Around here, our holiday shopping and gift planning have taken a back seat to the production of Peter Pan that my eldest daughter is in. This means any gifts we are giving will have to be procured next week, when no sane person wants to be caught dead in any store. This year, we’re keeping the holidays as simple as we can, so I’ll likely be pulling inspiration from this list of free gift ideas, but in case I decide to get crafty with the kids while they are off school, here are some easy DIY gift ideas that little hands can help with.
1. Body Butter
This natural and delicious skin food is good for up to a week when stored in a cool, dry area. There are also some great instructions for preserving this gift with a few simple ingredient changes.
2. Mason Jar Candles
I made a lot of these last year, and it was unbelievably easy. This is obviously better with older kids on account of the hot wax. I prefer to use soy wax, and avoid paraffin to keep things as natural as possible.
3. Sugar Scrub
Finally, something I can do with all of that sugar we’re no longer eating!
4. Cupcake Paper Lights
These are a lovely gift for the teen or tween girl in your life. Actually, I never grew out of twinkle lights, so I would love these too.
5. Surprise Balls
This is a great project for the kids to create sibling gifts! Raid your local thrift or dollar store for prizes, or fill with bulk candy.
6. Twig Votives
These are so simple and lovely. Include a natural beeswax votive for a truly thoughtful gift.
7. Plaid Fringe Throw
This one requires only the most basic sewing skills and a sewing machine.
8. Polaroid Coasters
These are seriously adorable. I think they would make awesome grandparent gifts.
9. Sweet and Savory Compound Butters
Complete with free printable labels!
10. Heating Pad
Because we all need a little extra warmth during the winter months.