*featured image via these four walls

As cliché as it may be, my favorite part of the holiday season is picking out the perfect gift for my family and friends. But if you have a Christmas list as long as mine, it can prove difficult to check everyone without breaking the bank. That’s why I’m choosing to DIY many of my holiday gifts this year, and I’ve learned that the key to creating homemade gifts that people will cherish (and actually keep beyond the new year) is to personalize them to each person’s personality. The hostess in your life will love sporting a waxed canvas apron handcrafted by you. The interior aficionado will swoon over the copper wall hanging you create, and the beauty junkie will rave about your homemade gemstone soaps for months! Scroll through the gallery below to see more of our favorite DIY gifts. “You made this?!”

Copper Wall Hanging from Sarah Sherman Samuel

DIY Grapefruit Rosemary Bath Salts from Homey Oh My

Canvas Wine Bags from Paper & Stitch

Marble and Leather Tablet Holder from Sugar & Cloth

DIY Naturally Dyed Shibori Pillowcases from Camille Styles

Pen Pot Covers from Fall For DIY

Gemstone Soap from A Beautiful Mess

Hardcover Photo Memory Book from Artifact Uprising via Design Love Fest

Tea Gift Basket from Camille Styles

Painted Rope Baskets from Honestly WTF

Finger Knit Rope Trivet from Flax & Twine

Waxed Canvas Tool Apron from The Merry Thought

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Comments (19)
  1. 1
    Natalie November 25, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I love things like bath salts, soaps and hampers as diy gifts because they’re so easy to make in bulk while still feeling special and personal – super good for the unexpected gifts you always end up with!

    – Natalie

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    charmainenyw November 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Great suggestions, like the bath salt! I love homemade gifts that are classy but also useful.
    – Charmaine

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    francetaste November 25, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    These are really nice. The gifts I’ve received that I’ve appreciated the most have always been handmade. I made many gifts last year because I was so repulsed by the commercialism of my in-laws–one year there was a low limit on gifts but we were supposed to give something to everybody because MIL liked LOTS of presents, even if they were junk. Then she died and it was decided to draw names so there was only one present to buy but it would be a very nice present. Which resulted in an exchange of shopping lists. Sorry, but I find that vulgar. Yes, it’s practical, but IMHO it misses the point of Christmas, which isn’t about the amount spent but the thought and effort given. Buying an item off a shopping list involves zero thought or effort.
    All the same, I am ditching the homemade gifts this year because nobody really cared. If it doesn’t have a designer label, it doesn’t count for them.

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    indistilling November 27, 2016 at 4:29 am

    These are such cute ideas!


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    Sarah Frederick November 27, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I love your gift ideas. One shop I think your readers might enjoy is Southern Linens, an etsy store in Charleston, SC. It has beautiful and affordable monogrammed linens for today’s living. I have ordered a number of things from them and there are great gifts for everyone.

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    hostessembodied November 30, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Loved these gift ideas!

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    Maike - Kook Gewoon December 3, 2016 at 8:27 am

    It’s not a Dutch holiday we celebrate but I love the idea, maybe it’s time for me to give it a try this year!

  8. 8
    Margaret December 3, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Love the gift ideas

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    Anne Rita Taylor December 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Love all your crafting ideas – I better get to work!

  10. 10
    hausofcrochet December 4, 2016 at 2:28 am

    So many great DIY gift ideas, thank you very much! I especially love the rope baskets, they look so expensive and chic 🙂

    Romina | http://www.hausofcrochet.de

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    Michelle S. December 4, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you for these inspiration ideas!

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    marinedementen December 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I love your ideas! It gives me a lot of inspiration!!

  13. 13
    Natalie Redman December 12, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Some great ideas here!

    I tried some DIY face and lip scrubs and they are perfect for this cold, winter weather. Not sure whether they are quite up to scratch as gifts yet though.

  14. 14
    Kanchipuram Sarees December 10, 2018 at 1:26 am

    I love your ideas! It gives me a lot of inspiration!!

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    Kate December 17, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    These are so great! I have ONE gift left and I’m so stumped, but this has inspired me. Thanks!!

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