16 DIY Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

By Becky Striepe
11/1/2013 11:30:27 AM

We are going to talk later this week about online resources to help you buy ethical, handmade goods this holiday season. If you're feeling crafty, you can also whip up sweet DIY holiday gifts for everyone on your list!

I'm a firm believer that everyone has an inner crafter, so don't let yourself get intimidated at the idea of making DIY holiday gifts. Even if you've had some epic craft fails in the past, it could just be that you haven't found the craft that's a fit for you. I'm including DIY holiday gifts that range in skill level from simple to more complicated, so browse through and see what looks doable to you!

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Why a Handmade Holiday?

There are so many great reasons to go with handmade gifts this holiday. When you create your own DIY holiday gifts, you're putting a little bit of your heart into each present that you create.

Making gifts by hand also means that you are opting out - at least in part - of the "more more more" mentality that's become so much a part of the holidays. Instead of buying lots of mass-produced crap, you're taking the time to lovingly craft something special for everyone on your list. Your recipients will appreciate receiving a one-of-a-kind gift and the time and effort you put into creating and packaging their present.

DIY Soup Mix

I made this DIY soup mix for everyone on my list a few years ago, and I still get calls once in a while asking me for the recipe, so they can make it again!

DIY Shabby Chic Containers

These would make beautiful hostess gifts. Fill them with wildflowers or a bouquet of fresh herbs, and you are in business!

S'mores Truffles

Not only are these truffles delicious and decadent, they're simple to make and totally dairy free!

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