A round-up of 65+ simple, easy, and inexpensive homemade gift ideas. Including sweet and savory edible gifts, candles, sugar scrubs, and more. Perfect for inexpensive stocking fillers, Christmas gift baskets, hostess gifts, and as DIY gifts for other special occasions!
Perhaps you’re on a low budget? Or you love getting your hands dirty in the kitchen or crafting? Want to make present-making a fun activity for the kids? Or you simply love the thoughtfulness behind DIY Christmas gifts and handmade gifts.
If this is you, this post is for you. This is the perfect time to check out my DIY homemade gift ideas!
There are DIY gift ideas below for every level, whether you’re a first-time DIYer or a creative at heart. For many, you can even get your little elf helpers (aka children) involved.
Even better, most of the below DIY gift ideas are super inexpensive to make. Some are even entirely made with items already in your home. And most of them fall heavily on the side of homemade food gifts because food gifts are my favorite to receive!
Plus, between homemade preserves, hot chocolate mix, spice blends, or a homemade gingerbread house kit, there’s something for everyone and for every time of the year. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for friends and families, neighbors, colleagues, hostess gifts, etc., I’ve got you covered.
Why Are Homemade Gifts So Special
I love DIY Christmas gift ideas (which work just as well for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s day, and other special occasions) because they show you care. Anyone can go and buy something in a store. But taking the time to select and make something (especially if customizing it personally) shows the thoughtfulness the recipients are bound to love!
How Do You Make Your DIY Gift More Personal
No matter which of the below DIY food gifts you choose, it’s very easy to make your gift more personal. You don’t even need any special equipment. You can easily package it as a jar gift or reuse a small box. Make sure to label and sign – you can even make a DIY card.
Handcrafted gifts are so meaningful and personal. Your creativity shows you care and the gift will be memorable.
Homemade Gift Ideas
Homemade Food Gifts
Edible gifts are a perfect way to show someone you care. You might want to share classic gingerbread cookies, dried homemade pasta, or even pickled and preserved foods. There are tons of ways to share edible gifts this holiday season.
If you’re looking for easy handmade gifts for foodies, they’re sure to appreciate some kitchen basics. Especially when you go to the effort of preparing them yourself. All you need is basic pantry staples, a glass container (like a mason jar or mini spice jjar, and labels.
That’s not the only spice blend you can choose from either. Whether you want a single small stocking stuffer or to create a small set of seasonings, these useful homemade gifts are perfect for foodies.
Other spice options include:
Chicken seasoning, taco seasoning, cinnamon sugar, French fry seasoning, Egyptian Dukkah, Lebanese 7 Spice, Mexican Spice, garam masala, shawarma seasoning, Everything Bagel seasoning, Falafel spice, Italian seasoning, Lebanese za’atar, etc.
Got a baker to cater to? They’re sure to appreciate any of the below handmade gifts. From homemade alternative flours to syrups, extracts, and sauces, you can pull together a little bundle as a gift. Or make just one for homemade stocking stuffing.
When you think of edible gifts, flour probably isn’t what comes to mind. But for a specialty/free-from baker, it will be much appreciated. Other DIY flour options include oat flour, lentil flour, cornmeal, rye flour, or chickpea flour.
Have someone who loves flavored coffees or cocktails in your life? Why not make a flavored syrup (or even a syrup gift set)? You can choose from coffee syrup, ginger syrup, lavender syrup, vanilla syrup, peach syrup, date syrup, lemon syrup, etc.
If you think the recipient would prefer a healthier option check out this healthy vegan caramel instead.
Sauces, Preserves, and Condiments
Pickled and preserved foods are perfect for a thoughtful, often low-budget edible gift for family and friends. Some of these DIY presents may need refrigeration. But there are also ways to “can” or “water bath” many to make them shelf-stable!
A trio/selection of homemade jams makes for a wonderful homemade Christmas food gift. Present them alone or alongside crackers and other nibbles. Plus, there are plenty of jam recipes to choose from. Like raspberry jam, strawberry jam, fig jam, ginger marmalade, or even onion jam.
Check out my guide to nut and seed butters for the full list of recipes you could make, including options like hazelnut butter, pistachio butter, sunflower seed butter, etc. I’ve also shared recipes for a super omega seed butter or granola butter (oat-based).
Choose from any of the spreads found in this category to make a homemade DIY gift basket. Combine 3-4 spreads with crackers, cookies, nuts, olives, cheese, etc.
I love gifting pickled ingredients at Christmas and any other occasion. They’re simple to prepare and can be flavored in dozens of different ways. Make more of a DIY gift set by pairing the pickles with other ingredients to make a meal. I.e., the above pickles paired with a homemade taco meal kit – tortillas, taco spice blend, and recipe.
Other Homemade Food Gifts
While there are more sweet homemade DIY gift ideas below, I thought cookies deserved their own category as a great gift to bundle and even post. Christmas cookie boxes are simple to prepare, can be made as beautiful as you like, and are never not appreciated.
Looking for more cookie ideas to add to edible gifts or create a Christmas cookie/treat box? You might also enjoy these homemade digestive Biscuits, almond pistachio thumbprint cookies, or maamoul (Middle Eastern cookies).
Other Snacks and Sweet Treats
For all the sugar and sweet treat lovers in your life, here are some great ideas to curb their cravings most deliciously with these simple DIY holiday gifts.
Also check my Chocolate Fudge recipe for those chocolate loving individuals!
Fun Baking Mixes and Kits
Sure, you can pick up baking kits as a cheap stocking filler or gift fairly easily. But I love to make them from scratch and adapt them to my guests’ dietary and flavor preferences (i.e., gluten-free, sugar-free, etc.). These DIY gifts show the recipient you care, PLUS gives them a fun activity to do.
Crafty DIY Gifts
Finally, here are non-edible easy handmade gifts perfect for including as stocking stuffers or part of a homemade gift set. I quite often make bundles of similar items to make a mini kit (I.e., several homemade soaps with the skin balm).
Hair and Body Homemade Gift Ideas
Other Easy Homemade Gifts
Filled Glass Ornaments
With these homemade filled tree ornaments, you can hang these cute stocking stuffers directly onto the Christmas tree. Better yet, this simple gift is super versatile. Load them up with some of the DIY Christmas gifts we’ve already mentioned above. Like hot chocolate mix and mini marshmallows and homemade seasoning blends, or perhaps sprinkles or bath salts, etc.
If you’re looking for an easy but thoughtful kitchen gift for mum (or dad), why not make them a personalized apron? Using iron-on transfer letters, you can monogram the apron with their initials or find other iron-on transfer options to add the words/design of your choice.
You can use this same method for beautiful personalized tea towels!
If you make any of these homemade gift ideas, let me know how it goes in the comments below. And I would love to see your creations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!