I’ve rounded up my favourite DIY gifts made with love along with a few ideas to keep in your back pocket for last minute gifts (we’ve all been there)! Surprise your friends and family with these meaningful and creative presents.
Gifts Made with Love
There is something about the holidays that really brings out my crafty side. Who’s with me?! There are sooooo many ways to get creative but the best part is when that creativity means easy, memorable gift for loved ones. I’ve pulled together all of my top DIY gift ideas made with simple supplies and a whole lotta LOVE!
DIY Card Boxes
These little DIY Card Boxes are the perfect way to repurpose old cards that are JUST too pretty to throw away! They are so simple to make and take less than 5 minutes to put together!
Cards are such a sweet little gesture and are so nice to receive, but do you ever wonder what to do with them after? It’s nice to keep the really sentimental ones, but instead of just putting your cards into the recycling, this fun little DIY gives them another purpose!
Pink Peppermint Body Scrub
I created this Pink Peppermint Body Scrub with my cousin Jillian years ago as a homemade gift. It comes together so easy and leaves your skin feeling silky soft and smelling like Peppermint candy. Bottle it up in little glass jars for a pretty no-waste DIY Christmas gift! We all know someone who deserves a good pampering this holiday. Pair this with a sweet note and this is a very memorable and thoughtful gift.
DIY Gingerbread Spice
This DIY Gingerbread Spice takes just a minute to make and is the perfect way to prepare for all the baking ahead. This is not only a great pantry staple but also makes the sweetest little homemade (and zero waste!) gift.
This is such a fun project that really takes no effort at all, but is a great way to get you in the mood for prepping for all that holiday baking ahead of us! You probably already have most (if not all) of these spices in your pantry. All it takes is a simple mix together and you are prepared for holiday baking my friends. This is a great gift for someone who lovesssss gingerbread spice (my favourite kind of people).
Rosemary Roasted Nuts
This no-fuss recipe for Rosemary Roasted Nuts is ready in 15 minutes and makes the perfect gift! I packed these nuts into jars and will be giving them away as gifts all holiday season.
These nuts are completely addictive and are made from a few simple ingredients including maple syrup, butter (or vegan butter), and rosemary with one unexpected ingredient: tamari (you can alternately use soy). They also go amazing as part of your holiday charcuterie board!
Top Secret Granola
Secrets out! My famous granola makes a sweet gift in a jar or container wrapped with a bow. You can have fun with the ingredients, and I mix it up all of the time with the kinds of nuts, seeds and fruit that I add (sometimes I skip the fruit completely). My favourites include pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts and pecans but you can use whatever combination your heart desires.
To REALLY make this extra special you can pair a jar of granola with our new Top Secret Granola Print! Easy to download, just print locally and pop it in a frame.
Sweetheart Lavender Magic Bags
Rice bags (aka Magic Bags) have kept me warm for years ever since my Mom started making them about 2 decades ago! It’s time to whip out the sewing machine and make these Lavender Sweetheart Magic Bags! Pop them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and you have an INSTANT heat bag that smells so amazing! Wouldn’t these make the cutest DIY Christmas gift?!
Give the gift of edible ornaments! These super easy DIY Gingerbread Ornaments add warmth and coziness to your tree. Plus it’s basically every kids dream. Grab my recipe, a straw and some ribbon and you’re set (just pop them in a cute little box and tie it with a ribbon)! Be warned… they may not last on the tree too long!
Homemade Chocolate Bark
Making Homemade Chocolate Bark is so PERFECT for this time of year for a number of reasons! First, once you know the rules for making chocolate (and you really do have to follow them, trust me on this one), it’s really so easy and is such a fun activity to do. Homemade chocolate bark is also incredibly impressive looking and can be made in advance. Plus, the sky is the limit when it comes to the variations! Wrap it up in a box with a bow and you have the sweeeeetest little treat!
Lavender Foot Scrub
I cannot stress enough how important self-care is. Giving gifts this year that help encourage my loved ones to take care of themselves is SO important to me. This Lavender Foot Scrub is the perfect “first step” to giving them a spa day at home. With only a few familiar ingredients, you can whip up this foot scrub in no time at all!
Mommy Time Out Jar
I think we all need a time out this year… anyone with me? Why not give a friend a pretty jar tied with a ribbon with hand-written ideas for ways to indulge in self-care? From painting your nails, taking a bubble bath, a zoom wine date or reading a favourite book, there are so many simple ways to take a moment for ourselves. Here are our ideas to get you started.
Okay so the bulk of the work we MAY have done for you… but it doesn’t mean these gifts aren’t special, meaningful and customizable. The Wine Guide Print popped in a frame that matches their aesthetic, paired with a bottle of their favourite vino. The Kitchen Conversion Chart for the foodie to have on hand for their next recipe with a copy of the Fraîche Food Full Hearts Cookbook. Shop all the prints here to get inspired!
DIY Everything Bagel Spice
Make delicious Everything Bagel Seasoning at home, in just minutes with only 6 ingredients. You will (quite literally) want to put this on everything! Makes such a great gift or stocking stuffer.
Homemade Bath Bombs
The ultimate relaxing homemade gift! Easily make your very own DIY Bath Bombs with a few ingredients like epsom salts, essentials oils and dried flowers.
Back to School for the Baker
This gift came to me in a dream (yes this is the stuff I dream about!). If you are on the hunt for a great gift idea for someone who loves cooking and baking, why not whip up loaf of your favourite sourdough bread, and tie it with a bow! You can even add in a gift certificate for the Sourdough School House! This it the gift that keeps on giving (in loaves) with great online courses, kitchen tools and sourdough kits available online.
Gifts that make life simpler are some of the best gifts! Know someone who has a busy schedule in need of some menu planning and help? The Fraîche Table is a great gift that delivers an easier way to enjoy wholesome and delicious weekday recipes – right at your fingertips! The meals are packed with nutrition and leverage a leaner grocery list to help make the most of the ingredients you purchase to help reduce food waste.
Want to know one of the best parts of these ideas? Is they also dual as great LAST MINUTE solutions! If you’re busy like me, then you know the final week before the holidays there is bound to be someone who you slipped your mind to get a gift for. But don’t fear, these DIY ideas are here!
Do you have any go-to Made with Love Christmas gifts? Share below! I would love to hear them.
Taylor Smith says
Love the dress
love this blog! Perfect thing to do to pass time, and maybe become a new tradition. Plus, I think everyone would appreciate receiving, especially in the year 2020.
Tori W. says
Exactly Jenn! I’m so glad you liked the blog.