10. Homemade Candles
We promise your friends or family won’t be returning this DIY gift because who dislikes candles? Plus, there are so many creative ways you can go with a gift like this. Whether you want to use beeswax or scented wax, there are so many options to choose from. You can also utilize various glass jars to give your candles a unique twist. Some people use mason jars and others use cut-off wine bottles. Regardless of what you choose, we know any recipient of this gift will be more than thankful.
9. Painted Bowls
DIY gifts can either be really great or god awful. However, these painted bowls are a great way to unleash your inner muse and let your imagination run wild. While we wouldn’t give these to good ‘ole Uncle Buck who spends his days duck hunting, they would be great for mom or grandma. Plus, it shows you made a thoughtful effort. Nothing says “I love you” like taking time to make something for someone you care about.
8. Knit Scarf
Perfect for winter and the holiday season, knitting a scarf for someone you car about makes for an AWESOME gift! Not only is it fully functional, but your loved one will know you spent hours making it. And believe us when we say, it will take awhile. However, if you stick with it, the end product is ultimately rewarding. Heck, if you’re good at it you could start your own Etsy business and make some extra cash!
7. Hanging Spice Rack
If you have a friend or loved one who enjoys cooking, a hanging spice rack is sure to win you brownie points in the gift giving department. It’s also super cute and functional because it will free up cabinet space for other items. You can choose a wide variety of containers for a spice rack, but we think these tube cylinders are fun and stylish and really showcase the spice inside–no extra labels needed!
6. Fun Sharpie Mugs
While this gift may seem like a cop out, it’s actually a simple way to show someone you care. And even better, you can make an afternoon out of it, turning the gift giving into a fun activity as you decorate each other’s mugs and then shoot the breeze with a cup of coffee or tea. The markers for ceramics are also fairly inexpensive and you have a wide variety of mugs to choose from as well.
5. Candy Body Scrub
Not sure what to do with those extra candy canes from Christmas? Make a body scrub! Homemade body scrubs are very popular these days and this particular one will have your family and friends smelling like a peppermint wonderland. All you need to do is take some sugar and mix it with coconut oil. Next, crush up your extra candy canes and layer them in between the sugar in a mason jar. Super simple, this creative idea is sure to get your friends talking. Also be sure to check these borderline genius diy mason jar uses to get ideas for more gifts with mason jars.
4. Make Your Own Bath Bombs
Thanks to LUSH and its crazy all-natural products, bath bombs are all the rage these days. They also aren’t that hard to make yourself. Designed to slowly disintegrate while you enjoy a warm bath, bath bombs can be customized with varying scents and skin soothing products to make bath time a transcendent experience. You can find an amazing recipe for homemade bath bombs all over the internet.
3. DIY Smore’s Kit
Who doesn’t love S’mores? Sticky and chocolaty, s’mores make for an awesome gift in this DIY S’Mores Kit. All you need to do is take the basic ingredients, bag them up and place them in a cute box for your loved one to open. For a personal-size kit, having enough ingredients to make 4-5 servings is more than enough and you can be super creative when it comes to the packaging. We promise whoever you gift this to will NOT be asking for a receipt.
2. Friendship Bread
Friendship bread is a long running tradition, specifically in the Amish community, where you mix ingredients for a delicious sweet bread in a bag and give them as gifts to family and friends. Instructions are written on cute cards and over the course of seven days you must do certain things to make sure the bread comes together correctly. You then take a portion of your batter and re-gift it to other friends so the chain keeps on going. Did we mention it’s also delicious?
1. Delicious Dog Treats
For your friends and family who have pets, baking homemade treats make for the perfect gift. Sometimes our furry friends need some loving too and yummy treats are sure to make you the favorite when you bring these over.