Whether it’s something from your kitchen, craft room, woodworking shop, or computer, there’s nothing like a homemade gift. A tree ornament, a plate of cookies, box of fudge, note cards—just a few of the many homemade gift ideas with universal appeal.
I love homemade gifts both to give and receive. No wonder I have so many favorites!
Hand and Body Lotion
A jar of your own signature luxury hand and body lotion will definitely put you on the map. It’s that good. Not particularly crafty? No worries.
If you can assemble, empty, stir and mix well, you’ve got what it takes to make dozens of these gifts start to finish in a single evening.
And the best part? Under $5 per gift, depending on where you buy the ingredients and containers.
I have created a photo tutorial at How to DIY Gifts of Luxury Hand and Body Cream with all of the step-by-step instructions and specifics on the ingredients and where to get them.
Believe me when I say this is the gift your recipient(s) will rave about. And beg for more. It’s that awesome!
Seriously. Quite similar in process to the lotion above, you can make a big batch in one evening.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond etc.)
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap
- liquid from 2 vitamin E capsules
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
- 10-20 drops essential oils (optional)
Heat the coconut oil, carrier oil, and shea butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir gently until fully incorporated. Pour this liquid into mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients—honey, baking soda, castile soap, liquid from the opened vitamin E capsules and optional essential oils. Stir gently until fairly well mixed.
Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture well until it becomes light-colored and super creamy. Should like whipped butter or stiff whipped cream!
Transfer to your gifting containers of choice—small jars are ideal. But this is no ordinary shaving cream!
Your recipients will be blown away by how smooth it is, making shaving a dream. Leaves one’s skin soft and nourished. Add a note that should the contents begin to separate, simply stir vigorously with a spoon.
You can easily double this recipe.
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If you have a sewing machine and can sew a straight line, this is such a fantastic gift—a unique, special pillowcase for your recipient. I’ve made dozens (and dozens) of these so I know of which I speak! I’ve made dozens (and dozens … even more dozens of these!)
It’s so much fun—almost miraculous—the way you pin, fold and sew it together in a matter of minutes. My favorite tutorial and the way I learned to do it in this video by Jenny Dolan of Missouri Star Quilt. You don’t even need a pattern! Follow along and you’ll learn the trick in a flash!
Everyone loves a brand new made-for-them pillowcase, especially if made from flannel.
It’s the perfect time to make a big batch of Bacon Jam for all the bacon lovers on your gift list.
Bacon Jam is quite possibly the best holiday gift ever. I say that because it’s what local friends and family clamor for.
It took a few attempts, but finally, I believe I nailed it. And so do my recipients.
I opted for these Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni 8.5 oz jars with lids from Italy because they have a classy flair for a lovely presentation. Availability can be sketchy for some reason.
As for the yield, I can fill four of these jars with one recipe of Bacon Jam, or about 4 cups.
The recipe doubles well but will take a longer cooking time for it to thicken.
You will find my recipe, instructions, resources, and photo tutorial Gifts from My Kitchen: Bacon Jam.
Serve Bacon Jam on crostini …
… on eggs, meatloaf, sandwiches, and potatoes. Wow.
Bacon Jam is especially satisfying straight out of the jar, too
There’s just something about bacon.
Could there be anything better than a lovely gift of really good Caramel Corn? This could put you on the map!
For years, I’ve tried to make good caramel corn, without success. It was either too soggy or too chewy. Or the caramel turned sugary. Once, I needed a hammer and chisel to get the stuff out of the bowl.
I’d really given up until my encounter with Popcornopolis. I had to figure this out―I had to find a way to create a reasonable facsimile in my kitchen that would hit the mark without breaking the bank.
I am excited to let you know that I believe I have.
Just in time for the holidays, here’s a quick and easy way to make what I find to be amazing gift-worthy caramel corn, with both stovetop and microwave instructions, your choice.
Either way, the secret to crunchy, caramelly awesomeness is to finish by baking the caramel corn in a low-temperature oven, stirring often. Recipe and complete instructions.
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More Incredible Edible Gifts
Need more ideas? I’ve got more at Incredible Edible Gifts. Here’s the great thing about edible and other kinds of consumable gifts—you don’t put your recipient on the spot to make sure they wear, display, care for and otherwise use your gift from now on.
Edible, decadent, awesome, holiday gifts are enjoyed at the moment. There is no expectation of anything more than receiving your heartfelt love and wishes for a wonderful holiday.
First published: 12-10-18; Updated for 2020: 9-28-20