At the last minute, homemade Christmas gifts are zero fun.
But if you plan a little ahead and have the time, it’s really fun and special to give homemade Christmas gifts – there’s something a little magical about something that didn’t come from the store and that you put some time into creating just for the recipient.
My girls, especially, love making Christmas gifts, so I tried to include quite a few that a child could help with.
Turn on some Christmas music or a favorite holiday movie and get to work – it’s the perfect activity for a cold December day.
Here are fourteen of my favorite homemade Christmas gifts!
14 Homemade Christmas Gifts
- Photo magnets. I made these YEARS ago and my girls never got tired of them. It’s the perfect way to display a few extra photos without having to make wallspace. Plus, they’re tiny enough to slide into an envelope and easily mail to grandparents or cousins.
- Scarf. I made this buffalo five years ago and it’s still my favorite favorite scarf. It literally could not be easier and it costs less than $5.
- A Family or Travel Video. I already talked about these on my list of free gifts, but I LOVE making these little videos. Whether it’s of a family trip (you can see the Hawaii video I made here) or a baby shower or any special occasion, a video that’s 30 seconds to 5 or 6 minutes long is such a treasure! If you’ve never made one before, I loved this class about how to make one (use the code JANSSEN for $5 off).
- DIY Acrylic Calendar. If you want to go big with your homemade Christmas gifts, this reusable wall-mounted calendar is very impressive.
- Rainbow Mobile. For a playroom or nursery, these are just so happy and classic.
- Paint Chip Bookmarks. I love a good bookmark and I LOVE the beauty of paint chips. This is a great gift for members of your book club, paired with a favorite book, or for children to make for their school friends!
- Constellation Cards. You can fully complete these or make the cards and then let your recipient add their own constellations. Such an easy and fun gift for a child or any stargazer.
- A plant in a hand-painted pot. I’ll admit I’m turning a little bit into a plant lady and I think a little plant is such a nice gift, especially if you hand-paint the pot. I love this technique for a fun, professional looking pot.
- Felt Fishing Game. If you’re looking for a simple activity to keep in a church bag or to entertain on the airplane, this is a great DIY project. And it’s perfect for an older sibling to give to a younger sibling.
- DIY Ring cones. For a jewelry lover who needs a better way to store their ring collection, this easy DIY project looks gorgeous on a nightstand or dresser.
- Velvet Bow Scrunchie. Scrunchies are huge right now and one with a bow are extra special!
- Felt Birthday Crowns. This is a serious upgrade from those paper party hats. Make one that the birthday girl or boy can wear or make a whole set so the whole family can celebrate in style.
- Gold Dipped Feather Earrings. My sister Merrick made these several years ago and I’ve never stopped thinking about them. They’re so glamorous and special.
- Homemade Vanilla. I’ve been making my own vanilla for seven years and it’s just so much more affordable and really makes me feel like a legit baker. Plus, it’s SO EASY and there are printable tags you can use to make them extra special.
I’d love to hear your other favorite homemade Christmas gift ideas!