Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Thinking of Christmas ideas for everyone on your gift list can be a challenge, particularly if you’re trying to stick to a budget. If you have limited funds, yet have difficulty paring down your gift list, homemade Christmas gifts may be the answer. Simple, thoughtful homemade gifts can be perfect for teachers, co-workers and acquaintances, such as parents of your child’s friends. More complex homemade gifts are a personal way to give to close friends and family.

Food and Baked Goods

During the holiday season, many people look forward to breaking from their everyday diet. Baked goods of all kinds are classic homemade Christmas gifts. You can find recipes for a variety of cookies, fudge or chocolate truffles in most cookbooks and in online recipe collections.

Although most people think of sweets or desserts when making baked goods as gifts, remember that you can also think outside the box. Jams or pickles can be made at home in large batches. Homemade breads or appetizer dip mixes make unexpected gifts and can be a welcome change from sweets.

Creative packaging with tags, festive papers and ribbon can add an extra-special touch to homemade food items. You can also include a printed recipe tag with the gift.

Christmas Crafts

Making Christmas crafts can help get you into the holiday spirit while creating easy homemade gifts for people on your list. Many children also love to get involved in making Christmas crafts, and can help you make gifts such as cards and Christmas ornaments. Annual gifts of homemade Christmas decorations can be used for years to come, and will be remembered by all of your friends and loved ones as they decorate their houses for Christmas each year. Some Christmas craft ideas include:

  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas stockings or tree skirts
  • Decorations, including garlands or small cloth snowmen
  • Ornaments.

Specialty Crafts

If you have a hobby or talent for a specific craft, Christmas can be a great time to put your skills to work. For example, quilts of any size can be given to children, teens and adults and can offer years of use. If you know how to knit, think of people on your gift list who might like a knitted sweater, scarf or blanket. Other homemade gifts to make include:

  • Candles
  • Ceramics or pottery
  • Painted items.

Making a homemade gift may be more time-consuming than picking up gifts at the mall, but homemade Christmas gifts are a personal way to celebrate the season with friends and family.