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Dec 08
DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Holiday Gifts

With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. Whether you’re a gift-giving pro or a complete gift amateur, we’re here to help. Personalize your gifts this year by making some of these easy homemade, DIY gifts.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Jar

Winter is finally here, so give the gift of a cup of holiday cheer. This DIY gift is simple to create and sure to be a treat. After all, everyone loves a decadent cup of hot cocoa. What’s great about this DIY is that it’s inexpensive and easy to create in bulk – perfect for all of your friends and family!

Ingredients:

1 16 oz mason jar (wide mouth)

12 inches of red string

Small festive card for instructions

6 tbsp powdered creamer

6 tbsp powdered milk

6 tbsp powdered sugar

3 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp milk chocolate chips

2 tbsp candy canes, crushed to small bits

½ cup of mini marshmallows

Instructions:

Gently layer each ingredient into the jar. Make sure each layer is smooth and flat to get those nice, defined layers visible from outside. Secure the lid tightly and write the following instructions on the card: “Remove marshmallows and mix the remaining ingredients together. Add ½ cup of mix to 1 cup of boiling water in a mug. Stir until combined and top with marshmallows.” Finish the gift off by hole punching the recipe card. Use string or ribbon to tie the card around the neck of the mason jar.

Easy No-Sew Fleece Blankets

What better way to beat the winter chills than with a hot cup of cocoa and a snuggly blanket? This DIY no-sew fleece blanket is incredibly quick and easy to make. All you need are two pieces of fleece, fabric scissors, and a ruler. Feel free to mix and match between solid and patterned fleece designs. To make an adult-sized blanket, each piece of fleece should be 2 yards long. To make a child sized blanket, each piece of fleece should be 1.5 yards long.

Instructions:

Lay your fleece flat on top of one another and smooth out any bumps.

Trim off any excess fabric so that both pieces of fleece are the same size.

Cut out a 4-inch x 4-inch square on each corner.

Measure out 1.5-inch intervals for each side and cut 3-inch deep slits through both pieces of fleece. You should have the same number of strips on both pieces.

Double knot the two strips and continue until all strips are tied.

Make sure to package your snuggly gift with a thick ribbon and Christmas card.

Christmas Cookie Mix Jar

Winter holidays are for hot chocolate, warm blankets, and fresh homemade cookies. This gift will have your friends and family baking Christmas cookies all winter long. Each jar makes about 15-18 cookies.

Ingredients:

1 32oz mason jar

15 inches of ribbon or string

Patterned paper for recipe card

½ cup of chocolate chips

½ cup of Christmas colored m&ms

1 cup and 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour

¼ tsp of baking soda

½ tsp of salt

½ cup of brown sugar

½ cup of granulated sugar

Instructions:

Gently layer each ingredient into the jar. Make sure each layer is smooth and flat to get those nice, defined layers visible from outside. Write out a festive recipe card. Include the following ingredients and instructions:  

½ cup of unsalted butter room temperature

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1 egg

Cream together the butter and both sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until just combined. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls onto a lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.”

Finish the gift off by hole punching the recipe card. Use string or ribbon to tie it around the neck of the mason jar.

Festive Sharpie Mug

Want to give a personalized gift but feel engraved gifts are too expensive? This practical, budget-friendly gift is the perfect compromise. All you need are oven-safe mugs and oil-based paint Sharpie markers. Check out this Pinterest post for some holiday design inspiration.

Instructions:

Take your oil-based paint sharpie markers and begin designing your mug. Let your mug dry overnight before moving onto the baking step. Place the mug inside the oven before turning the heat on. Bake the mug in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F. Wait until the oven completely cools before taking the mug out. Gently hand-wash and dry the mug. For additional holiday cheer, fill the mug with mini candy canes and holiday chocolates.