Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

While I do find myself shopping for gifts like crazy when the holidays come around, I must admit that I craft a good portion of the gifts I give. Handmade gifts are more personal, and the fact that they cannot be found in a store makes them special. With this in mind, I rounded up some of my favorite DIY gift ideas that I have made in the past and a few I would love to make this year too. Some of them you might recognize, since I’ve shared them on the site before. Others are new favorites…

1. twig votive candles

Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

I recently spotted these cute candles on the DIY blog Freut Cake and I could instantly picture myself making them for my friend who loves entertaining. They’re quite simple to make and the metallic colors make for an elegant touch. Click below for the tutorial.

source: Freut Cake

2. gingerbread cookies in a jar

Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

Last year, I shared this DIY for gingerbread cookies in a jar and I was pleased with how many of you loved the idea. This is an easy gift to put together and it’s great to give to your boss or coworkers. Click below for the tutorial.

3. snow globe gift card

Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

I spotted this clever way to give gift cards on The Creative Mama. It’s so cute that I don’t think I can ever stuff a gift card in an envelope again! Click below for the tutorial.

4. chalkboard serving dish

Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

When giving this chalkboard serving dish as a gift, I would recommend including a package of chalk, an assortment of cheeses and breads, and wrapping it all up in cellophane. Anyone who loves to host dinner parties will appreciate this DIY gift. Click below for the tutorial.

5. gold mugs

Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

We showed you how to make these pretty mugs for a Mother’s Day gift here on the site, but there’s no reason you can’t customize them for the holidays. Instead of polka dots, draw snowflakes or stars! And don’t forget personalize them for the person receiving them. Click below for the tutorial.

6. wine charms

Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

Anyone receiving these DIY wine charms will appreciate how they allow their guests to keep track of their cocktails at the next soiree they host. Click below for the tutorial.

7. crystal cake stand

Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

This one is perfect for your friend who loves to bake. I like finding pretty plates and candle sticks at the flea market because they have a unique touch. And if your friend has eclectic taste, go ahead and mismatch your pieces. Click below for the tutorial.

8. knitted scarf

Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

You might remember me telling you that I’ve taken up knitting as my new hobby (it really is fun, I promise). Well, there’s no better way to give someone a heart-warming gift than to knit them a scarf by hand. You can even make one for the man in your life by choosing the colors of his favorite sports team. Click below to read more.

9. personalized pillow

Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

I made these personalized pillows on my Crafty Creations series, and they are fun gifts to give. Simply personalize it with an initial or a symbol, and choose colors that would fit the person’s home décor. Click below for the tutorial.

10. sugar & olive oil scrub

Gift Guide: DIY Gift Ideas

When it comes to gifts for family members or friends who love all things beauty, I like concocting homemade body scrubs. Not only do they feel fresher than store bought scrubs, you are also able to customize the scent so that it fits the person receiving the gift. This sugar and olive oil scrub is simple and sweet. Click below for the tutorial.

source: Michelle Phan

Are you planning on making any DIY gifts this year? If so, what will you make?

List off your ideas in the comments below. Happy crafting!

XO Lauren

Categories: DIY, Gift Ideas, Holiday Crafts, Holiday Gift Ideas, Holiday Specials, Lauren Conrad
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  • Jennifer de Smidt

    I like the gingerbread cookies in a jar!
    I think to make them self for my friends

  • Kelly Lynne

    I usually don’t like giving gift cards, because I feel they are so impersonal but someone on my list specifically asked for one so that snow globe is the perfect way to personalize it!
    Thanks Creative Mama!

  • Valeria Alvarez

    Love DIY I just wish my proyects look at leat a little bit like the ones on the photos hahahha.


  • Valerie Lynn

    LOVE all of these!!!! Thanks!

  • simply sabrina

    I love this idea! Can’t wait to try it out!

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  • Deanne Castro

    Such a great idea! :)

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  • samm k

    love this!

    check out my blog

  • Raven Locks

    These are awesome! I love the DIY wine charms :) I’ll definitely have to make those this year.

    xo Azu

  • Ashley Harrison

    So cute we are actually doing homemade gifts this year so what a great post!

  • familia Montenegro

    Love these diy gift ideas! I’m going to be making pillows this year, but now I’m going to take it a step further and personalize them! Also going to try the cookies in a jar idea!
    I’ve been making a sugar/honey/olive oil scrub like this for years, love-love-love it! I use brown sugar, and love to use this for diy pedis followed up with calendula cream.
    In the past I’ve also made recycled tshirt bags, and homemade stockings.
    I found a good link for the bags,
    And I found a good link for 15 different stocking tutorials,

  • missbeautyguru

    I love the ideas. Homemade gifts are so much nicer and i’ll be sure to make these for my family and friends! x

  • Ana Sofia

    Amazing ideas!! Nice gifts without send lots of money!


  • Rachel Trampel

    These are all so cute!!!!!!!

  • Kepley

    that sugar & olive oil scrub is such a great idea! I am definitely going to gift that to friends this season!

    A fun DIY gift I have done in the past for friends & co-workers is a jar or packet of cocoa powder and I attach a baggie of mini marshmallows to it and on the baggie I attach a piece of paper with the following poem : “”I hear that you’ve been bad this year so listen here’s the scoop, I’m running low on coal this year so you get snowman poop!””
    Its an easy DIY and it always seems to get a good laugh or smile out of the recipients


  • katie at Miss enchanting

    Fab ideas…I love the mug painting and the personalized cushion!

    Katie x

  • Ashley

    Handmade gifts definitely add your own personal touch!

  • Jessie

    Yes!!!! Definitely going to make some body scrubs…great idea!

  • Marie Fournier

    I love these ideas !! :)


  • stacia

    I love the idea of the twig votive candles and the scrubs! Super cute :)

  • Dana Ivy

    I am so not a DIYer but this looks simple enough! Not to mention, totally cute too! Check out my blog for a fun holiday gift guide!

    Dana Ivy –

  • Leanne

    These are such lovely ideas. I love them all!

    Love from South Africa

  • nicole Smith

    I love the Twig Votive Candles, Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar, and the Chalkboard Serving Dish!

  • Sebastian chuter

    The DIY twig candles! I like to make this one for Christmas and surprise my kids how wonderful it could be when the lights are off. I will tell this story on my blogs too

  • shannon

    I absolutely love all of these!! I really want to make some of the sugar scrubs!! Thank you for all of the crafty gift ideas!

  • Jessie

    I made this scrub the other day for my best friend’s birthday present and it turned out great..she loves it!

  • Gift blooms

    So Lovely gifts!!!
    I love your DIY, its really very unique. Love your gift ideas, especially I like that personalized pillow and the candles. very pretty, thanks for sharing.

  • Vivid’s Gift Ideas

    My favorite diy gift from your list is number one. Those candle holders are really outstanding!

  • Rob Willey

    If you’re anything like us you might have a few best craft gifts for girls
    still left on your to-get list.

  • Jaymes Payten

    I seem to be bogged down with this problem year in, year out. What do you get for your loved ones?

    My missus is Cypriot, which is a good thing (I need to be a good boy and say that that all Cypriots are great), especially as we get to spend Christmas with my in-laws in the Troodos mountains in Cyprus, which is lovely.

    Every year however, I seem to have the impossible task of picking something out for her and for the in-laws. Thankfully, she’s an only child, which means I don’t have to cater to finding Xmas prezzies for her siblings. Thank goodness!

    Anyway, to cut a long story short, I am pleased to have found your site. I’ll be adding these ideas to my Christmas collection, along with some of the niceties I found here

    Thanks again so much. Is it too early to say ‘Merry Christmas?’ Either way, Merry Christmas!


  • Shae

    Love these D.I.Y. gifts! Perfect for all of my girlfriends!

    S. Roderick

  • Lesley Kim

    Love these! I can’t wait to try some out



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