I love giving homemade gifts to friends and family during the holidays. DIY Christmas gifts are the best! They’re fun to make and every bit as wonderful to give. I’m Jewish and although Christmas isn’t my holiday, I’ve loved getting into the spirit and giving friends lovely homemade gifts since I was a girl.
Back then I used to make cookies and fudge and wrap it up in containers that I bought from the local Chinese restaurant in our town. That was when I lived in Davis, a small town in Northern California, and rode my bike everywhere. But that’s a story for another time and place!
DIY Christmas Gifts
All of these incredible gifts are super easy to throw together! My personal favorite is the homemade lip balm. Made with 4 ingredients, you can give it to a friend and banish chapped lips, as well as artificial ingredients from this part of their beauty routine. This amazing gift is also a fantastic stocking stuffer.
4-Ingredient Lip Balm
Candied Nuts Holiday Gift Jar
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
DIY Foot Balm
Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar
DIY Christmas Candies
The great thing about the edible homemade gifts below is that this gluten-free candy is also dairy-free and refined sugar-free, so that you and your friends can have a healthy holiday. These treats are perfect for loved ones with multiple food allergies, and like every other recipe I’ve written, they’re super easy to make!
4-Ingredient Cranberry Apricot Truffles
Christmas Chocolate Bark
Chocolate Orange Truffles
Macadamia Caramel Clusters
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So, there you have it! A bunch of great DIY (homemade) Christmas gift ideas and recipes. You may notice the cute little plaid tin in the photo above which contains my Christmas Chocolate Bark. I purchase loads of tins in various shapes, sizes, and colors at thrift stores during the year, and thoroughly clean them out and use them as eco-containers for Christmas gifts.
If it’s too close to the holiday and you won’t have time to swing by the thrift store, you can order these adorable snow globe, santa, and snowman boxes to hold your homemade cookies and candy.
Have a wonderful, healthy, and happy holiday and please know how grateful I am for all of you!
I was wondering if I could substitute almonds for cashews, and peanut butter for almond butter for the orange truffles. Thank you in advance. :)
Sabrina, thanks for your comment! I haven’t tried that so not sure :-)
Jamie Sue Brooks says
Thank you for all of your great ideas, including “Family Friday” — I’ll be out in the garden after I finish clearing out all of those Black Friday shopping emails.
Your chocolate bark has been a hit in my neighborhood for a number of years, and I’ve delighted people with your homemade crackers.
Jamie, I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying “Family Friday” too! Thanks for letting me know that my chocolate bark is a huge hit with your neighbors :-)