Are you planning to make your own DIY Christmas gifts this year? If so, it’s a great time to start planning and picking up supplies for what you want to make – even though it’s November, I know! So I’m sharing this post from my archives that I wrote last year (and added to it) to get the ideas flowing – enjoy!
Love banana bread? Give it a Christmas twist with a few juicy tart cranberries and share with your family and friends. Wrap up a warm loaf of this Cranberry Banana Bread in some waxed or craft paper and tie with a pretty ribbon or a piece of twine. I love this recipe from Joy the Baker. It’s one of my favourite DIY Christmas gift ideas.
Short on time? Try this DIY Vanilla Sugar recipe and gift it away in a pretty mason jar. All you need is some sugar and a couple vanilla beans that you could pick-up at a gourmet grocery or bulk store. Just slice the bean in half, empty the pod in your sugar and shake. Add the whole bean in there as well. Add a tag and suggest using the sugar in coffee, tea, baking and sprinkling on fruit salad.
If you can dip a pretzel in chocolate, then you can make this next homemade gift! Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods are one of my favourite things because of the sweet and salty pairing. Dip the pretzels in white or dark chocolate and roll around in festive sprinkles, nuts or chocolate swirl. Try this easy recipe using chocolate chips and your microwave from Paula Deen. After the rods have set, place 4-5 chocolate-dipped pretzel rods into a clear cellophane bag and wrap with ribbon.
Give the gift of vodka. You can never go wrong. But take it to the next level and make your own Jalapeno Infused Vodka – perfect for mixing up a spicy Caesar. Not into spice? Infuse organic vodka (if you want to get fancy) with pineapple, ginger, fresh herbs or lemon peels. We like all the ideas from Brit + Co. on vodka infused mix-ins for a DIY Christmas gift!
Hook your girlfriends up with a trio of Homemade Lip Butters to keep chapped winter lips at bay. Package up in a cute little box and a homemade gift tag. Try this recipe from Life Ann Style for this easy DIY Christmas gift idea.
When in doubt, chocolate works. I saw Ina Garten of the Barefoot Contessa make this White Chocolate Pistachio Bark on Food Network and it looked perfect for gifting. Just wrap a piece of bark in a cello bag and tie with a pretty ribbon and a label. The recipe makes enough that you can distribute them to your office mates.
Homemade granola is such a lovely treat to wake-up to on a cold and snowy morning. I like whipping up a big batch and filling pretty jars with them. It’s great for topping on yogurt and to keep your friends and family healthy over the holiday season. Make 1-2 days ahead of gifting as it stores for up to one week or can be frozen for up to a month. I like this recipe of Orange, Pistachio and Date Granola from KCET.
What’s your favourite homemade gift to give over the holidays?