5 Handmade Gifts You can DIY with Your Family

Last updated on January 30th, 2023 at 11:12 am

A girl hosing a small present with a brown label with "Grandma we love you!" written on it

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The holidays are almost here, and our Christmas shopping lists are getting longer day by day. While the best gifts in life are free, opening presents on Christmas morning, together with your family, is a very precious moment. But a gift doesn’t have to be expensive to be meaningful, so why not make a few of them yourself? They may take a little longer to make and might require more effort, but handmade gifts are more special than store-bought presents. Here are a few easy handmade gift ideas you can DIY with your family. 

Handmade Gift Ideas For Christmas

Special Jewellery

Jewellery making is an appropriate activity for the entire family and toddlers and teenagers alike can have fun making their own pieces. All you need is a jewellery kit and a few supplies, and your kids can start crafting a few beautiful pearl bracelets for grandma, or colorful beaded necklaces and earrings for their friends and teachers. Besides improving hand-eye coordination in young kids, this activity allows all the participants to express themselves creatively. 

Colorful Key/Ring Dish

Engage your family in fun activities and make your own key or ring dish to give as a Christmas present this year. Use clay and mold it in the shape of a small plate. Let it dry and use acrylic paint to decorate it however you like. Simple yet beautiful, these handmade dishes can be used for storing things like keys or any small accessories. Besides being a great gift for almost anyone, crafting ring dishes allows your kids to make their own unique designs they can be proud of. And the best part is that this is a productive hobby which you and your kids can continue long after the holidays are over. 

Check out my ultimate guide to buying Christmas presents for ideas for more tips

Sweet Treats

Everybody loves a sweet treat every once in a while, but your kids will probably also enjoy making them as well. Appropriate gifts for all family members, friends and teachers, goodie bags are fun and easy to make. Plus, making this gift is suitable for kids of all ages, and even dad and grandpa will enjoy this fun activity. Start by gathering the family together and prepare your treats, which can be anything from Christmas tree rice krispy treats to hot chocolate mix. Use mason jars or cute food boxes to store the sweets and wrap them up nicely. Add festive ribbons and any other decoration you like and finish off the gift with cute labels. 

A cardboard box filled with iced biscuits in Christmas shapes

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Sugar Scrub

A great gift for grandma, friends and even your kids’ teachers. Making your own homemade body scrubs is an enjoyable activity for younger kids and teenagers alike. It takes only 10 to 15 minutes to make and it’sfun and easy, but be prepared because it might get a bit messy. All you need is some olive oil, sugar, your favorite essential oils and mason jars. Add all your ingredients in a bowl and mix them well until you get the right consistency. Add your mix to clean mason jars and decorate the gift with ribbons and hand-written cards. 

Herb Candles 

What better way to preserve the beauty of your garden or favorite plants than with this unique gift for the home? Rosemary and herbs like thyme or lavender look great in these candles, and they are available at your local grocery store. For this project, you will need either beeswax or soy wax, a mason jar, essential oils and your favorite dried plant. All you need to do is press your chosen herb flat on the inside of the jar and use some melted wax to stick it. Melt the rest of your wax and mix in your essential oils, in your favorite fragrance. Cut your wick to the right size, stich it to the bottom of the jar and add in your melted wax. Your pressed herb candles are now ready to be gifted. 


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