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Homemade Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

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Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re scrambling to get your gifts together, don’t worry—we have plenty of DIY gift options to share with you today.

And if a DIY doesn’t sound like your thing, Elsie put together this big gift guide with plenty of options for everyone on your list.

But, back to homemade gift ideas. All of these (over 50!) DIYs have one thing in common— they are easy to make. Keep scrolling for all the goods!

These photo frame ornaments would make a special gift for a family member or friend. And, these are made with salt dough (so nostalgic!)

Other gift ideas that are made with salt dough:

Easy Salt Dough Donut OrnamentsSanta Ornaments to Make With Kids and ToddlersSalt Dough Cookie Village

A jar of whipped peppermint hand scrub is perfect during the cold winter months. This one is made with completely natural ingredients, and smells amazing.

And, we can’t resist a good citrus mint foot scrub or a pink sugar body polish.

Other natural body scrub gift ideas:

Floral Sugar ScrubLavender Sugar Cube Scrub (perfect if you don’t have a tub!)Cinnamon Spice Sugar Scrub

Did you know you can turn a vase into a soap dispenser?

Have a loved one or friend who likes unique jewelry? You could make them a pair of rainbow seed bead earrings or a pair of fruit-shaped earrings using the same kind of beads.

We love how Mandi used scraps from craft projects and fabric to wrap gifts.

Have an odd-shaped present to wrap? Click here for Emma’s tips.

Other ways to wrap gifts:

How to Make a Gift Bag Out of Wrapping PaperCreative Ways to Wrap a Gift Card4 Ways to Wrap a Wine Bottle

You only need a few supplies to make this cozy beaded beanie or a pom pom beanie (made from an old sweater!)

Who doesn’t love a good bubble bath? You could make these pretty floral bubble bath bars.

This cherry pie potholder is as sweet as it gets.

Looking for other potholder/oven mitt DIYs? We love this cactus oven mitt and watermelon potholder.

A batch of fizzy cold and flu shower melts or peppermint and eucalyptus shower melts are a must-have this time of year.

We have so many cute ornament DIYs in our archives, like these are this amethyst geode ornament and boba tea ornament.

Looking for more ornament gift ideas?

Mini Art Easel OrnamentString Art OrnamentHanging Planter Ornament

Speaking of sparkly things (like geodes), this glitter keychain is so fun. You could make a set of glitter coasters using a similar tutorial.

Every plant lady deserves a cute brass ring hanging planter or a clay petal planter (picture above).

Looking for more planters DIYs?

10 Unique Planters You Can Make at Home

You could make a set of holiday pajamas for the kiddos or pet photo pajamas for your pet-loving friends.

It’s hard to believe these marbled clay statement earrings are handmade. Love them!

If you’re wanting a more delicate/dressier option, we also have a DIY for pearl dangle earrings.

You can’t go wrong with these adorable (no-sew) baby headbands and wooden ring crinkle teethers.

One of our most popular DIYs ever? Homemade bath bombs. Everyone deserves a little spa time at home, don’t you think?

More DIY bath bomb recipes:

Green Tea and Lemon Bath BombsRainbow and Gold Lustre Bath Bombs

You could make a fashionable gift like this macrame handbag, a vintage-inspired stitched floral purse, or a set of statement hair clips.

More accessories that make great gifts:

Fabric Tassel Bag DIYBraided Velvet Headband (no sewing required!)Waterproof Diaper Clutch

Elsie’s homemade pillow spray would be a great stocking stuffer. Or, you could make an essential oil reed diffuser and fill it with their favorite essential oil.

Here’s one of our all-time favorite EO blends.

Homemade potpourri is an easy gift to put together, and you can easily make several jars at a time.

Instead of gifting an ornament, you could make a Christmas tree topper like Emma did here (using recycled boxes).

You could make a cactus-shaped pincushion or a cute soft pretzel pincushion for anyone who loves to sew.

These reusable sandwich and snack bags are perfect for kids or teachers.

Clay ring dishes are an easy craft to make, and we have a couple options for you:

Palm Leaf Ring DishMarbled Clay Ring Dish

Instead of a ring dish, you could make a speckled clay ring tower like this.

Homemade soap! We have a lot of “recipes” on the blog, like grapefruit mint poppyseed soap, pumpkin spice soap, gradient soap bars, and gemstone-shaped soap (two ways).

Looking for more soap and spa DIYs?

12 Soaps and Spa Goodies

Once you make the switch from dryer sheets to wool dryer balls, you won’t want to go back. These are a great gift idea!

You can also use tiny wool balls and essential oils to make clip-on car diffusers.

Print a special photo and put it inside a simple DIY wooden circle frame.

More gift ideas using photos:

Wooden Ball Photo Holder DIY (only takes 5 minutes!)Snow Globe Photo Card DIYGlitter Magnet Photo Frames

This gift idea is for all the bookworms out there. Old school library card bookmarks!

Stockings take a little more time to make, but they are extra special gifts. Here are some of our favorites:

Pom Pom StockingsIndigo-Dyed StockingsWoven Stockings

Make this mid-century-inspired art print and pair it with a bottle of bubbly.

A warm and cozy hooded bath towel for one lucky kiddo.

This recipe card box is so ideal for any foodie in your life. And we included recipe card printables—yay!

Looking for more DIY gift ideas for someone who loves to cook or bake?

Easy Marble Utensil Holder DIYEmbroidered Kitchen Towel (no-sew!)Cast Iron Skillet Handle Cover How to Sew a Half Apron

Homemade desserts make amazing gifts any time of year (in our opinion) but here are a few of favorite dessert ideas:

Dark chocolate almond brittle. You could hand this out to multiple friends—simply put the brittle in bags wrapped with ribbon.

Three-ingredient fudge. Enough said!

Our go-to sugar cookie recipe (and homemade royal icing) of course.

Chocolate Oreo truffles are decadent, addictive, and REALLY easy to make. Honestly, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make them this year!

And, if you’re shipping cookies this year, here are some tips to get them to their destination (all safe and sound).

P.S. If you’re in a pinch, check out our last-minute gift guides for everyone on your list.

xo, The ABM Team

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