DIY HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS: 120+ homemade presents friends and family of all ages will treasure

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Homemade Gifts That Kids Can Help Make

Not all homemade gifts are easy for kids to make. Kids have short attention spans and some are wee perfectionists, which means when a homemade gift is too hard and doesn’t turn out, you may be in for some holiday kid-angst. When making homemade gifts with kids, allow them to help choose a project, but steer them in a good direction, helping them to choose projects that can be split into short creation spurts, not projects that have to be completed all at once. Also, pick a project that is practically foolproof and easy for kids to manage. Below are some good ideas.

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Not Martha? No Problem!

Not so crafty? That’s OK. Not all of us can be Martha. You don’t have to make homemade gifts totally from scratch. Some gifts are “semi-homemade” yet still great to give, and there’s almost zero craftiness required – you’ll mostly need simply a dash of creativity.

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Homemade Gifts for Wee Babes

You gotta love babies. They’re so easy to please on holidays! Mainly because they’re just not that concerned with gifts. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give a special, cute and fun homemade gift to the babies in your life. Check out your DIY baby gift options below. P.S. all of these also make adorable baby shower gifts or new baby gifts!

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Homemade Gifts for Young Kids

Young kids are more picky than babies, but still pretty darn easy to please. That said, there are lots and lots of DIY gift projects that work well for toddlers and younger kids. Some of these gifts make great stocking stuffers and others can even be a main event gift. Take a look at the following ideas:

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Homemade Gifts for Tweens and Teens

Older kids and teens can be harder to please when it comes to homemade gifts. Especially with all the advertising focused on bling, and shiny gifts for these age groups. Choose projects that suit your older child’s tastes and make sure you pick a project you can design and make well, since shoddy homemade gifts don’t go over so well with older kids. Below are some DIY gift ideas that tweens and teens may like. Note too that there’s some gift cross-over possibilities between this gift section and the next adult gift section.

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Homemade Gifts for Adults

Adults who are interested in a less consumer-minded holiday season are usually on board with homemade gifts. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attempt to wow your adult pals with a really cool, and hopefully useful, homemade gift project. Below are some of the best homemade gifts for adults. Remember, there’s some gift cross-over possibilities between this gift section and gifts you can make for tweens and teens.

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Homemade Body Care

When giving gifts of homemade body care, be absolutely sure to label like mad. Some people are allergic to essential oils, some plants and flowers or have sensitive skin. The last gift you want to give is skin breakout or a crazy allergic reaction! You can design your own labels for homemade body care on your computer, then simply print them out and place them on the gift packaging or include a little card with the gift that lists all ingredients. It’s also useful to include instructions for use if it’s not 100% clear.  For example, everyone knows how to use a bar of homemade soap but some people aren’t totally clear on how to use DIY salt scrubs. Below are some killer homemade body care products you can make and give this holiday season.

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Advanced Homemade Gift Ideas

All of these homemade gifts require skills, patience, and a heaping dose of creativity. These are all fabulous DIY holiday gifts, but for sure gifts you shouldn’t attempt unless you’ve got time, tools and the means to do so.

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Homemade Food & Beverages

I’m not super keen on homemade gifts of food. Mainly because people are picky, you often have to make food gifts at the last minute and you need to label everything due to possible food allergies. Still, a homemade batch of nicely decorated cookies or a dry mix of hot cocoa in a pretty jar can make great last minute gifts. Below are some of the better homemade food gifts out there that you may want to consider.

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