9 easy, inexpensive homemade gifts
Homemade gifts represent thought, effort and creativity. They’re often less expensive than store-bought gifts. And they are customizable, which makes whoever is receiving the item feel extra special.
But what if time is running out? Or what if you simply aren’t as crafty as you wished you were?
Not to worry, there are plenty of easy-to-make gifts that take just a short time to throw together and require little-to-no artistic skill. Here are 9 of our favorite gift ideas from DIY bloggers around the web
Upcycled hand warmers
Give old clothing new life by transforming it into microwavable heat packs filled with rice. Most rice bag designs are simple enough for the novice crafter to sew, and while most are rectangular, you can get creative with the shape. On the
Useful spoon butter
Spoon butter, a conditioning treatment for wooden tools and utensils (such as wooden spoons), is a practical but useful gift, and making it only requires a
A treat for the dog
A dog lover will always appreciate a gift that’s specifically for their furry friend. Many types of baked dog treats are easy to make and require few ingredients. While many recipes include bacon or cheese, there are healthier dog treat recipes out there, too, including chicken and rice biscuits by Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen for dogs that have sensitive stomachs. Peanut butter is another popular ingredient for homemade dog treats. If you happen to have a donut pan, check out this peanut butter dog donuts recipe by Sunny Day Family. They look delicious.
Simmering potpourri kits
An alternative to candles and air fresheners, simmering potpourri is simply a combination of spices, fruit
To create a soothing mixture of bath salts, you only need a few ingredients, which are typically available at health food stores. While recipes vary greatly, most include epsom salt or magnesium chloride flakes, as well as essential oils. Other common ingredients include sea salt, baking soda, dried flower petals and liquid soap. This recipe from Mommypotamus is simple and the end result is a beautiful mixture that the author, Heather Dessinger, labels “Relaxation in a Jar.”
When it comes to personalizing bath salts, one of the easiest ways to get creative is by experimenting with various essential oils and dried herbs and flower petals. Commonly used essential oils in making bath salts are lavender, rose, peppermint, calendula
Personalized lap desks
If you know someone who frequently uses their laptop while sitting on the couch or in a chair, a cushioned lap desk would be a great gift. And while lap desks are available for purchase at big box stores, they’re actually quite easy and inexpensive to make. You don’t even need to know how to sew, according to the blog Shanty 2 Chic, which features a tutorial on how to make a lap desk out of a board, polyfoam, scrap fabric and hot glue for about $10. To personalize the desk, use a stencil to paint the person’s initials on the surface of the desk, or simply get creative with craft materials you already have.
Lotion bars are simple, eco-friendly alternatives to bottled lotion, and they’re fairly easy to make, according to Eco Living Mama, which provides information and a recipe for lotion bars, as well as suggestions on how to customize your own. Looking a lot like a bar of soap, a lotion bar is used by simply rubbing it on your skin and allowing your body heat to slowly melt it.
Homemade food or drink mixes
Make it easy for someone to make a delicious cup of hot chocolate or batch of cookies by laying the dry ingredients in a mason jar or another type of see-through
For the person on your list who’s known for adding hot sauce to most meals, try making a batch. Not only is hot sauce fairly easy to make,