Last year since I was pregnant and due to have Eve right before Thanksgiving, I started doing my holiday shopping much earlier than normal. I realized how much less stressful it was to start thinking about it months in advance instead of scrambling at the last minute to think of the perfect gift for everyone on my list.
I decided this year to do the same. As I would attend a craft show or was in a cute little shop while traveling I started to pick up things that I could see the people on my list enjoying.
With less than a week to go until the start of Chanukah and less than three until New Year’s (in our home we give presents on New Year’s Day, a tradition Sam and his family brought here from Russia), I have most of my holiday shopping done. I realized, though, there are still a few things left on my list. I try to support small businesses and/or make things for gifts, so I turned to Pinterest and some of my fellow creatives for some last-minute DIY holiday gift ideas that won’t stress you out!
DIY Painted Mugs
I kept seeing this super cute mug DIY by Glue to My Crafts Blog in my Pinterest feed. All you need are some oil-based permanent markers and scrapbook stickers. I really like the idea of giving a personalized mug, either with the recipient’s name or a work that epitomizes them. I may be making these for Eve’s childcare teachers!
DIY Hot Cocoa Kit
The other day I really wanted a peppermint hot chocolate. I couldn’t find the right cocoa mix (just the unsweetened kind) and it turned out we didn’t have any peppermint extract in our house, so I sadly gave up on that endeavor. However, had someone been sweet enough to gift me one of these adorable hot cocoa kits by Hoosier Homemade I would have been all set! Package them with the above-mentioned mugs and you’ve got a really sweet teacher’s gift!
Super easy DIY knit scarf (no kitting needles required!)
It’s been a really cold winter so far here in New England, and you won’t ever catch me leaving the house now without a scarf. Laci over at Sequins in the South shows you how to make this ridiculously easy knit scarf. You can easily whip up cute scarves for everyone on your list while you veg out in front of holiday movies.
DIY Holiday Snow Globe
There is something so fascinating about a snow globe, shaking it up and watching the fake snow twirl around. These super easy DIY snow globes by Mommy’s Bundle would make a really sweet present for a child or even for an adult to have on their desk.
DIY Upcycled Picture Frame Earring Display
I made this upcycled earring display out of a picture frame two years ago and it’s still sitting proudly in my bedroom holding my dangly earrings. I know from experience it was really easy to make and very inexpensive and would make a lovely gift for a daughter, friend, or sister!
DIY Immune Boosting Lotion Bars
Cajun at Blooming in Bedlam put together a fabulous natural skin care gift guide with recipes to make some fabulous natural skin care products. As a mom of an infant I am constantly surrounded by germs, plus my hands get super dry in the winter time. I know this would be the perfect gift for all of my fellow moms of little ones who I know are looking at a long, dry & cold winter indoors.
DIY Repurposed Holiday Frame
I’m all about repurposing, and I really like how Theresa of Dear Creatives took an ordinary old picture frame and turned into something dazzling and gorgeous for the holidays.
DIY Simmering Pot Recipe & Mason Jar Gift
Though I have yet to ever make a simmering pot recipe, for some reason to me they make me think of a cold, winter day snuggled under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book. I think this would be a lovely hostess gift or for a good friend.
DIY Homemade Vanilla
A few years ago a friend made Sam and I a bottle of homemade vanilla. We sadly ran out, and I have been looking to replace it. I have lots of friends and family members who enjoy baking and looking forward to making some for them as well with this simple recipe for making your own homemade vanilla.
Do you make any of your holiday gifts? What is your favorite thing to make?
Looking for more DIY holiday gift ideas? Check out my Pinterest board, and if you have one you’d like me to add put your link in the comments below!
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