A Handmade Christmas: 10 DIY Christmas gifts you can make from scratch

DIY Christmas gift ideas

I don’t know about you, but when I see all the stores opening their doors for their “Black Friday” sales on Thanksgiving Day this year–making their workers take time away from their families and friends on a holiday to come in and work so the store can earn more profits–it kinda makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little.   Can we not wait ONE day? Just one day before the pushing and shoving and trampling begins?  Really, ‘Murica?

So, instead of standing in the long lines on Thanksgiving, how about having a handmade Christmas instead? DIY Christmas gifts are much better than store-bought. Plus they will save your sanity.  Allow me to set the scene: You get to gather your supplies at a leisurely pace without any worry of having your heels rammed by a shopping cart.  You can turn on some Christmas music and make hot chocolate.  Or maybe even watch ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas movies on replay on your DVR… it’s up to you.  It’s freezing and rainy outside, but your house will be warm and cozy as you sit at your table making your own Christmas gifts like the Ingalls family.  I mean really… what could be better than that?

Have I talked you into it yet? If so, check out these pretty little package-ables that you can make with your own two hands.

1. Café Soap Recipe

2. DIY Felted Soap

3. Cold Process Soap Making Tutorial

4. Homemade Bath Salts

5. Chocolate Hazelnut Soap

6. Stamped Spoon Bracelet

7. Holiday Ornament Table Runner

8. DIY “Vintage” French Tea Towel

9. Monogrammed Drinking Glasses

10. DIY Monogrammed Succulent Wreath Tutorial

Those should keep you busy for a while, right?

If you are not the DIY type, but still decide to boycott the evil big boxes this year, just keep in mind that Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are your BFF’s.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my DIY Sugar Scrub recipe for a quick gift idea.  Perfect for teacher’s gifts!


If you have a Minecraft lover in your life, be sure to check out my Free printable Minecraft magnets as a great stocking stuffer!

Minecraft Magnets FREE Printables


And, be sure to check back on December 10th when I’ll be sharing the scoop on Creating a Handmade Christmas.

Creating a Handmade Christmas

I’m SO excited about this post!  I’ll be showing you how to DIY these personalized Christmas ornaments to look just like your home!

These will make such a great gift for someone, or make one for yourself.  I cannot wait to show this to you, so mark  your calenders to check back on December 10th to read the full tutorial.  I’m sorry to make you wait, but I’m on the schedule with a bunch of other bloggers for the 10th, so we gotta wait.    See you then!

Personalized House Christmas Ornament

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  1. Thanks so much Beth for featuring my vintage French Tea Towel! I love all of your diy gift ideas here – lots of inspiration!

  2. I need your peppermint sugar scrub to wake me up at the crack of dawn – when I know my girls will be jumping on my bed to get me on on Christmas morning!

  3. I think it’s a travesty that the stores are opening on Thanksgiving!!! I am totally boycotting it!

    I might even make some gifts… maybe! hehe

  4. Lovely choices Beth!

  5. Awesome gift ideas, pinning for sure!

  6. Amen, sister! EVERYONE should be able to be with their families giving thankx!!! I soooooo agree with you on this!!!


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  7. I grew up in New England and there were Blue Laws, which forbide stores being open on Sundays. Those laws were done away with and slowly, stores were open more and more hours. I think EVERYONE has to stop and plan a bit better…does every store need to be open so many hours? This is all about making money. Perhaps, if enough people said, “No” then maybe the idea of days of rest for employees would make sense.
    I have become less and less suckered into this culture of consumption. I buy WONDERFUL things from resale shops. I let someone else spend their money and I get bargains. Crazy.

  8. I AGREE! I’ve never been a huge fan of Black Friday either. Don’t get me wrong…I love shopping and I love a great deal but there’s something about getting up at the crack of dawn and fighting with other shoppers that does not appeal to me. If I’m going to get up that early to go shopping, it’s going to be garage sale-ing on a Saturday. NOT a day where there’s left over pumpkin pie waiting for me to eat it for breakfast 🙂
    Ashley Rane Sparks

  9. Oh, this round-up is gorgeous, Beth! I feel crafty just looking at everything! Pinning!

  10. Great gift ideas! LOVE that succulent wreath!

  11. I’m with you, people need more (Family) time …. Profits can wait one day …Walmart made 19 Billion late year. These people are working for Min. Wage on a Holiday .. Some can’t even afford a family dinner … Friday can be the kick/off day …

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