I recently did a poll on my Instagram to find out if you prefer to give DIY Christmas gifts or you prefer to buy your gifts. The vast majority of you said you like a combination of the two. I am the same — a few DIY gifts and some shop bought gifts is what I do every year. Last week I shared a selection of beautiful Christmas gifts that you can buy so this week is all about DIY gifts.
These DIY Christmas gifts are all pretty quick and easy to make as no one has time to slave over DIY’s that take days or even hours. But easy doesn’t mean they won’t be appreciated by your recipient. Many of the gifts can be given on their own or with something else that’s bought. For e.g., you could give the DIY napkin rings with some (AFF) beautiful linen napkins or you could gift the clay coasters with a set of (AFF) fluted glasses which are so on trend right now. I’ve made some more suggestions for gift pairings below.
9 DIY Christmas gifts that people will love
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1. DIY coasters made with clay – these are one of my creations and I am pretty confident they will be loved by whoever you make them for. I say this because they are one of my most popular DIY’s ever! A set of five or six coasters will make a lovely gift in itself but if you did want to gift something more, here are some ideas to go with these coasters: curvy water glasses, minimalist coffee mugs , or simple stemless wine glasses.
2. DIY knitted pot holder – a small, simple gift perfect for any keen cook in your life. You could make it in a different colour if white isn’t your thing. Or make two or three of them in a few different colours and gift it as a set. If you did want to pair this gift with something else, there are so many options — a cookbook, a pretty pan, some stylish kitchen utensils, or an oven to table dish.
3. DIY trivets in granite and white – this is another one of my DIY’s and I use these trivets so often. They are stylish enough to use on a dining table and not just in the kitchen. I often gift these at Christmas time as hostess gifts as it’s such a nice gesture to take a handmade gift rather than a boring bottle of wine. These DIY trivets can also be paired with so many things like a beautiful pot, a cast iron pan or a stylish cook book.
4. scented candle in an enamel cup – this is a lovely gift for anyone who can be tricky to buy for because who doesn’t love candles? This DIY candle is scented with rosemary but you can of course switch up the scents and tailor it to your recipient. And once the candle burns out, the cup can still be kept and used. One of my go to gifts to give all year round are scented candles and if I want to add to the gift, I usually pair it with a book. Depending on the recipient, I either give one of my favourite mindful/self-care type books like these: one, two, three or I give a beautiful interior coffee table book like one of these: one, two, three.
5. DIY dried flower bouquet – this is such a wonderful idea for a gift as it lasts and lasts and your recipient can appreciate it everyday. All you need is a bunch of dried stems and the tutorial will show you how to turn them in to a bouquet. I think this gift needs nothing to go with it but if you did want to give something more, it has to be a beautiful vase. Here are three you may like: large rustic vase, papier mache vase and handmade stoneware vase.
6. DIY poncho wrap scarf – this is the perfect cosy gift for any fashion lovers in your life. The best part of this gift is that it’s made using a blanket. This means that you can use practically any colour of blanket whether patterned or plain so you can really customise this gift for your recipient. Also, this gift suits any budget small or large because you can buy a budget-friendly blanket or a blow-out blanket and you can choose from faux fabrics, cottons to pure wool or even cashmere depending on your budget. Here are some beautiful blankets that would make a great poncho – budget blanket in burnt amber, mid-budget blanket in a pale neutral, blow the budget blanket in a bold pattern.
7. twist napkin rings – these simple and chic napkin rings are such a pretty addition to a tablescape, especially for someone who loves to have their friends over for meals. A set of these will of course make a complete gift on their own but there is one obvious thing that you can gift with them — napkins of course. Napkin rings are another of my favourite gifts to give and if I gift napkins with them it’s almost always these linen napkins because they’re beautiful, come in gorgeous colours and they are the best value I’ve found for pure linen napkins.
8. painted plant pots – you can take any terracotta pot or any plant pot at all and paint it which will make a lovely gift. This DIY doesn’t have a specific tutorial but as you can see from the picture, it’s a pretty easy design to paint. For the colour block pattern, simply mask off parts of the pot and paint the other side. You can also create a paint splatter effect or some geometric patterns. A great place to get budget- friendly terracotta pots of all sizes is IKEA. And of course if you want to pair this gift with something, it’s going to be a plant of course.
9. DIY bubble vase – this is a fun gift and makes a cute decor piece especially for the neutral home. But you can of course paint the wooden beads if you wanted to add some colour. This vase has nine little holes each of which can hold a stem or two of dried flowers allowing you to create a pretty display. But this vase will also be a nice decor piece even when it’s not filled with flowers. Gift this with a few dried flower stems to complete the look.
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