Innovative & Unique Homemade Christmas Gifts

Nothing says "I really care" like a homemade gift! This Christmas, take some time to get crafty and show your loved ones how much you care with some (or all) of these unique and creative gift ideas!

Chalkboard Planner

Want that cool gift that keeps giving all year? Try this one out! Take an old window (found at many flea markets, swap meets, yard sales etc.) and paint the windows with different color chalkboard paint. Then, label each day of the work week. You can go one step further and paint the frame with magnetic paint to add another useful element! 

This crafty and innovative idea came from Better Homes & Gardens. For more information, check out this link below: 

Chalkboard Planner Instructions

  Santa Party Mix: 

It's not Christmas until Aunt Kathy makes her famous Chex-Mix, am I right? This party mix is precious and delicious...and will stand out against the the other holiday party mixes. So, bring this to a holiday party, or just make it as a gift this season, but it is a treat for all senses! 

I can't get enough of the Santa Hats! You could also dye them green and throw a few elves in there. The link to the tutorial is found below, courtesy of Cookies & Cups. 

Santa Party Mix Tutorial 

Cutting Board: 

This one does require a basic understanding of woodworking (trust us, we're experts). Don't let that deter you though, it's actually easier than you may think! It is worth asking a few questions in order to make one of these for the chefs (or aspiring chefs) in your life. Please follow the tutorial below - we would love to see what you come up with! This tutorial is courtesy of

Cutting Board Tutorial

Bird's Nest Necklace: 

I'm not crafty enough to make jewelry on a regular basis, but these necklaces are cute enough to inspire me to learn!  These necklaces look amazing and yet are inexpensive enough to make for your entire family. My favorite part is the fact that it looks like I spent $20-$50 on this necklace, and really it was only about $5 to make! This idea is courtesy of Sarah Ortega. You can see her link below for a step-by-step tutorial. 

Bird's Nest Necklace Tutorial

Recycled Keepsake Box

Here is a gift that will cost you next to nothing! Take an old book (or buy one of his/her favorites) and turn it into a keepsake box. This gift is perfect for hiding your keepsakes in plain sight! So whether you're saving old love letters, or your son's little toy soldiers, this box is dynamic for any age group or gender. 

This idea came from Better Homes & Gardens. You can find the tutorial by clicking the link below. 

Recycled Keepsake Box Tutorial

DIY Gifts for Mother's Day by Interests

Mother's Day is on its way.  Whether you are ready for it or not, it's coming!  For those of you who procrastinate (or who don't), I figured this post would be a great way to round up some ideas that you can do for the different "types" of mom's in your life.  Just follow the links under each photo!

1)  The "Green Thumb" Mom

This is the mom that likes to be outside.  She enjoys gardening, being in the sun, taking in all that nature has to offer!

17 DIY Garden Ideas
Source: Beauty Harmony Life

Stone Garden Markers
Source: Garden Therapy

2) The "Mocha" Mom

This mom loves her cup of Java.  They know her at (every) Starbucks and they make her beverage before she even gets there.  This mom may be highly dangerous if she has not had her caffeine fill for the day.

An In-Home Coffee Bar
Source: Schaaf House

If you are looking for a simpler version, here it is...and it's on wheels so Mom can have coffee anywhere she goes! : )

Note: This link does not have directions on how to make this coffee bar.
Source: For the Home

For a simpler idea....

10 Hand Painted Mugs
Source: Homedit

3) The "Technological" Mom

This mom loves all things electronic.  From, iPads to eReaders to cell phones and everything in between, this mom always has the latest gadget.  She is never without her electronic devices.  She can frequently be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and any other social media site.  

DIY iPad Cover & Stand
Source: Practically Functional
Or, you could organize your Mom's technology nook (aka Office).  Take a look at these simple "hacks" and  organization ideas.  That way she can spend more time doing what she likes...socializing!

Smart Home Office Designs
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

4) The "Crafty" Mom

This mom loves her DIY projects.  Whether it's photography, building something, sewing or quilting, this mom knows how to make something awesome from scratch.  If you get homemade Christmas sweaters every year, you probably should look into the following gifts for this type of mom.

How To Sew Cases, Bags, and Buckets
Source: How About Orange

Polaroid-esque Coasters
Source: Darkroom and Dearly

5) The "All Natural" Mom

This mom typically shops at Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and Trader Joe's.  She buys only organics and she can frequently be found purchasing only beauty products, foods, and other items that are full of health benefits and lack in chemicals.

Source: Don't Mess With Mama

39 DIY Cleaning Products for Pennies
Source: Popsugar
Although your mom may not want a bunch of cleaning products for Mother's Day, why not present these to her and then give her the gift of a day off...and you can clean instead!

6) The "Fashionista" Mom

This mom is up to date on fashion.  She knows what is in style and what should never be worn again.  This mom never wears anything twice.  She loves accessorizing and shoes!

Source: Born in '82

23 Amazing and Easy DIY Shoes and Bags Projects
Source: Syle Motivation

Hope this gives you many gift ideas for how to celebrate your mom!

Please note, some moms may fall into more than one category or no category at all.  This post is not all inclusive and only touches on a few select mom types.  

DIY Gift Ideas: The gifts that keep giving!

With the holidays right around the corner, I'm sure many of you have begun to consider what to give to your loved ones as gifts.  You don't have to break the budget trying to show your loved ones that you care. With a bit of  time and innovation (and Pinterest) you can make a personalized gift that beats those everyday items AND helps the environment.  

1. Wooden Leaf Chargers

Image: Thistlewood Farms

Give a gift that will be used for multiple seasons.  Wooden leaf chargers made from plywood can add a seasonal touch and a unique way to update the typical place mat.  Here are the following directions from Thistlewood Farms on how to make these simple yet festive wooden leaves.

Don't feel obligated to use a leaf.  Consider other ideas such as an acorn, a pumpkin, a snowman, or any other shape that you desire.

2. Old frames, new purpose

Places such as Goodwill and yardsales can be the perfect place to find old frames.  Give that forgotten frame new purpose with some paint and embellishments.  Here are some other ideas for you to consider.  

Source: Plaid
Make a collage to display old post cards or precious documents. 
Source: Digital Design Scrapbooking
Use an old frame to create a calendar.  

Click here for directions from Shanty2Chic on how to make this project.
Looking for more ideas?

Source: It's Always Autumn

3. Windows

Repurpose old windows by making them into a shelf or unique display for photos.  For directions, click the link located below the picture.

Source: Adventures of a Middle Sister
Source: Jax & Mia
Source: Connoisseur of Creativity

4. Candle Holders

Give a gift that looks good and smells great!

Source: Country Girl Home

Source: The Country Chic Cottage

These are the gifts that keep giving.  Check back with us to see new ideas posted each week!

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