10 Homemade Christmas Gifts collage


Can I just first say that I’ve had tons of fun putting together this post?!

I so enjoy giving and receiving homemade Christmas gifts. There’s something about gifts made by hand that just warms my heart! Maybe it has something to do with the deep meaning of the original heart-felt Christmas Gift that God sent down to us in the form of a precious baby!

So today I’m sharing 5 of my own DIY gift ideas, plus 5 others I found while sipping on some decadent Ultimate Hot Chocolate and clicking around the Internet.





Christmas Blend Coffee











Christmas Blend Coffee


Mix 4 c coffee grounds with:

¾ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ¾ tsp ground cloves, 1 cup chopped pecans, & 1 vanilla bean broken into 2-3 pieces.

                Place in a glass container and top with additional cloves and a few chopped pecans. 

I bought labeled jars from Hobby Lobby (but you could also use plain jars with these adhesive chalkboard labels), then added the name of the blend with a paint pen.



chalkboard 2



Pumpkin Snickerdoodles










Pumpkin Snickerdoodles


My Pumpkin Snickerdoodles debuted back before Thanksgiving, but have been made again by request more than once! I bought these cute cookie boxes and gift tags at Hobby Lobby, but here are some that can be ordered.





Berry Cherry Chia Jam
















Berry Cherry Chia Jam


Our healthy and beautiful Berry Cherry Chia Jam is a sweet gift (literally!) that we’ll be delivering to neighbors this year. It’s cooked in a single pot in just 20 minutes, then divided into small mason jars to cool. Homemade gifts don’t get much easier than that!





Cinnamon Pecans











Roasted Cinnamon Pecans

Roasted Cinnamon Pecans
Yields 5
Slow Roasted maple and cinnamon pecans are great for holiday parties or gifting!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 1 egg white
  2. ¼ c ghee or butter, melted
  3. 2/3 cup maple syrup
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. ¼ tsp salt
  6. 5 cups pecan halves
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg white until soft peaks form.
  3. Stir in melted ghee, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add pecan halves, stirring until all are evenly coated.
  5. Use slotted spoon to scoop pecans from bowl and spread evenly across a greased jelly roll pan (discard any remaining liquid after pecans have been removed).
  6. Bake approximately 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. Remove from oven when pecans are slightly crisp and golden brown – the edges will continue to crisp as they cool down.
  7. Allow to cool completely before transferring to storage container or gift bags.
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banana bread in jars















Maple Spice Banana Bread in Jars


Baked breads are a holiday favorite, and baking them in mason jars adds extra charm! Try our healthier Maple Spice Banana Bread or Spiced Zucchini Bread recipes!





pomegranate and pistachio chocolate bark











Pomegranate & Pistachio Chocolate Bark (Dark or White)


These Pomegranate & Pistachio Chocolate Bark squares from Mediterranealicious are possibly the cutest Christmas chocolate bark I’ve ever seen!





 Monogrammed Mugs









 Monogrammed Coffee Mugs


These DIY Monogrammed Coffee Mugs from Design Mom are so much easier to make than they look – a great one for older kids to help with!





 whipped body butter

















Whipped Peppermint Bark Body Butter


I’ve begun using more natural oils, both around the house and on my skin, and LOVE them – they work so well, they smell so good, and they’re so much “cleaner” and cheaper than the expensive scented creams I used to buy! Homemade body butters like this Whipped Peppermint Bark Body Butter from Fit and Fab Living are a simple and affordable Christmas gift that just about anyone (female?) on your list will appreciate!




infused olive oil

















 Herb Infused Olive Oil


 Infused olive oil is a nice break from the holiday sweets, and makes such a beautiful gift. This Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil from The Clean Dish sounds excellent. Note that thorough drying of herbs is essential to avoid foodborne illness – The Kitchn offers a simple primer and a few more great sounding recipes here.





 Monogrammed cutting board











Monogrammed Cutting Board


 I think I may have squealed a little when I saw this monogrammed cutting board from Ruffled. Just imagining the initials of certain food-loving friends etched on a cutting board instantly had me in the gifting spirit!


Well, I guess I had better quit dreaming about gift-giving, and start making some of these wonderful things! I’d love to hear whether any of them make their way onto your gift list this Christmas as well – leave a comment to share which ones you’ll be trying!


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