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8 DIY Gifts that You Can Easily Make

Hands down, the holidays are my favorite time of year. Growing up, my sisters and I loved making creative DIY Christmas gifts for our family members.

I remember painting small scrap wood blocks to make buildings for my dad’s hobby train setup. I drew signs on each of the buildings and stores, naming them after our family, such as Momma’s Art Studio and Bridget’s Bakery.

More than 20 years later, my dad still has these little buildings.

Years ago, I made everyone in my family crocheted scarves handpicking the yarn and style for each person. This past weekend, my mother-in-law was visiting and was delightfully wearing the cranberry red scarf I made her so long ago.

That’s the thing about homemade presents – they become such cherished gifts. So much more thought and time goes into them that they really do become treasured.

8 Creative DIY Christmas Gifts

So today I’m sharing 8 DIY gifts that you can easily make this holiday season – along with a homemaking bundle that you and your family members will love. These can be easy homemade gifts for friends or family or even kids.

Creative DIY Christmas Gifts for Anyone

Homemade Lamp from Anything

Did you know that you can make a lamp from anything? This DIY lamp was made using a model train! How cool is that?!

The idea came from an old fisherman’s lamp that my dad repurposed into a lamp that he would enjoy. His train-collecting friend loved it so much that my dad made another one from scratch. It was simple to make – and we have really thorough, easy-to-follow instructions here.

If you have someone in your family that’s difficult to shop for, think about their hobbies, and turn one of their interests into a cool lamp. This is a perfect homemade gift for friends or family members.

How to Make a DIY Lamp from Anything

Gorgeous Canvas Wall Art

If you are looking for an easy DIY gift that looks store-bought but has creative charm, make these homemade canvases.

First, find some cool wall stickers (we love the wall stickers fromΒ My Wonderful Walls). Then, paint a few canvases. Let them dry and then apply the stickers. You can also adorn them with washi tape or letter stickers – the possibilities are endless.

I made the ones below for my toddler’s big boy room. I included the letter stickers in an effort to get him to start spelling his favorite vehicles. πŸ™‚

We have a full tutorial here – along with links to the products we used.

With this easy DIY gift, you’ll have beautiful wall art in a matter of minutes. These are great creative Christmas gifts that kids can make for mom or dad – or that gifts that siblings can make for each other. It’s also a great gift idea for craft lovers to make.

Using Wall Stickers to Create Cool Wall Art

Themed Homemade Gift Basket Ideas

One thing people love is a thoughtful gift. And, giving homemade gift baskets enables you to be so creative and thoughtful.

But I’m not referring to the premade gift baskets that you buy online or from the stores. I’m talking about one that’s hand-picked and made with your recipient in mind.

Homemade gift baskets are without a doubt my favorite gifts to give – I love everything from picking out the basket to finding creative gift ideas to put inside.

I have so many gift basket ideas on our blog – from an ice cream sundae gift to a cookie decorating gift basket.

Heck, I even made a huge list of all types of items to include in themed gift baskets. From “gift baskets for mommas” to “gift baskets for practical people,” check out the full gift basket list here.

These are easy and creative DIY Christmas gifts to make, and you’ll definitely find something for every person on your list. As an added bonus, your friends and family will love the thought that you put into this easy DIY gift. It’s a simple homemade gift idea that always goes over well.Β  Β 200+ Gift Basket Ideas that aren't junk

Easy Picture Ledge from Scrap Wood

Who loves photos?! And who would love to not make a million nail holes in their walls?! These picture ledges are perfect for those on your list that cherish photographs and would love an easier way to display them.

If you have the right tools, they take just an hour to make and they look amazingly elegant.

We have theΒ step-by-step instructions here.Β And, did I mention that the cost was less than $10?!

This creative gift idea could be paired with some pretty frames or gorgeous photos or a photography gift card. Or, the standalone shelves are a perfect Christmas gift too. Easy DIY gifts are simply the best πŸ™‚

Thoughtful, Themed Photo Book Ideas

Speaking of those who love photos, we have a gift that we love to give in my family – photo books. But not just any photo book. We love making our books personal by pairing pictures with funny or special sayings.

You see, for my mom’s 60th, we made her a book with pictures all throughout her life paired with cliches and common sayings she frequently utters. For my sister’s 30th, we made a book of pictures from her life paired with hilarious Seinfeld quotes (her favorite TV show).

And, for my in-laws who have lived in a few different countries, we paired pictures from their life with sayings from those countries. To see these books, check them out here.

You can make these books scrapbook style (pictured below), or you can make them with a photo site, such as Walgreens. We’ve done both, and they both turn out awesome.

I can’t even express how much our friends and family have loved these books. The extra thought has made the books something they cherish.

Not to mention photo books are extremely reasonably priced, and they are one of the easiest DIY gifts to make. Using sayings or quotations makes it a creative gift too – that’s always so appreciated. These easy homemade gifts are perfect gifts for parents, grandparents, and significant others.

These photo books make for the perfect homemade gift!

Stenciled Wall Art

This gorgeous world map was DIYed with just a wood canvas, a stencil, and acrylic paint. Just choose a stencil and you can make a pretty piece just like this one. It’s a really thrift gift because something like this would cost a pretty penny in the stores.

Easy DIY wall art of the world map

DIY Finger Puppets

If you’re searching for an easy DIY gift for kids, these super cute, no-sew finger puppets are made from card stock and felt.

My toddler has a blast playing with these. He loves singing the Finger Family Song, so these finger puppets certainly made his day.

You only need a few materials – including a hot glue gun, and in less than an hour, you can churn out these cute little finger puppets for the little ones that you love.

These are perfect for a homemade gift for kids, or they make for a great gift that kids could make too! They are simply one of the easiest and most creative DIY Christmas gifts to give.

Perfect Homemade Gift for Kids

Homemade Hopscotch Mat

This diy hopscotch mat is simply adorable and so easy to make. It’s a perfect creative DIY Christmas gift for kids. It’s another felt, no-sew project that you can complete in an hour. The mat is perfect for indoor or outdoor hopscotch as well as the perfect reading mat for kids.

We have one of these for outside, and my kids loved it so much that we have one inside too. It’s my toddler’s favorite reading spot πŸ™‚

I even have free printable letters for you to download – to make the tracing easy.

This easy DIY gift idea is perfect for kids – or it’s so simple that kids could help make it for others too!

How to Make a Homemade Hopscotch Mat

These 8 creative DIY Christmas gifts certainly are very simple to make and in my experience are always so appreciated! They are definitely some of my favorite gifts to make.

With these easy homemade gift ideas, you can make someone’s day with the extra thought and creativity you put into their gift this year. Not to mention, you can definitely stay on budget by saving with these thrifty ideas that make for easy DIY gifts.

In years to come, I’m sure your friends and family will treasure the homemade gifts you made, just as my dad still has his scrap wood train buildings πŸ™‚

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47 Comments

  1. I love handmade gifts when it comes to giving presents to family! I’m making up hampers this year for everyone but I love the canvas wall art and the finger puppets! My daughter would absolutely love them! πŸ™‚

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  2. I like the idea of a themed gift basket. I’m going to check out your other post on those. I also like the photo albums I do those as well for my family usually on Shutterfly. handmade gifts are very sentimental and mean alot to me.

  3. I love to DIY gifts! The gift basket is a great idea for this year. A thoughtful gift is a lot better than a gift that might end up being returned, that’s what I always say πŸ˜‰
    Pinning this! Greetings from the Blogger’s Pit Stop.

  4. Thanks for all these cute ideas. I think DIY gifts are often the best because they do show thought and effort. I think gifting gift baskets are great; I’ve done them in the past before!

    -lauren

  5. I love making personalised gift baskets and filling them with all the things I know each person will love.

  6. So, so creative and lovely gifts. We all love this post and it will be featured this week on the Blogger’s Pit Stop.

    Kathleen

  7. I love the themed basket idea. I love getting handmade gifts. Makes it extra special. Lovely ideas. #twinklytuesday

  8. What great ideas! I have made scrapbooks for a number of people for Christmas and other occasions (graduation, weddings) and they have really been appreciated. I like the lamp idea.

  9. I love giving (and receiving) homemade gifts, and these are really cool. I especially love that canvas art. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  10. I love your train lamp. It looks great. My husband would love that. I think the best gifts are homemade ones in most cases. Visiting from Homestead blog hop. Pinned & tweeted! Have a healthy happy & blessed Christmas season!

  11. Gorgeous ideas. Especially love the canvas. I need to do some bits for my toddler’s big boy room, tgese would be perfect. #brilliantblogposts

  12. I love so many of these ideas. When my babies were babies I made gift baskets during the holiday season. It was fun and an easy way to make some holiday cheer πŸ™‚

  13. What a treasured gift you made your dad back then, Your idea of thinking about peoples hobbies is a good idea. All of these gifts are creative and memorable. Thanks for giving us ideas.
    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

  14. I was determined that I am all ready for Christmas, but your finger puppets are really tempting me. They are really precious and I am sure kids will love them.

  15. Those finger puppets are so cute! I’m a big lover of photo books – my husband is getting one this year and I think he’s going to love it. And my sister and her husband are getting a hamper I’m putting together, I’ve picked out some lovely things I know they’ll love. A gift is always so much better when it has that personal touch! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  16. I love all these different ideas for DIY gifts. The lamp looks like a fun one – might have to give that one a try at some point. I also love doing gift baskets and photo books. It’s so nice to be able to give a gift with a personal touch, isn’t it? πŸ™‚ #twinklytuesday

  17. So many good ideas here. We made canvases for my little girl’s room too and I love making gift baskets. Sometimes I even throw in a poem so that they know it’s fully personalised for them! #sharingthebloglove

  18. I love that gift basket – so pretty but practical! And I just adore the idea that something you helped create years ago is still around for your dad to enjoy and your kids to see one day too!

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