DIY Handmade Christmas Gifts

If you are looking for a Christmas holiday that is more focused on meaning, and less on spending money, I’m with you. A great way to accomplish this is to turn to DIY Christmas gifts instead of spending money on whatever the latest trends are. Not only are DIY gifts more personal for the receiver, but they allow the gift giver to share their talents, too. However, coming up with a DIY Christmas gift can be daunting. I mean, the options are seemingly endless, right?! That’s why we decided gather some fun and easy ideas to help get you inspired. All these DIY Christmas gift ideas are easy for any beginning crafter, and every single one would look gorgeous under the tree. Give one of these tutorials a try for someone (or everyone!) you love!

collage of diy christmas gift ideas

Quilled paper picture frame

First, we have an elegant quilled paper picture frame from ‘BHG.’ It’s a super easy craft, but it looks like it belongs on a queen’s nightstand.

white picture frame with quilled paper spirals decorating it


Frame tablet stand

This tablet stand would be perfect for the kitchen cook! Just this morning I tried to FaceTime while baking… not an easy feat! The project was originally from BHG as well, but since the tutorial is no longer up, we found some more ideas for you!



DIY cinnamon wrapped candles

These DIY vanilla cinnamon candles from Eileen at ‘Yes Missy‘ look amazing, and must smell blissful! And who doesn’t love candles? We have more DIY candle holder ideas, too!



Hand painted cork coasters

These colorful DIY cork coasters are a quick last minute gift that can be personalized, so it doesn’t actually look last minute! All you need is some tape and letter stickers or stencils, and paint! From there, these are incredibly easy to make. However, the tutorial for these is no longer on the Martha Stewart site. But no worries, here are some more DIY coaster gift ideas!



Golden paper mache bowls

I would LOVE to get these DIY gold leaf paper mache bowls- so beautiful! These bowls by Susquehanna style are so cute and I love the white and gold combo, but you can always change it to use whatever additional colors you love!

gold and white paper mache bowls stacked


DIY cement votives

Liz from ‘Say Yes‘ made these DIY lace cement votives that would look very ‘Anthropologie’ tucked into a cute gift box. And they’ve got a great tutorial for you to follow!



handmade soap bars

Garden Therapy‘ (Thanks Stephanie for another great project!) teaches us how to make DIY natural soaps… a little tissue paper, a pretty little box, and these handmade gifts become a luxurious gift for the home! Can’t you smell these just looking at them?



Pantone chip magnets

Um, I want these. These Pantone chip magnets from ‘How About Orange‘ are just the pop of color every DIY decorator needs! All you need to complete this simple project is some paint chips, glue, and magnets! They turn out shiny looking, almost like they’re ceramic, which I love!



Chocolate mixing spoons

I’ve seen similar ideas before, but I love that these use vintage spoons- what a great way to make them a little extra special! Simply head to your local thrift shop and create something unique they’ll actually use. These would make great stocking stuffers, too!

chocolate covered spoons on tray


DIY knot pillow

Pick their favorite color (or a color that will go with their decor) and create a trendy knot pillow they’ll love to display on their sofa. This is a fun and easy craft you can do for your own DIY decor, too!

blue knot pillow


Succulent garden bowl

Got a plant loving friend? Impress them with your own green thumb and create beautiful succulent bowl to gift them! Find the tutorial over at “inspired by charm” then check out more gifts for gardeners over on our sister site, The Garden Glove!

small succulent bowl on shelf


No-sew rope coil basket

This cute DIY basket is perfect not only as a gift, but also a DIY gift bag! What a great way to give something practical. This also looks super similar to these cute baskets found at Target!

white rope coil basket with leather handles


DIY at-home spa supplies

Last but not least, turn to our posts on how to make a DIY lip scrub or a DIY bath bombs and put together a little at home spa kit for your friends! Maybe you can even plan to have a little girls night in to treat yourselves to a DIY hair mask too!

DIY Lip Scrubs & Lip Masks
Photo source: “Life Adjacent


Have you got one of these DIY handmade Christmas gifts picked out for someone you care about? (Or, maybe yourself?:)) Check out our post on Gorgeous DIY Christmas Ornaments and DIY Snow Globes (these also make great gifts!) and also DIY Holiday Plant Gifts over at TGG!

More DIY Christmas Ideas

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DIY Wrapping Paper Alternatives for Creative and Sustainable Gift Giving

DIY Gift Bags: Ideas for Christmas and more!

DIY Gift Bags: Ideas for Christmas and more!

DIY Snow Globes: Craft a Winter Wonderland in a Jar

DIY Snow Globes: Craft a Winter Wonderland in a Jar

DIY Handmade Christmas Gifts

DIY Handmade Christmas Gifts

DIY Mid Century Christmas Ornaments (made from paper)!

DIY Mid Century Christmas Ornaments (made from paper)!

DIY Christmas Tree Made of Firefly Lights

DIY Christmas Tree Made of Firefly Lights

Image Credits: Kelli Murray, BHG, Yes Missy, Martha, Say Yes, Garden Therapy, How About Orange?


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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.

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