Easy Frugal Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

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Homemade gifts are a wonderful way to show you care for those you love. Here is a bunch of natural DIY Christmas gifts you can make that are sure to please.

They’re great for gifting to teachers, friends, or family, and many of them would make great healthy stocking stuffers too.

diy christmas gifts - homemade scrub, lip scrub, lip balm, and lotion bar

I love making things from scratch, from personal care products like my hair rinse and body cream to home care products like this window cleaner and shower cleaner. But nothing is as much fun to make as gifts for someone else.

I’ve made homemade Christmas gifts for a long time, but typically they were only cookies and candies.  These days I am thinking not just about edible treats like these no-bake cookies, but also about non food gifts.

My adrenal fatigue doesn’t do well when there is too much stress and frankly, I don’t care much for all the Christmas season chaos. You can see in Slowing Down for Christmas how we try not to do too much.

But I do like DIY gifts–since they’re both homemade and frugal.

This list is a keeper for sure–so many great ideas for everyone on your list.  Use it now or refer back to it anytime you need a homemade gift for someone special.

In fact, this list really could be great for all kinds of holidays and events–think graduation, birthday, gifts for teachers, etc.

And if you’d like to supplement this list with even more fantastic homemade gift ideas, check out this post of Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts. So many fantastic ideas there that would make great Christmas Gifts as well.

Note that many of these gifts use essential oils. For an extra special holiday gift, you can consider using one of these Holiday Essential Oil Blends to add an extra special Christmas touch to your gift.

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Homemade Christmas Gifts

Sugar-free Peppermint Bark

This Sugar-free Peppermint Bark is so easy and delicious. It’s a walk down memory lane but so much healthier with out all the sugar!

plate of homemade peppermint bark.

Nourishing Sugar Scrub

I just LOVE this sugar scrub.  Super simple and it works great!

This Nourishing Sugar Scrub is great for making your skin silky smooth. It's super simple, and frugal, and you can add your own fragrant essential oils as you like. Makes a great easy-to-make gift!

Nourishing Lip Scrub

This lip scrub really helps continually dry lips.

homemade lip scrub in small glass jar next to honey dripping off small wooden stirring stick

Canning Jar Pincushions

These canning jar pincushions are such a cute gift for someone who sews.

Canning Jar Pincushions

Coconut Oil Lotion Bar

These bars are all the rage right now–a fun twist on the traditional body and hand lotions.
Here’s how to make them yourself.

Coconut Oil Lotion Bar

Cooling Honey Lip Balm

Who wouldn’t appreciate a Homemade Lip Balm for a Christmas Gift, especially with the damage that wintry wind does to lips?

Cooling Honey Lip Balm

DIY Natural Bath Bombs

Bath bombs, when made with all natural ingredients, add benefits to the bath like softer skin and a mineralizing boost as well.

DIY Natural Bath Bombs

Low-carb Crescent Cookies

These Sugar-free Crescent Cookies are so delicious,
no one will know they’re low carb.

keto almond crescent cookies on a white plate.

Sugar-free Snowball Cookies

These Keto Snowball Cookies are melt in your mouth delicious!

keto snowball cookies on a white plate

Homemade Taco Seasoning

We use this regularly and it makes plain rice and beans meal taste super special!
Put some of this in a little mason jar with a cute ribbon and you’re all set.

homemade taco seasoning in glass jar on top of colorful pieces of cloth

Secret-Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Truffles

These chocolate truffles are loaded with healthful ingredients and taste amazing.

Chocolate Avocado Truffles - paleo, keto, vegan, low carb, dairy free, THM, AIP

Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate Mix

This Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate Mix is super tasty and makes you feel good too. It’s sure to be a gift everyone will love.

adaptogenic hot chocolate mix in glass jar.

The “Best” Popcorn Topping

This really is super tasty.  I get asked for this recipe everywhere we take it.
Put this in a little jar with a cute label and gift it with some popcorn kernels!

overhead view of glass bowls with homemade popcorn seasoning and popcorn kernels

Alcohol-free Vanilla Extract

You can also use the directions to make a regular vanilla, but this alcohol-free vanilla extract is an always welcome gift!

homemade vanilla extract in glass bottle with cookies on tray and vanilla beans.

Mild Curry Powder

We are curry lovers in our household.  
We use it in My Most Requested Recipe – Pakistani Beef Curry.
Our favorite curry power used to be a popular gourmet-ish brand, but once I figured out how to replicate it almost perfectly with this recipe, we’ve never gone back!

homemade curry powder in glass jar

Healthy Dark Chocolate Bark

This bark recipe is so easy and adaptable to any special diet!

healthy dark chocolate bark

“Basic” Homemade Chili Powder

This chili powder is made with readily available ingredients and taste amazing.

chili powder in a jar and in a spoon

Sugar-free Peppermint Fudge

So easy to make and sooo delicious!

sugar-free peppermint fudge cut in pieces on white parchment paper

Matcha Bark – sugar free and vegan option

matcha bark wrapped in raffia

Homemade Soap (Without Lye!)

This is a great way to easily make custom soap without handling lye
(you’ll see what I mean….)

two bars of soap without lye

Essential Oil Body Spray (with many other uses)

Skip the toxins with this easy spray that doubles as a
room spray, pillow spray, and more.

homemade body spray

AND… for wrapping it all up…

Printable Gift Tags

A fun way to personalize all of your Christmas Gifts, whether DIY or otherwise.

Printable Gift Tags

Do you typically make homemade Christmas gifts?
What do you normally make?

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15 Comments

  1. What wonderful ideas – I am struggling to pick a favourite! I do love food gifts, and those canning jar pin cushions are seriously pretty…but I pretty much like them all!

  2. I love all these ideas Adrienne. Especially all the scrubs. Those are a must make. Thanks for the great ideas. Merry Christmas Adrienne.

  3. Stopping by from Fellowship Fridays. I struggle with Adrenal Fatigue, too – so I know what you mean about stress. These look like some great gift ideas. I love the tasting spoons. So original! Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R: (Link deleted by Whole New Mom due to it not working anymore)

    1. Welcome!!! And from Croatia – how wonderful! Are you from there originally? I just skimmed your post on Christmas. You are right on. I have no extended family here and was sick on Thanksgiving. It was a real bummer but I am trying to focus on what is important. Blessings!

  4. Great list of ideas. I’m always looking for ideas like these. I especially like the mason jar pin cushions. thanks

  5. Adrienne,
    This is a fantastic collection of gift ideas. I love it that there are non-food gifts, and seasonings. I’m saving your post to refer to for next year. Thanks for collecting and sharing!
    –Eileen

  6. Adrienne- I just thought you should know how much I love your blog, not only because it is always so darn informative, but because of the heart you’ve put behind it in every post. The amount of time you’ve put behind everything you share with us really shows and I just wanted to let you know that this reader appreciates all of your hard work! And all the ideas you’ve posted here today are just awesome! Thank you so, so much!

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!