Hi friend! I am excited to share with you today 8 handmade Christmas gifts everyone will love! If you’re anything like me you want to give people something they will actually use and love. Bonus points for something handmade! I think all of these gift ideas fit the bill. Anyone can do create these and I promise your recipient will be so thankful.
8 Handmade Christmas Gifts Everyone Will Love
Do you have aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, neighbors that you want to give a gift to this year but aren’t sure where to start? Someone you know who has everything they want already?
Giving them something handmade is the perfect solution. They will love that you took time out of your day to make this gift.
Whichever gift you chose from this list will be the perfect gift for the person you are thinking about.
Christmas Gift Number 1: Handmade Soap
Before I scare you off, hear me out! You can create a hand poured soap from a premed base. However, if you want to create your own lye-based soap – we can chat about that at another time!
I recommend getting a goat milk soap base to melt down, add your special touch, and then pour into a mold to let cure and then cut down to size.
HERE is a goat milk soap base you can purchase and this website has all of the soap making knowledge and supplies you can imagine!
This is my favorite soap recipe: Cinnamon Oat Goat Milk Soap
You will need:
- 1 pound goat milk soap
- 15 ml cinnamon essential oil
- 1/4 cup rolled oats – ground
- rolled oats for garnishing the top
- a silicone soap mold or box lined with parchment paper
- large glass bowl
- silicone spatula for mixing
Melt down your soap base in the glass bowl in either the microwave or on a double boiler. Once melted add your rolled oats and essential oil and mix well. Pour the mixture into the mold and garnish with the rolled oats. Let set for about 4 hours and then remove from mold and cut down into 1 1/2 inch bars.
Creating handmade soap is so fun and there are so many different combinations you can do. I love this cinnamon oat one because it smells like Christmas.
Christmas Gift Number 2: Apple Pie Filling
Apple pie is always a good idea. Canned apple pie that is shelf stable is even better.
There are multiple different canned apple pie recipes you can follow, but for safety reasons I definitely lean to trusting the Ball canning recipe. You can find it HERE.
Even if you only need to give 1 of these away, if you follow the recipe and can some extra you can even store some away for yourself for another day.
You can make this into an apple pie or heat it and top it on some home made vanilla ice cream. I have the BEST homemade ice cream recipe in THIS post. It is my Papa Da’s recipe and it is to. die. for. Go ahead and give this recipe on a card with the apple pie filling. I promise they will love you for it!!
Canning is one of the most rewarding things I have found. Giving that gift to someone is absolutely priceless!
Christmas Gift Number 3: Crochet Dishtowel
I have only been crocheting for a year and it has become mildly addictive. I want to make all of the things! My next door neighbor taught me how to crochet last year and she would tell me to just keep making small wash cloths and dish towels. It’s an easy and fairly quick project you can whip up while watching a show at night or with your kids playing outside.
There are so many different crochet patterns out there, and I am no expert so I will let you find the pattern you love somewhere else, but every stitch is beautiful in its own way.
Christmas Gift Number 4: Cookie Mix in a Jar
First off, YUM! Who wouldn’t love an easy cookie mix in a jar?!
With everyone making so many sweet treats right now it’s nice to give someone a cookie mix for later. Once all the holiday sweets get worked off! I got this recipe straight from the Nestle website. Here’s a link if you want to read it there!
You will need:
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in the bottom of a quart mason jar and then layer on your chocolate chips, brown sugar and white sugar in that order.
Attach this recipe to your jar:
Preheat oven to 375° F. Beat 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional); mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
If you wanted to go above and beyond you could gift this to someone with a crocheted pot holder!
Christmas Gift Number 5: Handmade Ornament
Ornaments are a perfect gift for the person who has everything. Each year at Christmastime they can pull out the ornament and think of you.
You can create your own or buy one from a local crafter. This year I got one from a wonderful lady on Instagram. You can find her HERE.
If you’re feeling crafty there are so many different ideas on Pinterest. Hey, while you’re at it, why don’t you go ahead and follow me on Pinterest? You can see what I’m pinning and get even more inso there! Here’s my link!
Christmas Gift Number 6: Peppermint Hand Scrub
This handmade peppermint hand scrub is perfect for this time of year! We have all been washing our hands more than normal and the dry weather definitely takes a hit on our hands.
I don’t know about you but I am so tired of the fake, probably pretty toxic smell of peppermint. Using an essential oil is the perfect way to get that fresh peppermint scent that doesn’t give you a headache. This hand scrub is as natural as it can get and if you use all organic ingredients – even better.
All you need is:
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar – separated into halves
- 3-5 drops red food coloring
- 8 drops peppermint essential oil
In a mixer, blend the coconut oil and half of the sugar until you reach a whipped consistency. Once you reach the desired consistency, add your essential oil and mix well.
In another bowl, mix the rest of the sugar and the red food coloring. This is what will give the scrub the ‘peppermint’ look!
Fold in the sugar and food coloring mixture being careful not to over mix.
Christmas Gift Number 7: Lavender Bath Salt
After the Christmas rush I feel like everyone feels like they can breathe again. The hustle and bustle definitely gets to me and I am sure you can relate.
This lavender bath salt is the perfect thing to help anyone unwind and relax after the craziness. The epsom salt will help any inflammation and aches and pains and the lavender scent is just heavenly.
This is also a super easy recipe to whip up! You will need:
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 10 ml lavender essential oil
- purple food coloring (optional)
- dried lavender (optional)
Mix everything in a bowl and transfer to a small jar. I used a mini mason jar, it’s probably a half pint if I had to guess! So easy, right?!
As a busy mom of 3 I would love to be gifted this!
Christmas Gift Number 8: Candle
Hand poured candles are actually much easier than you think! Sometimes when I make them I don’t even add any essential oils for scent. I just like the candlelight for the ambience.
There are some people who make candles and follow a strict recipe, but I don’t think it’s that necessary.
Overly strong candles definitely bother me and I have found this is the perfect solution.
You will need:
- wax shavings
- essential oil (optional)
- hot glue gun to attach wick to bottom of the jar
Weigh out your wax and make sure that will fit in your jar!
In a double boiler melt down your wax – I have used soy wax I ordered from Amazon – you want everything to melt and use a candy thermometer to let you know when your wax reaches 185 degrees. That is the prime temperature to add your essential oil in. If you aren’t planning to add any scent you don’t really need to worry about that, just melt the wax down. Mix in your oil well.
Attach the wick to your jar of choice and once the wax is melted, pour it into your jar slowly. Use 2 forks on top of your jar to keep the wick centered. Let the candle set and once it is trim the wick down. I like to leave about 1/4″ wick.
Super easy, right?! There are so many different scent combinations you could try. Or just leave them unscented. They will still burn great and create a beautiful ambience everyone will love.
8 Handmade Christmas Gifts Everyone will Love
I hope you all enjoyed these ideas of some handmade gifts you can give to anyone on your list. Don’t let the pressure from the outside world make you feel less than because you don’t gift people things that cost more money than you have. Handmade gifts are much more thoughtful because there is a piece of you in each gift. Enjoy this Christmas season and remember why we celebrate in the first place.
Thank you for being here sweet friend! This blog would be impossible if it weren’t for you reading and sharing. If you don’t mind sharing this so I can continue to grow my blog. It means more to me than you know.