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10 Handmade Gifts to Make This Season 

The Christmas season is here, and many of us are making lists of what we’re going to gift to our loved ones. Some difficulties many people run into, include budget and finding something special for that person who has everything. That’s where homemade gifts come in! They are cost effective and because they are handmade, they are perfect for those people who are hard to buy for.

We’ve compiled a list for you of 10 easy handmade Christmas gifts that are perfect for all levels of DIY’ers, so that you can give a meaningful homemade gift this season. 

1. Homemade Reusable Coffee Filters 

a homemade coffee filter in a pourer on a mug

Even if you’ve never sewn a day in your life, you can make reusable coffee filters. They are beyond easy to sew and are a great eco-friendly gift to give the coffee lovers in your life. Pair a stack of reusable coffee filters with a bag of locally roasted coffee and a pour over coffee maker, to make the perfect sustainable gift that can be used for years. Learn how to make reusable coffee filters here!

2. Homemade Whisk Broom

a whisk broom

Nothing screams an impressive homemade gift like a whisk broom. Plus they are super quick to make! Once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s a breeze to throw a few together in an hour or so. Whisk brooms are perfect for decorating or using in your kitchen to brush off your counter. Pair a whisk broom with some beautiful wooden spoons and some foraged tea in a thrifted basket for the perfect present. Learn how to make a whisk broom here!

3. Lip Balm

lip balm on a windowsill

I grew up getting chapstick in my stocking and now that I’m older, I miss it. So something I love doing is making clean homemade lip balm and gifting it to all my friends. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer and is so easy to throw together. Plus it is super customizable. With simple base ingredients like beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil, you can customize the flavor/scent to your liking. Try using sweet orange essential oil for an orange and chocolate balm, or peppermint essential oil for a holiday scent. Learn how to make lip balm here!

4. Homemade Candles

beeswax being poured into a candle

Nothing is more cozy than lighting a candle when the days are cold and short. Christmas and winter simply wouldn’t be the same without candlelight, which makes candles the perfect thing to gift. Because cheap candles are super toxic and the nice ones are expensive, making your own is a great option. We love thrifting beautiful vessels and filling them with a blend of beeswax and soy wax to make a beautiful and unique candle, that costs way less than a store bought one, but is far more meaningful. Try adding cinnamon bark essential oil and some juniper berries, or orange oil and some dried orange peel to make the perfect seasonal candle. Learn how to make a homemade candle here!

5. Homemade Sourdough Banneton Baskets 

a loaf of sourdough and a Banneton basket on a cutting board

With the popularity of sourdough making on the rise, there is no better gift to give to your baking friends, than a homemade banneton basket! They are a great beginner sewing project that is budget friendly, eco-friendly, and beautiful. Pair with a sourdough lame, a bench scraper, and some sourdough starter to make a useful and beautiful gift. Learn how to make banneton baskets here!

6. Sea Salt Hair Spray 

sea salt and a whisk and a spray bottle

Homemade natural products make a wonderful gift! Because store bought sea salt spray commonly has chemicals and other nasty ingredients, opting to make it at home and storing it in a beautiful glass spray bottle not only saves you money, but also ensures the product is healthy for people and the planet. Plus, sea salt spray is super customizable and fun to gift. Try adding some orange essential oil for a fresh, bright scent that will pair perfectly with perfect sea salted beach waves. Learn how to make sea salt spray here!

7. Homemade Sugar Scrub

sugar scrub in a bowl

Winter is the perfect time to make and gift sugar scrub. The cold dry months often make people’s skin start to dry out and flake. Sugar scrub is a gentle exfoliant that helps remove dry skin and moisturize your body at the same time. It makes for a beautiful gift when stored in a glass jar with a handmade label. Like the rest of the natural skin and hair products we’ve mentioned, try customizing the scent and color of your sugar scrub with natural ingredients like beet powder and essential oils. Learn how to make sugar scrub here!

8. Homemade Bath Salts 

bath salts in a bowl

Making bath salts is so easy and they make the best gift! They are full of naturally anti-stress ingredients like chamomile flowers and essential oil, which are perfect for those cold winter months when you just need a good relaxing soak. Store in a clear glass vessel to show off the beautiful colors of the himalayan salts and dried flowers. Learn how to make bath salts here!

9. Homemade Elderberry Syrup 

elderberry syrup being poured into a bottle

Homemade remedies make great gifts, because many people haven’t been introduced to them, which makes them more special. Plus, remedies like elderberry syrup are festive and can be used as a cocktail mixer that is not only delicious, but also boosts the immune system. I like to thrift gasket style bottles and fill them with homemade elderberry syrup. I use spiced rum to keep my elderberry syrup shelf stable which makes it perfect for the holidays! Pair homemade elderberry syrup with some thrifted cocktail glasses. Learn how to make elderberry syrup here!

10. Homemade Fire Cider

fire cider in a jar

This gift will go over best with that friend who loves all things homemade and natural. Fire cider is an easy remedy to throw together that is amazing at keeping winter illnesses at bay. It only takes a few ingredients and looks so good bottled up in an amber bottle with a homemade label. Pair with elderberry syrup and lip balm for the perfect crunchy gift. Learn how to make fire cider here!

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