DIY Christmas Gifts
Do you have good intentions to create DIY Christmas gifts every year, but then the holiday tsunami sweeps you away? December comes and you are browsing Amazon to find last minute gifts because you think you’ll run out of time to create something more meaningful for your family and friends? Stick with me for the next 6 weeks and together we’ll craft and cook to fill that gift list with amazing, and appreciated diy Christmas gifts that are better, more sustainable, and healthier than anything you could buy in a store.
Check out my Facebook page where I’ll be sharing 2 or 3 DIY Christmas gift ideas (using the hashtag #DIYGifts) every day. Subscribe to my newsletter where I’ll curate the best of the collection – for your weekend crafting and cooking inspiration, too.
Let this be the year that you do December without debt, and without guilt. You can crush this and be happier and healthier, while you give “presence” to your friends and loved ones. Really, unless it’s an engagement ring or another milestone gift – your handmade gifts will be more remembered and appreciated than anything that they can buy with a gift card.
Let’s finish the year strong in the resolve to:
- Stay out of debt
- Practice the self-sufficiency skills we’ve devoted the year to mastering.
- Gain confidence in our lifestyle choices
- Spread the love of self-sufficiency and sustainability to family and friends
- Pass on the knowledge
- Choose JOY
- Give presence not presents
- Live fearlessly
- Say, “NO” to Christmas on Credit
- Say, “Yes” to the holiness (set-apartness) of the season
- Say, “Yes” to kindness, compassion, and love
DIY Gifts for men
Men are the hardest people in your life to make gifts for. Not because they have everything they want, but because their needs are so much less – or so much more expensive. It’s not easy to handcraft a new sports car or a fishing rod or a laptop. But you can handcraft many diy Christmas gifts that will show your respect, esteem, and love toward those special men in your life.
A dozen DiY Christmas gifts for men
5 Toiletries for the man in your life
These 5 toiletries can fill a Christmas stocking or fill out a gift basket. They can be made in an afternoon and show that you care as much about how good he looks and feels, as he does. From chemical-free mustache wax to shaving cream and aftershave, you’ve got his best looks in mind.
Frankincense mustache wax with a wonderful earthy, masculine scent, Soapless Shaving Cream in Rosemary and Mint that will wake up his face in the morning, or unscented Shaving Cream with soap and creamy lather.
Make some Soap on a Rope (using soap scraps) to enjoy in the shower, and refreshing, and gloriously scented aftershave lotion and toner. Or try these two recipes from the Art of Manliness for Bay Rum aftershave.
3 ways to keep his laptop in top condition
Men can be pretty rough on electronics. Help him keep his laptop in good condition and protect it on his morning commute with a handmade lap top cover or slipcase. They take some intermediate sewing skills to pull off, but if you took sewing in high school, you can manage this one. A lap top case from a vintage suit jacket or another custom lab top case using masculine fabrics or solids, or try this one in masculine fabrics for a manly laptop sleeve.
4 gifts for your homestead warrior
These are made from a felted wool sweater and a scrap of leather. They take about 1 ½ hours per pair. You’ll need a sewing machine for this and basic sewing skills. You could sew by hand but it will take longer.
This leather tool pouch is a bit more complicated but doable. It is made of leather with loops and pockets for on the job efficiency.
A tool organizer — the tool organizer has pockets for the wrench set and embroidered details to make finding the tool you want easier. With a tool organizer like this he may even get around to all the honey-dos you’ve got on his list.
This tool roll, holds all the tools for the job at hand in a handy case so that he can take it to the job site and bring it in an organized way back to the shop. No more tools left out in the rain.
I am not alone
I teamed up with a group of awesome bloggers to expand your imagination on what a DIY December could look like. Have a look at their DIY gift ideas and be inspired to get your craft on, too.
Susan from Learning and Yearning
Annie from Montana Homesteader
Melissa at Ever Growing Farm
Katie from Livin’ Lovin’ Farm
Connie from Urban Overalls with some chocolate scented lip balm.
Teri from Homestead Honey
Leona from My Healthy Green Family
Visit their blogs, too, and pick a few gifts that you want to make for your loved ones. Order the materials if you need to, and start your crafting, if you haven’t already. There’s so much joy to be found in making gifts for other people.
And more inspiration to come!
Through out Novemeber I’ll be writing out instructions for some of my own crafting projects, too, to inspire you. I’d love to see pictures of what you are making. So pop over to my Facebook page and post your gorgeous gifts, if it won’t spoil someone’s surprise.
Or leave a comment here with a link to the picture, so I can see what you’ve been making.