Be The Handmade Holiday Hero This Year: 5 Amazing DIY Christmas Gift Ideas


Handmade is in. There is something so special about receiving a gift that someone put their heart into.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a crafting genius to create DIY gifts that are sure to get a smile. There are many things you can make yourself with items you likely already have around the house! And if you have mason jars and some ribbon, you have the packaging too.

Here are 5 DIY Christmas gifts you can easily make with items you already have in your home.

Sugar Scrub

You can make a basic sugar scrub with 3 simple ingredients.

  • Combine ¼ cup of oil (olive, melted coconut, etc.) and 1 cup of sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Combine, then add about 15 drops of your favorite essential oil and stir in.
  • Transfer to a cute mason jar and tie a ribbon around it and you have a lovely, handmade gift.
Sugar scrub cubes

Image courtesy of Marilyn Sherman

Bath Salts

Another very simple, yet classic DIY gift is bath salts. Just combine;

  • one cup of Epsom salt
  • one cup of sea salt
  • one cup of baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil

You can even add some lavender buds or crumbled rose petals at the end to make a visually stunning salt. Like the sugar scrub, place in a mason jar or other glass container, tie with a ribbon and gift to someone that could use a soothing bath.

Ice Candle

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Ice Crystal Candle Holder

All you need for this one is a mason jar, spray adhesive and Epsom salts. To create the Ice Crystal Candle Holder, spray the jar with adhesive then roll around in the Epsom salt until the jar is coated. Allow to dry then insert a candle and you have a sparkling gift!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Powder

For this recipe, you’ll need;

  • 1 ¾ cups dry milk powder
  • ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • and goodies like marshmallows, broken candy cane pieces and mini chocolate chips.

You can either layer each item in the mason jar, or you can combine all of the powders then top with the goodies.  Download a cute tag to add to your mason jars here.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Everyone loves receiving special, handmade ornaments, right? To make salt dough ornaments, combine 4 cups of flour and one cup of salt, then stir in 1 ½ cups warm water. Knead until the dough is pliable and soft. Then roll it out and make shapes with cookie cutters. Make sure to use a straw or toothpick to make a hole for the ribbon.

Bake your ornaments at 325 F for about an hour, or until they’re hard. Once cool, paint and add special touches, then tie a ribbon to the top of each one. You can put a few into a wide mouth mason jar or a gift box. This is a great gift idea kids can help with!

Salt dough ornament heart

Image courtesy of Elin

These are just 5 DIY Christmas gifts you can make with items you likely already own. Reusing items from around the house reduces waste but increases the love.  Now what’s not to love about that!?

What is your favorite handmade gift to give?

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Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.