With just a few weeks until Christmas, the shopping season is in full swing. Stores are jam-packed with people vying for the latest gadget for their loved ones.
But what if you’re like me–you don’t like shopping, especially with so many crowds? No need to despair! You can take care of your Christmas list with one of these homemade gifts from the comfort of your own home.
Here are my top 20+ homemade gift ideas for almost everyone on your list:
Homemade Gifts for Your Grandmother, Mom, Aunt, Neighbor, Co-Worker or Your Child’s Teacher
Flavored honey is delicious yet simple–and looks oh-so-gourmet. In this tutorial, Meg shows you how it’s done.
Bath bombs are popular to give as gifts these days, but many of the ones you find in the store contain icky ingredients! This homemade version is toxin free, and easy to customize with favorite scents.
Nothing says Christmas like potpourri. This used to be my go-to gift for my grandmother, but I’ll be honest: I used to get the overly-sweet fake stuff from the store. In this tutorial, Brandy shows you how to take that age-old grandma gift and step it up a notch.
A Homemade Spice Mix
Homemade spices mixes make a great gift for your friend who likes to cook! Try all-purpose seasoning, apple pie spice, poultry seasoning, or pumpkin pie spice. These are all easy enough that your kids can help you make them!
This is my family’s Christmas gift for so many women in our lives. You can tweak the scent to go with your loved ones’ favorites, or go with the basic holiday peppermint. We like to pair homemade foaming soaps with homemade body scrubs (see below!) and homemade bar soap purchased from a local crafter for our gift baskets.
This yummy homemade granola is grain free, making it a great option for loved ones with this food allergy!
Homemade Gifts for Your Sister, Cousin or Friend
Want to give your sister or cousin an at-home spa night? This sugar scrub and pretty washcloth make the perfect bath goodies!
I use the eBook The Body Scrub Bible to make body scrubs for many women in my life at Christmas! This tutorial by Brandy gives you a simple recipe for both cocoa body scrub and body butter–that I guarantee will be much healthier for your skin and lighter on your pocketbook than anything you’ll buy at Bath & Body Works!
This is another one that looks like it would be hard, but is actually quite fun to make! Hard lotion bars are wonderful for soothing dry winter skin.
Felted soap is a great alternative to plastic loofahs. These wool-covered soap bars are gently exfoliating and will last longer than a “naked” bar of soap.
Homemade Gifts for a Pregnant Mama
That expectant mommy friend or relative of yours is probably not only suffering from seasonal dry skin–but she is most likely itchy all over her belly from stretching skin. I would have been delighted if someone had given me homemade belly butter when I was pregnant!
Help a pregnant mama relax with these simple, soothing bath teas. (Great for postpartum, too!)
Homemade Gifts for Your Friend Who is Closer Than a
Like cloth diapers, cloth pads can be a pricey initial investment. Is the price tag keeping your bestie from making the switch? If you have a friend who is so close she tells you when Aunt Flow has arrived–and you know she uses cloth pads–then I bet you she would love some handmade ones. Pull out some pretty fabric and sew her some! In the least, it will be an unique gift that she’ll never forget!
Here’s another one that you may not want to give to just everyone, but if you have a close friend who is building her natural medicine cabinet, then I imagine she would be excited to get a homemade salve.
Homemade Gifts for Any Baby in Your Life (or their parents)
Buying for babies can be almost as hard as buying for men. When I first started cloth diapering, I asked my family to gift me diapers for Christmas–and I ripped into the packages just as excitedly as any other gift I received. Gifting a homemade diaper that you’ve obviously spent time crafting will warm a new mama’s heart–and provide a much-needed gift for her baby. (Just make sure this mama uses or is interested in using cloth diapers. This would, er, not be a good gift idea for my sister!)
This is a gift that any baby can use–no matter if their parents diaper them in cloth or sposies. Stephanie makes her homemade diaper rash cream look easy. Place it in a pretty jar, top it with a ribbon and you have a fancy-looking baby gift that took barely any time to make.
This handy lavender and tea tree oil coconut stick has a plethora of uses. Tuck it in the diaper bag and use it for chapped skin, rashes, rug burn, bug bites, and more!
Homemade Gifts for the Kids
I’ll be honest: We buy all of our children’s gifts. We give them each three , and I’m just not crafty enough to fashion even a basic wooden rattle for the baby. However, the storybook placemats look like a DIY that even I could do! A set of these might even be fun to make with your children for their cousins and friends!
These easy-sew capes for kids are great for imaginative play! You don’t have to be a sewing whiz to make these, and the kids in your life will love them.
Homemade Gifts for Men
It can be harder to do DIY gifts for dads, husbands, and fathers. But here are a couple of food items that might be just the thing!
Customize this with his favorite sweet and salty snacks–pretzels, peanuts, craisins, M&Ms, etc!
Not only is this fudge healthier than conventional candy, but it’s also dairy and gluten free. Perfect for the guy with these common food allergies!
If your men love savory snacks, they’ll love these cheese crackers! Pack them in a tin to stay fresh.
Need even more homemade gift ideas? This post on fast and frugal gifts has some great options! If you decide NOT to go the homemade gift route, we have several gift guides listed on this page, including stocking stuffer ideas for men, and non-toy gifts for kids.
What are your favorite homemade gift ideas?
Find a BUNCH more Christmas posts HERE. It’s an index of our best posts on preparing for the holidays, gift giving, Christmas recipes, and more!