Did you know there are only 100 days left until Christmas? If your budget is tight this year and/ or you need gifts for everyone from your great aunt to the soccer coach you might want to consider a few homemade Christmas gifts.
Homemade Christmas gifts don’t have to look like they came out of your 3 year-old’s Sunday School class. There are some amazing homemade gift ideas that can be made by real-life moms on a real-life budget!
For the next 100 days I’ll be sharing with you 100 homemade Christmas gifts that are easy to make and won’t break the bank. From homemade ornaments to picture frames to delicious treats you’ll find the best of a homemade Christmas here on The Happy Housewife.
We’ve continued this series for 2012 and 2013 as well, so be sure to check them all out! And, continue following this year’s homemade gift ideas as we add one each day until Christmas!
Here’s a list of the Homemade Christmas Gifts:
Gift #1 Magnetic Fabric Bulletin Board
Gift #2 Tea Cup Candles
Gift #3 Felt Cookies
Gift #4 DIY Pottery Barn Art
Gift #5 Tea Wreath
Gift #6 Appliqued Receiving Blankets
Gift #7 Floral Flip Flops
Gift #8 Fabric Coasters
Gift #9 Napkin Rings
Gift #10 Storybook Placemat
Gift #11 Tile Wall Decor
Gift #12 Bandana Dress
Gift #13 Book Letters
Gift #14 Toddler Color Book
Gift #15 Arts and Crafts Caddy
Gift #16 Brown Bag Basket
Gift #17 Upcycled Jean Purse
Gift #18 Homemade Memory Game
Gift #19 Vintage Lace Earring Holder
Gift #20 Acorn Wreath
Gift #21 Mini Bean Bags
Gift #22 Homemade Chalkboard Frame
Gift #23 Toddler Game Bag
Gift #24 Moisturizing Hand Scrub
Gift #25 Vanilla Extract
Gift #26 Homemade Tutu
Gift #27 Canvas Log Carrier
Gift #28 Personalized Tablecloth
Gift #29 Homemade Play-Doh
Gift #30 Homemade Peppermint Face Scrub
Gift #31 Personalized ABC Book
Gift #32 Etched Glass Vase
Gift #33 Remote Control Pillow
Gift #34 Homemade Bubble Bath
Gift #35 Homemade Hobby Horse
Gift #36 DIY Dollhouse
Gift #37 Fabric Casserole Cover
Gift #38 Flower Hair Clip
Gift #39 Homemade Lotion Bar
Gift #40 Wood Block Photo Display
Gift #41 Muffin Tin Crayons
Gift #42 Homemade Apron
Gift #43 Travel Snack Tray
Gift #44 Reed Diffuser
Gift #45 Personalized School Supplies
Gift #46 Book on CD
Gift #47 Art of the Month Club
Gift #48 Plastic Bag Holder (Made from a Hand Towel)
Gift #49 Vanilla Scented Sugar
Gift #50 DIY Coasters
Gift #51 Homemade Bubble Gum Machine
Gift #52 DIY Cake Stand
Gift #53 Hot and Cold Comfort Bags
Gift #54 Felt Colored Pencil Rolls
Gift #55 Embellished Hooded Towel
Gift #56 Easy Sew Chaps
Gift #57 Soap… All Dressed Up
Gift #58 Ice Cream Sundae Kit
Gift #59 Upcycled Bracelets
Gift #60 Photo Tile Coasters
Gift #61 Felt Flower Pin
Gift #62 Rosemary Salt
Gift #63 DIY Camera Strap Cover
Gift #64 Tea Party Accessories
Gift #65 Pringles Can Bracelets
Gift #66 Movie Night in a Bag
Gift #67 TeePee
Gift #68 Baby Closet Dividers
Gift #69 Beaded Bobby Pins
Gift #70 Spray Painted Platters
Gift #71 Recycled T-Shirt Pom Poms
Gift #72 Green Christmas Basket
Gift #73 Pillow Mattress
Gift #74 Soda Can Bracelets
Gift #75 Salt Dough Ornaments
Gift #76 Best of… Book
Gift #77 Candy Cane Bath Salts
Gift #78 No Sew Wine Bag
Gift #79 DIY Matchbox
Gift #80 Jingle Bell Jar
Gift #81 Lantern Vase
Gift #82 Fizzy Bath Balls
Gift #83 Memory Display
Gift #84 Homemade Potpourri
Gift #85 Quilted Bible Cover
Gift #86 Homemade Detective Kit
Gift #87 Good Morning Cereal Bowls
Gift #88 Water Bottle Bracelets
Gift #89 Juggle Balls
Gift #90 Felt Pizza
Gift #91 Fabric Scrap Ornament
Gift #92 Homemade Coffee Creamer
Gift #93 Homemade Bread
Gift #94 Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
Gift #95 Christmas Candy Wreath
Gift #96 Hand Painted Ornaments
Gift #97 Roasted Cinnamon Nuts
Gift #98 Homemade Pancake Mix
Gift #99 Flavored Hot Cocoa Mix
Gift #100 Family
Do you have a homemade gift tutorial you’d like featured in this series? Fill out this form to submit your gift tutorial.
Photo credit: Chris_J
I very excited to see some of your ideas! 🙂
Dawn Chandler says
YAY!!! So excited about this!!! I may actually submit a tutorial too, but I am SO excited about this series!!
100 Days, no way! How exciting! I’d love a chance to submit my Fabric Coaster tutorial. It’s great for afternoon nap time. 😀
Yes, definitely submit it, I’d love to share it!
Where shall I do that?
There is a link at the bottom of the post.
I’m so glad you’re doing this. I give a lot of food gifts at Christmas. I’ve done picture frames and ornaments too. I can’t wait to see all of your gifts though. I love your blog, and I have been reading it for awhile even though I never comment! Thanks for being so inspiring!
Sweet! This is what I really need this year!!!
This is a GREAT idea! Thanks!
bobby joe says
thank you sooo much! i desperately need this this year as money is TIGHT!!!!! really appreciate the time you take to do the happy housewife, especially the homeschool and money stuff. thanks again!
Wow, this is so exciting! Can’t wait to see what you post (also, EEK!! Christmas is 100 days away already???)
I am soooo excited for you to do this. I am starting to plan my attack on Christmas with a very, very limited budget and I would love to make some gifts! Look forward to reading your ideas!! Thanks!
I need it urgently. I love handmade gifts. I’m working in croche coasters…thank you for reminding me that I only have 100 more days to go. I’m not sure if that’s enough but I’ll try.
Becky Milstead says
I am so excited about getting some ideas! My husband is in seminary and we are on a very tight budget. 🙂
Very excited to see what you have come up with!!!! do you have a basic supply list we should try to have on hand that will work for different gift ideals?
I love this idea! I am looking forward to what creative ideas you come up with! i enjoy your blog. I rarely comment, but I read it everyday!
Thank You! We have been talking about doing a homemade Christmas this year for the extended family.
This will be perfect! I’m excited 🙂
Somebody's Mimi says
Oh, darn! Now everyone will know what they are getting for Christmas!
Recently, for a baby shower brunch, I used your granola recipe and filled treat bags with the granola as a party favor. I think granola makes a great mini gift!
Can not wait to see what you get 🙂 I JUST started shopping today and I felt pretty proud until my mom told me that she is half done! YIKES!!!!
Amy B says
Very excited to see what you’ve come up with for home made gifts (the best kind)!
I don’t have a tutorial, but wanted to share what we do for teacher gifts every year:
Throughout the year I keep my eyes open for extremely cheap baskets, clear containers, and coffee mugs. Also, if possible, the day after Christmas I buy “Bob’s” brand candy canes and vacuum seal them (no other brand holds up as well). In late Nov. we than make humungous quantities of homemade hot chocolate mix that we add crushed candy canes into. We also make large gingermen and ladies, and freeze them for a later time. The cookies are then decorated to look like the teacher in great detail(baulding/ long hair curly or straight; in band uniform with a baton;using a gingerbread man sprinkle on an izod shirt, etc). The mix is given out in a coffee cup for a small gift, or in a sandwich baggie tied with a ribbon for in a basket, or put in a container as a gift of it’s own. We have also made and frozen mini zuchini breads in the summer and added them, as well as any other cookies we manage to get made. These gifts are always recieved with great appreciation, as they are personal and consumable.Every teacher out there is in need of encouragement these days, and this is a way we have found to do it.
We also do a twist on a gingerbread house for teacher (and others) gifts. I have a “house” cake pan, and we fill it with a gingerbread recipe (soft, like you’d serve with cool whip). We than decorate it with cheap candies from the dollar store- mallow shapes like pumpkins, gummy candy wreaths, marshmallow snowman, etc, and decorate it with white icing. We don’t cover it like you would the hard gingerbread houses, just make it pretty. My particular recipe came from a 1940s (?) cookbook, and I adapted it using whole wheat flour and sorgum mollasses. So good!
I remembered this post from Laura and it would make a great homemade gift, in a cute jar: http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/homemade-non-toxic-liquid-hand-soap-2
Remember you can submit your own homemade gift idea by clicking through the link on the post. We’ve had lots of wonderful ideas submitted so far!
One Thing says
Timely idea in this economically challenged world!
Great ideas! Loving all of these!
I already have made the body scrub for myself and a friend for her birthday. One of my favorite finds. Thanks so much!
How can I see the previous ideas that I did not know about??
This link will take you to all the crafts. https://thehappyhousewife.com/home-management/tag/homemade-christmas-gift/.
ro allen says
Great deal! looking forward to some good Christmas gift ideas!
ro allen says
I have a book that has 101 different Christmas ideas!
Thank you soo much for this list of ideas! I wish I could post a picture. I was very proud of my homemade gifts this year, and everyone loved them, especially the kiddos!
Liz Saito says
Thanks for sharing this, Toni! I took 3 diy gifts from your list. I usually give original artworks and hand blown glass figurines for Christmas. My friends and relatives simply adore it. I also like the feeling when I see my gifts displayed in their homes. I buy paintings from art galleries and glass art/figurines from ebay (Murano) and http://www.glasslilies.com/.
You know what would be so, so great? Putting these into a slide show, or at least giving an image next to each one. 100 items in text only is a lot to read through, but the image brain is instant and can give us a better sense of each project.