10 Easy DIY Gifts You Could’ve Given Last Christmas

I know, I know the Christmas season has long been over, but we here at Local Service ain’t over the holidays yet, so here’s a list of 10 DIY Gifts that you could’ve given last Christmas that could have made an impact to your loved or special someone.

It’s true that custom made gifts are making a big comeback recently. People appreciate resourcefulness and creativity when it comes to gift giving since DIY gifts are the best way to tell others that they’re worth your time and effort. If you’re having a hard time deciding what DIY gift ideas you can do for your loved ones this festive season, here are ten gifts to show thoughtfulness with some pizzazz. Get creative!


1. DIY Painted Camera Strap

Who to give? To a Photographer/Photo Enthusiast

Materials you need:

  • 2 yards of 1 1/2 inches  cotton webbing (for the strap)
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Masking tape
  • 2 swivel hooks (to secure the camera onto the strap)
  • Fabric glue
  • Needle and thread


2. DIY Terrarium Kit

Who to give? To a Plant lover

Materials you need:

  • 1 medium-sized clear glass jar
  • Small river rocks or garden stones
  • Printed Terrarium instruction card
  • 3 tablespoons activated charcoal
  • Packet of soil
  • Plant seeds


3. DIY Gem Rings

Who to give? To a Jewellery aficionado

Materials you need:

  • Geode, pyrite and different colored gem stones
  • Ring blank
  • Glue


4. DIY Mousepad

Who to give: To an Office Worker with a Boring Desk

Materials you need:

  • Plain black mousepad
  • White craft paint
  • Washi tape
  • Small paintbrush


5. DIY Artsy Coffee Mugs

Who to give: To a Regular Coffee/Tea Drinker

Materials you need:

  • White or cream colored Ceramic mug
  • Sharpie or colored permanent markers
  • Vinyl (to be cut out and serve as stencils)


6. DIY Embellished Mini Notebooks

Who to give: To a Writer or Prolific List Maker

Materials you need:

  • Gold or silver metallic paper
  • Neon pink art paper
  • PVA Glue


7. DIY Gift Jars (instead of Gift baskets)

Who to give: To Sugar Lovers

Materials you need:

  • Jar or bottle with a large opening
  • Sticker paper (for labeling)
  • Chocolates, Candies and other sweet treats that fits


8. DIY Plush Floor Chairs

Who to give: To a Homebody

Materials you need:

  • Zipper
  • Polystyrene or plastic pellets (for stuffing)
  • Muslin (for lining)
  • Needle and thread


9. DIY Bucket Jockey

Who to give: To a Trinket Collector

Materials you need:

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Bucket organizer


10. DIY Spa Scrubbie and Bath Tea Soak

Who to give: To a Stressed out Busybody

Materials you need:

  • Towel, lace and cotton (for the small scrubbie)
  • Needle and thread
  • Cornstarch, dry milk, oatmeal, green tea and peach tea leaves (for the bath tea soak)
  • Small bottle