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
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.
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
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
For the mama bird in your life, consider this DIY bird’s nest necklace.
11. Coupon book
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
Geometric patterns on canvas, framed fabrics, window panes as photo frames and more wall art ideas can be found here.
9. Leather wallet
Cut out three pieces of leather and follow these simple instructions.
8. Animal bookends
You’ll need plastic animals, spray paint, two rocks, super glue and this guide.
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
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
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
For the wine-os in your life: custom-painted wine glasses.
From painted cork board to etched glasswork, check out these homemade coaster ideas.
1. Customized story books
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.