Does the thought of finding the perfect gift for your family and friends make you worried? Do you want to give great gifts, but you’re on a budget (and the holidays are already expensive enough)? Fear not! Think of guide as your north star for some creative expression & inexpensive DIY gifts that you’ll have as much fun making as you will giving!
From some low effort, high reward food recipes to some beautiful self-care gems, here are our top 12 DIY gifts this holiday season.
1. Mason Jar Bread Recipe 🍞
We know what you’re thinking—is this early pandemic times, when everyone and their mother got way, way too into sourdough? No, this super giftable bread-in-a-jar recipe is super easy to make—just pre-measure out the dry ingredients, and tie a little note around the neck that tells the baker what wet ingredients to add. With a couple of simple steps, it proves that it doesn’t take a wizard to bake a delicious, homemade loaf of bread.
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone who might be less-than-savvy in the kitchen, anyone that appreciates home cooking.
2. Jewelry 💎
Homemade jewelry can be beautiful, but it’s a little too easy to get into the territory of pasta-jewelry-made-by-a-toddler. Luckily, with a few simple tricks, you could make something beautiful and elegant. Stay away from primary colors when shopping for beads and rhinestones (unless the person you’re gifting to loves a statement piece!). Get higher quality chains and earring hooks to avoid tarnishing, and last but not least, make sure to add your own little flair to it!
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone that loves a unique look, anyone that appreciates accessorizing.
3. Tree Ornaments 🎄
Perfect for getting into the holiday spirit, homemade tree ornaments add a special je ne sais quoi to the home! This is a great DIY to do with kids or a partner, and gives you a chance to have a fun arts and crafts moment together as well. Just get some plain tree ornaments, some acrylic/glass safe paint, and go to town! To make this DIY extra special, paint/draw a good memory you share with the person you’re gifting to. It’s bound to make a lasting impression.
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone that gets really into decorating for the holidays, anyone that loves sentimental gifts.
4. Hot Chocolate Bombs 💣
High effort, high reward really pays off with some delicious DIY hot chocolate bombs. Yeah, you’ll have to get some melting chocolate, hot chocolate mix, and mini marshmallows, but the end result is a ridiculously satisfying and decadent hot chocolate that would please even the snootiest of hot chocolate connoisseurs.
🔥 Pro Tip: Hot chocolate mixes always say “mix with water” but we all know that they taste a million times better with warm milk. Skip the water, and thank us later.
5. Bath Sugar Scrubs 🛁
It’s time to treat yo’ self… and the person you’re giving this DIY gift to! With just some sugar, coconut oil, and scented essential oils, you can make a wonderful sugar scrub that’s exfoliating, moisturizing, and relaxing. You can also play with the scents for different purposes—lavender for a calming effect, eucalyptus for stress relief, and peppermint for a stimulating effect. Try to find out what scents they like, and start mixing!
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone that could really use a spa day, anyone that loves a good self-care moment.
6. Hot Honey 🍯
I don’t know about you, but I have been obsessed with hot honey lately. It’s good on everything—burgers, fries, pancakes, fried chicken, waffles, fried chicken and waffles. The only thing better than hot honey is the fact that you can make it at home, and it’s just as delicious as any sauce you can buy. All you need is some high-quality honey, chili flakes, and apple cider vinegar, and you got yourself a condiment that can (and should) be put on everything!
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone that loves some extra ✨spice✨, anyone that loves to cook at home.
7. Beeswax Food Wrappers 🐝
For the environmentally conscious, there’s no better gift than something that can reduce their waste footprint. Reusable water bottles are great, but everyone has one already! Something unique and surprisingly easy to DIY are beeswax food wrappers. These are sticky, reusable food wrappers that act like cling film, so you can say goodbye to plastic wrap! All you need are some beeswax pellets, a clean dishcloth, and an iron, and to use, all you need to do is warm up the wrappers with your hands and press.
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone that’s passionate about sustainability, anyone that loves a good kitchen hack.
8. Homemade Art 🎨
When in doubt, let your feelings out! On a canvas. With some colorful paint. And give it to someone you love! Art can be a fantastic DIY gift, especially if you’re someone with a creative streak. It doesn’t just have to be a painting—it can be a drawing, a sculpture, or even a song. Whatever you’re inclined to make, put your heart into it and I’m sure the right person will appreciate it.
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone that loves art, anyone that you love enough to gift your art to 😉
9. Infused Alcohol 🥃
What better gift for the 21+ than some delicious, high-quality infused alcohol? All it takes is time, and the best part is, it gets better as it sits! A couple of jalapeños and a good tequila, and you have the perfect base for a spicy margarita. Or, you could get some fresh oranges and vodka for some simple screwdrivers! The possibilities are endless with this DIY gift.
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone that loves cocktails, anyone with an impressive home bar.
10. Homemade Engraved Charcuterie Board 🧀
Recently, charcuterie has had a moment in the spotlight, and what better gift for the foodie in your life than a wooden DIY charcuterie board? This might take some hardware (namely, a wood burning tool) and some instruction, but the end result can be a beautifully engraved board that your friends will brag about the next time they serve up some insta-worthy meats and cheeses.
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone that’s passionate about wine and cheese nights, anyone that uses IG way too much.
11. Body Butter 🧈
We’re taking self-care to the next level with homemade, luxurious, and moisturizing body butter! Get yourself some shea butter, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil, and the secret: a high-power electric mixer. Incorporating air into the shea butter is how you get that super light and fluffy body butter texture without any fancy machinery, and boom—you have yourself some delicious smelling, delightfully whipped body butter that’s perfect for gifting.
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone with skin that needs a little extra love during the winter, anyone that loves smelling great.
Sentimental Photobook/Decoration 📷
Gifts are hard, but one thing you can always rely on is your relationship with the friend or family member you’re gifting! Gather some photos of you together, old and new, and put them together in a beautiful way! It could be a photobook, a framed photo, or even a beautiful string with lights and photos hanging off of it. Whatever you choose, your friend will definitely be grateful for such a thoughtful gift.
Perfect 🎁 for: Anyone you’ve known for a long time, anyone you don’t see often and want to remember more often.
Gifting is a Love Language 🎁
At the end of the day, gifts are just another way we humans express our love for each other, and there’s no better way to say “I care” than to gift something you made with your own two hands. With a can-do attitude and a little (or a lot) of winter magic, these gifts will be a hit with anyone lucky enough to be your friend. Happy holidays from all of us at Chime! 💚