10 DIY Gifts You Still Have Time To Make

Welcome to the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have suggested go-to gifts and gifting experiences for the holiday season for all your loved ones.

Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. :: www.nurturedmama.net

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Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. :: www.nurturedmama.net

photo from www.sittingtree.com

Coffee Cozy

For the coffee-drink lover in your life, give the gift of warmer coffee! This cozy is knit or crocheted, but you could also cut one out of beautifully dyed wool felt and some funky buttons.

Fleece Slippers

If you have a little sewing skill, kid-sized fleece slippers come together really fast. I’m making a pair of these to go in a box with special Christmas jammies. I love these bunny ones (though my girl would want them to be cats),  but the best instructions are at this site.

Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. :: www.nurturedmama.net

photo from www.polymerclayweb.com

Clay Pendants

Polymer clay is great because it is easy to find, easy to work with and simple to cure (though I’d recommend opening a window while it bakes!). This tutorial has a simple list of materials and very clear instructions that will leave you with a really nice result!

Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. :: www.nurturedmama.net

photo from www.livingwellspendingless.com

Chalkboard Coasters

I found some tile pieces at the ReSTORE in my neighborhood and I’m turning them into these chalkboard coasters.  This is a fun craft to get the kids involved with, as it is so simple!

3 DIY beauty supplies made from coconut oil. Make facial cleanser, foot scrub, or shaving cream. :: nurturedmama.net

Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrub is one of those mind-boggling simple things to make that is so very nice to give and use. Start with this Brown Sugar Foot Scrub recipe and adjust by adding different essential oilsdifferent sugar, or a different kind of oil. Great for the whole body, not just your feet!

Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. :: www.nurturedmama.net

photo from www.gimmesomeoven.com

Lip Balm

Lip balm is also shockingly easy to make, with ingredients that are easy to find. This yummy rosewater balm recipe makes a very simple but sensual balm.   You can also dress your balms up with color or get fancy with your packaging.

Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. :: www.nurturedmama.net

photo from www.thekitchn.com

Chai Tea Concentrate

I love drinking chai tea on cold days. The combination of warm tea and warming spices just makes me feel so cozy. This is my favorite recipe, but if you are shipping a gift, you might want to try this dry mix.

Photo Bookmarks

I came across this idea a few months ago and fell in love with it. If you have a photo printer in your home, you can make these in about 5 minutes!  Make sure you get a photo where their little belly is showing, because that’s the best part!

Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. :: www.nurturedmama.net

photo from www.sundaesins.com

Photo Magnets

Here’s another super simple photo gift. This tutorial includes a photo shop template, but you could really just print out small square photos and go from there. So cute!  If you like the idea of magnets, but not photos, think about recycling other items, like costume jewelry or matchbox cars by gluing a strong magnet to the back. The possibilities here are endless.

Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. :: www.nurturedmama.net

This photo from www.averiecooks.com (find the recipe for this amazing cookie there, too.)

Cookies

One of my favorite things to receive as a gift is something baked by hand. Christmas cookies are such a classic gift that we almost don’t even think of them as a DIY gift. In one afternoon, you can whip up a couple batches of cookies and make a whole bunch of people happy. Check out my sweets and treats board on Pinterest for some great cookie and sweet bread recipes, great for holiday baking.

For even more “hand made” (but not crafty) gifts, check out this great gift guide on Zen Habits.

What handmade gifts are you making this year?

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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • Natural parent’s baby shower registry — Since she had everything already for baby #3, Lauren at Hobo Mama is amusing herself by building a list of essentials and a few fun fripperies for a natural-parenting nursery.
  • Gifts of love — Charlie at PeelingClementines recalls her favourite Christmas gift of all time and thinks about how to add this magic to her little one’s first Christmas.
  • The Gift of Letting Go — Dionna at Code Name: Mama has discovered that when you’re a perfectionist, sometimes the best gift is simply releasing yourself from self-imposed expectations.
  • Montessori Inspired Gifts for Babies and Toddlers — Rachel at Bread and Roses shares gift ideas that were a hit with her son last year and what’s on her wishlist for this year.
  • Giftmas Ideas for KidsMomma Jorje offers an original gift idea that hasn’t been overdone and is good for the kids!
  • Favorite CDs for Babies and Toddlers {Gift Guide} — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares her family’s favorite CDs for babies and toddlers, some of which were favorites of her children and are now favorites of her granddaughter.
  • The Birthday Turned Christmas Wish ListThat Mama Gretchen forgot to share her birthday wish list this fall, but she’s still wishin’ and hopin’ a present or two will arrive for Christmas!
  • 8 Thoughtful Non-Toy Gifts for Baby — Is your family asking for hints for presents to give baby? Moorea, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, offers this list of ideas that won’t overwhelm your little one with toys.

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18 Responses to 10 DIY Gifts You Still Have Time To Make

  1. Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. December 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Laurie Hollman at Parental Intelligence
    Thanks for all these great ideas. These are the kinds of gifts that I think are so important and always remembered.

  2. Economama December 9, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    These are all such great ideas! I am not terribly crafty but I might have to give some of these a shot anyway!
    Economama recently posted…Infant Hannukah Gift GuideMy Profile

    • Doña December 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

      You definitely should. These are almost all easy enough to tackle even without being crafty!

  3. Ellen December 9, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    I love the photo bookmarks and magnets! What a sweet idea to give the grandparents! My bibliophilic father would absolutely adore it.

    • Doña December 9, 2014 at 8:20 am #

      My dad told me a couple of years ago that all they want for the holidays any more is more pictures of the grandkid. 🙂 Easy to comply with that!

  4. Holly S December 9, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    Wow! Thank you for putting together this great list! I always have loved the idea of DIY gifts, although I often don’t have enough time to actually make things. (The last few years I’ve been putting together gift baskets of locally made products, which are nice too, but I really am looking forward to doing more DIY things as my son gets older.) These ideas are so cute! I really want to make the dragon slippers for my toddler (and maybe for myself and my husband too!), and I love the chai tea mix idea. Definitely saving these ideas for later!
    Holly S recently posted…Books: Best Present Ever!My Profile

    • Doña December 9, 2014 at 8:19 am #

      I drink that chai tea all year long, it is so good!

  5. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama December 9, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    Oh my goodness – those photo bookmarks are so stinkin’ cute!! We’ve already done some kid-made bookmarks for Christmas gifts, but I think I might have to add these as well!!
    Dionna @ Code Name: Mama recently posted…The Gift of Letting GoMy Profile

    • Doña December 9, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      Aren’t they the cutest?

  6. Lauren @ Hobo Mama December 9, 2014 at 5:34 am #

    Yea! I need this list! I have to come up with some gift ideas, pronto, so these are great. I love those photo magnets.
    Lauren @ Hobo Mama recently posted…Natural parent’s baby shower registryMy Profile

    • Doña December 9, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      I’m definitely making some of those photo magnets. So cute and easy!

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