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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.

Merry Christmas

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.

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  1. I very excited to see some of your ideas! 🙂

  2. YAY!!! So excited about this!!! I may actually submit a tutorial too, but I am SO excited about this series!!

  3. 100 Days, no way! How exciting! I’d love a chance to submit my Fabric Coaster tutorial. It’s great for afternoon nap time. 😀

  4. 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!

  5. Sweet! This is what I really need this year!!!

  6. This is a GREAT idea! Thanks!

  7. 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!

  8. Wow, this is so exciting! Can’t wait to see what you post (also, EEK!! Christmas is 100 days away already???)

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. Becky Milstead says:

    I am so excited about getting some ideas! My husband is in seminary and we are on a very tight budget. 🙂

  12. 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?

  13. 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!

  14. Thank You! We have been talking about doing a homemade Christmas this year for the extended family.

  15. This will be perfect! I’m excited 🙂

  16. Somebody's Mimi says:

    Oh, darn! Now everyone will know what they are getting for Christmas!

  17. 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!

  18. 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!!!!

  19. Very excited to see what you’ve come up with for home made gifts (the best kind)!

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. TheHappyHousewife says:

    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!

  23. Timely idea in this economically challenged world!

  24. Great ideas! Loving all of these!

  25. I already have made the body scrub for myself and a friend for her birthday. One of my favorite finds. Thanks so much!

  26. How can I see the previous ideas that I did not know about??

  27. Great deal! looking forward to some good Christmas gift ideas!

  28. I have a book that has 101 different Christmas ideas!

  29. 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!

  30. 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/.

  31. 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.


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