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6 of the Best DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Wisconsin chapter.

The holiday season is in full swing and we couldn’t be more excited! One of the best parts of this time of year is showing the people we love that we care. Finding the perfect gift to demonstrate this can be extremely difficult though! You might end up scrolling and online shopping for hours to find the perfect item to embody a certain person’s personality, interests and lifestyle. If you have the time and are in this situation, try making some of your gifts this year! Plus, there’s just something special about dedicating your creativity and energy to each and every person on your list. Check out some of our favorite DIY gift ideas below!

Knitting & Crocheting

Chances are that during this chilly season, any of your friends or family could use something cozy! Plus, there’s a yarn project for every skill level (yes, even if you’ve never knit or crocheted before!). Whether you have days to spend on this project or an evening, a homemade crocheted or knitted item is sure to bring warmth and a smile to all your friends’ faces. Some of our favorite yarn projects are listed below: 

• Happy Daze Beanie – Wool and the Gang

• How to Make a Chunky Knit Pillow Cover in Under an Hour – Little Yellow Wheelbarrow

• Ten Last Minute Crochet Gift Ideas – Megmade With Love

Handmade Ornaments

A personalized, handmade ornament is the perfect way to tell someone you love them. Whether they hang it on their tree at Christmas time, at their desk/workspace or on their dresser, a homemade ornament is the perfect homemade gift to bring holiday cheer and show someone you care. Plus, you could use homemade ornaments as part of your wrapping by taping them on top of a package to personalize each gift. Check out some of our homemade ornaments below: 

• DIY: Fabric-Covered Christmas Tree Ornaments – Alice and Lois 

• Wood Slice Ornaments – Made to be a Mama

• Felt Ball Wreath Ornaments – Peanut Blossum

Baking & Candies

Do you have someone on your list that has a major sweet tooth? A homemade sweet treat is probably the way to go! Baked goods and candies made in your own kitchen will make the gift and thought all the more meaningful. Plus, who says you can’t keep a little for yourself! Whipping up your favorite holiday loaf, cookies or sweet treat is the perfect way to show someone you care this holiday season.

• Oreo Peppermint Bark – A Southern Fairytale 

• Gingerbread Loaf – Tastes of Lizzy T

• Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies – The Baking ChocolaTess


This year, consider putting together a themed kit or gift basket with gifts they’ll truly use. For the plant-lover on your list, it might be seeds, soil and a pot. For someone who enjoys the kitchen, type up your favorite recipe and wrap it up with all the ingredients needed. Read below for more adorable ideas! 

• A Charming Bubble Bath Gift Box – Sugar and Charm  

• Sugar Cookie Sack – Celebrate Creativity 


Though this DIY project sounds a little intimidating, it really is a great idea for the hostesses or homebodies on your list! Plus, it’s not so difficult with a detailed set of directions and supplies. So, help cozy up someone’s home this season with a homemade candle with your favorite scent! They’re sure to love this one.

• How to Make Homemade Candles for Beginners – The Spruce Crafts

• DIY Pine Scented Soy Candle – Sugar and Charm (pictured above!) 

• How to Make Your Own Scented Soy Candles – Homes to Love 

Homemade Wrapping

Last but not least, use homemade wrapping paper or other personalized items to make the packaging feel extra special. Some of our favorite ways to dress up your packages and make them stand out under the tree are listed below: 

• Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas – Half Baked Harvest

• 20+ Gift Wrapping Ideas: Easy, Creative, and Inexpensive – Shutterfly  

• Free & Gorgeous DIY Christmas Gift Wrapping in 5 Minutes – A Piece of Rainbow

If you’re looking for an easy way to give the most personal and fun gifts, try making your own this year! Plus, there’s nothing like a homemade gift to show the people you love in your life that you care this holiday season.

Cate Wilkinson

Wisconsin '20

Cate graduated from UW - Madison in May 2020 with a degree in Microbiology with a certificate in French. She is very passionate about health, wellness, sustainability and communication about these topics!
I am a senior at the greatest university— the University of Wisconsin. I am in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, double tracking in reporting and strategic communications and earning a certificate in and Digital Studies. I am a lover of dance, hiking, writing for Her Campus, the Badgers and strawberry acais. I am also a president of Her Campus Wisconsin.