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15 DIY Holiday Gifts: Get Your Hands Moving

15 DIY gift ideas - great for holiday

DIY holiday gifts are totally the way to go with kids. I mean, most people want something thoughtful and handmade from kids. If you don’t have your own kids and you get something handmade, you can tack it up on your cube wall at work and totally show it off. If you DO have kids and they make something for you, you get all teary and love them more and then they automatically get to eat the entire giant candy cane from their stocking instead of having to save some of it for later.

I started to think about all the easy art projects for kids I have done over the past few years, and so many of them would make stellar gifts. I also found some DIY Christmas gift ideas from other people, because I like to share the love.

Originally I was going to keep this to gifts for kids to make, but then I found some cool oils I want to make for people so I threw those in, too. And younger kids probably won’t be knitting a hat anytime soon, but just don’t question me. Just BACK OFF, holiday police.


Sharpie skateboard decks are hipper than hip, and what older brother wouldn’t want one of these?

These little DIY friendly pendants make me want to pinch their little cheeks and hug them.

This DIY felt coffee cozy is such a perfectly easy gift for kids to make for teachers, parents, you, etc.


And then there’s soap, which really couldn’t be easier to make with kids. Click through for how to do it and why you need a spray bottle of alcohol. (Not a spray bottle of vodka, you silly.)

Another thing I want to make with Fen. These bracelets are neato.

DIY bookmarks are perfect gifts for youngsters to make.


Make your own dotty jeans. Really, just because

Ooh, I’ve Sharpied on mugs before, but never acrylic glassware. Cool!

Make some lovely smartphone cases for everybody.


‘Tis the season for needing lip balm in every corner of your home and car. This would make a much better gift than wrapping up a stick of Chap-stick.

Knit up and felt some very easy bracelets. This is a perfect beginner’s knitting project.

Oils infused with all manner of delightful delicacies.


Hot cocoa in a jar. So cozy and sweet.

DIY pom pom earrings. Easy peasy beyond beliefy.

Knit hats are my favorite DIY gift in the whole world.

15 DIY gift ideas - great for holiday

Day 1: DIY or Buy Advent Calendars – see Pragmatic Mom’s post on a DIY gratitude Advent calendar.

Day 2: Gifts That Give Back – Mine • Mia’s

Day 3: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids – My post on Gender Neutral gifts • Mia’s post on Gender bending gifts

Day 4: Gifts for Those Impossible to Shop for – My postMia’s post

Day 5: Gifts for Reluctant Artists- My post on Gifts for Reluctant ArtistsMia’s post on Gifts for Reluctant Artists and Gifts for Reluctant Readers

Day 6: Oops, I Did It Again; Worst Gifts Ever – My tacky gifts post • Mia’s post on ugly Christmas sweaters and other terrible gifts

Day 7: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones – My postMia’s post

Day 8: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts- My postMia’s post

Day 9: Gift Ideas for Clients (mine) •Gifts for Those Easily Forgotten (Mia’s post)

Day 10: Gifts for New Year’s Resolutions – my postMia’s post

Day 11: My post: Easy Holiday DIY Gifts • Mia’s post: Giving and Receiving Unwanted Gifts

Day 12: The Art of the Thank You Note- and Mia’s post

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. I hope I am on your holiday gift list because those oils sound amazing and you can just whip up a new batch with Fen, right? Seriously, an awesome collection of DIY gifts! I especially love the ones YOU created!!

  2. I am loving these lists, I fancy making lip balm, yum yum! Scrubs too, I have seen lots of very nice ‘recipes’ for body scrubs using salt or sugar as the base.

    • I’ve made sugar scrubs, and I love them so much, but then they leave your tub all oily so you have to clean it out for the next person or it will be certain death. I sorta want to make a giant vat of lip balm, like a whole pint. 🙂

      • Good plan, what would be your flavour of choice? I fancy herby lip balm like Basil or Rosemary or Lemongrass or Parsley!!!

  3. Love the Sharpie skate deck idea! What a cool way to display your kid’s art. I’ve done soaps and lip balms with the kids and lots of food gifts. I’ve always wanted to try oils though. This list is giving me a push in the right direction 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for sharing our friendly pendants, Jeanette! I am definitely going to try the dinosaur soaps with the kids – what a fantastic idea!

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