15 Creative DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends

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There’s nothing quite like a crafty, homemade Christmas gift to show your friends you are thinking of them during the holidays. Whether you are interested in furniture-making, fashion, food, or eco-friendly items, I have rounded up a list of 15 creative DIY Christmas gift ideas that are easy, budget-friendly, and beautiful.  Find something here for everyone on your list and have fun making it! 

Creative Crafts with Step by Step Instructions 

If you love to create unique, artistic items, showcase your talent with these homemade Christmas gift ideas that you can really add your own personal touch to. 

DIY Hand-Painted Floral Christmas Ornament 

How to make a DIY hand painted floral Christmas ornament - Anthropologie inspired

Learn how to make a beautiful hand-painted floral Christmas tree ornament that would make a great gift in its own right, or a wonderful embellishment tied with ribbon on a wrapped Christmas present. 

Fairy Christmas Garden in a Thrifted Teacup

How to make a fairy garden in a thrifted teacup

This creative DIY Christmas gift is a great one to get the kids involved with! Let me share with you how to make this adorable fairy garden in a thrifted teacup – change up the accessories to make this a perfect Christmas fairyland present!

Rustic Pom Pom Christmas Wreath

DIY Rustic Pom Pom Christmas Wreath

Surprise your friend with the ultimate Christmas or winter décor gift this year! Grab your hot glue gun and check your crafting stash to see what you have on hand for stems and accents. This DIY wreath features:

  • a huge & rustic grapevine base,
  • handmade pom poms,
  • Dollar Tree bell ornaments,
  • wicker balls, and
  • greenery. 

Real Evergreen Wreath

How to make a real evergreen Christmas wreath

Learn to make a completely natural evergreen (pine) wreath that looks beautiful both as a door wreath and an advent wreath. Add berries, candles, bows, or bells for personality, or enjoy as is. This easy DIY Christmas gift is so versatile and sure to be appreciated!

DIY Jewelry Organizer From a Thrift Store Spoon Rack

DIY Jewelry Organizer from a $5 Thrifted Spoon Rack

Next, come see how I made a beautiful DIY jewelry organizer from a $5 thrift store vintage spoon rack! This is a creative gift for a jewelry lover who also appreciates the rustic glam look when it comes to decor.

Kimono Cardigan From a Scarf 

Easy DIY Kimono Cardigan from a Scarf - a 20 min sewing project with only two seams and a hem!

Kimono-style cardigans are the easiest thing to DIY! Do you have a large, rectangular scarf and basic sewing skills? You can make this beautiful kimono cardigan! You can also choose a heavier, winter-print scarf fabric for the person in your life who loves to be cozy and enjoys unique clothing. 

Make a Mug with the Cricut Mug Press

The Cricut Mug Press is here, and you can make professional looking, dishwasher safe mugs with with beautiful designs. Here's how!

Learn how to make a mug with the new Cricut Mug Press with Infusible Ink! These make beautiful gifts, are dishwasher safe, and look oh-so-professional! You can make your mugs holiday-themed, or inscribe them with a personal message that will be meaningful to its recipient. Add the Gingerbread-Flavoured Coffee Syrup described below to finish the whole thing off. 

Creative DIY Christmas Gifts From The Kitchen 

There’s nothing quite like the smells, scents, and tastes of the holiday season that we all know so well! Consider one of these DIY projects for the senses that are sure to make your friends smile this season. These are great to gift on their own, or they’d make a fantastic addition to a homemade gift basket.

Gingerbread-Flavored Coffee Syrup

Gingerbread flavored coffee syrup recipe that's so easy to make!

This flavourful gingerbread coffee syrup is the perfect festive addition to your morning latte. It makes a great gift for a coffee lover! The syrup is so simple to make if you’re looking for a last minute gift, and it tastes delicious.

Homemade Treat: Cinnamon Christmas Breakfast Wreath 

Cinnamon Christmas Breakfast Wreath Recipe

This cinnamon Christmas breakfast wreath not only looks beautiful, but it tastes delicious too! The ingredients in this sweet bread recipe are ones that most people enjoy – including young children – so it’s a great item to serve to the whole family on Christmas morning. It also makes a great addition to any holiday brunch or other gathering, and is a wonderful consumable gift that shows thought and attention.

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags & Simmer Pot Mix Gift Idea

Easy and budget friendly simmer pot mix gift idea - simply add dried fruit, spices and greenery and some handmade tags!

These cozy-themed Christmas gift tags combined with a simmer pot mix gift idea are the perfect way to make someone’s holiday extra warm & lovely! The gift tags are a free printable download just for you, and the festive simmer pot mix is budget-friendly (especially if you have a mason jar to reuse!) and makes a beautiful gift. 

Homemade Christmas Presents For the Living Room 

We all know that much of the holiday season is spent inside trying to stay cozy and out of the weather.  Why not make your friend’s living space that much more beautiful and festive?  See these DIY décor and furniture crafts that are sure to please throughout the holidays, and year round!

Cozy Pom Pom Throw Blanket

IKEA hack: pom-pom throw blanket!

Don’t want to spend over $100 on that pom-pom trimmed throw blanket that you KNOW your friend would love to receive for Christmas? You can make something that looks just as beautiful for less than $40 with an IKEA blanket! Let me show you how to make this easy and affordable DIY IKEA hack.

DIY Blanket Ladder from Copper Pipe & Dowels

How to make a blanket ladder from copper pipe and wooden dowels - no power tools required!

Learn how to make a simple DIY blanket ladder from copper pipe and dowels – no power tools required! This would be a perfect (and surprising!) gift for the blanket-lover on your Christmas list.

DIY a Pillow From Dollar Tree Towels with Your Sewing Machine

Make an embroidered Fall pillow from Dollar Tree plaid towels

Learn how to make a beautifully embroidered holiday pillow out of Dollar Tree towels. It can be customized with any word or message for an easy and inexpensive crafty gift!

Build a DIY Rustic Bench – Free Building Plans

Boho farmhouse master bedroom decor ideas on a budget

Learn how to build a DIY rustic bench with these free building plans. This primitive look bench is perfect for the end of a bed, a mudroom, or to use as an outdoor coffee table. It is a practical, creative DIY Christmas gift that everyone has room in their life for! 

Easy-to Make Environmentally-Friendly DIY Gifts 

While all of the ideas in this creative DIY Christmas gifts roundup are technically environmentally-friendly in that they encourage you to use things that have been thrifted or that you already own to create something repurposed, why not go all out on the perfect gift for your truly environmentally-conscientious friend? Here are some ideas for gifts that will truly help reduce their footprint and some of the guilt of holiday consumption.

Beeswax Wrap That’s Extra Sticky

How to make a DIY beeswax wrap extra sticky

A beeswax wrap is a reusable alternative to plastic wrap. You can use it to cover bowls, or to wrap up cheese, sandwiches, fruit pieces, and more. I’ve been making and using beeswax wraps to store my food for over a year now, and they’re a great way to keep things fresh while reducing my single-use plastic. These are a thoughtful and exciting gift for that eco-friendly person in your life! Here’s how to make beeswax wraps that are extra sticky!

DIY Dryer Balls

How to make DIY dryer balls from wool yarn. SO easy, reusable and works wonders in the laundry!

Making DIY dryer balls out of wool yarn is easy to do, and they work wonders in the dryer! Wool dryer balls reduce static cling and can be used over and over again. They are an excellent replacement for disposable, chemically-scented dryer sheets, and make a great gift for anyone in your life who is trying to consume less.

That’s it! 15 creative homemade Christmas gifts that you can start making today! If you’re looking for more ideas, this Handmade Christmas Gifts post includes gifts in a tin, arm-knit blankets, DIY candles and a variety of tutorials to help you make an extra special impression this holiday season! Which gift idea is your favourite? Tell me in the comments below! Even better, if you make one, I’d love to see it! Tag me @thediymommy on Instagram

Happy Crafting!

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