The stockings are hung by the chimney with care . . . now, what goes under the tree?
When you have more time than money at Christmas time, or you’re just looking to infuse a little more personality than store-bought presents, DIY gifts are just the thing.
So today, I present to you five different DIY gift ideas you can make in bulk and give to family, friends and neighbors to spread a little holiday cheer this year!
Mulled cider spice bags
This is a quick afternoon project, and it’s as simple as tying a bunch of spices together in a little packet. Include instructions to the recipient to drop in a pot of cider and heat to just below boiling for 20 minutes. Get the tutorial here.
Pumpkin Spice Granola
This is a really easy, healthy alternative to Christmas cookies and treats; it’s perfect for family members who are trying to eat lighter but still want flavorful, festive treats to eat. Pumpkin spice granola suits the holidays perfectly, thanks to the pumpkin flavor and spices plus the bright red pop of the dried cranberries.
Scented sugar scrub
This is one of my personal favorites—to give or receive. Particularly for girlfriends who enjoy luxe baths or smooth, silky skin, this gift is an ace in the hole. Package it in a pretty jar with a pretty scrap of fabric tied around the top.
Get the tutorial for the vanilla sugar version here, or the lemon drop version here. (Or, make your own concoctions using your choice of sugar, moisturizing oil and essential oils!)
Homemade vanilla extract
This gift will blow the minds of family and friends who don’t know you can make vanilla extract yourself. Get some pretty amber colored bottles (these would be perfect) and stuff each one with vanilla beans and pour vodka over the top. Use a ribbon to tie a label on each bottle with instructions to use after a certain date when the flavor has had time to mix with the vodka.
Hot cocoa kits
This idea is particularly versatile, because you can make the marshmallows and cocoa mix from scratch—or, if you’re short on time, you could just make one or the other and supplement with store-bought items, for an equally thoughtful and tasty kit. Include a mug if you want to personalize the gift for each recipient.
What gifts are you planning to make this year, and who are you giving them to? Leave a note in the comments!