If you love the idea of handmade presents but don’t want to go hither and yon to get the items you need, we’ve found a gorgeous array of attractive present ideas that won’t take 20 hours, 87 different tools or a ton of cash to create. Read on, and then share your favorite do-it-yourself holiday projects with us.
Homemade Peppermint Bark, from Skip to My Lou
Hey, did you know that making Peppermint Bark is about as simple as whipping up a batch of mac and cheese? Yeah, neither did we. Skip to My Lou’s Cindy Hopper suggests keeping a batch on hand for guests or late-night marathons of Say Yes to the Dress. (OK, maybe she didn’t say that last part …)
Cathrineholm Candleholders, from How About Orange
Give glass votive candleholders an instant jolt of color and elegance. Freestyle your own design or download a template here.
Twine and Rag Ball Ornaments, from Brown Paper Packages
If you’ve been invited to a tree-trimming party, bring one of these lovely ornaments. Another idea from Brown Paper Packages’ Kierste Wade is to place a bunch of them into a basket as a sweet and unique wintertime home decor idea.
Colorful Dessert Stands, from Centsational Girl
We freaked out when we saw the adorableness of these retro dessert stands. But what really blew us away was how easy it is to make them—for reals. If you don’t like the springy colors Kate Riley (otherwise known as Centsational Girl) chose, opt for a wintertime hue instead. Top with a dish towel and a dozen of your favorite homemade cookies for a very fun hostess present.
Orange Cloves Christmas Ball, from Craftbits.com
How is it possible that we buy gross mothballs when cloves do the job just as wellwithout stinking up the joint? Stick a ton of cloves side by side into an orange and let it dry. This makes a really pretty, sweet-smelling and useful present. (You can do this with apples, too!)
A Mason Jar Is Your Friend
We know it’s hardly breaking news, but putting a present into a glass canning jar ($10.99 for 12) makes it look so homey and pretty. You could make up a big batch of granola or the dry ingredients to make cookies and voilà! You now have instant impressiveness. Or you could put in a body product, such as this easy-to-make body scrub, and tie the jar up in a colorful bow.
If you’ve ever used a chewing gum wrapper or movie ticket stub as a bookmark, you know that pretty much anything works to keep your place in a book. Because it’s near impossible to go wrong, this is one of those super easy crafts you can get the kids involved in. A bookmark also adds a nice touch if you’re giving a book as a present. Use cardboard from an empty tissue or cereal box, paint it and decorate it with doodles, stickers or drawings. Or press and dry flowers (if you start now, you’ll have time!) and then laminate them on a plain piece of white paper. You could also use photos of your children, pets or a certain actor named Ryan Gosling. For a vintage look, you could sew old buttons onto a piece of ribbon or felt. If it’s long, thin and not sticky or perishable, it’s a bookmark, so go crazy!
What sorts of handmade presents do you like to give out during the holiday season? What’s the best handmade present you ever received?