Homemade Christmas Presents That You Can Actually Make (We Promise!)

Yeah!! It’s time to start the CHRISTMAS POSTS!! We LOVE this time of year! It’s such a wonderful season to gather with family and friends and celebrate the holidays.

One thing we can all agree on is that there is nothing quite like the joy of gift giving. But it can be expensive and it’s not always easy to come up with new and creative ideas. And as Deanna points out, “I like to have some emergency gifts on hand for those times when that neighbour that unexpectantly arrives at your door with a gift and you have nothing for them!” That’s where we come in. Here are a couple of suggestions for some pretty DIY gifts for you to brighten someone’s holiday! The first idea comes from Deanna, read about it below.

3b0e91ee08883e627e55e54ccbe9b144A couple of years ago I bought some cute jars at Superstore, some twine and tags and went to town making a huge batch of homemade hot chocolate mix. Here is a recipe adapted from here http://www.morelikehome.net/2013/10/day-26-hot-chocolate-mix.html
To make the hot chocolate, just mix the following ingredients and store them in an air-tight jar:

  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups dry milk powder
  • 1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

To make hot chocolate, just fill a mug 1/3 – 1/2 with the mix, then fill the rest of the way with hot water and stir until dissolved. If you’ll be keeping a jar refilled like us, I made a recipe card sized printable you can download (just print if off and cut out the cards). This would be a great one-time gift in a smaller jar, but it’s also great as a gift that keeps on giving if you use a jar big enough to hold the whole batch and include a copy of the recipe card with it! Let your friends keep a steady supply too!

You can attach a small bottle of Bailey’s to the mix, crush some candy canes on top or add some mini marshmallows. There are tons of ways to personalize this gift!
Another fabulous (and ridiculously simple) idea is to make some hand and body scrub.We have both made these and they can be customized with different essential oils to personalize each scrub for the perfect gift!
my scrub
  • 1 C. Coconut Oil
  • ½ C. Brown Sugar
  • ¼ C. Honey
  • 4-5 4 oz. Jelly Jars
  1. In a medium size bowl, combine the coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and mix well.
  2. Add the scrub to your 4 oz. Jelly jars.
  3. Makes 4-5 4 oz. Jelly jars.
  4. Stored in an airtight container, the scrub will last for about 6 months. If there is any separation simply stir the mixture. Coconut Oil solidifies under 65 degrees, you can warm in microwave for a few seconds if it solidifies. Remove the metal ring and lid before warming. * A lot of recipes called for real lemon zest, but we like it with a LOT of lemon, so essential oils are where it’s at.*

Lastly, a personalized photo gift is always appreciated and can be very simple or a little more elaborate. We have made beautiful Christmas cards with simple family photos and blown up pictures of our kids and placed them into nice frames for the grandparents. But, I think our most favourite and personalized photo gift we’ve made are photo books. Below, Sam explains how she makes her photo books.


I like to use Blurb for our photo books. They have a ton of templates to choose from and you can reorder books anytime. These make great books for our parents and grandparents and they can even be made into stocking stuffers for the kiddos! You can find a link to the website below.
Throughout the next month or so, we look forward to sharing some more gift, decorating and recipe ideas to help you make the most out of the holiday season. Do you have a DIY gift idea that you would like to share with us? We’d love to hear about it! Comment below, email us at deannacollins@royallepage.ca or samanthamackenzie@royallepage.ca or comment on Deanna’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/realtorD?ref=bookmarks.