2013 Holiday Guide: 20 Easy DIY Gift Ideas

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Did you know there are only 18 days days until Christmas? Like me, I’m sure you’re busy getting gifts for everyone on your list (even the slightly naughty ones). However, the holidays shouldn’t be just about giving and receiving (pricey) gifts. They should be about spending time with your loved ones. Even better? Taking the time to make them a homemade gift.

What’s great about homemade gifts (besides saving a bit of moolah) is that not only are they fun to make, but they are thoughtful gifts that are personal and unique. In fact, making a gift is a great option for anyone on your list.

Don’t know where to get started? Maybe you’ve never gone the “Look, mom, I made it myself!” route? No worries! We’ve rounded up our 20 favorite (and easy) DIY gift ideas for the holiday season. And to be included on this list, the DIY gift had to be relatively simple and had to be an item most people would like to receive (monogrammed, personalized, unique, etc.) And, although precious, we’re not talking about macaroni necklaces here.  :)

Easy DIY Gift Idea - rope bowls

1. Rope Nesting Bowls

Nautical accents aren’t just for a beach house!Try making these rope nesting bowls.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - teacup candles

2. DIY Vintage Teacup Candles

This DIY gift idea is easy, chic, and perfect for those that love the vintage look. Read on to find out how you can make your own vintage teacup candles.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - chocolate spoons

3. Chocolate Spoons

Perfect for a cup of hot cocoa or coffee, this is a sweet treat that is easy to make! Learn how to make your own chocolate spoons

Easy DIY Gift Idea - teacup succlent

4. Teacup Succulent Arrangement

This is a cute DIY project that brings a little green indoors – perfect for those cold winter months. Get started making your own teacup succulent.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - monogram soap dispenser

5. Monogrammed Soap Dispenser

I don’t know about you, but I love monogrammed gifts. Towels, mugs, candles, you name it. This monogrammed soap dispenser would make the perfect teacher gift.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - hand drawn tea towel

6. Hand Drawn Tea Towel

Display your children’s treasured artwork every day with this neat gift…perfect for grandparents. We made this last year and it was a huge hit. In fact, although my son drew holiday/winter photos, my mom proudly hangs her tea towel on the stove year-round. View the full tutorial for how to turn kids art into a towel.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - chocolate sugar scrub

7. Chocolate Coconut Sugar Scrub

Who doesn’t love chocolate…and soft skin? Try this scrumptious homemade chocolate sugar scrub.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - sharpie mug

8. Sharpie Coffee Mug

There are so many of these tutorials everywhere. Why? Because who doesn’t love drinking their tea or coffee out of a personalized coffee mug? From traditional black to shimmery gold, the options are endless for this easy DIY gift. View one of the sharpie coffee mug tutorials here.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - quote scarf

9. Quote Scarf

I also made this for my sister last year, using one of our favorite quotes from one of our favorite movies (“Love Actually”). This gift is amazing. Not only is it simple, but every time the recipient wears this scarf, they’ll get all warm and fuzzy inside (figuratively and literally!) because they’ll think of you and their favorite quote at the same time. This is the quote scarf tutorial I used.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - plastic animal storage jars

10.  Plastic Animal Jars

We made these cute homemade jars for our little cousins a few years ago – thinking they’d use them for their crayons, scissors, markers, etc. Have fun making your own plastic animal jars!

Easy DIY Gift Idea - gold leaf bowls

11. Gold Leaf Bowls

Practical (and pretty!), these gold leaf bowls would be perfect for holding jewelry, loose change, keys…anything!  Try your hand at these pretty gold leaf bowls.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - photo coaster

12. Photo Coasters

Turn your favorite photos into coasters! This is a simple project that works for just about any adult. Check out the full photo coaster tutorial.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - felt mug sweater

13. Felt Mug or Cup Sweater

Anyone that enjoys hot beverages would love this super easy mug or coffee cup sweater. Made with felt, with very little sewing involved, this project is quick and simple. View the project details for the felt mug or coffee cup sweater.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - no sew tutu

14.Tulle Tutu

A couple of years ago I made my niece a tutu for Christmas. I found the idea on Pinterest (surprise) and it was super easy…no sewing at all! and there are plenty of great tutorials online.  A Sewing Journal did a great round up of tutorials on tutus.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - bottle stoppers

15. Bottle Stoppers

I don’t know about you, but I love anything I can paint gold. Spray paint? Even better. And these little gems make a fun little DIY for anyone’s kitchen. Have fun making your own animal bottle stoppers.

Easy DIY GIft Idea - chalkboard wine glasses

16. Chalkboard Wine Glasses

These would make great place settings…or let your guests have fun labeling their own. Read the chalkboard wine glass tutorial here.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - Metal Inspired Letters

17. Rustic Metal Inspired Letters

This might be my favorite DIY gift. I love the look of big metal lettering but not the price tag that comes with it. At just a fraction of the cost, these zinc-inspired letters would make a fabulous gift for yourself (ahem) or anyone on your list. Try making these zinc inspired letters.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - spice dry rub mix

18. Spiced Dry Rub Mix

Sweet, savory, spicy–all in one delicious blend. Great for seasoning chicken, pork, or beef, this is the perfect DIY gift for the chef in your life. Make the spiced dry rub mix now.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - chalkboard platter

19.  Chalkboard Serving Platter

Just one more chalkboard paint craft, I promise. This chalkboard serving platter is perfect for serving cheese, cookies, or any other goodies you might need to label. Learn how to make the chalkboard platter.

Easy DIY Gift Idea - gold painted coffee cup

20. Gold Painted Coffee Cup

I love this idea. Why? Probably because I love anything gold. Gold animals, gold office supplies, gold shoes…you name it. This super easy DIY gift spices up a boring white coffee cup with simplistic, classy, fun style. And yes, coffee does taste better in a gold painted mug. View the gold painted coffee cup tutorial.

So, there you have it. Our list of 20 simple, homemade gifts for your loved ones. Who says you’re not crafty?

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