20 Homemade Gift Ideas

Christmas is right around the corner, and soon it will be time to exchange gifts! Whether you are attending a gift exchange party, or are just exchanging with a few friends, all those gifts can add up! Instead of running to the store and spending a ton of money, why not make your own instead! Many of these gift ideas can be made with things you already have lying around the house too! Here are 20 DIY gift ideas that we love.

Easy DIY Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

Also check out our tip on another great way to save money; getting creative with your gift wrapping. Several of these gifts include essential oils. Check out our post on the benefits or essential oils and why we love them. Don’t forget to stop by our Christmas section of our site for lots of other great Holiday tips!


DIY Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoons

DIY Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoons

Anyone would love to receive these adorable Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoons! Stick them in a mug from the Dollar Tree and you’ll have a hit gift!


  • plastic spoons
  • a variety of candy toppings (I used sprinkles and candy canes but you can use ANYTHING!)
  • chocolate for melting (a little goes a long way)
  • Washi Tape
  • Treat Bags
  • Ribbon

 See more of Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoons instructions!

DIY Tea Bag Holder

DIY Tea Bag Holder

So many people like to enjoy a nice cup of tea on a cold day. Make it even better by giving them one of these DIY Tea Bag Holders. They will think of you every time they take a sip!


  • beige, brown and a little black polymer clay
  • 1 drinking straw
  • a toothbrush  or a piece of aluminium foil
  • x-acto knife
  • soft brush
  • soft pastels
  • a mug
  • optional but recommended: acrylic paints

See more of DIY Tea Bag Holder instructions and ideas!

Apple Pie In A Jar Recipe

Apple Pie in a Jar

Have you ever been in the mood for some yummy pie but don’t feel like getting all the ingredients together to make one? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a friend showed up at your door with a little apple pie just for you? Make someone’s day by making them a personal, indulgent treat! Check out how at Home Made Interest!


4 Small Mason Jars

Pie Crust Dough:
  • 1/4 c Water (ice cold)
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 1 c Shortening , chilled
  • 2 c Flour , unbleached
Apple Pies:
  • 4 c Granny Smith apples , peeled and diced (approx. 6 medium apples)
  • 1/2 c Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4 tsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour

 See more of Apple Pie in a Jar  instructions!

DIY Jar Candle

Mason Jar Candles

These cute homemade jar candles from Happiness Is Homemade are a fun gift idea and only take about 15 minutes to make!


  • Stove or Hot Plate
  • Soy Wax Flakes – approx 4 cups or 1 lb. per candle
  • Candle Making Pitcher
  • Pint-Sized Mason Jars
  • 8″ Candle Wicks
  • Wick Holders (optional, but helpful)
  • Wax Colorant
  • Fragrance Oil of Choice

 See more of Mason Jar Candles instructions!

Christmas Spirit Lip Balm

Homemade lip balm makes a great stocking stuffer! Everyone loves them and you don’t have to worry about what chemicals might be included, like the balms you buy at the store. Check out this tutorial by Sparkle Of Sunshine to learn how you can make your own.


  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax Pastilles
  • 1 tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Shea Butter
  • Essential Oils
  • Lip Balm containers

 See more of Christmas Spirit Lip Balm instructions!

DIY Snowman Bath Bombs

Snowman Bath Bombs

There’s nothing better than a warm bath on a cold winter day! Treat your friends and family (or even yourself) to these cute DIY Snowman Bath Bombs from Happiness Is Homemade!


  • Baking Soda
  • Citric Acid
  • Epsom Salt
  • Cornstarch
  • Coconut Oil
  • Fine Mist Spray Bottle of Water or Witch Hazel
  • Fragrance Oil (in any fragrance of your choice).
  • Bath Bomb Molds or Plastic Ornaments
  • For Decoration: Activated Charcoal Powder, Orange Mica, and 99% Isopropyl Alcohol (optional)

See more of Snowman Bath Bomb instructions!

Hand Soap Gift

Change up the tags on this easy Homemade Hand Soap from Lydi Out Loud and you can use them for a gift during any season. A Turkey for Thanksgiving, Snowman for Christmas, Hearts for Valentine’s day, the possibilities are endless!


  • Clay Chick Ceramics Dispenser
  • 1 cup liquid Castile Soap
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon Vitamin E Oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Essential Oils (for scented hand soap – optional)

 See more of Hand Soap Gift instructions!

DIY Peppermint Soap

Peppermint Soap

This easy bar soap only takes about 10 minutes to make! Whip up a batch to share with your friends and family during the Holidays. Thanks Happiness Is Homemade!


  • Shea Butter Soap Base
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Red Soap Colorant
  • Soap Mold
  • Microwave Safe Measuring Cup w/ Spout
  • Toothpick

 See more of Peppermint Soap instructions!

DIY Body Scrub for Men

Homemade Body Scrub for Men

Men can be the hardest to shop for. If you have a man on your list that has rough hands from working hard, this will be a great gift to get them soft and smooth again. Check out how to make your own DIY Body Scrub for Men at She Saved!


 See more Homemade Body Scrub for Men of instructions!

DIY Message Boards

DIY Message Board

Message boards are great for to do lists, leaving notes for family members, and lots more! Personalize these super cute DIY Message Boards from Happiness Is Homemade to fit anyone on your list. Literally everyone could find a use for one!


For the clipboard message board:

For the picture frame message board:

 See more of DIY Message Board instructions!

DIY Peppermint Foot Soak

Peppermint Foot Soak

The peppermint essential oil used in this foot soak not only smells great, it even has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to keep your feet clean. Plus it makes them feel tingly and super soft! Learn how to make it at A Cultivated Nest.


 See more of Peppermint Foot Soak instructions!

DIY Poo Pourri Spray

DIY Poo Pourri Spray

Get rid of that unpleasant bathroom smell before it starts with this DIY Poo Pourri Spray. Your friends will thank you later!


  • 2 oz aluminum or high quality plastic spray bottle
  • Essential Oils of your choice
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Distilled water
  • Blue food coloring (optional)

 See more of DIY Poo Pourri Spray instructions!

Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix

This simple Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix is a fun twist on traditional hot chocolate. This would be a yummy addition to your Christmas Eve Box!  Check out how to make this simple recipe at She Saved!


  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 1/3 cups Powdered Milk

 See more of Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix instructions!


Melted Snow Man Hot Chocolate

Melted Snowman Hot Chocolate

These cute little melted snowmen in a jar are so adorable! They would make a great gift for a teacher or coworker! Learn how to make Melted Snowman Hot Chocolate from Growing Up Gable.


  • White Hot Chocolate
  • Edible Food Markers – I used orange and brown but black works, too
  • Large Marshmallows (the normal size)
  • 1/2 pint canning jars with a clear front
  • Black Sharpie Marker

See more of Melted Snowman Hot Chocolate instructions!

DIY Shower Steamers

Shower Steamers

Shower steamers are little disks that you put in the bottom of your shower. When they get wet, they release essential oils with nice aromas. The best part is that you can make them with different essential oils to use your steamers for all kinds of purposes. Invigorating scents to wake you up in the morning, calming scents to help you relax, or even sinus clearing scents for when you have a cold. Check out how to make your own at Busy Bliss!


  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2-5 TBSP water
  • 5 drops citrus essential oil {I used Citrus Bliss, but orange would work just as well}
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops food coloring {optional}

 See more of Shower Steamers instructions!

Cookies In A Jar

Cookies in a Jar

Have you ever realized that you need a gift for the next day and don’t  have time to go shopping? This Cookies In A Jar idea from Midget Momma is fast and easy and can save you in a pinch.


  • Homemade Cookies Try this Easy Pumpkin Cookie Recipe that calls for only 3 ingredients!
  • Tissue Paper
  • Plastic wrap or plastic baggies
  • Decorative Container or Cookie Jar

 See more of Cookies in a Jar instructions!

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

I love walking into a room and smelling the scents of Christmas! Make this DIY Christmas Stovetop Potpourri for your friends and neighbors this Holiday Season! See Vanessa Craft even includes printable tags in her tutorial!


  •  1 orange
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1-3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • printable tags

See more of Christmas Stovetop Potpourri instructions!

Framed Recipe Cards

These DIY Framed Recipe Cards from Home Cooking Memories are a fun way to decorate your kitchen and showcase those family recipes that have been handed down for generations! These would be great gifts for parents or grandparents!


  • Three 4×6″ printed recipe cards
  • Three 4×6″ photo frames
  • 5-6 ft ribbon (1 1/2″ wide)
  • Permanent mounting tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

 See more of Framed Recipe Cards instructions!

Homemade Bath Fizz

These winter themed bath fizzes are a fun and easy gift. Check out She Saved’s tutorial and don’t forget to print tags to add to your packing.


  • 1 Cups Citric Acid
  • 2 Cups Baking Soda
  • 1 oz Shea butter or Coconut butter (melted)
  • 5-6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (or your favorite essential oil)
  • Spray bottle of Witch Hazel

 See more of Homemade Bath Fizz instructions!

DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs

Peppermint Bath Bombs

A Pumpkin & A Princess shows us another variation of a soothing bath bomb. These peppermint ones have a pink tint to add a little extra fun!


  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of Citric Acid
  • 1/2 cup of cornstartch
  • 3 tablespoons epsom salt
  • 2 teaspoons Sweet Almond Oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon water
  • 15-20 drops Peppermint Oil

 See more of Peppermint Bath Bombs instructions!

Homemade gift ideas for a gift exchange or girlfriend or neighbor gift

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Categories: Beauty, Essential Oils, Gift, Christmas

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