If you’ve been coming around here for a while, you likely know that Christmas and crafting go hand-in-hand for me! I grew up in a household full of handmade decor and ornaments, and easy DIY gifts are my way of getting into the holiday spirit while crossing people off my “to buy for” list. Since the holiday shopping season is about to kick off and pretty much everything will be on sale in the coming days, I wanted to share this comprehensive round-up of my best and easiest DIY gift ideas. Hopefully the projects I have here will spark some ideas for you, and the links will help you save on all the materials and supplies you need to pull them together! Let’s get crafting!

Easy DIY Gift Ideas

DIY Gifts For the Home

Mini Monogram Wreaths

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Teachers | Neighbors | Leaders & Coaches

Assembly Instructions: Mini Monogram Wreaths

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Keep In Mind: These mini wreaths make a great activity for a coffee, ladies/MOPS groups, or even scout meetings. Wrapping the yarn can take a little while, making it the perfect opportunity for chit chat, snacks and coffee. Swing through Michaels and grab a bunch of different colored holiday florals so each guest can decorate their wreath however they want!


Pencil Wreath

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Teachers | Librarian, Principal, etc | School Volunteers

Assembly Instructions: Pencil Starburst Wreath

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Keep In Mind: This is a fun and easy project to make and great for decorating teachers’ classroom doors. However, it ends up quite large, making it hard to fit into a box/gift bag. Also, make sure you have an electric pencil sharpener on hand because sharpening pencils to a fine point by hand can add a lot of extra time!


Holiday Pillow

Learn how to make your own Holiday Pillows using affordable heat transfer vinyl from Craftables!

Great Gift For: Anyone who loves to decorate for the holidays!

Assembly Instructions: Iron-On Holiday Pillows

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Keep In Mind: The world is your oyster when it comes to finding cute, festive and even funny phrases and images for holiday pillows. Not only does the Cricut Design Space Library have lots to choose from, but this bundle is a great investment of holiday images and phrases if you have lots of gifts to make!


Tray & Mug Set

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Moms | Girlfriends | Gift Exchanges | Coffee Group Hostess | Home Decor Lovers

Assembly Instructions: Matching Mug and Tray Set

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Keep In Mind: This set is shown as a “Mom” gift, but you can customize these plain trays and mugs for any theme by simply swapping the colors and images. This would also make for an adorable “Treats for Santa” tray and mug to put out on Christmas Eve!


Coaster Set

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Gift Exchanges | Home Decor Lovers | As a companion gift to mugs, wine glasses, bottle of wine, etc

Assembly Instructions: Coaster Instructions

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Keep In Mind: The quality of these coasters is very impressive, so they are sure to wow your recipient despite being “homemade”! Although you do need to use a Cricut Easy Press and the Infusible Ink pens, you don’t HAVE to use a Cricut machine. You can free-hand any image you like with the pens, making them a fun art project for kids to make for grandparents or other loved ones!


DIY Gifts For the Classroom

Craft Kit with Bag Topper

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Kid friends at school, sports teams, scout troops, carpool, playdates etc

Assembly Instructions: Bag Toppers

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Keep In Mind: Black Friday is a great day to snag individual craft kits on super sale (check Michaels and Joann Fabrics for great selections as cheap as $1/kit!). Adding a paper bag topper is a great way to dress-up these inexpensive, off-the-shelf gifts!


Candy with Bag Topper

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Kid friends at school, sports teams, scout troops, carpool, playdates etc

Assembly Instructions: Snowflake Treat Bags

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Keep In Mind: These classroom treat bags are about as easy as it gets! Don’t hesitate to swap out different candy and cardstock to make them any color combination you like (including school colors!). Don’t want to gift candy? This same concept can be used to package up any small gift (e.g., erasers, mini figures, bouncy balls, etc).


Santa & Friends Bag Toppers

Christmas is quickly approaching! Finish off your gift list with these last-minute DIY Christmas Gift Ideas!

Great Gift For: Kid friends at school, sports teams, scout troops, carpool, playdates etc

Assembly Instructions: Christmas Character Treat Bag Toppers

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Keep In Mind: These bag toppers can be a bit labor intensive, but they sure are adorable! Once you get everything cut out, enlist kids to help glue everything together. These cute faces can also be used as place cards, party invitations, and gift card holders.


Silly String Battle Kit

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Kid friends at school, sports teams, scout troops, carpool, playdates etc

Assembly Instructions: Silly String Gift for Kids!

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Keep In Mind: We gifted these to Henry’s best school friends on the last day of school before Christmas break. They were such a fun way to give a gift but also celebrate the coming holiday! Although it can make a bit of a mess, parents may appreciate that it’s an “experience” gift rather than a “stuff” gift!


DIY Gifts For the Kids

Personalized Water Bottles

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Your own kids | Your kids’ best friends | Teachers, Coaches, Leaders

Assembly Instructions: Personalized Water Bottles

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Keep In Mind: Having your own Cricut machine certainly makes customizing any water bottle/mug/canteen super easy. However, if you don’t have a cutting machine, many sellers on Etsy can do custom decals for you for just a few dollars. Additionally, Amazon carries really cool and inexpensive packs of waterproof stickers, making selecting just the right one for each friend a super fun activity!


Personalized Notebooks & Pencil Box

Learn everything you need to do know for creating with Holographic and Foil Vinyl and a Cricut Explore

Great Gift For: Your own kids | Your kids’ best friends | Art/Journaling Lovers

Assembly Instructions: Personalized Pencil Boxes & Journals

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Keep In Mind: This is one of my favorite gifts to make for Henry’s friends for birthday parties and holidays. Stores like Marshalls/TJ Maxx often sell really cute mini book sets, and I will buy a huge set of pens to split among several boxes…making this a really budget-friendly gift to pull together for lots of kids on your list!


Nail Polish Kit

Organize all the little toys around your house with these tiny toy storage bags featuring iron-on labels made with a Cricut Maker and EasyPress!

Great Gift For: Your own kids | Your kids’ best friends | Make-Up & Dress-Up Lovers

Assembly Instructions: Tiny Toy Storage Bags with Iron-On Labels

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Keep In Mind: This is another gift that you can make over and over again for lots of little kids on your list. Buy a bulk set of the drawstring bags, then customize the “labels” on the front for whatever’s inside. Other things you can bundle like this include lipsticks, matchbox cars, army men, mini puzzles, Shopkins, etc!


Holiday Shirts

Make DIY Holiday Shirts for the whole family using heat transfer vinyl from Craftables!

Great Gift For: Your own kids | Your kids’ best friends | The Whole Family!

Assembly Instructions: DIY Holiday Shirts for the Whole Family

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Keep In Mind: Just like with the holiday pillows above, there are now all sorts of adorable holiday phrases and images you can add to shirts! And, if you’re like me and are having a tough time finding matching holiday jammies in ALL the sizes, consider making matching shirts for the family instead!


Creative Treat Packaging

Cookie Packaging

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Teachers | Neighbors | Coworkers | Cookie Exchange

Assembly Instructions: How to Host a Cookie Exchange

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Keep In Mind: Clever and creative packaging goes a really long way in making simple holiday cookies appear extra thoughtful! And thankfully, you don’t need to be super crafty to pull off a great look! Stock up on cute boxes and Kraft-style ribbons and labels to give your cookies a festive boost! (Want the YUM printable labels? Find them here!)


Coffee Lovers Gift Set

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Teachers | Co-Workers | Friends | Coffee Group | Gift Exchange

Assembly Instructions: 3 Creative Gift Ideas for the Non-Crafty Giver

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Keep In Mind: Combining cute mugs with some holiday-themed K-cups is a great gift in-and-of-itself. Up the cuteness factor by adding holiday-themed decals to the mug and throwing in a Starbucks gift card!


Holiday Baking Gift Set

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Gift Exchanges | Neighbors

Assembly Instructions:

What You Need: 3 Creative Gift Ideas for the Non-Crafty Giver

 

Keep In Mind: A DIY baking set is really easy to pull together. A stroll through Michaels or Hobby Lobby will yield everything you need to create a cohesive gift set! Repackaging sprinkles into reusable jars and sticking to a theme will make this off-the-shelf gift feel handmade. “Red and Green” is always a safe bet, but a “Snowman” themed set also makes for a clever collection!


Easy Cookie Gifts

Looking for a quick, easy yet special gift for neighbors, teachers, co-workers and more? Check out this super easy personalized gift idea for anyone on your list!

Great Gift For: Neighbors | Teachers, Leaders & Coaches | Co-Workers | Gift Exchanges

Assembly Instructions: Personalized Gift Tags

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Keep In Mind: Tying a personalized ornament (handmade or store-bought!) to a simple box of cookies or candy is a great way to bring a simple gift up a notch! Finding unique candies and cookies to use is always a good bet, and Trader Joe’s treats never disappoint!


Surprise Gift Card Jar

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Anyone! | Neighbors | Teachers, Leaders & Coaches | Co-Workers | Gift Exchanges

Assembly Instructions: 3 Creative Gift Ideas for the Non-Crafty Giver

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Keep In Mind: Gift cards are always a safe bet for pretty much any recipient. But if you want to be sneaky or have a larger gift to wrap, tuck one inside a decorative jar full of festive candy!


Easy DIY Gifts for Anyone

Photo Tree Ornaments

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Parents & Grandparents

Assembly Instructions: DIY Christmas Ornaments Using Instagram Photos

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Keep In Mind: Gifting photo ornaments is a quick and easy idea for grandparents, but consider using this idea for your own tree! By using photos from the past year you can decorate while reflecting on the year gone by!


Ornament Wine Charms

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Neighbors | Co-Workers | Gift Exchanges | Hostess Gifts

Assembly Instructions: DIY Ornament Drink Charms

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Keep In Mind: A bottle of wine is a great gift for hostesses and co-workers alike, but consider making it a little extra special by including some DIY drink charms. Pair basic charm hardware with pretty much ANY mini ornament set for a cute collection to toast with!


String Art

This easy DIY String Art project is the perfect kid craft or gift idea!

Great Gift For: Neighbors | Teachers, Leaders & Coaches | Parents & Grandparents

Assembly Instructions: Easy DIY String Art

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Keep In Mind: With a little help from an adult, string art is a great craft project for kids to make for any adults or friends on their list! A simple heart comes together in minutes, but Christmas-themed templates also make for thoughtful holiday gifts!


DIY Gift Card Holders

DIY Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Great Gift For: Neighbors | Teachers, Leaders & Coaches | Housecleaners | Babysitters

Assembly Instructions: DIY Gift Card Holders from Paper

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Keep In Mind: I provide the template for these easy DIY Card Holders, making this a project you can pull together minutes before a party or event. My pack of printable papers make this a 100% DIY project but any cute double-sided paper will work great too!


Glitter Keychains

Show your school spirit with these awesome keychains made with glitter vinyl - perfect for grads, alumni, sororities, and more!

Great Gift For: College Kids | Teachers | Friends | Grandparents | Kids

Assembly Instructions: DIY Glitter Keychains

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Keep In Mind: I originally conceived these keychains to be “school spirit”-related, but they could really be made with any design. Other ideas are favorite (Disney, Lego, Star Wars, etc) characters, States, schools, professional sports teams – anything!


Monogrammed Candles

DIY Monogrammed Candles

Great Gift For: Teachers | Neighbors | Friends | Hostesses

Assembly Instructions: DIY Monogrammed Candles

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Keep In Mind: The Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles are pricey but they often go on sale throughout the season (either “Buy One, Get One” or $10 off). If you plan to make these for a bunch of people on your list, stock up when the price is right!


I hope these projects and links give you a jump start on your holiday gift list this year! On the next few Tuesdays, I’ll be sharing a few more DIY gift ideas – the ones I made for my own family and friends this year! I hope you’ll stop by and check them out!

Happy Merry Crafting!

P.S. Are you a Cricut lover or do you have one on your list? Be sure to check out my brand new 2019 Cricut Holiday Shopping Guide full of great picks anyone would love to find under the tree!

Cricut Holiday Shopping Guide

See You Soon!
Megan