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2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - This is my last and final gift guide of 2019, friends! As we get closer to Christmas, I always like to share DIY and homemade gift ideas. Sometimes it’s easier to make something, avoid worrying about shipping things in time, and give a gift that comes from the heart. Click through for 15 DIY gift ideas and the tutorials that accompany them…

#1 // Custom Monogram Doormat

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - This DIY doormat is sure to impress! You can find all of the supplies at your local hardware or craft store. It’s a personalized gift that makes a big impact.

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#2 // Dip Dyed Napkins

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - ‘Tis the season of entertaining and nothing makes a better gift for those who love hosting than a pretty handmade napkin set. This easy, dip dye tutorial allows you to customize fabric napkins based on the recipient.

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#3 // Holiday Floral Arrangement

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - Not sure what to bring to the holiday party? Swing by the grocery store, grab some flowers, and check out my video tutorial for putting together a professional looking floral arrangement that anyone will appreciate this holiday season!

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#4 // Hydrating Sugar Scrub

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - I make BIG batches of these a few times a year. Not only do I use them myself and you can always find a jar of this amazing sugar scrub in my shower, but they make incredible gifts as well… especially for dry, winter skin!

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#5 // Bath Caddy Tray

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - Emmett made me this easy bath caddy tray, knowing I love a good, relaxing soak in the tub. It was a special gift! We shared the tutorial on the blog a few years ago. I still use this gorgeous tray and it’s better than any store-bought option.

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#6 // Beautiful Soap Stones

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - A few years ago, I made soap stones for all of my girlfriends for Christmas. Some of them actually still have them because they said they’re “too pretty to use”, and display them in their bathrooms. These look beautiful and are functional too!

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#7 // Double Chocolate Brownie Mix

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - For the sweet tooth in your life… this brownie mix is delicious and you can also apply the “mason jar concept” to lots of homemade recipes: cookies, brownie bars, crepes, chocolate waffle mix, etc. I like doing this for our neighbors!

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#8 // Customized Christmas Stocking

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - Remember my slipcover stocking DIY? It would be fun to surprise someone with a personalized or custom Christmas stocking. You could also fill it with their favorite things! Did you see my stocking stuffer post? Look there for ideas under $5, under $10, under $15, and under $25.

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#9 // Hand Poured Soy Candles

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - I don’t care how many candles I get for Christmas, I’d love ten more. Candles are my favorite during the holiday season and wintertime. There is a reason they’re gifted so often! I shared a tutorial for my hand poured, wood wick soy candles.

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#10 // Oversized Bath Bombs

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - These luxe bath bombs are perfect for anyone who loves relaxing and could use a little self care or pampering! They’re easy to make and you can customize the scent with essential oils.

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#11 // Custom Spice Set (or Spice Rack Organization)

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - This might seem like an odd one to add to the list, but it’s really one of the best ideas! Years ago, for our wedding, we registered for a couple different custom spice sets, and they’d be so easy to make (and much prettier than retail options!) with this tutorial. You could also give the gift of organization. Growing up, I always liked to “gift” my mom each holiday, by doing something helpful. From painting a room to organizing the kitchen, I’m sure a close family member would really appreciate having an organized spice rack!

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#12 // Snow Day Cupcakes

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - When in doubt, gift homemade food! It’s always well-received, and I never like to show up to a holiday party empty-handed. These “snow day” cupcakes are at the top of my dessert list every winter. They’re delicious!!

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#13 // Original Artwork

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - You don’t have to be an incredible artist to gift someone beautiful, original artwork. I’ve shared many tutorials over the years for impressive looking DIY art! Check them out here, here, and here.

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#14 // Hydrating Face Mist

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - This makes an awesome gift for the beauty lover in your life. Their winter skin will be impressed, and I know they’ll request the recipe once it’s empty!

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#15 // Grain-Free Dog Treats

2019 Holiday Gift Guide : 15 DIY & Homemade Gifts - For the fur babies in your life… these grain-free dog treats are always a hit with our boys. Finn (I miss that big dog everyday), LOVED these so much. I made them for him every holiday season and birthday.

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There you have it… 15 DIY and homemade gift ideas! Have you tried any of these DIY projects before? It’s always fun to look back at the archives and dig up posts I had forgotten about. Do you have your holiday shopping finished? I definitely don’t. I always say I’m going to be on top of it, and end up doing things last minute. Oops.

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    December 10, 2019 at 4:23 am

    An impressive list! Your DIYs always seem to hit the sweet spot of sophisticated and beautiful without requiring Martha Stewart ninja skills. Don’t misunderstand, I adore Martha! But I dream of hosting Make & Take parties with my craft-averse friends. Maybe a soaps & scrubs selfceare Sunday? With snacks and sips? (Snort. I can’t resist alliteration.) Anyway, thanks for the inspo…and Finn face.💖

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      December 11, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Thanks Peggi! Best DIY compliment ever. I vote yes to a Make & Take party (and alliteration), ha! Hope you’re having a good week :)

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    December 10, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Lots of fantastic gift inspiration here Sarah! Those snow day cupcakes look so delicious 😋 I’ll have to make those for sure. Sorry I missed your bathroom post yesterday but wanted to mention it looks very pretty. The tiles are so lovely and I really like the vanity color too. Going to be another fabulous renovation!!
    And yes carpet in the bathroom 😳 is gross…….

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      December 11, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Thank you Colleen! Those cupcakes are my FAVE… I can’t wait to make them again this season. Let me know what you think :) and thank you for the sweet words on the basement bathroom renovation. We’re excited to wrap up the living room and get going on that. xo

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    December 10, 2019 at 7:16 am

    I sent the bath caddy tray instructions to my dad last year so that he could make a tray for my bath-loving husband. He customized it a bit to add a center piece of wood for my husband to lean his iPad or Kindle up against, and it works great! (My husband has a lot of chronic pain, and so he loves to sit in the bath and watch videos or read or play video games.)

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      December 11, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Aww really?! I love hearing that Deborah. I’m so happy he liked it :) What a thoughtful gift.

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    December 10, 2019 at 9:50 am

    O M G! Your DIYs do not look DIY!!!
    The soapstones are so beautiful! I couldn’t believe those were DIY! Your labels on the soy candles…such nice detail!
    Impressive Sarah! I would have thought most was bought from the store.

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      December 11, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Haha!! Thank you Danna :) That’s the best to hear!

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    December 11, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Wow, Sarah, I remember most of these cool DIYs and yet seeing them all together highlights the wonderful range of projects you’ve shared over the past few years. Impressive, ma’am, and thank you. Cheers, Ardith

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      December 11, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Ardith! I’ve always loved sharing DIY projects :)

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    December 15, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    These are all awesome ideas Sarah! 💞 merry Christmas!

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      December 16, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Thank you, Gloria! Merry Christmas to you :)

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