There’s just something about the holidays that bring out our inner craftsman (or women). From Christmas cookies to holiday wreaths the holidays inspire our creativity. And, there are plenty of DIY gifts and decorations ideas to discover on social platforms like Pinterest, to keep our creative juices flowing. But not only do the holidays give us a chance to have fun and make cool things they give us an opportunity to spend time with family; unplug and bond, and learn and create together.
So, instead of buying everyone sweaters again this year, consider the DIY approach to Christmas gifts. It’s a fun project the whole family can participate in together, plus everyone is sure to cherish the memories made. (Not to mention, it’s a great way to save money!)
Here we’ve come up with a list of 10 Sustainable DIY Christmas Gift Ideas to consider for your loved ones this season!
DIY Christmas Gifts for Mom
1. Coconut Oil Bath Soap
An easy DIY Christmas gift is to make your own bath soap. Try Elly’s Everyday Soap Making on YouTube for an easy 3 ingredient recipe. You can spice it up by adding holiday essential oil scents like peppermint and gingerbread. Or you can go for classic scents such as lavender and eucalyptus essential oils. You can use a simple square or round mold or a more decorative option for a seasonal touch. Finish by placing in a recyclable paper box, wrap using craft paper, tie with twine and garnish with a clip of sprigs from your own Christmas tree.
2. Bath Bombs
Nothing says me time like a relaxing bubble bath. A nice DIY Christmas gift for mom is a relaxing bath bomb. All you need are a few simple, low-cost ingredients to make these at home. Plus, this is a safe, fun project to make with the kids. Give this homemade Christmas gift idea a holiday touch with these Snowball Bath Bomb ingredients. Without a doubt, mom will love this soothing holiday gift as she unwinds from the hustle of the season.
3. Flavored Salts
Homemade flavored salts are a unique, tasty way to celebrate the foodie in your life. They can be used to season meats before cooking. You can add to popcorn, guacamole, or oven-roasted nuts for a creative twist to healthy snacks. Also, it makes for a nice finishing salt on seafood for garnish on a flakey white fish or scallops. The flavored salts can be packed in small jars recycled from your own cabinet. Try these Country Living instructions for flavors such as Lime-Ginger Salt and Curry Salt. Complete by placing in a tin, with shredded newspaper for cushion. This delicious assortment of flavored salts will be the ultimate DIY Christmas gift for mom this season.
Handmade Christmas Gifts for Friends
1. Decorative Wine Stoppers
We all love a nice glass of wine to pair with our holiday dinners. I know I do! So, what better way to celebrate the holidays with friends than with a bottle of wine and a DIY decorative wine stopper. This is a must-have for the friend who loves to entertain. Try this simple DIY from Crafts by Courtney. All you need are wine corks (purchased at a craft store), Decorative Knobs, Power Drill and a Small Drill Bit. This delightful crafty Christmas gift will be the center of conversation at the table.
2. Clay Coasters
Help your friends’ tables stay protected with these one-of-a-kind marble-baked clay coasters. This DIY Christmas gift is so easy to make. You simply need polymer clay, a metallic paint pen, glaze, a round cookie cutter (or wide mouth glass), and parchment paper. Check out WhatsUpMoms tutorial for step-by-step instructions. This is perfect for the friend that recently moved or plans on hosting this year. Additionally, this homemade Christmas gift idea can be completed easily with the kids. As no two coasters are alike there’s no way to mess this up!
3. Pine Scented Candle
The best part about the Christmas season is the smell of a fresh-cut pine tree in the house. Hence, why not share this fragrance of the season with friends, neighbors, and co-workers. You can make these chic pinecone-scented candles using soy wax. This handmade Christmas gift is budget-friendly and sustainable. Reuse old candle containers or place the wax in thrifted glass cups. If you make a big batch, combine leftover bath bombs, and soap to create a relaxation basket. You’ll love this crafty Christmas gift so much you might even make a few for yourself!
DIY Christmas Gifts for Grandma
1. Salt Dough Ornaments
No one loves a DIY Christmas gift more than Grandma. Therefore, help Grandma decorate her tree this year with Salt Dough Ornaments. This DIY Christmas gift idea is great for kids and the whole family to make something she will treasure for years. Plus the ornaments are made with ingredients in your pantry. Add a little flare with flower print stamps, paint, and glitter. Package in a reusable box hand-painted by the kids for an extra special touch.
2. Family Photo Album
Reminisce on favorite family memories with a customer family photo album. This can easily be completed as a homemade Christmas gift idea using Simplified, a free graphic design platform. The easy template-ready designs make this process as simple as 1,2,3. You can upload family images to the site, choose a premade template and print a photo book, or print to order within minutes. Grandma will forever cherish this custom-made DIY Christmas gift.
3. Chunky Knit Yarn Blanket
Nothing feels better than cozying up under a warm knit blanket while watching Christmas movies and drinking hot coco. But did you know these chunky knit yarn blankets can run upward of $100 or more? Therefore, try this crafty Christmas gift idea of making your own. All you need is a thick weight yarn found at your local craft store and these steps from the blog lilyardor. What a delightful, budget-friendly, creative handmade Christmas gift idea to add texture and modern style to Grandma’s home.
Looking for a tasty DIY Christmas gift idea for the person with a sweet tooth. Then, try these delicious White Chocolate Christmas Fudge recipes. This easy recipe combines white chocolate and sugar cookie flavors for a joyful DIY Christmas gift. Make it more festive by using cookie cutters in tree or star shapes. No matter the shape, we know Grandma will enjoy these delectable sweets.
The holidays are a time to be spent with loved ones. What better way to show the ones you love and appreciate than with DIY Christmas gifts. Everyone on your list will be happy to receive these unique DIY Christmas gift ideas. So take some inspiration from this list and show everyone your crafting skills with these awesome, one-of-a-kind gifts.