Dec 122012
 

Back in 2010, in an effort that can only be described in hind-sight as ridiculous, I set out to have a 100% Homemade Christmas.  Every gift I gave that year was either made by my own two hands or purchased directly from an artist who made it themselves.  I adorned my tree in handmade paper decorations and spent many hours in the kitchen creating gifts from the stovetop and oven.

Since then, I’ve dialed it back a little, finding a manageable balance between the homemade and the purchased.  I love putting the time and care into crafting a unique gift for my loved ones, but also know that dedicating all of my free time to making things by hand overfills my plate and keeps me from truly enjoying the holiday spirit in the air. 

This year, I’m doing some knitting [scarves!], some baking [poppy seed crackers!], some kid gift creating [craft kits!], and a little bit of paper craft, too. Here are a few of my favorite DIY tutorials if you are on the look out for fun, DIY gifts to give to your friends and family this year! 

For the foodie or chocolate lover: DIY Handmade Cocoa Mix Jars

cocoa

For the lady who loves a unique accessory: DIY Vintage Style Button Earrings & DIY Fabric Flower Brooch

vintage styled earrings

last minute brooch

For your fitness fanatic friends: DIY Workout Journal

workout journal

For the little ones: DIY Alphabet Blocks

blocks

For the person always on the go: DIY Coffee Koozie

cozy coffee koozie

For decorating the tree: DIY Button Ornaments, DIY Knit Heart with Inspiration Ornament and DIY Cute Cupcake Ornament

button ornaments knit heart ornament

cupcake

What are you crafting up this holiday season?

  4 Responses to “Homemade Holiday Favorite Gifts to Make and Give”

  1. You once did a 100% handmade Christmas? You are inspirational! I wish things were like that more now (more thought put in, less money). I’m sure I couldn’t handle doing it, well I could but I think people would be disappointed with their gifts :)
    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } recently posted..Lentils with Spinach, Mushrooms & Carrots

  2. These are all great ideas! Thanks for sharing. My fave is the cocoa because, well, chocolate owns my heart. I also really like the button ornaments.
    Danielle @ Dish’n’dash recently posted..Moving to Peru!

  3. I cannot believe that handmade Christmas was 2 years ago!! Love this list <3
    Kelly recently posted..Restaurant Review: Panera Bread

  4. […] Christmas? It is kind of crazy to think about all of that DIY looking back on it!  Heather has a great post up recapping a bunch of the different projects that she featured during that time (here).  This year I’m […]

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