DIY Holiday Gifts

Handmade gifts are some of our favorite things. Photo courtesy of DIY Controls.

Gifts you make yourself are special.  Here are some ideas for the holiday gift-giving season (or all year round) that are easy, inexpensive, and sure to be a hit with those on your list. The best part? You can say “I made them myself” and wait for the gasps. The holidays are here, the countdown is on and we hope you find some last-minute DIY inspiration to help with those final checks off your list.

Pressed flower cardsEnjoy nature all year long with pressed flower greeting cards. DIY and photo by Ada King.

Pressed Flower Greeting Cards

Pressed flower greeting cards are beautiful and can be made with materials you already have on hand (check your own yard or look for inspiration while on a walk) or order online for delivery or curbside pickup. Many hardware stores within walking distance of BART are also handy resources. A thoughtful and homemade gift of nature sparks love and joy by bringing the outdoors in – especially in this time when we’ve been spending so much time inside. (Some DIY hints: make your own flower press and use Elmer's glue to secure the flowers to your card stock.)

DIY OrnamentsDIY ornaments come in all shapes and sizes. Photo courtesy of House Beautiful magazine.

Christmas ornaments

Ornaments are colorful trinkets that adorn the Christmas tree, the mantle, a door frame, or hang from a cabinet door in your kitchen. Wherever their placement, they’re fun to make and can be made from a plethora of different materials; wood, paper, rocks, sticks, fabric, you name it, you can probably use it to make an ornament. Peek at the options we’ve found – there’s sure to be one for you to adorn a spot in your house or give as a special gift.

DIY Gift BasketsGo all out thematic on gift baskets. Photos courtesy of

Holiday Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are a great way to put a combination of goodies together all in one place that your gift recipients will love. Themed baskets and boxes can go anywhere from “Spa Day”, to “Sweet Treats”, to “Breakfast Tea”, to “Italian Dinner”, to… whatever you come up with. We’ve found a great site with lots of inspirational ideas. Package up the goodies you select in a basket, box or bag and you’ve got yourself a lovely DIY gift to give.

Hot Cocoa Mix DIYYumminess in a jar. Photo and recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond for The Pioneer Woman.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

Do you have a neighbor, colleague or friend you’d like to give a little sweet holiday treat to? Try this decadent Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix for the perfect solution. Ingredients layered in a mason jar not only create the recipe for mixing-up the perfect treat, it also makes for a festive presentation. Add a little ribbon and festive card, and “Voila!” - it’s not only easy to make, it’s fun to give!

Eggnog Pancake Mix DIYEggnog reinvented. Photo and recipe courtesy of Micah Morton and Good Housekeeping.

Eggnog Pancake Mix

Is eggnog something you look forward to enjoying in a glass during the holiday season? Well, now you can enjoy that same good seasonal flavor in pancakes. Make them for your family or cutely package up the ingredients to give as a gift to that certain someone you know who enjoys eggnog as much as you do. Hopefully, your gift recipient will invite you to join them to nosh on when they hit the griddle (post-COVID, of course)!

Hot Choc Bombs DIYTry this for one bang of a gift. Photo and recipe courtesy of Liz at #owlbaking and

Hot Chocolate Bombs

If packaging a sweet treat in a mason jar isn’t your thing, how about making Hot Chocolate Bombs? This is another fun way to give a sweet treat and give it with a “boom”. Package one or two of these hollow-chocolate-filled-with-goodness creations with a mug and you’ve got the perfect sweet treat of a gift - easy and fun to make that your recipients will love and fully enjoy.

Sea salt scrub DIYFor a healthy holiday glow, give this recipe a try. Photo and recipe courtesy of Om Nourish Glow.

Sea Salt Body Scrub

Exfoliating your body is healthy for your skin because it encourages new cell growth and allows the skin to retain moisture. Essential oils added to this recipe provide a spa-like aromatherapy experience good for the spirit, mind and soul all while nourishing and pampering the skin. We could all use some of that these days! Package the scrub in a cute jar or container and you’ve got yourself the gift of beauty and health for someone you care about.

Soy candles DIYMaking soy candles is fun, easy and make great gifts. DIY and photo by Zoey Gordan.

Soy Candles

Making your own candles at home is easier than you’d think. They make great gifts and can be personalized with different scents and containers to suit the senses of those on your list. Order supplies online for curbside pickup at a local merchant and let the candle-making commence – the outcome will shine brightly for months to come!

Caramel Crunch DIYFor the salty + sweet lovers. Photo and recipe courtesy of Good Housekeeping.

Caramel Crunch

Do you like sweet and savory together? Do you have a friend who does too? Then you’ve found your gift. This decadent recipe includes creamy caramel and salty peanuts to fit that bill. Easy and yummy, wrap this up in a cute paper bag with ribbon and you’ve got that gift covered. Add it to your own holiday table for a tasty before or after meal treat. Yum!

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