We are entering what we call “no rest for the weary” weeks. Starting with Halloween there is something almost every weekend that keeps us busy or away from home! I have the 4 essentials on my list for the holidays that I will not sacrifice but I like to think and work ahead to maintain a spirit of peace and joy in our home. For me that means creating homemade gifts ahead of time and stashing them away in readiness for gift giving.
Handmade Gifts take time
Last year I was a little bit more ahead of the game and got started with my handmade gifts early! DON’T miss my first list of 15 Homemade Gifts to make ahead.
This year it is October but I’ve still got time to work ahead. I highly encourage making a plan of who you are giving to, what the budget is and ideas for that person. It will help you keep the peace and not loose your cool in December.
Pinterest Christmas inspiration
After reading the ideas below, make sure to go check out last years handmade list or you can see all the ideas from 2015 and 2016 plus more on my Christmas DIY Pinterest Board. I love Pinterest for collecting ideas to come back to later! Not just for Christmas but for recipes, homeschooling ideas and more! Are you following me on Pinterest? I hope so!
Christmas Tea Trees Perfect for people who love tea or consumable gifts! Appreciate it and use it up!
Bless You Jars Tell someone you love them with a jar they can use all year!
Homemade Vanilla Extract Make sure you get this started TODAY because this gift takes a few weeks to make. Not a lot of effort which is awesome! Plus it's another consumable gift!
Homemade Sweater Mittens Do you have a perfectly good sweater that has a hole or a stain? Make someone some warm cozy mittens!
Sock Snowmen Blog If you like to use everyday materials for gifts then make some of these cute snowmen. They can be decorations until the snow melts!
Crayon Letter Sign Love this sign for a grade school teacher gift! Kids can help glue on the crayons!! Plus its a good use for all those broken crayons in the craft box.
DIY Shower Bombs I love pampering my friends with homemade items and shower bombs are so easy! I bet you have almost everything in your kitchen already!
Felt Pinecone Owl Ornaments I'm not sure why I love these owls but they are definitely CUTE! Collect some pine cones and customize your owls to give as gifts!
Tea Light Snowman Ornaments Great little crafty stocking stuffers!
Honey Cinnamon Lip Balm Have someone who loves natural personal care items? This homemade lip balm would be perfect in a gift basket of natural items.
Peace on Earth sign Have some pallets or wood scraps? You can make a Christmas sign (or any other kind!) with some stain and paint!
Handmade KID Christmas Gifts!
Many of gifts 1-12 could be made by kids but I picked the following gifts because of their simplicity and the ability to "mass" make the them. Kids like to give gifts too and by having them help instead of just buying a gift it teaches them that giving means more when you make it!
DIY Stamped Tea Towel EVERYone loves a new tea towel for the kitchen. Personalize your towel for Christmas or do the days of the week or even just a pretty design!
DIY Tile Coasters This is perfect for Grandparents or family. Very inexpensive and easily mass produced!
Pom Pom Christmas Ornament We love Christmas Ornaments and there's just something about these cute little pom poms that I LOVE! Perfect for helping a toddler develop dexterity and when their attention wanders it is easy to put away until the next time!
Handmade Rag Rugs These are the ultimate heirloom gift that lasts and lasts plus is incredibly functional and brings such warmth to a room! This eBook will get you started!
For more ideas don’t forget to visit the last year’s Handmade Craft List for more great gift ideas!
There you have it! 15 Handmade Christmas gifts that you can easily do in a few hours! Do you have a plan? Do you have a stash of gifts already made? Comment and tell me what you are making by hand to give for Christmas gifts! I'd love to hear!
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