Check out these 40 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas if you’re looking for homemade gift ideas this holiday season.
Christmas is just around the corner! I have so many fun ideas for homemade Christmas gifting from jarred edible gifts, cookies, candies, chocolates, to Christmas crafts the whole family will enjoy making together.
And there are loads of homemade bath and body products. Perfect for all your homemade holiday gifting needs!
40 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas
Jarred Edible Gift Ideas
Gifts in jars are so fun! I love to pick out pretty jars (Weck are my favorite!) to package all sorts of homemade treats like seasoning mixes, meat rubs, salsa, caramel sauce and more. Bonus: the recipient gets to keep a nice glass jar once they've used all of the gift.
Homemade BBQ Chicken Rub features a mix of brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika for a flavorful homemade spice rub.
I love that this BBQ Chicken Rub stores well in a jar so that you can make a large batch ahead of time and use it throughout the year. It makes a great homemade gift for the BBQ lover in your life. Pair it with my favorite Wireless Remote Digital Thermometer or an Instant Read Thermometer - both are great for precision BBQing!
Silky smooth caramel sauce is so easy to make at home. It is over the tope good thanks to the addition of a little bit of vanilla and bourbon, and perfect for homemade gifting.
This recipe is has really simple ingredients: sugar, butter, cream, vanilla extract, bourbon, and salt. That’s it! One of the kids that mentioned to me this recipe was so good, we should give it to all our neighbors for Christmas this year.
I love Weck Jars to use for packaging up this Homemade Caramel Sauce with Vanilla and Bourbon.
Fresh pressed apple cider, tart pomegranate juice, and Tempranillo pair with mulling spices and fresh fruit to create a fall-inspired cocktail, perfect for sipping during this autumn and winter season.
Make this Spiced Pomegranate Mulled Wine, then fill a couple of jars with it (or one large one), tie a bow around the top, and don’t forget to include a handwritten copy of the recipe. Perfect for a wine loving friend or neighbor!
Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub features a mix of brown sugar, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, cumin, pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper for a flavorful spice rub.
I love that this Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub well in a jar so that you can make a large batch ahead of time and use it throughout the year. It makes a great homemade gift for the BBQ lover in your life.
Pair it with my favorite Wireless Remote Digital Thermometer or an Instant Read Thermometer - both are great for precision BBQing! And maybe include a copy of The Best Smoked Pulled Pork recipe, which uses this rub!
This easy roasted salsa verde takes just a few minutes to prep once you've roasted the veggies. It is perfect for homemade green enchilada sauce, smothered burritos, or simply as a green salsa to serve with chips.
This Easy Restaurant Style Salsa is so good and so easy to make! Gift this alone, or with the Easy Roasted Salsa Verde. Pairing Red and Green Salsas together would make a fun homemade Christmas gift idea. Maybe include a bag of your favorite tortilla chips, too!
These Milk Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars are like Homemade 100 Grand Bars, but even better! Chewy, homemade, salted caramel is covered crispy milk chocolate. They make a great addition to your holiday candy making plans!
Chocolate Covered Vanilla Fleur de Sel Caramels make an excellent homemade candy during the Christmas holidays. In my opinion, caramels are always classic Christmas candy and we end up making several batches every year.
Spicy black pepper pairs perfectly with salty, savory bacon and sweet, golden brown sugar. Black Pepper Candied Bacon is a super easy treat to make this holiday season for friends and family, and perfect for the bacon lover in your life. Maybe even for Santa! Plus, it is super easy to make!
Dark Chocolate Turtle Pretzel Bark is a fun treat for kids to help make for a teacher gift. Classic Pecan Christmas Turtles meet Dark Chocolate Bark with the crunchy, salty addition of mini pretzels for a delicious sweet and salty Christmas candy treat.
Make sure you check out my post on How to Temper Chocolate for best results when making this recipe. You'll want to make sure you have an Instant Read Candy Thermometer before you start making this recipe and a double boiler is helpful, too. Here's a link to the Caramel Baking Bits that I used.
Bourbon Maple Salted Caramels are a perfect holiday gift for anyone who craves sweet and salty. Traditional salted caramels are enhanced with the flavors of bourbon, maple syrup, and vanilla beans. YUM!
You could make a special caramel gift box with these, the fleur de sel caramels, and the gingerbread caramels (all the recipes are linked in this list!).
Do you know someone who loves chocolate paired with peppermint? Dark Chocolate pairs white chocolate, milk chocolate chips, marshmallows, and mini candy canes in this Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Bark for a fun holiday treat.
You'll need some mini candy canes and crushed peppermint candy. Or, you can make your own crushed peppermint candy by placing peppermints or candy canes in a sealed bag and pounding them with a meat mallet.
You can never go wrong with another recipe for chocolate bark. Try this Bittersweet Chocolate Swirl Fruit and Nut Bark for a unique take! Bittersweet chocolate, white chocolate, almonds, raspberries, strawberries, pumpkin and chia seeds combine for a delectable and colorful holiday treat.
To learn how to temper chocolate, take a look at my post on How to Temper Chocolate for best results when making this recipe. Before you start making this recipe, have your Instant Read Candy Thermometer ready. A double boiler is helpful, too, for tempering the chocolate.
I love salted caramels and gingerbread cookies. Gingerbread Caramels combine those two iconic holiday flavors for a super chewy, salty, sweet treat! and are a fun twist on a classic caramel recipe. Caramel pairs awesomely with hints of molasses and ginger.
Mocha Roasted Almonds are an incredibly easy snack to make that will help you satisfy your sweet tooth without ransacking your healthy snacking goals. They also make great homemade holiday gifts and Christmas Candies.
Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts make a great savory, salty, crunchy snack that is simple to make!
These pair great alongside the Cinnamon Vanilla Glazed Walnuts. There are several other candied or flavored roasted nut ideas on this list that would be great for pairing together if you'd like to assemble a Christmas tin for a homemade roasted nut gift set.
Salted Vanilla Maple Nut and Seed Clusters make a delicious and heart-healthy snack. They taste indulgent but are anything but since they’re packed with all sorts of heart-healthy seeds and nuts. Salted Vanilla Maple Nut and Seed Clusters make a fun addition to any candy and nut gift box.
Christmas Cookies for Homemade Gifting
You can never go wrong with a tin of delicious cookies for homemade gifting! Pick one and give a bunch, or make several different varieties and package up a nice gift box full of different cookies for the recipient to enjoy! For an extra touch, include a printable copy of the recipe so they can make another batch if they really enjoyed your gift.
These Almond Butter Cookies are the tastiest I’ve tried and make a great addition to your regular cooking baking. They’re the perfect alternative if you have a peanut allergy!
Rather than using the fork tines to make the classic cross hatch pattern on top of the cookies, you can make them extra fancy with these Christmas Cookie Stamps. Really, anything that will slightly flatten the cookie dough and make an interesting pattern on top!
Gingersnaps are one favorite Christmas cookie recipe that has been a tradition in my family since childhood. These Caramel Pecan Gingersnap Thumbprints are a twist on the old classic Gingersnap recipe: the center is pressed a pecan half and a pool of caramel. Then, melted chocolate is drizzled on top.
Tip: for the perfect drizzle, I like to put the melted chocolate into these squeeze bottles.
Skip the process of rolling dough and cutting cookies out with these Candy Cane Crunch Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars that taste just like sugar cookies. They're super festive with red and green funfetti and crunch up candy cane sprinkled on top.
These Swedish Crescent Cookies are a classic Christmas cookie. They're perfect for the Holidays and easy to make. You cane make them round if you'd like them to look like snowballs, or shape them into these fun crescent shapes.
Classic chocolate chip cookies get a make over. These White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies feature cream cheese in the batter, bits of raspberry jammy goodness, and melty chunks of white chocolate. They’re the perfect spring cookie!
Pistachio Orange Crescent Cookies combine orange zest and pistachios to switch things up a bit from the traditional classic Christmas Crescent Cookie recipe. Pistachios are my absolute favorite nut!
Homemade Christmas Crafts
Handmade crafts are fun for the whole family to make together.
Making these, paired with some Christmas tunes in the background and a special treat for dessert, is a great Christmas time activity to work on together. Some of these ideas are really fun for kids to make for their classmates as inexpensive friend gifts.
If you’re looking for a fun family Christmas craft that can also serve as a homemade gift, Salt Dough Ornaments are the sweetest!
You can make them with hardly any effort and the kids will have a blast. Your limitations are only set by the cookie cutters you own.
If you want to take it one step further, You can even personalize the ornaments for the recipient! Personalization is super easy – just take some mini ABC cookie cutters and stamp the middle with the recipient’s last name initial.
These DIY Moisturizing Bath Bombs might be small, but they pack a powerful punch thanks to each of the ingredients. For perfectly shaped bath bombs, try using these bath bomb molds.
They only contain 4 ingredients and are incredibly simple to make. Add essential oils to add an aromatherapy aspect. Paired with a book, this makes a great “pamper yourself” gift for someone in your life. Add a bath pillow or a bath tray for a little extra pampering!
This recipe for Lavender Eucalyptus Green Tea Detox Bath Salts features a mixture of Epsom Salts, Baking Soda, Green Tea, Vitamin E oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil. Each ingredient has properties to help to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Vanilla Lavender Sugar Scrub features vanilla scented sugar and dried lavender buds. Lavender is so relaxing, and many of us are often stressed out this time of year that I thought it would make for a pleasant gift.
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