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10 Homemade Holiday Gifts

12/17/2012 12:44:00 PM

Tags: Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas, DIY, DIY Projects, Lip Gloss, Bath Salts, Homemade Candles, Gingerbread House, Vanilla Marshmallows, Raspberry Jam, Herb Dipping Oil, Cork Bulletin Board, Sleep Pillow, Cinnamon Wreath

Christmas is fast approaching. Are you ready? Skip the long lines and shopping frenzy by making homemade gifts for all of your loved ones. These 10 DIY gift ideas are my personal favorites. They include simple stocking stuffer ideas, food gifts for Christmas, creative DIY projects for the holidays and should cover nearly everyone on your list!

Vanilla Lip Gloss
Photo by Angie Cao

Vanilla Lip Gloss

Whip up this yummy lip gloss for the beauty lover in your life. It makes a great stocking stuffer. You could also make a large batch to pass out to all of your friends at an upcoming holiday get-together.

Bath Salts
Photo by Angie Cao

Colored Bath Salts

This is another gift that is super simple to make. All you need are Epsom and kosher salts, food coloring, essential oils of your choice and attractive jars! Be sure to tell the recipient that Epsom salt has natural sedative effects on the nervous system, helping to restore the body’s feel-good chemicals and relieve stress.

Cupcake Candles
Photo courtesy Lark Crafts

Cupcake Candles

Package homemade candles in cupcake wrappers for a unique spin on this traditional gift. (Nothing’s cutter than a cupcake!)

Gingerbread House
Photo by Susan Wasinger

Gingerbread House

If you’re hosting this year’s holiday festivities, create a delectable gingerbread house for all of your guests to enjoy throughout the evening. This house uses herbs and spices to create a unique design that’s sure to set you apart from the traditional candy-cane and gum-drop designs.

Vanilla Marshmallows
Photo by Sarah Goldschmidt

Chamomile Vanilla Marshmallows

Step into an old-fashioned sense of nostalgia with homemade marshmallows. You will be sure to impress family members by passing out tins filled with these chamomile- and vanilla-infused marshmallows on Christmas day.

Raspberry Jam
Photo by Ellen Silverman

Raspberry Jam

Jams and jellies make great holiday gifts. They taste better than their store-bought counterparts, and they are a cinch to make. Make this delicious raspberry jam and store it in a festive jar for simple gifting.

Herb Dipping Oil
Photo by Howard Lee Puckett

Herb Dipping Oil

This is a great (and inexpensive!) gift for avid cooks. Simply infuse extra-virgin olive oil with your favorite mix of herbs. (This recipe also calls for a teaspoon of lemon zest and cracked black pepper.) Your friends and family will love to store this in the kitchen year-round for dressing up salads or serving as a simple dip for crusty bread.

Cork Bulletin Board
Photo courtesy Running Press

Cork Bulletin Board

Get in touch with your crafty side with this fun project. Gather all those wine corks you’ve been saving for a rainy day (If you’re an avid Pinterest user, you know what I’m talking about.) and finally use them to create a functional and adorable bulletin board. This makes a great gift for the friend who loves new and inventive ways to display pictures and souvenirs.

Dream Pillow
Photo by Thomas Gibson

Dream Pillow

This is another crafty project that would be fun to tackle for the holidays: Make a pillow and fill it with dried sedative herbs to help your loved one get a good night’s rest.

Winter Wreath
Photo by Howard Lee Puckett

Cinnamon Stick Wreath

Spice up the holidays by making this aromatic wreath for someone special. This beautiful, homemade decoration would be perfect for newlyweds or a new homeowner.

Gina DeBackerGina DeBacker is the assistant editor at Mother Earth Living. She is excited to make gifts for her friends and family members this holiday season. 

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