Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

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Christmas is a day set aside for Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus. If it’s His birthday – what are we giving Him? This question has motivated my husband and I to focus on giving to those in need more than we give gifts to each other (Matthew 25:35-40).

One neat way that you can give gifts to each other and give to those in need at the same time, is an awesome organization called Fair Trade Friday. You can join the club and pay a fee each month, and receive 3-4 handmade, fair trade items. Joining this club means that you’re providing employment for women who would otherwise struggle to provide for their children. My husband and I are not a part of the club, but we have chosen to purchase a one-time box every few months. We then use the items we receive as gifts for birthdays and Christmas. I especially like the ‘home box.’ We’ve received beautiful handmade bags, potholders, soaps, pillow case covers, and more.

We have started to simplify Christmas more and more each year, in order to keep our focus on Jesus, others, and family, instead of being stressed out with finances. One big way we’ve simplified Christmas, is by decreasing our Christmas spending budget, and increasing the amount of homemade gifts we do. My husband and I still get each other one or two inexpensive store bought gifts that we know the other person has been wanting. But we’ve found that homemade gifts can be so much more thoughtful and special, because you’re giving the gift of your time and talent. I love giving natural, homemade gifts to others, and putting thought into what each person could use or would appreciate.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been putting together a homemade Christmas gift list for babies, kids, teens, women, and men. I decided to list the simplest homemade gift ideas that I could think of. Lots of these are very easy and don’t require sewing machines or crocheting/knitting skills. I hope some of these homemade gifts make it onto your Christmas ‘shopping’ list this year. Or maybe you will find most of these supplies in your home and can skip most of your Christmas shopping!

(WARNING: If you are a family member of mine, you might be receiving one of these gifts this Christmas!)

 

2015 Homemade Christmas Gift Idea Guide

Ideas for Babies:

  • Baby powder (Use arrowroot powder in an empty and clean spice jar. Add a drop or two of lavender essential oil for scent.)
  • Baby bottom cream (Here’s a great recipe that is also safe to use with cloth diapers.)
  • Lotion bars (I’ll be posting my recipe on the blog before Christmas!)
  • Gentle baby soap (Try this recipe.)
  • Blanket (Crochet, knit, or do an easy no sew blanket.)
  • Framed art for the nursery (Purchase a printable image from an etsy shop, and use a dollar store frame.)

 

Ideas for Kids:

  • Play dough (Try this natural recipe.)
  • Finger paints (Here’s a recipe to follow.)
  • Finger puppets (Here are some adorable forest friend finger puppets.)
  • Lace princess crown (Follow this tutorial for a beautiful princess crown.)
  • Superhero cape (Follow this neat tutorial for a no sew superhero cape.)
  • Felt stuffed animals/letters (These animals are so cute! And I love these letters.)
  • Framed art (Purchase a printable image from an etsy shop, and use a dollar store frame.)

 

Ideas for Teens:

  • Crochet or Knit a scarf, hat, or gloves. (Or try this no sew scarf.)
  • Homemade personalized mug ( Try this neat tutorial.)
  • Pencil or make-up brush holder for girls (This is beautiful!)
  • Marshmallow gun for boys (Check out this tutorial.)
  • Lip Balm (I’ll be posting my recipe down the road, but for now, this is a wonderful recipe to follow!)
  • Lotion bars (I’ll be posting my recipe on the blog before Christmas!)
  • Sailor bracelets (Here’s a great tutorial.)
  • Framed art (Purchase a printable image like this or this, and use a dollar store frame.)

 

Ideas for Women:

  • Homemade candles (I love making candles for gifts all year long! Here’s a great tutorial for candles from one of my favorite blogs.)
  • Tinted lip balm. (Follow this tutorial and add in beet root powder to create a natural tinted lip balm.)
  • Lotion bars (I’ll be posting my recipe on the blog before Christmas!)
  • Sugar scrub (Mix equal parts organic sugar and olive oil or coconut oil with a few drops of essential oils for scent.)
  • Crochet or knit potholders
  • Cookies in a jar or soup in a jar (These cookies look delicious, and so do all of these soup recipes!)
  • Fruit Butters (These look so good!)
  • Body soap… or laundry soap! (I made these for gifts one year, and think this recipe looks like a great idea too.)
  • Framed art (Purchase a printable image from an etsy shop, and use a dollar store frame.)

 

Ideas for Men:

  • Shaving cream (Here’s a great natural recipe.)
  • Grill seasoning mix (Yummy! Here’s a delicious recipe for a ‘Basic Grill Seasoning Blend’ if your man likes to grill. Pack it in a jar and tie on a label!)
  • Lip Balm (I’ll be posting my recipe down the road, but for now, this is a wonderful recipe to follow!)
  • Lotion bars (I’ll be posting my recipe on the blog before Christmas!)
  • Hand warmers (These are great for tucking into your pockets before heading out into the cold! You could even buy some fabric glue to seal these up even faster!)
  • Crochet or Knit a scarf, hat, or gloves. (Or try this no sew scarf.)
  • Body soap (I made these for gifts one year.)
  • Framed art (Purchase a printable image from an etsy shop, and use a dollar store frame.)

 

I would love to hear what your homemade Christmas gift ideas are!

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