt
Know someone who has been on lots of adventures, kept all the t-shirts but no longer wears them? Make them (or have them made) into a quilt! Even if the work has to be outsourced it is still an extremely thoughtful gift.
17. Scrapbooks make great handmade Christmas gifts
A digital scrapbook if they’re paperless or a bound scrapbook chronicling a special vacation, childhood, or friendship will bring up great memories every time they pull it out.
18. Garden Starter Kit
Have a green thumb? Have you already started your own seeds? Why not gift someone with a little less time on their hands or just experience a starter windowsill garden? This is something I always plan to do, then never follow through on. I’ve bought the seeds before. They’re in the freezer. If I was gifted a starter garden kit grown from seeds you can be sure I would take care of it and think of them when I used the herbs!
19. Hand beaded jewelry
Whether it’s a diffuser bracelet or thoughtfully picked beads for a necklace, earrings, or set of bracelets curated for someone’s style this is a wonderfully thoughtful gift.
20. Bread box
If you know a baker and you (or husband) are handy with a saw make a bread box. Nice ones aren’t cheap, so my husband made one for me once I started baking bread regularly. Just make sure the sealer you use is food grade!
I got into a sewing kick one year (my mom helped a lot) and made aprons; for my husband, I made a camo one for grilling and all the nieces crafting aprons complete with pockets. I raided my mom’s fabric stash for this and made each girl a unique apron in her own size. They were a hit!
22. Recover a train case
Also for the nieces one year I collected vintage train cases, picked different fabrics, and decoupaged them. Then I put little treasures inside them. These were also a big hit. It took time to collect all the cases and to decorate, but it was worthwhile!
23. Sew a handmade Christmas gift they’ll treasure
Sew a special bag, pouch, or sewing notion holder. If you can cut two triangles of fabric, sew them together, and pour rice in you can make a chicken pincushion. Years ago my sister made a sewing notion passbook that ties closed with individual pages and pockets. It is so handy to have. I don’t sew a lot but I love pulling that out when I do. If you’re a sewer who knows an oiler a bag with little elastic pouches to secure oils would be thoughtful.
24. Family recipe album
My mom gifted us with one of these and it is so special. I haven’t been able to bring myself to use it much, but it was really thoughtful. She hand wrote all those recipes for TWO books!
25. Christmas themed crafts or decor
These can be really thoughtful, special pieces to put out each year. Just please, if you gift something Christmas themed be sure to give it early! It is a little pet peeve of mine to open something Christmas themed on Christmas day; I pack Christmas up on New Year’s and dislike opening something and waiting a year to enjoy.
A Note on Handmade Christmas Gifts
It can be problematic if a handmade Christmas gift is made to the giver’s taste and not the recipient’s. Please don’t do this! That being said, if done with the recipient in mind it can be something they treasure for years. Unless it’s edible of course! It’ll be the memory that’s treasured!
What are your favorite homemade Christmas gifts to give and receive? Ever gotten one that just made no sense? I’d love to hear! Christmas is just over two months away. I hope you are thinking about it and budgeting for it already. I know I will be very busy the next few weeks getting my to-do and shopping lists ready so when our Christmas account is cashed out I have a plan.
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