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10 DIY Gifts

With the holidays coming up fast, you may be looking at all the people on your gifting list and wondering what you’re going to get for each of them. You hate to leave anyone out, but budgeting is important too, so a great way to give a present that’s personal and unique without breaking the bank is to bring to life one of these DIY gifts. You don’t even have to be crafty or artistic! There are lots of ways to create simple, inexpensive gifts for your coworkers, friends, and family. Check out these ten DIY gifts ideas for starters!

1. DIY Homemade Brownie Mix

This classic DIY gift idea is great for last-minute gifting since you might have all the ingredients on hand already. It’s so simple you can even let the kids help you assemble them, which makes them great DIY gifts for teachers or babysitters. Make sure to include the instructions with your gift so that your friends and family can mix up their tasty treats.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration:
 30 minutes
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2. DIY Essential Oil Diffuser

Making scented oil diffusers as DIY gifts is almost ridiculously easy, but no one needs to know that! By mixing different essential oils, you can create a completely unique scent customized to the person who will be receiving it. Use a bottle or jar with a tightly sealing lid when you’re wrapping up your diffuser and oil to prevent leaks and grease-spots on your wrapping paper.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration:
 Few hours
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3. DIY Checkerboard Game

With just a little paint and some precut wooden pieces, you can create a custom game board that makes a great DIY gift for families, newlyweds, and other groups. This tutorial shows you how to tape off and paint a board for checkers, but you could just as easily create boards for other games like chess or backgammon. Customize your colors and the shapes you choose for pieces to create fun themes, like the recipient’s favorite sports teams.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Duration:
 Few hours
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4. DIY Homemade Aftershave 

Guys can be notoriously hard to shop for, and it can be even trickier to come up with DIY gifts for them, but you’ll knock it out of the park with this Rum Spice Aftershave. With a hint of orange and lots of spice, this recipe is very easy and inexpensive, but does take four to six weeks to fully absorb the scent of the spices soaking in the mixture. Package the aftershave in dark colored bottles to keep sunlight from damaging it. Check out our DIY gifts for boyfriend article for even more creative ideas.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Duration:
 4-6 weeks
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5. DIY Bath Bombs

Who doesn’t love de-stressing in a hot bath after a tough day? Give your friends and family the gift of relaxation with homemade bath bombs, customized to suit their favorite scents! Just by changing up the essential oil mix in these DIY gifts, you can create bath bombs scented with soothing lavender, refreshing citrus, healing eucalyptus, and more. You can check here on more DIY bath bombs.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration:
 Few hours
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6. DIY Homemade Money Soap

If you’re tired of giving gift cards, but cash seems too impersonal, these are the perfect DIY gifts for the holidays. These easy to make soaps are great as gifts for teens and kids, and are always a fun item to take to a gift exchange. With a folded up bill tucked inside the center, you can be sure this is one Christmas gift that will see plenty of use! Be sure to use translucent glycerin soap so that the bill can be seen.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration:
 Few hours
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7. DIY Barbeque Spice Rub

If you’ve got a barbeque addict or certified Grill-Master to shop for this holiday season, look no further than this delicious homemade Spice Rub. Each batch of this recipe makes enough for several DIY gifts, or some to gift and some to keep. And it goes together in less than fifteen minutes. Package it in cute metal tins with stick-on labels, or glass jars to showcase the color of the spices. Include the instructions for using the rub.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration:
 15 minutes
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8. DIY Coffee Candles

For the java junkie on your list, branch out from yet another coffee cup or travel mug. Try these heavenly scented candles that make for unique and aromatic DIY gifts. They will make the whole house smell like that delicious first cup of coffee! You can even use the ends of unscented candles you’ve got lying around the house to make these up cycled gifts, or opt for wax tablets or pellets available online or at your local craft store. You can look here for more DIY candles ideas.

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Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration:
 30 minutes
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9. DIY Green Terrarium

Filled with green and growing plants, homemade terrariums are beautiful DIY gifts and a great way to bring nature inside during the snowy winter months. While large apothecary jars make for a stunning display, there’s no need to overspend on your containers. Empty canning jars or even large jam jars will also work perfectly.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration:
 1 hour
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10. DIY Handmade Custom Mugs

To help these adorable mugs stand up to regular use and frequent washing, use oil-based sharpie markers to apply your design. Get creative and let your imagination run wild to make these DIY gifts . Each mug is a one-of-a-kind custom creation. Once baked in a 350⁰ oven, your hand-drawn designs will be permanent, though it’s best to hand-wash these mugs as the decorations may not be dishwasher safe. Make your DIY gift extra special by stuffing each mug with packets of tea or coffee!

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration:
 One day
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Conclusion

With the daily stresses of the holiday season, taking some time out to make gifts for the people you care about can be a great way to unwind, enjoy yourself, and create a gift you know your friends and family will love. What a fun way to celebrate what the holidays are really all about! Have you ever made or received DIY gifts you loved? Share your ideas and experiences in the comments below.

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