DIY Holidays

HOLIDAYS: HANDMADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

November 13, 2015
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8 DIY handmade gifts inspirations for the Holidays!

With the holidays approaching, it is time to begin checking off that Christmas list. And because we love crafts, what better way to complete this task then by making some special, unique, handmade gifts! If you are stuck for ideas, we are sharing some of our favourite DIY handmade items we’ll be gifting this year.

Dana

Body Scrub

A few years ago I made this chocolate coconut sugar scrub from How Sweet It Is. It was very simple to make and smelled delicious! You can add essential oils, like lavender or peppermint and omit the cocoa powder depending on the scent you choose. The brown sugar mixed with the coconut oil makes for a great exfoliant while moisturizing your skin. And with the cold weather and heat indoors, our skin gets very dry, making it extra important to moisturize.

Handmade Body Scrub

Sugar scrubs packed in mason jars ready to go.

Winter Accessories 

If you knit or crochet, I’m sure this time of year is full of holiday knitting for you. I have a small list of gifts I’ll be knitting this year for a few people. I try to keep the projects I choose for gifts simple and something the person would use. Knitting is very time consuming and can be quite complex, so small projects like mittens, a hat or slippers are wonderful gifts that family and friends will love! Here are some great easy projects if you need some ideas:

  • Snöflinga Hat  – This was my first knitted item I ever made, a fast knit and easy to make.
  • Spa Day Facecloth – Making the body scrub? Why not whip up a couple facecloths as well!
  • Hearth Slippers – I’ve been wanting to make these for myself, they just look so cozy.
  • Christmas Rudolph – For the kiddos, this would be adorable!
  • Lotus Mittens – Another item I’ve been wanting to make for myself. A little more complex with the colour work, but they are so beautiful!

And I can’t leave out these adorable knitted ornaments! These would be a fun little project to make now.

Hats

All the different hats I’ve made over that last year.

For the Bakers in Your Life…

Have you ever made your own pure vanilla extract? It is very easy to do, all you need is a bottle, three vanilla beans and vodka. Another great edible gift idea: brownie mix! I just love the way Linda has packaged this. A perfect gift to have to satisfy those late night chocolate cravings. I think I’ll have to make one to keep in my pantry as well!

For the Crafty Ones…

Grainline Studio and Fringe Supply Co. (two of my favourite companies and very inspiring women as well!) collaborated and released a new pattern called the Stowe Bag. As Jen says, it would be a great gift already made or as a bundle with some great fabric and the other necessities for the sewer in your life. Very excited to make one for myself and a few others.

 

Danielle

Christmas Ornaments

I love Christmas ornaments and collect them when I travel. They also make great gifts, especially when they are handmade. There are many ways to make ornaments and it seems like the materials are available everywhere these days. A few years ago I made myself a set of six ornaments out of glass ornaments with paint and glitter and last year I made ornaments as gifts using Styrofoam balls, paint, sequins, ribbon and glitter. The possibilities are endless, you can personalize them, they are affordable and everyone is unique, so these are great DIY Christmas gifts.

handmade gifts

I made the two ornaments on the right.

For the Holiday Bakers…

When I first started sewing I loved making aprons and of course needed to make a Christmas one. This apron pattern is a favourite of mine and it is very easy to whip one of these up in an hour as a gift. I loved the fabric I picked out and knew it would make a nice gift for my friend Dana of course! Nothing makes a nice gift like something sewed by hand. Here’s the super easy tutorial if you want to try these out as gifts this year.

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DIY apron gift!

Holiday Scents for the Home

Last year for my first Christmas in our new apartment I made homemade potpourri to make our place smell sweet and homey. Like candles, beautifully scented potpourri makes a good gift too! Making your own potpourri is simple, but worthwhile. My first attempt at potpourri included cinnamon, grapefruit and oranges, which smelt amazing. Another combo I saw that looks easy is the apple, clove and cinnamon recipe.  To make this as a gift be sure to place it in a cute jar with ribbon and a stamped label so they can open and use right away for the holidays!

For the Chef Types…

Going with the sewing theme again, a couple years ago I spent a month making handmade Christmas tea towels as gifts. Each one took a couple hours and included special touches. I chose to make these more decorative, but you could also make more everyday use towels as a gift, because who doesn’t want a lovely holiday touch in their kitchen when cooking up a beautiful meal? And handmade tea towels are not cheap from local vendors so the effort will pay off! Next I would like to try this tea towel DIY which would be cute gifts as well.

Be sure to also check out our DIY Christmas Gifts video!

As you can tell we love making gifts! And we’d love to hear your ideas for Christmas gifts.

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