Now’s the time of year when I start thinking, “Oh, crud, what the heck am I going to make for the holidays this year?” I like my friends, so I want to make them something awesome—but my time and budget are always limited. Maybe you’re in the same boat? We’ve rounded up a bunch of easy DIY gifts that are simple enough to make with your kids (obviously you know their abilities best) but nice enough to make your friends feel like they ended up on your family’s NICE list this year.
Reusable produce bags: Little drawstring bags stash neatly in a market tote and keep broccoli and kale organized and out of plastic bags. Package them in bundles of three with a tag including laundry instructions.
Chai tea mix: Honestly, making this will make your kitchen smell so good that it’s like giving yourself a present, too.
Pinecone fire starters: The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another shivery winter this year, and these pretty pinecone fire starters seem like the perfect accessory for a snow day.
Homemade soap: Does anybody ever have too much fancy soap for the downstairs bathroom? These grapefruit-lavender and coconut-mint bars would be so pretty molded into fancy shapes like these, but plain rectangles work, too.
Felted sweater tote: A thrift store run can yield enough cheap wool sweaters to make these cute totes for all your friends.
Door organizer: These door pockets are the kind of thing that you don’t know you need until you have one, and then you find a million uses for it.
Felt coasters: I feel like we never have enough coasters, and these sweet embroidered felt ones are festive for the holidays.
Infused sugar: Vanilla sugar makes baked goods extra yummy, gives your morning coffee a little something extra, and looks pretty in a mason jar.
Herbed almonds: Perfect for holiday munchies, these herb-spiked almonds feel virtuous and decadent—the perfect combo. They keep well in an air-tight canister.
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