‘Tis the season for DIY holiday gifts! We’ve got your holiday gift list covered with a roundup of DIY gift ideas that people will actually use and treasure. From a cocoa kit and Christmas crafts to kid-made art, our top picks for homemade holiday gift ideas guarantee a merry season. Keep reading to see them all.

Christmas Teacup Garden

A teacup garden is an awesome DIY Christmas gift because it a) brings a bit of greenery to any space b) is easy to make and c) is oh-so-cute! You and the kiddos may even be able to craft your own with things you have on hand. For full instructions, visit Fireflies + Mud Pies.

Jewel Box Truffles

We love how these truffles (courtesy of The View from Great Island) look like pretty little ornaments ready to go on a tree. Despite looking like a million bucks, these sweet treats are surprisingly easy to make—if you have kitchen savvy kiddos, they can help roll and decorate! Learn more here.

DIY Star Wars Garden Pots

The next Star Wars movie will be coming to a theater near you this holiday season and we have just the thing for the Star Wars fan in your life! These sweet little planters are a fun way to add the Force to any garden, desk or windowsill. Get the full instructions at Lemon Lime Adventures.

Reindeer Peppermint Bark

It's hard to resist peppermint bark around the holidays, and this reindeer version is sure to go down in history as a truly tasty gift. It's Always Autumn even has "quick and dirty" tips for melting chocolate the easy way. Box up your bark, and you'll be all set for any gift exchange! Get the recipe here.

Book-Inspired Playdough Kit

A literary playdough kit? Um, genius! This idea from Mama Papa Bubba is perfect for inventive bookworms, curious kiddos and anyone who likes to tinker! It's inspired by the classic Little Blue Truck, though we bet any book could serve as inspiration. Learn more here.

Candy Cane Bath Salts

When the weather outside is frightful, give the gift of an at-home spa day! These pepperminty bath salts are simple to make and a perfect present for loved ones who could use some R&R. Get the instructions over at Boulder Locavore.

DIY Hot Cocoa Kit

Hot cocoa is essential for the holidays, snow days and just about any day. This easy idea from Smashed Peas and Carrots gathers everything needed for a chocolate-y treat into one cute kit. Even better, you can customize your kit with different flavors, containers and more! Learn more here.

DIY Photo Gifts

This gift idea from A Subtle Revelry is perfect for your little Picasso. It involves printing off cherished family photos (you've been meaning to do that anyway, right?) and letting your littles get their coloring on. We guarantee friends and family alike will love the personalized result. Get the full how-to here.

Personalized Candle

Psst! Did you know that you can make personalized candles for less than $5 each—and it's easy enough that kids can do it on their own? It's Always Autumn has everything you need to know to make these great gifts, so start gathering your fave photos now. Learn more here.

Gingerbread Granola

For a truly festive treat, give the gift of granola! This recipe from Minimalist Baker has the flavors of gingerbread and is super easy to whip up—your little chefs can help! Scoop into mason jars or a festive tin, and share with loved ones. Get the recipe here.

Paper Strip Monogram Art

We love it when a simple craft can also be a fun gift! That's the deal with this idea from Mer Mag, where you use a simple material (paper!) to form the initial of someone you love. Easy-peasy. Get the instructions here.

DIY "I Love You" Pillowcase

The best way to guarantee sweet dreams this holiday season is with this sweet homemade pillowcase. All you need to make this keepsake is fabric markers, a pillowcase and a creative kid. Get the full (easy) instructions over at Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Reindeer Rootbeer

Not only is this the cutest herd of reindeer we've ever seen, but it's also an absolutely brilliant last-minute gift! If you have pipe cleaners, you're halfway there. Low on googly eyes? Use paint or stickers instead! Learn more at Life of a Modern Mom.

Duct Tape Beads

Who knew that duct tape makes a great fashion accessory? This craft from Clumsy Crafter is so simple, even a preschooler can help—but it's fun enough for big kids, too. Perfect for all the fashionistas in your life! Learn more here.

Toddler Art T-Shirt

Now this is what we call a graphic tee. It's a simple toddler art project (courtesy of Small + Friendly) that yields a totally cool gift that any loved one would be stoked to wear. You only need three materials (nothing fancy) and artistic kiddos. Learn more here.

DIY Computer Wrist Rest

This gift idea from Pink Stripey Socks is perfect for all the computer users in your life. Plus, you probably have the materials already, and it's a great opportunity to showcase the kiddos' artistic skills. Get the instructions here.

Easy Gingerbread Spice Mix

Kristine's Kitchen Blog will show you how to throw together your own homemade gingerbread spice mix, and it's so easy and festive. Your cupboard is probably stocked with what you need, and the kids can stir! Get the recipe here.

Painted Rock Craft

This Christmas present really rocks. Have your kiddos paint rock portraits for each member of the family and gift them as worry stones, paper weights, good luck charms, or simple works of art. Get the how-to (and a free printable!) over at Mer Mag.

Egg Carton Succulents

Give your loved ones some greenery to tide them over until spring! It's easy with this idea from Bit Square. And we love how this eco-friendly craft involves repurposing an egg carton! Click here to learn more.

Superhero Build-A-Fort Kit

Bam! Pow! Your little caped crusader will go bananas for this superhero build-a-fort kit from Megan + Andy. It's incredibly creative and uses simple materials like a sheet, glow sticks and a flashlight. Get the easy instruction guide here.

Cookies in a Jar

Making this delicious and delightful gift from Post Punk Kitchen is as easy as funneling the ingredients for a batch of homemade cookies into a glass jar. For an extra personal touch, send a faraway friend or family member their favorite deconstructed cookie recipe! Get inspired here.

Upcycled Crayons

Give stubby crayons a new lease on life! You’ll get a terrific rainbow of colors and a great gift for artists and fans of upcycling. Want to know exactly how to make this work? Head to My Frugal Adventures for more info from blogger mom Charlene.

Thumbprint Christmas Ornament

These adorable thumbprint ornaments from Little Bit Funky can get even the tiniest hands (or thumbs!) involved in the DIY gift-making process. They're super easy to make, and you can even make them in bulk for everyone on your list! Bonus: it's a great keepsake for years to come. Learn more here.


DY Monogram Mug

Mugs really are everyone’s cup of tea, especially design-savvy monogram mugs. These classic cups are easy to pull off if you follow the DIY tutorial from Design Mom. (She scored her inexpensive white mugs at a Goodwill shop, making these gifts thrifty and eco-friendly too.) Recipients will think of you with every sip!

Handmade Stamped Napkins

This idea for rose stamp napkins comes from the good folks at Kiwi Crate and is uber-kid friendly. The stamp is made from a celery stalk (neat!) and the result is cheerful and quirky—the perfect accessory for your loved one’s dinner table.

S'mores Kit

Nothing captures the vibe of the winter holidays like a good old-fashioned s’more making session. That's why a festive s'mores kit is the perfect gift for the marshmallow lovers in your life. The easy to follow instructions in this tutorial even show you how to make sweet little toasting forks from wire hangers!


Homemade Playdough

This is one of the easiest gifts on this list, and one of your kids can help assemble. No-cook playdough recipes are all over the place, but we love this one from Learn with Play at Home. Make different colored batches and store them in handy plastic containers for a showy display. Grab the instructions from mix master Debs and order the containers online at amazon.com.

Tea Wreath

Earl Grey or green all the way? Tea connoisseurs will love this clever idea from Dollar Store Crafts and you can easily personalize it with their favorite flavors and alternate the teabags with notes and kid-made art. You can even have your youngster color the clothespins. Learn more here.

Homemade Sugar Scrub

This cinnamon vanilla body scrub is easy to whip up is even edible. It also smells like the holidays, so it's an extra festive treat for loved ones. Try making a large batch and giving this out to anyone you know who could use a little pampering. Get the how-to at Food Renegade.

Painted Wooden Spoons

We love the idea of giving personalized gifts that are useful, like this painted serving ware. These spoons could be a great host gift if your family is booked up with holiday parties. Get your kiddos involved and make the stems of these utensils as colorful as they want! Learn more at Infarrantly Creative.

Felt Car Mat

Provide hours of imaginary play with a gift that's super-easy to whip up—no sewing required! Designed to look like your neighborhood or a far-off land, it's a surefire hit for any motor-obsessed kiddo. Find out how to get it right with a full tutorial from Alison at oopsey daisy.

Ice Cream Sundae Kit

This gift looks as good as it tastes! Include all the trimmings for making a killer ice cream sundae, including the waffle cone, chocolate sauce, and of course, sprinkles. Find out how to make your own incredible, edible kit from Jan Scott over at Savvy Mom.

Personalized Welcome Mat

Wipe your feet! This DIY welcome mat is easier than you'd think and full of customizable opportunities. Craft up a seasonal mat (with a reindeer, perhaps?), stencil in a greeting or let your kiddos create an abstract design with painters tape. Learn more at Young House Love.

Who's in for a Drum Circle?

From the gorgeous mind of Katie Shelton at A Beautiful Mess comes a gift fit for a little drummer boy or girl. With some leather, lace, cotton balls, fabric and wooden dowels, you can whip up this amazing DIY drum in just a few steps. Get the instructions here.

DIY Balance Board

This gift goes out to all the surfers, boarders, and skaters at home! With some brightly colored duck tape and PVC pipe, you're on your way to the coolest way to reuse a slab of wood. Find out more from Meg at Elsie Marley.

Easy Mini Garden Gift

If you live somewhere with a woodland area, you can gather a few sticks, stones and moss when out on a walk. Your local garden center also sells moss and sand. The key here is to choose a plant that requires little room to grow very little water, like a succulent or our favorite, tillandsias. Also known as air plants, they just require bright, indirect light and misting once or twice a week with a spray bottle of water (or soaking in water once a week). 

Upcycled Bibs

Upcycled bibs (made using old tees and fabric scraps) are a fantastic gift for babies or new mamas. But heads up, gift givers: This project is better for those with some sewing experience. Learn more (and get the bib pattern printable) at, Rebecca Smith Online.


Easy Reindeer Hot Cocoa Gift

This adorable gift idea is easy to make and who doesn't love hot chocolate? Courtesy of Forever Freckled, you can see what you need to get started by clicking here


Scented Holiday Crayons

Take your DIY gift-giving to a whole new level with these homemade scented crayons! With some simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry or cabinet, you can personalize a gift for the kids in your life. Get the details on Almost Unschoolers

Gingerbread S'mores

Kick the traditional s'mores up a notch with these delicious Gingerbread S'mores! Perfect for adults and kids alike, we guarantee this gift will be the highlight of the holiday season. Check out the details (and snag a free printable!) from Chelsea's Messy Apron.


DIY Stamped Wrapping Paper

Personalize your gifts this holiday season with this easy DIY stamped wrapping paper from Squirrelly Minds. You can get as creative as you like, and it does add such a nice touch. And the best part? You probably already have everything you need at home. Check out the details here




—Abigail Matsumoto & Beth Shea



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