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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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 We love a good DIY project so, of course, it comes as no big surprise that we automatically think DIY when it comes to gift-giving, as well. It’s so fun to see a resurgence of all things handmade, and trust me, your friends and family won’t miss that scarf and mitten set from one of those big box stores. I’ve rounded up 11 fun gift ideas for everyone on your list- most of them are easy to do and under $20. Let’s get started!

1. DIY Color Pop Cord Lamp from Vintage Revivals. Leave it to Mandi to come up with something totally awesome. And get this, she made the lamp base out of a vase!
DIY Color Pop Cord Lamp Tutorial
2. Marbled Paper Box from Centsational Girl. This project is what inspired me to hang marbled paper art in my dining room. The possibilities are endless with these boxes and could be customized for every recipient.
diy stacked marbled paper boxes cg
3. Sharpie Art Gift Mugs from Whipperberry. Super cute and easy. Love. Enough said.
sharpie art gift mugs copy
4. DIY Washer Necklace from By Wilma. I’ll be honest, I know nothing about making jewelry, but this tutorial makes me think I could tackle this one! I might just have to make one for myself… as a sample, of course. Ahem.
5. DIY Recipe book from 36th Avenue. This is a really simple upcycle of a cheap notebook using paint, paper clips and cute scrapbook paper. Totally doable, and cheap, to boot!
6. Double Wine Gift Bag from Infarrantly Creative. We always pick up a few bottles of wine for hostess gifts and this bag would be a perfect addition!
7. DIY Rope-Wrapped Hurricane Vase from us! (hehe.) I wasn’t joking when I said I wanted to make one of these for all my friends. The cost for all of the materials is around $10, and that will make several of these vases!
8. Chalkboard Art Ornaments from Clean & Scentsible. We’ve been seeing chalkboards are all over the place, (for good reason- they’re awesome!), and I love this version as ornaments! Aren’t they cute?
9. Christmas Potpourri Neighbor Gift from Landee See, Landee Do. Nothing makes me happier than a house filled with Christmasy smells, so this gift is right up my alley. Comes with cute printable tags, too.

10. DIY Farmhouse Doll Bed by Ana White. My daughter is getting an American Girl doll from my mom this year, and you better believe I’m having my hubs make this adorable bed to go with it.


Doll Farmhouse Bed


11. DIY Wooden Matchbox Car Race Track from Pretty Handy Girl. I can’t forget all the little boys out there, and so this gift is for them! I love that this race track can be completely customized with their favorite colors and name.


I hope this round-up of awesome gift ideas gets you inspired to give something handmade this year!

What’s your favorite, easy DIY Christmas gift? Please share!

The comments +

  1. Say it isn’t so Jess! You rounded up some pretty Off the dang wall gift ideas here! Why yeppers you did!…and for that I THANK YOU! 🙂 Hope your Monday is fan-flippin’ tastic my lady!

  2. 2busy says:

    Great ideas! I love the idea of homemade gifts. I’m on it!

  3. Great ideas! My goal for this year is to make most of the gifts I give!

    Right now on my blog I’m doing DIY Christmas decor ideas & tutorials and then next week I’m doing tutorials on some homemade gifts!


  4. dhanalakshmi says:

    We can also get varaiety of Christmas Gifts and Newyear Gifts at here……

  5. Ronal Dotson says:

    You just make my job easy this year. i need not to envisage too much on the Christmas gifts. You have shared some interesting ideas.

  6. Sara says:

    Such chic ideas! I’m in LOVE with the washer necklace. Merry Christmas to me, maybe? 😉 I put a few of my faves on my blog – like a hollowed-out book – but these are way cuter! haha

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