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10 DIY Christmas Gifts Your Friends & Family Will Actually Want

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December 17, 2016 · 2.9k Views

This holiday season go with a gift that comes from the heart. A DIY Christmas gift not only has more meaning, if done right it can actually be something that somebody wants and will appreciate.

DIY has come a long way from the hodgepodge gifts of Christmas past and has really transformed into useful and creative gift projects. When you are selecting a DIY gift for your friends and family members think about what type of person they are and what their everyday needs are. A gift that appeals to their personality or habits can be a wonderful and welcome surprise especially if it is thoughtful and specific. Try one to these DIY Christmas gift ideas for that special someone on your list.

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10 DIY Christmas Gifts Your Friends & Family Will Actually Want happy santa icon

1. Holiday Ornament

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Image Source: PIzzazzerie

There are so many ideas for holiday DIY ornaments you are sure to find something that will be perfect for your friends’ or family members’ Christmas tree. With supplies that you already have on hand, you’ll be able to craft a truly unique ornament that will have a special meaning for whoever you give it to. Be sure to commemorate it with the year so they will remember when you gave it to them and they can mark this milestone in your relationship.

Find the tutorial for the DIY Personalized Ornaments from Pizzazzerie.


2. Christmas Bell Wreath

christmas bell wreath

Image Soure: Shades of Blue Interiors

Bring the spirit of Christmas to someone with a wreath made entirely of bells. This classic yet stylish and sleek wreath look will make for a classic decoration on anyone’s door. The fact that you made it yourself will add to the specialness of the gift and be one they display on their door every year. How nice will it be to show up at their home every Christmas and see your bell wreath hanging up? This is surely a DIY gift that will be used.

Find the tutorial for this Christmas Bell Wreath from Shades of Blue Interiors.


3. Photo Coasters

diy polaroid coasters

Image Source: Darkroom and Dearly

Do you have some special photos that you want to share of some good family or friend memories? Turn them into photo coasters and whoever you give them to will always remember those special days you had together. You can create a set to showcase a vacation that was memorable or choose several happy days that you want them to relive. You can make these on your own in a variety of materials that are sure to please everyone that uses them.

Find the tutorial for these DIY Polaroid Coasters from Darkroom and Dearly.


4. Wine Cork Board

wine cork bulletin board

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Put all those bottles of wine you drank over the year to good use by using their corks to create a DIY cork board. This vintage look is perfect for anyone’s home and is something they will use every day to post reminders, photos, and dates to remember. Include some fun colored thumbtacks and you will have a winner of a gift for any wine lover.

Find the tutorial for this DIY Wine Cork Bulletin Board from A Beautiful Mess.


5. Family Photo Calendar

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This gift is perfect for a family member such as a grandparent that loves seeing pictures of your kids. Create a calendar that features photos of your kids themed to each month of the year. How nice will it be for grandma and grandpa to see a new picture of your family every month? It will literally light up their day.

Customize a Photo Calendar from Shutterfly.

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6. Homemade Soap

diy peppermint soap

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With a little effort, you can create some magnificent smelling and cleaning soap that will be treasured by everyone you give it to. Imagine making some special blends and scents that are unique to the person that you give it to. They will love that it is all natural and that, of course, it came from you and your kitchen.

Find the tutorial for DIY Peppermint Soap from A Pumpkin and a Princess.


7. Cookie Mix In A Jar

cranberry white chocolate cookie mix in a jar

Image Source: Popsugar

Have a cookie lover in the family? Try a cookie mix in a jar gift for them. This simple and easy DIY gift is perfect for someone that loves to bake but doesn’t have the time to do it. They will have all the ingredients right at their fingertips to make their favorite cookies anytime the mood strikes. Plus, they will always have the recipe that comes with it to remind them of you.

Find the tutorial and recipe for the Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies in a Jar from Popsugar.


8. Travel Boxes

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This DIY gift is ideal for the consummate traveler as these travel boxes will give them the ideal spot to store their treasures and memories from their worldly travels. You can customize each box to the country or state they have visited, making this a personalized gift that they will love.

Find the tutorial for this Travel Keepsake Kit from Martha Stewart.


9. Jewelry Magnets

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Image Source: House of Gold VB

Your local thrift store can help with this one as you’ll need some fashion broaches as the main décor. Add a magnet and you have a funky refrigerator magnet that will be used every day. This makes a nice gift for someone you are unsure what to get but has a classic style. You’ll be able to choose a broach that matches their personality and they will love that you know them so well.

Get the tutorial for these DIY Jewelry Magnets from House of Gold VB.


10. DIY Mug

diy mug gifts

Image Source: Lily & Val

A custom painted mug is a truly heartfelt gift that can be made in a variety of ways. Write a funny or inspirational message that will mean something to your friend or family member and this will be their favorite coffee mug every day. This is a great way to show off your artistic side and can even be fun to do with kids.

Get the tutorial for this DIY Mug Gift from Lily and Val.


Christmas doesn’t have to be about the biggest and more luxurious gifts. A gift from the heart can mean more and be cherished more than any of those big-ticket items. With a little thought and care, you’ll have the perfect DIY gift for everyone on your holiday list.

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Dawn is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer that is a self-confessed shopaholic - always on the lookout for a great deal. She loves food, travel and binging on Netflix. She has a background in marketing and worked as editor-in-chief of a monthly magazine. Currently, she focuses her time on crafting copy that her followers love to read.