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15 Homemade Christmas Gifts You Should Start Now

Whether you’re low on cash this Christmas, or just simply high in creativity, this list will inspire you to gift serious amounts of homemade love. From wooden beer mugs to animal book ends, you’ll be customizing gifts for your loved ones better than Santa Clause and his elves.

However, good things take time, and these are homemade Christmas gifts you’ll want to start now.

15. Upcycled furniture

Flickr/Mariposas Furniture
Flickr/Mariposas Furniture

Peruse the local Goodwill for perspective fixer-uppers, then stop by a craft store for supplies. Think creative knob replacements, bright paints and funky reupholstering fabrics. Check here for ideas.

14. Woodworking

Flickr/David B. Gleason
Flickr/David B. Gleason

Reclaim those old wood shop skills. From beer mugs to bookshelves, woodworking is a sure way to woo this holiday season. The effort will be noticed, and you may find yourself a new favorite hobby. 

13. Giant floor pillow

Image via the kitchen and the cave
Image via the kitchen and the cave

No sewing is required for these generous cushions: buy two fleece cuts and copious amounts of Poly-Fil for optimum plush.

12. Bird’s nest necklace

Image via The Pretty Paper Factory
Image via The Pretty Paper Factory

For the mama bird in your life, consider this DIY bird’s nest necklace

11. Coupon book

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You’ll feel like a genie as you grant wild wishes via the coupon gift book. Recommended: one-hour massage, dishes for a week, a night out dancing and if you’re brave: one ‘free’ wish.

10. Wall art

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Flickr/rawartistsmedia

Geometric patterns on canvas, framed fabrics, window panes as photo frames and more wall art ideas can be found here.

9. Leather wallet

Image via The Merrythought
The Merrythought

Cut out three pieces of leather and follow these simple instructions

8. Animal bookends

Image via Hi Sugarplum!
Image via Hi Sugarplum!

You’ll need plastic animals, spray paint, two rocks, super glue and this guide

7. Treehouse

Flickr/Linus Bohman
Flickr/Linus Bohman

Find the perfect tree, hit the hardware store and make your kid’s christmas one to remember with a treehouse out back. Don’t have the right tree? Go for a small cabin.

6. Quilt

Flickr/Paul Jerry
Flickr/Paul Jerry

Quilts using favorite colors, animals, old t-shirts and sports logos are a great way to provide customized love and warmth for the holiday season. Check out this quilting beginner’s series

5. Custom photobook

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Shutterfly, Snapfish and Mixbook offer customized photo books and other photo products, or you could go old-fashioned by ordering printed photos to make a scrapbook.

4. Knitted goods

Handmade gift for special day as mother day father day valentine day or wintertime heap of ball of wool to knit colorful scarf for cold day knitting to make meaningful present

Knitted cowls, scarves, sweaters, socks, blankets and mittens will keep your loved ones warm and show them just how much you care.

3. Painted wine glasses

 

Flickr/Barbara B's Stuff
Flickr/Barbara B’s Stuff

For the wine-os in your life: custom-painted wine glasses.

2. Coasters

Flickr/Saké Puppets
Flickr/Saké Puppets

From painted cork board to etched glasswork, check out these homemade coaster ideas.

1. Customized story books

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Flickr/Eden, Janine and Jim

Let your spouse, child or best friend become a fictional hero. Buy a blank journal and fill the pages with a homespun tale where “Little Susie” saves the day, or a romantic recount of how you fell in love with your partner.

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