The Most Thoughtful Home-Made Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is less than two weeks away. Wow! Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Well, you’re not alone. We get you! It may be hectic at work around the holidays, you’re busy planning your well-deserved trip to your dream destination and you’re having family or friends over. You haven’t had the time or mental space to think about buying gifts. So, this is the time of the month when it hits you that you really need to carve out some time to get it done. However, you don’t just want to wing it and get it out of the way. You want to find thoughtful ideas to surprise your loved ones and make an impression.

Our #1 recommendation for thoughtful Christmas gifts is shared experiences with your loved ones. However, our second-best suggestion is homemade Christmas gifts, especially if you’re more of a creative type of person. Home-made Christmas Gifts are a fun way to save, be eco-sensitive and craft something unique and personalised.

Here are some ideas for inspiration. Feel free to leave a comment or share with us which idea resonated with you!

1. DIY Photo Gift Ideas

Nothing makes a gift more personal than including a photo of your favourite people. They will absolutely appreciate the time and effort you put into reliving special moments for them. You will be equally satisfied to put a smile on their faces. So, win-win!

If you need some inspiration, here are some ideas so you can have plenty of DYI photo fun. Some of our top picks are:

DIYCraftsy – 35 Best DIY Photo Gift Ideas for Your Friends and Family

36th Avenue – Top 10 Handmade Gifts using Photos

Cooph – Check out this video showing some cool DIY photo gift ideas to tickle your creative side.

2. Self-Care Gift Ideas

Finding the perfect gift can be tricky for anyone, whether it is your neighbour or your best friend. However, it’s hard to go wrong when you choose self-care gifts. Who doesn’t like to get nice things to pamper themselves? Plus, they will help you to keep an eye on budget and choose natural products instead of store-bought chemicals in body or skin-care products.
Here are some of our faves:

Fit as a Mama Bear – DIY Gifts Perfect for Self-care

Mommypotamus – 25+ Homemade Gift Ideas that are Easy to Make

home made christmas gift

3. Sustainable Gift Ideas

Most homemade gifts are also eco-friendly by nature. They may involve repurposing or upcycling items. It’s fascinating how people are increasingly more interested in sustainable living. Therefore, Christmas gifts can also be a great opportunity to show people your commitment to reducing waste and encourage them to do so themselves.

If you don’t know where to start, here are some ideas:

Little Green Dot – Christmas Green Gift Guide

Botanical Paperworks – Eco-friendly homemade Holiday Gifts

4. Décor Gift Ideas

How about creating a unique piece of décor to leave a lasting impression? If you like DIY and have a knack for crafts, this could be a perfect option for you. Create something unique that your loved ones can look at in their homes every day. Think of something useful and practical to put an extra touch of style to any room in their house. We may be biased, but a piece of art you paint can make a special and thoughtful gift not only for Christmas but for birthdays and special occasions.

Here are some other ideas:

Shutterfly – 55+ Creative DIY Gift Ideas for Everyone in your Life

5. Creative Craft Ideas – Watercolour Christmas Cards

DIY crafts are a great choice when you want to show someone you care. And of course, this list of homemade gift ideas wouldn’t be complete without adding some DIY painting for fun. Raise the bar this Christmas and go that extra mile to make a statement and impress.

Be creative and craft (or paint) something with your own hands that cannot be found anywhere else. How about some watercolour Christmas Cards to put the cherry on top of these awesome gifts?

Here’s a whole one-hour video class to teach you step-by-step how to create this personalised Watercolour Christmas cards. It’s so much easier and fun than you think. Grab all your art supplies and give it a try. Actually, we suggest that you get extra supplies because once you get started and see how fun and easy it is, you may want to create a whole batch of them.


There you have it! A complete list of homemade Christmas gift ideas to get you inspired. Feel free to comment and share your own ideas from gifts you’ve given or received that have made your heart warm and put a smile on your face.

Get creative and spread the love. Happy holidays!