Written by Lacy Boggs Renner
Only a few more weeks to Christmas! (And Hanukkah is even sooner!)
We're all looking for inexpensive holiday gift ideas, but sometimes homemade Christmas gifts can look a little... well, homemade. Never fear: I've rounded up ten of my favorite chic—and totally doable—DIY gift ideas that even the least-Martha's among us can handle.
- Infused Vodka
Maybe the easiest gift you can possibly DIY—even the least crafty person ever could manage this: pour vodka into a container; add flavor ingredient you want to infuse. THE END! The recipe at the link is for spicy pepper vodka, but you could do candy cane vodka and give it with hot cocoa mix for a wintry theme, or something more elegant like cardamom vodka that you give with some chai concentrate for a special cocktail. Yum.
These adorable mix-and-match blocks would be perfect for just about any young kid on your list, boy or girl. No special skills required: just print, cut, and glue.
- Dog Rope Toy
This super-simple rope toy for Fido is made from old kitchen towels—making it an awesome reason to invest in some new ones for yourself!
- Fort Kit
What do you get when you put an old sheet, some rope, some clamps, a flashlight and some glowsticks in a cute bag? Why a DIY fort kit, of course! Just what your little camper needs.
- Etched Pint Glasses
The brewmaster in your life would almost certainly love a set of personalized pint glasses or beer steins. Use this tutorial to easily etch your own designs onto anything glass—maybe his initials, the name of her homebrew, or a cute (and trés trendy) mustache?
- Mason Jar Sewing Kit
For the REALLY crafty friend in your life (you know the one), this cute little sewing kit, complete with pin cushion, packed in a mason jar is just what she needs.
- Candied Orange Peels
There are about a zillion recipes for easy candies you can make and give, but I'm partial to these satsumettes: candied satsuma (or orange) peel dipped in dark chocolate. Easy to make yet very impressive (and different!).
- Washer Necklaces
These necklaces are a DIY version of personalized jewelery that's popping up all over the place these days. Use a special word, a special date, the names of kids or grandkids—the options are practically endless.
- Wood Butter
Give your foodie friends this butter that's not to eat, but to condition all their favorite wooden cooking utensils and cutting boards.
- Faux Bags
I can't get over how cute (and chic) these Martha Stewart tromp l'oeil iron-on bags are. Perfect for the lady in your life who'd love a Birkin bag—but could easily rock the canvas tote version.
image by Laughing Lemon Pie