5 Awesome Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Homemade Christmas gifts include a personal touch that can’t be replicated with store bought presents. If you’re running low on cash this season, they’re also a great opportunity for you to give a little bit without breaking the bank. Here are five ideas for Christmas gifts that are both heartfelt and homemade.

Melt and Pour Soap Gifts

It’s easy to create special soaps for everyone on your gift list. Visit your local craft store and buy some melt and pour soap base, soap dyes, scents, and a soap mold or two. Choose molds in the shape of traditional bars, flowers, seashells, or a variety of others. This project only takes minutes and can be done in the microwave. When you’ve finished creating your soap, wrap it in pretty cellophane and add a thin ribbon. It’s a lovely gift that will make them think of you each time they use it.

Mason Jar Magic

There are so many things you can do with old canning jars the list is almost endless. Fill the jars with homemade bath salts, hot chocolate mix, simmering potpourri, or the makings for a 15-bean soup. Add a card with instructions, tie a pretty ribbon around the neck, and you have a ready to use gift.

Paint a Pretty Pot

Another easy way to create a personalized gift is to paint a terra cotta pot. Wash the pot and let it dry, then paint with white primer. After the primer dries, paint the pot with craft paint in the color(s) you have chosen. Add a design or monogram with a contrasting paint color. If you don’t think you have the skill for free styling, use a stencil, stickers, or try a simple decoupage technique. Spray the finished piece with glossy sealant. For an added touch, include a pack of herb or flower seeds, or pop in a poinsettia. With a little thought, you can design a pot that perfectly suits the recipient’s décor or interest.

Out of the Ordinary Ornaments

You can do wondrous things with a box of inexpensive clear glass Christmas ornaments. Take the metal lid off and add 15-25 kernels of popcorn. Put it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, and let cool. Other ideas include swirling drops of acrylic paint inside the bulbs to create a stained glass look, filling with colorful ribbons or tinsel, or adding layers of different colored sands. When filled, put the tops back on (glue if necessary). Tie a loop of ribbon to use as a hanger.

Scented Pinecones

Gather pinecones from your yard or nearby woods. Rinse the cones off; let them dry, then place them in a plastic bag. Add a few drops of cinnamon oil, tie the bag shut, and shake gently. Let the pinecones sit in the bag for a week or two. When you remove them, they’ll smell wonderful and look pretty in a clear glass vase or a basket. These make fragrant additions to the Christmas fire.

Christmas gifts don’t have to be expensive to be meaningful. Homemade gifts mean you care enough to create something unique for each person on your gift list.

 

About the Author: Dee Baugher enjoys adding a personal touch to everything she does, during the holidays and throughout the year. When she’s not crafting, you can find her getting serious and passionate about current events concerning finance, politics, and regulations making it easier for people to obtain bad credit loans to better their futures despite the current economic crisis.


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