When it comes to the the holiday season, giving is definitely one of the best parts. Ok...getting is nice too, but it's the giving that truly makes most of us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And when that gift is something your made yourself, well it just plain feels better! Not to mention how much more memorable and appreciated it is. I received a homemade chocolate body scrub from my sister in-law a few years ago and I still remember how excited and honoured I was to get it. That fact that she took the time to make something showed more care and thought than some of the generic store bought stuff people tend to give around the holidays.
Not only is making your gifts sweet and memorable, but it's also more cost effective and eco-friendly. Especially when you use natural ingredients and products to create something useful. For this roundup of homemade gifts ideas, we sifted through Pinterest to find the best ideas that were not only adorable and gift worthy, but were also as eco-friendly as possible.
Take a look and be inspired to get crafty with this list of Eco-friendly Homemade Holiday Gifts:
Simmering Potpourri Gifts
This easy to make gift idea is an all natural way to make the recipient's home smell amazing. A lot of people have sensitivities to artificially perfumed scents, so this is a great way to give something everyone can enjoy. Not to mention how charming it looks in that jar topped of with twine and a tag with simmering instructions.
TIP: Use seed paper to make it even more eco-friendly and special.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix with Coasters, Recipes and Gift Tags
One of our designers made this adorable free printable gift set a few years ago using our eco-friendly seed paper and it was huge it. The hot cocoa recipe is super easy and the tags and coaster can be printed and trimmed at home. Each coaster has a different recipe on the back to get creative with the hot chocolate mix. All the chocolate lovers on your list will be thrilled with this homemade gift idea!
Homemade Spread Gifts
If you have a special family recipe for jam, honey, or any sweet spread then get creative and make a sweetly packaged gift like this festive mason jar with wooden spoon. Everyone loves getting edible gifts and there is just something special about anything served in a mason jar.
Rustic Wood Ornaments
We found this one for sale, but you could easily make them yourself if you like. You can purchase wooden disks that that are treated and ready to go at a craft store, or make your own if you are wood savvy. Then simply complete them with chalk paint and bakers twine for hanging them. You can write whatever sweet message or add a design using chalk, just be sure to use a setting spray to keep them from smudging. The recipient's initials would also be a cute way to personalize them.
Easy DIY Peppermint Lip Balm
During the winter months, lip balm is everyone's best friend if you live in a cold and dry climate like we do in Winnipeg. This 3-ingredient peppermint based recipe is a great gift for both men and women and is super easy to make. Top off the containers with a little washi tape or a sticker and you've got the perfect homemade gift for stocking stuffers.
Made with ingredients that are all easy to find, these beautiful bath bombs are a fantastic gift idea for the ladies in your life who need some relaxation. They're perfect for the time of year when a hot bath does wonders for the mind, body and soul! Put them a cute eco-friendly box and top it off with a sprig of spruce and some twine and voilà, the perfect all-natural gift!
As soon as I saw these little lemons I put them on my gift making list because they are just so pretty and unique. Citrus smells are also lovely any time of year because they are revitalizing and make the home smell fresh and clean. All you have to do is hollow out a lemon, boil some wax, add lemon oil and a wick, to make them. Wrap them in sets and you have a totally unique gift for the candle lovers on your list.
Natural Wax Fire Starters
Anyone with a fire place with love these natural fire starts that are made to capture all the scents of the season. With such pretty presentation, they are perfect for gift giving and you can make as many or as little as you like. Package them in a cute little craft box with a note that says "warm wishes for the holidays!".
We hope you enjoyed this round op of homemade holiday gifts. We'll add to it as we see more and if you have any other ideas, we'd love to hear about them in the comments.
Thanks for reading and Happy (homemade) Holidays!