Shop Small and DIY this Holiday!

Did you get a head start on your holiday gift shopping? Whether or not you did, I know you’re not done. (;

There are always people on your list that are difficult to buy for. In my experience, kids in the family are always easy to shop for. Kids are easily pleased. Immediate family is usually pretty easy as well. It’s when it comes down to your brother-in-law, or your neighbour in your neighbourhood secret santa, or your best friend’s wife.

This gift guide will help you spurr some ideas. All of the ideas are either linked to a tutorial or an artisan’s Etsy shop. Shop small this holiday, and do it yourself where you can!

Gifts for the Men in your Life 

Check out these handsome fingerless texting gloves and many others like these at edbyAnne’s Etsy shop. (22$)

Make this easy upcycled gift for a man in your life who may need some help with organisation or decking out his man cave! Head to Curly Birds for the tutorial.

Make a custom mug with just a sharpie paint pen and a tutorial from One Little Project at a Time.

Make these custom beer coasters for a special man who likes his craft beers with a tutorial by Attic Lace.

Make the men in your life some all natural eucalyptus-peppermint shaving cream with a recipe from the Darling Bakers.


Give your love this pillow made by Spoon Me Pillows maybe to inspire him to cuddle you this season! (36$)

Gifts for a Hostess, In-Law, Neighbour, Co-Worker, or Teacher

Check out these rustic coaster sets and more like them at Rusterior Design’s Etsy shop. (10$)

Give your friends and family frozen homemade cookie dough instead of loading them up with already-made treats! They can enjoy whenever they want. Attach a greeting card with baking instructions like shown at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Make a beautiful holiday vase with a tutorial from Mom Endeavors.

Learn how to make a Sashy knit scarf with help from Red Heart. Watch the video at the bottom of the page if you’re a beginner!

Make a “whale of a bowl” for rings, soap, candy, or anything else a friend or family member might need a little bowl for with a tutorial from the Good Weekly.


Make beautiful vanilla bean and coffee candles with help from Henry Happened.

Gifts for the Ladies You Love

Check out this Swarovski crystal bird wine charm set and others like it at Charmed By Wine’s Etsy Shop. (16$)

Make this peppermint sugar scrub for your gals. The instructions written by Love Grows Wild are so easy! Doesn’t that just look so cute?

Make your girlfriends some wine lollipops. Add mulling spices to make them mulled wine lollipops. The original recipe (obviously made for Valentines Day) is written by Dirty Laundry.

A little less crafty? Put together these manicure sets as shown at My DIY Angels.

Coffee lover in the bunch? Make her a glitter tumbler with directions from the Sorority Secrets.

Make a map pendant necklace with a little tutorial from Unfortuantely, Oh!

Gifts for Little Ones

I know a lot of people who have sewing machines but don’t use them. Are you one of those people? Hop back on that baby and sew some easy pillowcases with a tutorial by Organize & Decorate Everything.

Make these quick and easy baby leg warmers with a tutorial from Jen Loves Kev.

Kids love marshmallows and cocoa! Make them these marshmallow dips for a hot cup of cocoa with a recipe by Rose Bakes.


Upcycle an old shirt or two to make some PJ pants for kids with a tutorial from Hammer & Thread.

A little less crafty? Make this cute reindeer washcloth with soap inside with help from Bumble Bee’s Craft Den.

Learn to make little hair bows for a little girl (or even for yourself!) from Carissa Miss.

A Little Something for Your Fur Babies


There are five different dog treat recipes here from Martha Stewart.


Sew a cute crate cover for your pet with a tutorial by Dimplicity.


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