10 Cool DIY Christmas Gifts

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Christmas, Eco-Friendly, Gift Guides | 15 comments


DIY gifts are so special.

Sometimes taking time to create something beautiful with love is a much more appreciated gift. The imperfections are just part of the charm.

Last Christmas I put the challenge out to my family to hand make one gift for each  another. At first they laughed at me, but they soon got into the spirit and had a ball creating something special. I wonder if they are up for the challenge this year?

Here are ten ideas to get you (and me) inspired!


lip3Honey Lip Balm. This is so easy to make – it just uses coconut oil, beeswax, honey and essential oils! You only need to find some cute containers. Get the tutorial at Hip Home.


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Jewellery Storage Board. Transform an old frame from the opshop into a funky piece of art work and storage in one! Find the tutorial at Mona Luna.



Succulent Mugs. Upcycle some old mugs into a gorgeous succulent pot plant holder. Using doilies and some decoupaging. Stunning! Find the details at The Happy Housie.


Upcycled Snow Globes. You know how you have all those glass jars hanging around? Well, time to get them out and turn them into gifts or decorations. You don’t have to do Christmasy scenes, choose a toy or character your child loves instead. Head to the opshop to find some toys or nik naks. Find the tutorial at Martha Stewart.



Motivational Sign. I love all those motivational signs and posters, but some of them are incredibly expensive. Why not have a crack at making up one yourself? It’s pretty easy – just some recycled wood and a stencil (your local scrapbooking shop can help you out with this). Find the tutorial at Natalme.



Concrete Coasters. One for the blokes in the family! Make these cool coasters from concrete and bottle tops. So manly! From Turnstyle Vogue.



Quote Votives. Make your own cute tea light holders with quotes. It’s really pretty easy and you can personalize them to suit. Find the tutorial at Design Mom.



Toy and Snack Strap. For kids on the move – their own strap to hold toys and a little jar of snacks. Really fun and original! Find the tutorial at Whip Stitch.



Computer BBQ. Yes, it’s a barbeque made from an old computer. What a clever upcycling idea and a very unique gift! Find the how-to at We Upcycle.



Decorated Bamboo Toothbrushes. What a smart idea for a stocking stuffer at under $4! Decorate some bamboo toothbrushes with stamps. So easy and ecofriendly! Find out more from Eva at Oz Baby Trends.


Want more DIY gifts? Go here. Want real food homemade gifts? Go here


Do you do DIY gifts at your place?

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  1. 11-15-2013

    The lip balm boxes did you buy them? love the rectangle look

    • 11-15-2013

      No Debbie but there is a link on the tutorial to get similar ones :) try Ebay.

  2. 11-15-2013

    Great! I have already planned to make lip balm for Christmas. Looks good.

    • 11-15-2013

      I have all the ingredients – I knew that beeswax would come in handy one day! I just need to find some cute containers :)

  3. 11-15-2013

    And this is why nnam is my favourite blog :) x

    • 11-15-2013

      awww thanks Pam x

  4. 11-15-2013

    Beautiful, brilliant ideas. You have surprised me, yet again!
    I started a new tradition last year and that was to make our own home-made christmas granola, adding some dried cranberries for the season, (and we also made our own labels).

    Oh so proud I was – first time I have ever tried anything like that :)
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    • 11-16-2013

      Oh that is a brilliant idea – I will include that in my next post about what food gifts to make!! :)

  5. 11-19-2013

    This year, I want to cook some stuff for my girlies – I’ve already been in the kitchen, perfecting my raw chocolate recipes.

    One other thing I’m hoping to do is recycle some plain photo frames and put motivational messages and meal planners etc in them…. working on a heap for the ol’ blog now.

    I love the idea of this lip balm – wondering what I could sub for honey though.

    Where the heck did Christmas come from?!
    Robyn (Modern Day Missus) recently posted…Green Olive HommusMy Profile

    • 11-19-2013

      that sounds amazing !! hhhmmm rice malt syrup is nice and sticky like honey :) I know Christmas! Yikes! but hoping to get a bit more organized this year x

  6. 12-17-2013

    Totally loving the motivational sign idea, I think I’ll make a couple of those for family for Christmas!!

    • 12-22-2013

      send me a photo if you do!! xx

  7. 11-17-2015

    Thank you. You amaze me everytime x
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  8. 12-21-2015

    We just tried to make the concrete coasters–what a neat idea! But there must be a trick to it, because they cracked. Here it is, 5 days till Christmas, and I was so sure I had the perfect stocking stuffer for the guys in the family.
    Should something be added to the concrete? Does it use a special kind? Are there instructions? It looked like it would be easy!
    Please help! I would really appreciate it! It’s too late to come up with another idea!
    Linda Phillips

    • 1-4-2016

      Hi Linda

      Sorry I have been on holidays! It’s not my creation, there is a link to the original creator there. :)


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