Part of the fun of the holiday season can be exchanging gifts with family, friends, and coworkers. But even if you try not to spend too much on each gift, by the time you cover everyone on your shopping list, the costs can add up! Homemade holiday gifts are a wonderful way to save some money and give some very personal and unique presents that you made yourself! Here are some of our favorite homemade gift ideas.

1. Homemade baked goods

Nothing says ‘happy holidays’ like a delicious batch of homemade cookies, brownies, or bread. Spend some time in the kitchen baking these treats and package them in festive boxes or jars. (Instagram can be a great place to get ideas for this.) 

2. DIY personalized candles

Personalized candles are both soothing and thoughtful. You can make your candles from scratch using candle-making kits, or simply decorate store-bought candles with ribbons, charms, or custom labels.

3. Handmade ornaments

Ornaments can make wonderful, personal keepsakes. Create handmade ornaments using materials like clay, wood, or felt. Paint, decorate, or personalize them with names, dates, or personal messages.

4. Homemade bath and body products

Homemade bath salts, scrubs, lotions, or bath bombs can be great gifts for everyone on your list. Choose natural ingredients, add a festive scent, and package them beautifully. These spa-like gifts are perfect for relaxation during the holiday season and beyond.

5. Photo albums or scrapbooks

For people you have a lot of shared memories with, a photo album or scrapbook can be a great gift. You can add photos, ticket stubs, and mementos from special moments. Arrange them creatively, and add captions or notes to make it even more personal.

6. Customized recipe books

For the foodies in your life, a personalized recipe book filled with your favorite family recipes can be a greatgift. You can include traditional holiday recipes or share a collection of dishes that hold special significance for you and the recipient.

7. Knit or crocheted gifts

If you know how to knit or crochet, think about creating scarves, hats, gloves, or cozy blankets. Choose festive colors or patterns that reflect the holiday spirit or the style of the recipient. Handmade winter accessories make practical and personal gifts.

8. Homemade infused oils and vinegars

Infused oils and vinegars are great gifts for food enthusiasts. Create unique flavors by infusing olive oil with herbs or adding seasonal fruits to vinegar. Put them in decorative bottles and add suggestions for what to use it on. Bonus points for using herbs you grew yourself (learn how here).

9. Homemade spice blends

Blend your own spice mixtures to give as gifts. Create unique combinations for grilling, baking, or general cooking. Package them in small glass jars with customized labels.

10. Custom art

If you’re artistically inclined, create custom artwork for your loved ones. Paint a picture, create a personalized framed quote with calligraphy, or draw a unique illustration. Your artistic creations will be unique and thoughtful, and likely will mean a lot to the people in your life.

11. Handmade jewelry

Craft your own jewelry pieces using beads, wire, or other materials. You can make earrings, necklaces, or bracelets that fit the recipient’s style. Personalize them with birthstones or initials for an added touch!

12. Handwritten letters or journals

Here in the digital age, handwritten letters have become even more meaningful. Write a heartfelt letter to your loved ones expressing your appreciation and love. Alternatively, create a beautiful journal with a personal inscription where they can record their own thoughts, goals, or memories.

Handmade holiday gifts: the bottom line

Homemade holiday gifts are a great way to give thoughtful and heartfelt presents, while also saving money. Whether you choose to bake, craft, create, or personalize, the effort and love you put into homemade gifts will be appreciated by your friends and family. It can be satisfying to give something you’ve made with your own hands to the people who are important to you. So try out some of these homemade gift ideas instead of joining the holiday shopping fray this year!