With the holidays in full swing and Christmas right around the corner my mind if full of list of everyone I need to get gifts for this year. I always like to get a few thoughtful stocking stuffers for my family but other than that, we don’t usually give each other extravagant gifts. Instead we like to give small gifts that often hold more meaning than monetary value. When I have a lot of forethought I usually like to give my family a photo album. But as I have been extremely busy with my senior year of college, I am a bit behind on my holiday gifts. So with a week left to prepare, I am planning on making some of my own handmade gifts for my family instead. There are so many beautiful things that we can all make by hand that can often have just as much or more value than other gifts. Keep reading below to see some of the DIY gifts I am giving this year!
For my mom: Our home is full of lots and blue and white, so I thought for my mom I would finally try Indigo Shibori Dying. How great would a few of these look on dish towels for the kitchen? And then I think I also might make my mom some sort of holiday floral arrangement. She has such a love for fresh flowers that I think she would really enjoyed this Eucalyptus and Cedar Wreath.
For my dad: Finding a handmade gift for the guys is a admittedly a bit more difficult as most DIY projects are a bit more female / home decor focused. I am thinking that Brass Stamped Liquor Labels could be the perfect gift. It seems simple and would be a great addition to my parents bar.
For my grandmother: I am thinking of painting some scalloped pots for various plants for my grandmother. She has always had the most beautiful gardens and I am sure she would appreciate some new house plants. And who doesn’t love a good scallop design? To stick with the garden and nature inspired theme, I am also inspired to try making these Cactus Pin Cushions.
For my brother: Again…what to make for the guys. But what about a Custom Coffee Mug? Or, like every guy out there, my brother loves any good food or sweet treat. So I think I will also make him this Dark Chocolate Popcorn with Sea Salt.
For my cousin: In our office, Clare and Taylor have both made beautiful woven wall hangings and every time I see them I am reminded that I want to try to make one. So this year I am planning on trying my hand at making a DIY woven wall hanging following directions from Honestly WTF. I am thinking of using, cream, grey and light blue wool. Have you all woven a wall hanging before? Do we think I can manage it?
I don’t have a sister, so for my friends: I am always so amazed with how beautiful and chic DIY jewlery can be. I think I will make this minimal circle necklace for some of my best friends. And then to mix it up so I don’t give all my friends the same gifts, I am going to make a few of these leather tassel key chains. I have a feeling I will make an extra to keep for myself!
For our neighbors: My mom always makes a point of giving some sort of gift to our neighbors ever year. It doesn’t have to be anything grand but simply something with thought and care. I came across these adorable Cinnamon Spice Christmas Ornaments on Camille Styles and think they could be the perfect gift. Cinnamon and cloves are some of my favorite holiday scents and I love the idea of incorporating them into an ornament.
Do tell, do you like to make homemade or DIY gifts for friends and family over the holidays? Let me know if you have any suggestions for what I should make in the comments below. xx Nan