10 DIY Christmas Presents: Easy Do-It-Yourself Ideas!

written by: Christina Pichler, 12.11.2020

Christmas is just around the corner and you still need some more presents? But giving away a book, a voucher or a pair of socks is far too impersonal for you? No problem, we got you covered! We have 10 do-it-yourself gift ideas for you that are not only super easy, but also really cool!

1. Make your own chocolate!

This gift idea is aimed at all the people who have a sweet tooth!

What you need:

  • some basic chocolate (dark, white or milk chocolate)
  • ingredients of your choice (nuts, berries, coconut flakes, chili, caramel…)
  • aluminum foil
  • baking paper
  • a bow for decorations
  • pot and a bowl for a water bath

This is how it works: We choose to go the easy way with this DIY and skip the step to make chocolate from scratch, but if you want to do that here you will find a guide to make chocolate on your own!

We start by melting our chocolate slowly over a water bath. While the chocolate is melting, use the time to make a mold from aluminum foil. This serves as a template for the form of your chocolate bar! When the chocolate is fully melted, pour it into the mold. Then take your ingredients, gently sprinkle them over the warm chocolate and let the whole thing cool down! Done! You made your own chocolate! Of course, you can make as many variations as you like and take individual preferences of your loved ones into consideration! When the  chocolate has completely cooled down, you can cut it into pieces and decorate it with a nice label or a Christmas parcel cord!

2. Coffee Peeling

You could also say this present is a full spa experience for your home because this gift really spoils all your senses and gives you a lot of relaxation in addition to soft skin. This DIY is also great for a small budget, because you need very few ingredients to create a personal gift made with love.

What you need:

  • ground coffee
  • brown sugar
  • coconut oil
  • a beautiful container

This is how it works:

Mix the coffee, brown sugar and coconut oil until you have a nice consistency and pour the mixture in a container of your choice (To save even more money, use something that you already have at home. For example, used containers of tomato sauce or pickled fruit – just wash it out well, remove the label and reuse it!) If you paint a nice label and tie a bow around the lid with a beautiful Christmas ribbon, the gift is perfect!

3. Florarium

Plant mums (-and dads) take note! Plant terrariums are not only easy to care for but are also really quick to put together! By the way, they are the perfect decoration for every student dorm room and are therefore a gift that will bring a lot of joy to your study buddies – even long after Christmas!

What you need:

  • A glass container
  • pebble stones
  • soil
  • plants of your choice (tip: succulents are the easiest to care for)
  • moss

This is how it works: Start putting the pebble stones in your glass, they act as a drainage layer and help prevent waterlogging. This is important to make sure that your plants don’t get wet feet! Then the soil follows, make sure that the plants, you put into your florarium have enough soil available for their roots! Now you can have some fun and put your plants together as you like it and plant them! Succulents are the easiest to care for and are hence also a suitable gift for people who do not have a green thumb! As a last step you put the moss around the plants and your little florarium is ready to be given away!

4. Homemade chutney

Cooking jam can be done by anyone, but with a homemade chutney you can not only prove your cooking skills, but also lead your loved ones into a whole new world of taste! In India, chutneys are usually served to spicy curries to give the dishes an extra flavorful component. They consist primarily of fruits and vegetables that achieve the desired flavor by adding herbs, spices, chili, salt, ginger, vinegar and lemon juice. We have a recipe for an incredible delicious apple chutney for you, it’s slightly spicy and fits perfectly with light meat, cheese or a simple slice of bread!

What you need:

  • 1kg of apples, diced
  • 200g onion, finely chopped
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 25g ginger, finely chopped
  • Chili, as much as you like
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 400ml white wine vinegar
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 100g gelling sugar 2:1
  • cinnamon, cloves

This is how it works: Bring the vinegar to a boil in a saucepan and dissolve the brown sugar in it. Then add the diced apples and all other ingredients except the gelling sugar and let it simmer on medium heat! The apple pieces should not be completely mushy. It takes about 40 minutes to boil, don’t forget to continuously stir to avoid burning! Once most of the liquid is boiled, add gelling sugar, bring it to a boil once more and fill the mixture into jars while it is still hot. Turn the filled glasses upside down while they cool down to create a vacuum. This makes the chutney durable for a long time!

5. Homemade scented candle

Making scented candles yourself is very easy and most of the utensils you need for this DIY you will probably have at home already! They are also extremely suitable for an individual gift, because you can customize the fragrance to your liking! Your mom likes the scent of roses, but your sister prefers lavender, no problem! Use different essential oils and you already have an original gift for both of them!

What you need:

  • wax residues
  • candle wick
  • some kind of container for the new candle
  • essential oils
  • fresh ingredients (lavender/ rose petals/ eucalyptus)
  • wooden sticks
  • clatters
  • a cooking pot and a bowl for a water bath

This is how it works: Melt the wax residues carefully over your water bath! To create the scent, simply add a few drops of your chosen essential oils and, depending on your taste, a few fresh rose petals or something else. As the wax melts, you can prepare your candle shape: put the wooden sticks over your glass, then sink the candle wick into the glass and fix it with the help of a tip (look at the picture for guidance). Once the wax has completely dissolved, you can pour it into your container, make sure to choose a heat-resistant shape! When the wax is fully cooled down again, your candle is finished and ready to be given away! Add a nice packaging or self-painted Christmas card and voila, your gift is ready!

6. Macrame

Macrame are timeless, so if you want to give someone a present who prefers to stay away from traditional Christmas kitsch, this DIY is definitely the right option for you! Wall hangings, flower lights, garlands or keychains. Once you understood the basics of the Macrame technique you can let your creativity run wild. And the best thing: all you need is macrame/ cotton yarn and scissors!

Whether you are a beginner or already experienced, here you will find a macrame basic course, instructions on macrame wall hanging and ideas for Christmas decoration! This knotting technique is more time-consuming than some of our other tips, but it’s definitely worth it!

7. Mindfulness to-go

The Christmas season should be a very quiet and very calming time, but we all know how stressful Advent can often be. Many students are also faced with a lot of exams and deadlines in December, so mindfulness and rest are often neglected. To work against this, you can gift mindfulness to-go this year.

What you need:

  • solid paper
  • scissors
  • candlelight
  • tea bag
  • mini chocolate
  • meditation guide

This is how it works: Cut out the scaffold for your explosion box, fold it and stick the tea bag, chocolate, meditation instructions and a quick explanation on the inside of the box – put a lid on top and it is ready! Here you will find the template for the box!

8. Cups for coffee lovers

“Do not speak to me before the first coffee.” We all know a person who is almost constantly sipping on a coffee and hardly works without consuming endless cups of the black gold. And what does one need to drink coffee? Exactly, the perfect cup! Instead of a normal, boring cup, we recommend designing a cup yourself – it is super simple, beautiful and the gifted person will be happy about it every morning!

What you need:

  • a cup
  • ceramic pen
  • oven

This is how it works: Paint a nice motive with the ceramic pen, write a motivational saying or an insider joke on the cup and put it in the oven to fix the color (you can find exact instructions on your ceramic pen!)

9. Picture Cubes

You have a favorite photo that you really want to print out and give away? But a picture frame is too boring for you? Then try to make your own photo cube! Whether for your best friend, your boyfriend or mom and dad, this gift is probably one of the most personal!

What you need:

  • pictures
  • cubes
  • scissors
  • glue

Here you will find a detailed guide for your own photo cube!

10. Homemade granola 

This presents will lighten up every morning for whoever you gift this to! Granola is a crunchy and delicious addition to yogurt, a smoothie bowl or some milk! There are plenty of variations of granola to make, so you can pcik whatever you like best!

You need: 

  • 300g oats
  • nuts of your choice (hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, pecans, etc)
  • 100g coconut oil
  • 125g honey
  • spices of your choice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, etc.)
  • a pinch of salt
  • toppings of your choice (chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, amaranth…)

This is how it works: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Melt coconut oil and honey, then add all the other ingredients and mix. Place this mixture on a baking tray lined with baking sheets. Bake for 10 min, then crumble it with a wooden spoon and bake for 6 more minutes. Then let cool and put into a storage box. Done!

We hope you could gather some inspiration from our DIY tips and wish you a Merry Christmas!

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