5 Ideas for DIY Christmas Gifts!

Before we get started, just wanted to let you know that this isn’t going to be a deep, theoretical, faith-based post. I’m just excited for Christmas, and found some cool ideas online I thought! :)

With Christmas coming, it’s hard to budget gifts in for our friends and family. Especially since everything seems to go up in price around the holidays.

Now my family is very much a DIY type of family. I’ve been knitting since I was in kindergarten. (I’ve even included a nice little picture for you guys.) So it’s always been a de-stressing hobby of mine :) You can make fun of me if you want to, I don’t really care ;)

This year I’m trying to cut down on costs by making gifts instead of buying them–so here are some ideas I’ve got! I understand these are more geared towards women, but if you know of any DIY ideas for men please let me know! :)

Christmas gifts can be stressful when you're on a budget, so why not try some DIY recipes instead of buying them? Here are some great DIY gift ideas for your friends and family this Christmas! Read the rest at lifeasadare.com
1. It’s winter, so scarves are always a great idea for DIY Christmas gifts!

Never underestimate the power of a scarf.

Infinity scarves are super easy to knit or crochet, and the best part is that there are tons of free patterns all over the internet! Here are some of my favourite patterns:

2. This may be daunting at first, but try making some jewelry

Now I made jewelry for 3 years as a business with a friend of mine in high school, so I’ve got a bunch of experience here, but if you’ve got the tools, some pieces of home-made jewelry make great DIY Christmas gifts! There are so many cute, affordable pieces to make! Here are a few of my favourites:

3. Mix it up!

Cookie mixes, brownie mixes, hot chocolate mixes–you get the point! These are super easy, super inexpensive, and making them look adorable is a breeze–just put the mixture into a mason jar, tie a ribbon around the thing and tape on a cute label! Honestly, these are probably the easiest of all of the DIY Christmas gifts I have listed here, and they are so great! I think this one get you the most bang for your buck.

Here are some different recipes to try:

4. Lip Balms are a more girly idea for DIY Christmas gifts.

These are super easy to make, and you can make them in bulk. And I mean bulk. You can make a ton at a time and save them for birthdays and any other time you need a quick gift! You might have to run out and buy some weird ingredients, but they aren’t expensive, and it’s super fun to make :)

Make them in different flavours and colours and put them together in a basket for an easy, affordable gift!

Here are some recipes I thought looked good!

5. Bubble Bath

Why not give someone the gift of relaxation? Just mix up some of this bubble bath, pour it into a cute jar, and you’re done!

So that’s my list! Tell me what you think should be added, or what you’ve found with these recipes and patterns I’ve posted!

Are you getting as excited for Christmas as I am?

  • http://www.heartofdeborah.blogspot.com Lauren

    I never knew you could make homemade bubble bath. What great ideas to do on a budget :)

  • http://www.heartofdeborah.blogspot.com Lauren

    Great ideas! I am always looking for quality Christmas gifts while on a budget. I never knew you could make homemade bubble bath, how cute!

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  • Robyn

    I love these ideas!

    I find the guys in my life appreciate home baked goods — homemade bread, frozen cookie dough (I roll it into a log and cover it with waxed paper, then wrap it with wrapping paper and tie the ends with ribbon– pop it into the freezer for some yummy, slice and bake cookies later), actual cookies.

    I also found this on pinterest, and want to make one for my husband — he will love it. http://tixeertne.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/how-to-trick-people-into-thinking-youre-tech-savvy/

    • http://lifeasadare.com Rebecca Danielle Gregoire

      Oh I love the frozen cookie dough idea!! :D If we got that at my house, though, I don’t think we’d ever actually bake them–we’d just eat the dough! :P haha :)

      And that is the coolest thing ever! :O I’m going to make one for my house now!

  • Hippie4ever

    I think scarves for men in masculine colors and patterns would be Great. I made my husband a scarf a few Valentine’s ago that he loves. You could also knit hats, they are forever being misplaced by my son, who couldn’t use a few extra. My husband also loves Chapstick, just make a few in masculine scents. He is partial to cherry vanilla, but I bought a neem one last yr that was great for chapped lips ( at $8 a tube it would have been great to make a few instead).

    Also moisturizer for chapped hands are great, there are a few recipes floating on the web.

    And don’t forget food gifts. I am making this for my husband this yr: http://www.tastyeatsathome.com/2013/12/habanero-hot-sauce/

    And who doesn’t love truffles or homemade cookies.

    • http://lifeasadare.com Rebecca Danielle Gregoire

      I love those ideas!! :D I wrote them down actually in my phone haha. I still haven’t decided what to do for my dad and grandpa, so I might make some of those! :)

  • Lois

    The bubble soap recipe you linked to had quite a few comments saying it doesn’t actually work. You might want to try a different recipe! (or if you’ve tried it an it works, enlighten us as to what the magical solution is that everyone’s missing!)

    I’m interested in trying lip gloss next year…I have a lot of sister-in-laws, so it would definitely be an appreciated gift!

    • http://lifeasadare.com Rebecca Danielle Gregoire

      Oooh yikes! :O Didn’t realize that! Thanks for letting us know! :)
      And yeah the lipgloss DOES work, because I’ve tried most of them in the past :) And it’s great because you can make like 30 at a time! (I’m all for efficiency, so I like making things in bulk ;) )

  • Laura

    Awesome list!! I had no idea that lib balm was so easy to make! I have some crystal light laying around that I haven’t been using. I’ll also need to try some of those mix ideas. Thanks!

    • http://lifeasadare.com Rebecca Danielle Gregoire

      I know, I had no idea either! Such a nice surprise :) Glad you liked it! :D

  • Vicki

    Nice work! Thanks for sharing Becca, will be making some lipgloss soon! Especially since 2 of the boys will have braces next month!

    • http://lifeasadare.com Rebecca Danielle Gregoire

      Oh my goodness when you have braces chapstick is SUCH a must. I remember those days.
      Glad you liked it! :)

  • Toni

    Awesome ideas! Since I like to cook, the mixes are one of my favorites. :)

    One of the DIY gifts I’ve found that guys like are fingerless gloves – here in the North, the guys like to ice fish, and regular gloves don’t work. With the fingerless ones, they can keep their hands warm, but have their fingers free to bait the hooks. :)

    • http://lifeasadare.com Rebecca Danielle Gregoire

      Oh that is such a good idea for guys! I have no idea what to make guys usually, so I love that idea! :)