Oh, it’s party season! I really enjoy holiday parties, but it’s always a challenge trying to come up with gift ideas for people you might not know well. So I’ve been hunting around blog-land for some fast, easy, and thoughtful gift ideas that are a great fit for us DIY-ers to give at Christmas time! Read on, and see if any of these look like your kind of present!
First – Tara at Suburble shows us how to make your own beeswax candles. Pretty pictures, and a BUNCH of great tips for the beginner.
If you are thinking of bringing a bottle of wine, there are a couple great DIY gifts to pair with it. (Although to be fair – doesn’t wine pair well with all gifts?) Petals to Picots shows us how to crochet beautiful beaded wine glass charms:
And over at Capital B, Sky shows us how to make easy Mason Jar Stemware, if you’re going for a more “Duck Dynasty” look. Haha.
While you’re at it – make a set of cork coasters! Lauren at The Thinking Closet shows us how.
You could go a step further and make your own gift-able beverage too – I love giving this Instant Chai Tea Mix when the weather is cold!
Or, for a more grown-up beverage gift – Marilyn at 4 You With Love shows us how to make your own Amaretto! Yummm!
I have to be honest, though, my favorite gift ideas at 4 You With Love come from Marilyn’s category dedicated to DIY spa recipes. I love this idea for making solid lotion bars – her recipe is inspired by Mounds Bars and she shaped them in cute little hearts – perfect for gifting!
Emily at The Benson Street also has a great exfoliator for you in her post about how to make this easy Lemon Sugar Scrub.
You can fill it with a friend’s favorite candy – or make up a simple candy recipe like my Star-Shaped Party Bark!
And speaking of food, if your friend is a foodie, why not glitter up a set of baking utensils, and add some cookies in a jar mix, like Kirsten did over at One Tough Mother?
You can also make up your own favorite bread recipe to share. I have a great way to present homemade breads as gifts to help keep it fresh while making it pretty!
Foodie friends would also love this gift set – Morena at Morena’s Corner shows us how to make whisk earrings and a whisk pendant!
Maybe you love to make jewelry… in which case, I have well over 100 posts on DIY jewelry (and counting! I love making jewelry!) here at Happy Hour Projects. My favorite quick project is probably this easy woven wrap bracelet – you can make it in about 10 minutes!
For great jewelry gifts, Bethany over at Pitter and Glink also has some tutorials to check out – including one to make these adorable chevron earrings.
I hope you found some great ideas to inspire you the next time you want to give handmade! What are your favorite go-to hostess gifts, or gifts for someone you may not know well?