Save yourself from the dreaded holiday shopping this year and instead spend time DIY it up instead. Gifts don’t need to be bought in a store in order to be special. In fact, giving someone a one-of-a-kind handmade gift is much more personal, original and a great way to save some money this holiday season. It also shows the time, effort and love you put into something. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite DIY holiday gifts that you can do at home, that are not only creative and fun – but also easy to do.


Mint Sugar Body Scrub

With the harsh winter weather and the stress of the holidays being really hard on your skin, treating your loved ones to a sugar scrub is just what they need for a little skin TLC. Perfect for the family member or friend who loves in-home spa treatments, this simple mint sugar body scrub not only gently exfoliates dry, wintery skin but also leaves behind a refreshing peppermint scent.

You can fill it up into a pretty jar and add some red or peppermint twine or ribbon. It takes very little time, is cheaper than buying one at the store and is made with only a few ingredients.

Wool Sweater Mittens  Have you cleaned out your closet recently and found an old wool sweater? Repurpose it by making a cozy pair of sweater mittens out of it. Sweater mittens make great gifts as they are thick, ultra-warm and stylish. With temperatures dipping below the desirable level, having a pair of warm gloves is crucial. They are also easy to make and don’t take much time at all. Hot Chocolate Mix Jars  Homemade hot chocolate mix jars make a great holiday gift. Not only is the hot chocolate mix super delicious, but it’s also better than buying some generic hot chocolate mix from the store. Perfect for the person in your life that has a big sweet-tooth and loves to sip a hot cup of cocoa on a cold wintery night. It is the quintessential holiday drink that makes you feel cozy and warm inside. It only takes a few ingredients - most of which can be found in your home - and takes very little time to put together. Scented Mason Jar Candles

There is nothing better than lighting a lovely scented candle and relaxing over the holiday season. A DIY scented mason jar candle is easy to make, inexpensive and doesn’t use any hazardous chemicals. It’s a great gift for that friend or family member who adores holiday scents. These candles look great, create a lovely ambiance and last longer than your average wax candles.

You can also tweak the recipe so the person you are gifting them to receives a candle with their favorite aromas, making these gifts super unique and personal.

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Winter-themed playdough is a fun way to keep kids happily occupied on frigid winter days. It is the perfect holiday gift for that family member with young ones. It is not only sure to keep the little ones very busy, it is also super easy to make and contains only 5 ingredients that you probably have on hand.