The holiday season is, well, “the most wonderful time of the year.” With the sappy holiday movies, delicious seasonal flavors, cozy sweaters, and time spent around family, it’s hard not to enjoy this season. Gift-giving can be one of these seasonal pleasures; however, it can also cause a great deal of stress. Finding that “perfect gift” can cause us to keep putting off actually getting gifts until it’s almost too late. Not to worry. It happens to everyone. That’s why we have put together this amazing list of small gifts that you can make with items you probably already have at home! The gifts are budget-friendly, fun to make, and will definitely be loved by their recipient – Gen-Z or not! If you’re looking for a bigger gift, you can always make a few of these and put them in a homemade gift box.
Scrunchies are very in right now and they’re actually super simple to make! This guide shows you how to make scrunchies with three methods: hand-sewn, machine-sewn, and just with some glue! As long as you have a hair elastic, some old fabric around, and sewing supplies or glue you can make this adorable DIY! It’s also a great way to upcycle old clothes and fabrics!
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Another hair accessory that Gen-Z is loving right now is hair scarves using bandana-sized pieces of fabric. This DIY is great if you have an article of clothing that has a cool pattern or a color and you no longer wear it. It’s as easy as cutting out a square and sewing or gluing down the edges!
Charms for Earrings, Key Chains, Etc.
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This DIY is perfect for reusing any thick, type 6 plastic containers that you have. The charms turn out so cute and will make all the late 90s kids super nostalgic. If you don’t have wire, you can try using a paper clip to hold the charm. This video will also show you how to make these charms into pins with a safety pin!
If you have random little baubles around the house and some wire, you can make earring charms out of anything from little plastic toy dinosaurs, to bubble containers, to a plastic fork. This may sound strange, but I promise it’s a thing. If the person you’re giving a gift to likes TikTok, fashion, or has a playful sense of style, they will love your random DIY earring charms.
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We all have those giant rolls of clear packing tape that never seem to end, right? Well, this is the perfect way to use it! Making custom stickers is ridiculously easy and is great for a personal gift. If you know someone likes a certain TV show, animal, food, celebrity, book, or anything else, you can easily make them a set of stickers that revolve around their interest. All you need is a printed or drawn design, clear packing tape, and parchment paper.
If you love wine, then save a few corks and make some fun personal stamps! Just trace a design, carve it out, and voila! A cool, one-of-a-kind cork stamp. You can spell something out, make some cute shapes, or anything else that you’d think someone would like.
Beauty and Skincare
You can’t go wrong with homemade skincare and beauty products. You can customize the scents and ingredients to accommodate for likes and dislikes, as well as allergies. Plus, you can reuse an old jar that you’ve cleaned for the container and decorate it!
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These adorable DIY ornaments use simple materials like popsicle sticks, cotton balls, cork, clothespins, and pine cones. You can use these ideas as a base for other unique ornaments too (for example, using old clothes, you could make another animal instead of a fox!) Who doesn’t love a sentimental ornament that reminds them of their loved ones and Christmas pasts?
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People who are trying to live a low-waste lifestyle usually have a few too many glass jars and nothing to put in them. If this sounds like you, try making a DIY snowglobe! All you need is something fun to put inside. Just search around your house in old boxes and junk drawers – you will definitely find a few things! Then add if you have glitter or sequins, add those! You can also make your own glitter out of aluminum foil! These snowglobes are such a fun and unique gift!
Spices, Syrups, and Foods!
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Another gift that you can never go wrong with is food! From baked goods to spice mixes, everyone loves getting something that they can enjoy and share with their own loved ones. Here are some of our recipes that would make perfect gifts! Just put them in an upcycled jar or box and you’re done!
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- Chai Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix
- Maple Spice Granola
- Rhubarb Rose Water Syrup
- Pumpkin Spice Syrup For Lattes
- Homemade Elderberry Syrup
- Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
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Embroidered wall decorations are another super personal and aesthetic gift idea! You can choose a color and design based on what the recipient likes. Plus, it’s also a great way to use old fabric that you have in your home. You could also do it on an article of clothing or make a patch from your embroidery. If you don’t have a hoop at home this video will teach your how to make one from round containers!
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Making art for someone can be a bit daunting, especially if you don’t consider yourself very skilled in the arts. However, there are some simple designs and techniques that will look good no matter how much artistic skill you have. This video is one of the many on Youtube that shows you some easy designs that are super simple, but also look very professional! If you don’t want it to just be on a piece of paper, but don’t have a canvas, this video will show you how to make a canvas out of cardboard!
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Candles are a classic holiday gift that can never really go wrong. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique and don’t want to pay a crazy price for a fancy candle, try making one (or both!) of these candles! You probably already have at least one of these kinds of candles at home, but if not, they are super easy to find for a low price. Adding the plants and bending the candles is super easy. Plus, the final product looks amazing!
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