The Ultimate List of Creative DIY Christmas Gifts

If you’re on a budget but you want to show your friends and family how creative you can be, then this list of handmade DIY Christmas gifts is for you.

Creativity 12 min read Nov 07, 2023
The Ultimate List of Creative DIY Christmas Gifts


Whether you’re a DIYer or not, there are plenty of easy ways to make fun gifts for everyone on your list. The best part is that these presents don’t have to cost much!

Show your friends and family how creative you can be when it comes to gifts. This ultimate list of handmade DIY christmas gifts has something for everyone–even if they have everything!

For Secret Santa: Inexpensive, Yet Thoughtful DIY Christmas Gifts

Got your gift list yet? You can make something custom for any person, including yourself, without breaking the bank! (We do this a lot, obviously.) There’s plenty you can do in the $50-and-under price range!

Before Secret Santa at the office comes around, here are a few ideas: How about making a beautiful acrylic painting? Perhaps, a beautiful, body-positive illustration in pencil, ink, and charcoal? Or maybe a handpainted, hand-built ceramic piece?


Take all these ideas beyond just being “gifts” and turn them into bona fide works of art, cherished reminders of how much people mean to us—something we could all use more often during the holiday season.

For Unique Personalities: DIY Christmas Gifts to Match

The beauty of DIY Christmas gifts is in their uniqueness – people wouldn’t be able to buy them on their own! Maybe you’ve been dating your partner for a couple years now and have an idea what kind of jewelry she likes. With a few lessons, we bet you can create that one-of-a-kind statement piece she would love to wear every day.

If you have a child who loves to read, we’re sure she would love to lose herself in a book that you yourself wrote and illustrated, a la Tull Suwannakit. Showing off the book to other people is a story in itself: “I love this present because it was made just for me!”


Can you make something that’s personalised for the giftee, using their interests or personality as inspiration?

For the Ultimate Foodie: Something Tasty for the Holidays

DIY Christmas food gifts are unique and personal. You can make them from scratch in your very own kitchen, plus they are easy to make in advance, wrap with a seasonal theme, and easy to store and ship.

Whether you want to give that special someone a chocolate bar or some homemade alfajores biscuits this holiday season, here’s are a couple of fun and eco-friendly ways to put the yum in their tummy:

  • Wrap the goodies in a tea towel tied with a bow.
  • Put them into an adorable Christmas-themed jar or tin.
  • Upcycle old gift boxes and tie with a piece of twine.


Giving back is an important part of being an eco-friendly foodie, so use your cooking skills to help others out while also saving money on groceries.

In Case of Emergency: Simple and Cute Christmas Gift Ideas

Sure, you can make a homemade gift in any shape or size, but small DIY Christmas gift crafts are often the most thoughtful. Bonus benefit: If someone drops by with a present, you’ll have something on the ready. Never get caught with your pants down again!

Bath bombs are great present ideas, because everyone likes baths! To make them extra special, try adding essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus that have calming properties that help relieve stress after a long day at work or school. Once you’ve got the fundamentals down, you can be as creative with design as you want to be, make them in any shape. You can even use cookie cutters to make them super-cute, depending on what you want to give as a present, like these not-so-basic bath bombs:


Like with bath bombs, making your own soap is easy! All you need are some basic ingredients like coconut oil or vegetable glycerin (which makes liquidy soap), lye solution, water, fragrance oils, colorant, and other additives such as dried herbs. You can find these at craft stores with many different options available to suit different personal preferences.

Between Friends: DIY Activities Can Enjoy Together

Anyone can DIY a gift for their friends, but to craft it up with friends is even better. Get a few mates together on a date that works for everyone and make a day of it!

Who doesn’t love a nice handcrafted kokedama? Just take a ball of moss and an air plant, tie a piece of string around the middle of the moss ball, and voila! You’ll be able to take home your own little plant decoration that will bring joy to all who see it. Spider plants, anyone? Instant indoor garden feels!


Friends who sculpt together stay together: Why not make fun small ceramic sculptures using clay in your own quirky design? This is an exciting way to spend an afternoon and you can even make it into a competition! A little bit of paint, some brushes and googly eyes will have you creating works of art in no time.

Make each other gifts, enjoy some drinks and snacks together, and have a lot of laughts – it’s the perfect activity for any occasion!

2-for-1: DIY Home Decor Slash Gift Ideas

Instead of buying expensive holiday decor from stores, why not make your own DIY Christmas decorations as gifts? They make useful homemade gifts and will remind the giftee of your thoughtfulness every time they hang it up.


If you prefer your holiday feels to be bright and shiny, mosaic decor is a great way to add a lot of color and texture. And it’s easy enough for beginners, as there are only a few materials involved. All you need are some twine, glue, glass beads and paint. Mosaic takes some time to make but will definitely be worth it once you or your giftee hangs up these pieces of art for everyone to see!

If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, know that you don’t have to break the bank on Christmas presents. There are so many ways to get creative with your holidays, from your gift giving to your home decor, and they’re all 100% DIY-ready.

If you have access to a craft store or art supply store nearby, take advantage of it! There may be other materials out there that aren’t as expensive but still give off that festive vibe. For example, instead of buying a roll of gift wrapper, why not recycle old books into wrapping paper! It’s inexpensive and looks great; just imagine how much fun the giftee will have trying to guess what book the present gift came from.

If you’re looking for more ways to add some holiday cheer without breaking the bank, check out more ideas here!

Have a crafty, colorful Christmas!
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