Who doesn’t love DIY gifts?
Many of my favorite gifts have been of the DIY type and I also love giving gifts that I’ve made or created. I’m sure many of you are the same way.
Some people are creative enough to see a photo on Pinterest and figure the rest out on their own. Others need instructions, detailed instructions!
For me, the hardest thing about giving DIY gifts is figuring out how much time it will take me to make them. I have a party tomorrow, will my gift be ready in time?
I’m not the fastest DIYer and I need to know how much time a project could take before I start it. Below I’ve listed a few DIY gift ideas and share the average amount of time each one will take.
Easy Homemade Gifts: “Day Before” Projects
If you have a day or two before your gift needs to be ready, the following ideas are great!
This project is actually pretty quick and easy. The time is needed due to letting the paint dry an hour between coats.
This is another fairly quick project that just needs the time overnight to dry. The ones in this post are quite “funsie” and meant for younger girls. However a bit of lace and feathers (or anything else you may choose) in the right colors could really make some elegant notebooks for adults as well.
(3) Mounted Photos
Mounted photos are wonderful gifts, especially if you are in the habit of photographing scenery. I have a couple of different ways of creating these and am not sure which one I like better.
- The DIY photo canvas has a printed on canvas look.
- While the DIY photo board is just a lovely and unique way to display a photo.
(4) Mug Suet Feeders
I made these one year for all the ladies and they were a huge hit! You can make a lot of gifts in just a few hours with these. Make sure to give them 8 hours of chilling time in the fridge before you gift them.
These are very quick and easy to make, you can also personalize them as you wish. Just leave time for them to dry.
Easy Homemade Gifts: “Day of” Projects
If you have a party to attend in the evening, you should have enough time to create these gifts provided you start right away in the morning.
(6) Gingerbread Men
Yes I know, cookies… BUT! These little gingerbread men are darling and they are gluten-free! I made them for my son to enjoy because he cannot have many traditional Christmas goodies. They turned out yummy enough that I think they would make great gifts!
(7) Painted Coasters
I made these as a mother’s day gift, but if you need a gift for mom, or grandma in a hurry, these are awesome! Use foam/rubber stamps or just a paintbrush and make it a more personalized gift.
If you are looking for a quick and easy hostess gift, these are perfect! It took me less than 10 minutes to create this, and the rest of the time needed is just drying time.
Need easy homemade gifts for kids? Here are 2 ideas!
(9) Hooded towels
I made these to look like puppies and each towel took a little under 2 hours. They are darling and sure to be a hit!
(10) Hair Bows
Easy Homemade Gifts: Just a Couple of Hours!
Lacking a lot of time? Try these ideas that are quick and easy!
13 different food gifts are absolutely fun and sure to be a hit with anyone! Here are few other food gift ideas:
- Homemade Granola. Add this to a mason jar, tie with a ribbon and cute label and you’ve got a perfect gift for neighbors or teachers!
- DIY Pumpkin Spice Coffee Blend. Again, add this to some cute jars tied with cute ribbons and your friends and family will love you.
- Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate. This would be a good one for the kids to give to their friends. Include a mini whisk for an fun twist.
- Deliciously Simple Biscotti. Between Triple Chocolate, Vanilla Bean Almond and Cranberry Orange, there’s a favorite for any taste bud on your Christmas list.
- Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Like your favorite hot chocolate, but with a delicious holiday twist!
- No-Bake Sweet and Salty Energy Bites. A little sweet treat that wraps up well and doesn’t take a lot of time to make!
(12) Punny Gifts
If you are looking for gift ideas that will bring a laugh, these are for you! I had so much fun coming up with holiday related puns for these items last year and they definitely went over well.
(13) Bath Salts or Sugar Scrubs
Incredibly easy to make and who wouldn’t want a gift that pampers? Some extra pampering “flavors”:
(14) Soothing Oil for Winter Skin
We all know how harsh the winter can be on our skin, why not give a gift that soothes and softens your skin? Here are two more “recipes” for a harder lotion along with something to soothe your dry lips:
(15) Canned Goods
If you can jams, jellies, pickles, or anything “giftable,” use a bit of fabric and ribbon to make them look pretty along with a label saying what they are. Easiest gift ever!
(16) Homemade Soaps & Shampoos
Who doesn’t like a gift that smells good and is practical?! And when the recipient finds out that you made it, they’ll be super impressed. I promise I won’t tell just how easy it was for you to make! *wink wink*
(17) Gifts for the Cook
Got any cooking fans in your family or circle of friends? They’ll probably love to receive some of these as gifts.
(18) Crunchy Gifts
Only crunchy friends will get excited to get homemade toothpaste as a Christmas present! Am I right?!
I used to think people who drank loose leaf tea were wannabe crunchies. Then my mom sent me a tea kit as a present. It only took one cup and I was completely hooked. This list of loose leaf tea combinations is perfect for your tea loving friends and family.
DIY gifts are one of my favorite ways to make people feel special around the holidays, or anytime for that matter! If you really want to make it special, why not try one of these unique ideas for wrapping gifts that will also save you money!
Bonus Easy Homemade Gift
A quick and easy DIY for your crunchy friends and family. This gift is great for men and ladies!
What are your favorite DIY gifts when you’re short on time?
This post was written by Kendra at aProverbs31Wife.com.