14 Holiday Gifts You Can Totally DIY

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Check out the full Hunker Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas and inspo. Whether you're shopping for midcentury modern lovers, ceramic fiends, self-proclaimed foodies, or budding astrologers, we can help.

Sure, holiday gifts are fun to shop for ... in theory. But the reality is, it's really stressing us all out — emotionally and financially. This year, DIY your gifts and see how downright economical it can be to make an entire batch of seemingly bougie offerings — from boho decor to natural products. Here are 14 holiday gifts you can easily DIY.

1. Earthy Clay Bells

Bells made of clay, black and white paint, and rope

DO THE DIY: Find out how to turn common air-dry clay into a set of beautiful DIY wall bells — in less than 10 steps.

2. Minimal Leather Vase

DO THE DIY: Skip the fancy boutique for gifts this year and try this leather vase DIY — it's the perfect intro to working with leather and rivets that comes together in under an hour.

3. Bespoke Brass Mobile

DO THE DIY: Mobiles ain't just for nurseries — channel your inner Calder and use metal sheeting, in this case brass, to create a one-of-a-kind design for yourself or a friend.

4. DIY Bath Salts

DO THE DIY: For this tutorial, we show you how to make stress-relieving rose and relaxing lavender bath salts packaged in glass jars for simple homemade gifts that are perfect for the holidays (or anytime of year, really).

5. Mint and Ginger Body Scrub

DO THE DIY: The best part about DIYing your way through the holiday season — all you have to do is double up this body scrub recipe and you've got a thoughtful gift for family and friends plus a little something for yourself, too.

6. Textured Wall Art

DO THE DIY: For the friend who loves minimalism with a bohemian edge, this DIY wall hanging is a perfect choice with its study of contrasts between a luxe fabric like (faux) leather and a natural fiber like burlap.

7. Graphic Art Prints

Two framed DIY graphic art pieces on white wall in room with plants and wood-framed glass cabinet

DO THE DIY: These do-it-yourself prints are the quickest way to create (and impress your mom with) minimalist art on a budget — no painting, printing, or skill required, you'll just need to find a good frame.

8. DIY Goat's Milk Soap

DO THE DIY: Let your soap-making fears subside — this tutorial will show how easy it is to make goat's milk soap at home for a creamy, hydrating lather gentle enough for your favorite work friends to use on the face, body, and even hair.

9. Boho Door Tassels

DO THE DIY: Give the gift of door swag to your closest confidant and ensure her it is most definitely a thing — hung from a doorknob, a drawer pull, or the back of a chair, this handsome tassel offers both style and a symbol of hospitality wherever it goes.

10. Wood Bead Decor

DO THE DIY: Use any wooden beads leftover from your last project on some simple holiday gifts; these DIY wall hangings could easily come together as custom Scandi-inspired ornaments on a minimalistic Christmas tree.

11. Toy Trolley for Kids

DO THE DIY: What to do with all of those extra toys that magically arrive around the holidays ... gift your favorite kiddo their very own toy trolley to cart around everything from Santa's haul (and keep it organized).

12. IKEA Hack: DIY Match Striker

DO THE DIY: Say hello to our best gift idea yet — believe it or not, these trendy match strikers were once plain IKEA spice jars cleverly designed to sit upright or on their sides. With a bit of textured paint we transformed them into artisanal home accessories.

13. Amazon + Paint + Free Templates = Cool DIY

DO THE DIY: Got a plant lover on your list? Here's how to take a white planter from plain to Pinterest, using paint and three printable templates we include for free!

14. Relaxing Room Spray

DO THE DIY: Bring refreshing smells of the season inside with this spring-scented room spray; simply modify the scents to your heart's content and use this recipe for a few tips to help it last even longer.


Lauren McQuade is a writer, editor based in Los Angeles.

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