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DIY Holiday Gifts People Actually Want to Receive

November has finally arrived—and the holiday season along with it. How many parties, get-togethers, and family soirees will you attend over the next couple months? How many people are on your holiday shopping list…? This season can get expensive, and if you want to make it to the new year with cash still in your wallet, you might want to consider going the DIY gift route.

But we’re not talking scratchy wool sweaters or sticky logs of fruitcake. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite gifts to get and give—all of which are inexpensive, creative, and customizable. Just the way they should be!

Give the Gift of Food

Raise your hand if you don’t like getting free food. Yeah, we thought so. Whipping up a batch of holiday goodies and throwing them into some festive packaging can be a cost-effective way of spreading all sorts of cheer. Whether you make the treats for your giftees or give them the tools to do so themselves, these gifts are sure to put smiles on everyone’s faces.

  • Seasonal Goodie Bags or Boxes
    If you have a little time to spend in the kitchen, you can really save yourself a lot of money. And HGTV.com has a very handy list of creative, delicious ideas. (We’re particularly fond of the Herb-Infused Olive Oil and Chocolate-Dipped Kettle Chips…YUM.)
  • DIT (Do It Themselves) Goodie Kits
    If you’re not much of a cook, there’s no shame in passing the buck. And if you make the kit cute enough, they may not even notice you’ve given them all the work to do! Need some examples? How about an Ice Cream Sundae Kit: throw some waffle cones and bowls in a box along with small jars of sauce and baggies of their favorite toppings. Or layer the ingredients for brownies in a mason jar, and include a pretty little recipe card. Slap a bow on that bad boy, and who wouldn’t love to receive your Sand Art Brownie Kit?

Give the Gift of Booze

You know, sometimes you need a little extra something to get you through the holidays. For those folks on your gift list who are 21+, these boozy DIY kits couldn’t come at a better time.

  • Homemade Liqueurs and Infusions
    Your friends will think you’ve turned into a master distiller when you bring any of these lively libations to the party.
  • Mulled Wine Kit
    Warm, spicy mulled wine for the holidays is a tradition that spans centuries. Throw together your own spice jar (tied with a festive ribbon, of course) and put it in a pretty box with a bottle of wine, a fresh orange, and a scattering of cloves. Instant holiday cheer!

Give the Gift of Relaxation

Once the holidays have come and gone, a fair few of us might be left with some knots in our shoulders. Help your giftees melt away the seasonal stress with a DIY, at-home spa day. There are about a million different things you could make to include in a spa basket, but here are a couple of our favorites:

  • Homemade Bath Salts
    This has to be one of the most simple DIY gifts on this list. Just infuse bath or Epsom salts with your favorite essential oils and herbs and pack it all into a cute jar or box. Tie it up with a bow, and you’re done! Martha Stewart has some instructions on how to do it, or click here to learn how to whip up some grapefruit and rosemary bath salts. We may need to make some of these for ourselves….
  • Scented Candles
    This is another easy, but impressive DIY holiday gift, involving little more than essential oils and wax. Go for classic holiday flavors like pine tree or cranberry, or mix and match to create a customized scent.

These are just a few of our favorite DIY gifts. What are yours? Send us pics—we’d love to see how your holiday projects come together!