As a child, the best part of Christmas is seeing the presents under the tree and opening them on Christmas morning. As we get older, our perspective about the gifts shifts from getting to giving. We tend to find there is far more joy in giving special gifts rather than getting the gifts. We also begin to learn it isn’t so important what the gift is, but the thought behind the gift that truly matters.

Keeping with the line of thinking that a gift is more special when given from the heart, this Christmas consider making gifts for those you love. Easy DIY gifts could be the most heartfelt way to show love and to give happiness this holiday season. Such gifts will show that you not only put thought into the gift but also took time to actually create the gift.

No matter one’s creative ability, there are plenty of DIY gift ideas for each of us. The beauty of these gifts is that they can be as simple or elaborate as you want. There are gift ideas to make that have a special meaning or just a gift that is fun! Whatever idea you have, there is most likely a DIY way to make it!

Here are a few ideas of gifts you can make for those you love! Don’t let the idea of making gifts yourself deter you from doing them. No matter your creative ability, you can easily find gift ideas that you can do!

Gift Ideas using Essential Oil

There is nothing better than walking into a room filled with a fabulous scent. Easy to create room deodorizer is the perfect gift for any person in your life.

Diffuser Reeds with a Beautiful VaseDIY Diffuser Reeds

Good Housekeeping has an easy DIY idea and you only need four items: a vase, diffuser reeds, a base oil, and fragrant essential oil(s). Each of these are easy to find and have a wide variety of aesthetics and fragrances. Just pick the vase and scent that matches the person getting the gift or combine oils together that creates a seasonal fragrance, such as one that smells like wintertime. 

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Does the smell of peppermint mean holidays to you? What better way to exfoliate and refresh your skin than this simple sugar scrub recipe. Four ingredients and a glass jar are all it takes!

Baked Goods for the Perfect GiftBaked Goods for the Perfect Gift

Whether you think yourself a bakery chef or not, these easy recipes are sure to please any loved one or friend. These two recipes only have five ingredients and easy step by step instructions.

Peppermint Bark Cookies

The base of these goodies is Grasshopper cookies. Then grab some white chocolate chips, peppermint extract, and peppermint candy canes. This simple cookie gift will be delightful and delicious!

Microwave Fudge topped with Crushed Peppermint

This fudge recipe is almost foolproof. It will certainly bring back memories of your grandmother’s fudge and with the peppermint on top, a fantastic holiday treat.

Each of these recipes can be found on Chelsea’s Messy Apron website. 

Hot Chocolate Bombs

These are all the rage right now and they make fantastic gifts. Learn How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs

Mason Jar GiftsDIY Mason Jar Gifts

While it is always fun to bake goodies for your loved ones and friends, another great idea is giving the recipe ingredients in a mason jar for those to make themselves. Be sure to include the recipe instructions. This cute idea will certainly bring a smile to those you love.

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Cookies are a year-round favorite, but at Christmas, it is the sugar cookie that shines bright. This easy recipe mix would be the perfect gift for the cookie lover on your gift list. Less than 20 minutes and one will get that wonderful buttery, sugary taste melting in their mouths! 

Hearty Chili

Cold weather brings along with it the comfort of warm soup and the classic is chili. So, why not give the gift of comfort with this easy chili in a jar recipe


When we think of Christmas, we think of Christmas trees and ornaments. Making your own ornaments is a simple gift that can be brought out year after year.

Chalk Painted Ornament

This gift is one in which you can bring out your own inner Picasso. Your creativity in boundless and the chalk ornament can be decorated in any way you wish. What goes on them can be anything: important dates, words of encouragement, names, etc. 

Popcorn Ball Ornament

Remember the holidays past when popcorn was strung up on the tree? Well, this is the modern version of this wonderful tradition. Instead of hanging a string of popcorn on the tree, hang ornaments filled with popcorn. (This craft can easily be filled with any item if you did not want popcorn). 

Miscellaneous DIY Gifts

Teacup Candle

This candle in a teacup (or mug) idea is an easy, yet beautiful, gift to give. The teacup or mug can be as elegant or simple as you want. Pick one that matches the personality of the person you are giving it to. 

Hand-painted Coasters

Who doesn’t need or use coasters? This is the perfect gift you can give and showcase your painting ability. This one is simple with the use of classic stripes, but if you have more creative abilities than stripes, go for it! 

Remember, spreading Christmas and holiday cheer can be stress-free with easy, DIY gifts given from the heart! Be simple, Be outrageous, just Be creative!



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