35+ Natural & DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

35 DIY Natural and Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

This year, we’ve decided to keep things simple, natural and sustainable with homemade, natural and DIY Christmas Gift Ideas (and a few select wooden toys for the kids that will (hopefully) last for generations). We are also trying to focus more on experiences than material gifts for the most part.

There are so many great options for DIY homemade gifts, and I hope that others will consider joining me in gift giving this way…

Below are a few of my favorite homemade gift ideas and some suggestions for some simple gift baskets.

DIY Beauty Gift Ideas

Healing Lip Salve

Tinted Lip Balm

Homemade Lip Stick

Luxurious Sugar Scrub Recipe

Beach Waves Natural Hair Spray

Natural Baby Care Recipes (baby powder, diaper cream, lotion, etc)

Homemade Dry Shampoo

Lotion Bars Recipe (all natural, easy to make and amazing for skin!)

Luxurious Lotion Recipe

Whipped Body Butter Recipe (like Velvet on the skin)

Homemade Deodorant Bars

Here is a post with a list of seven ingredients that can be used to make 20+ DIY beauty recipes.

Health Related Gift Ideas

Homemade Magnesium Oil (great for improving sleep, energy, hormones and more)

Herbal Tea Blends (delicious and health boosting)

Healing Clays (for masks, internal and more)

Coconut Oil (because there are 100+ ways to use it!)

Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe (helps sensitive teeth)

DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste

All Natural Vapor Rub

Homemade Healing Salve (like Neosporin ™ but natural)

Or, if you are really motivated, you could put together an entire Herbal First Aid and Natural Remedy Kit.

Edible Christmas Gift Ideas

14 Homemade Herb and Spice Blends

Healthy Delicious Chocolate Recipe

Homemade Marshmallows

Coconut Cream Recipe

Healthy Chocolate Truffles

Himalayan Salt

Kombucha Starter and Instructions

Water Kefir and Instructions


DIY Fleece backed T-Shirt Quilt (one of my husbands favorite gifts I’ve ever given him)

Homemade Buckwheat Pillow or Eye Mast- Just sew a simple rectangle of whatever fabric you’d like filled with some organic buckwheat hulls makes a natural pillow that doesn’t hold body heat and that keeps its shape! You can also add herbs like lavender flowers, yarrow, mint, chamomile and catnip for the gentle scent of herbs to help improve sleep.

Gift Basket Ideas

Herbal Teas Basket: An assortment of homemade herbal tea blends with a natural cast iron tea pot and some tea cups.

Natural Beauty Basket: An assortment of Healing Lip SalveTinted Lip BalmHomemade Lip StickLuxurious Sugar Scrub RecipeBeach Waves Natural Hair SprayHomemade Dry ShampooLotion BarsLuxurious Lotion,  Whipped Body Butter Recipe and Homemade Deodorant Bars.

Natural Baby Basket: Some or all of these Natural Baby Care Recipes

Mom-to-be or New Mom Basket: This Luxurious Lotion Recipe to help prevent stretch marks, Homemade Magnesium Oil to help with nausea and after pains, Healing Clays for use as a skin mask to prevent the “mask of pregnancy” or itchy skin, Raspberry Leaf Tea to tone the uterus, Homemade Healing Salve for perineum healing post baby, DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste to keep her teeth strong during pregnancy, and of course, some Healthy Delicious Chocolate.

Do you make any homemade gifts? Any ideas to add to the list? Share below!

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  1. Unfortunately, if I were to give these to people, they would look at my like I’m crazy. I’ll make them for myself, though!

    • my family thinks I am nuts, but they seem to love the after effects..lol…

    • My hubby used to think I was nuts until he saw the results. He was the first one on board to try toothpaste powder I made recently…I think he is a convert!

  2. it didn’t seem to make ur list, but I am baking tons of muffins for Christmas, they freeze and warm well, also I can get creative. chocolate with cream cheese in them, apple caramel, banana nut. I love to cook, and ur website makes it so easy. thank u and may u and urs have a blessed holiday :).

  3. I have sewn fleece socks, aprons, and crocheted pot holders as gifts throughout the years.

  4. Thanks for this list. I had just written down on my to do list “ideas for homemade gifts” so your list is super-timely. Yay!

  5. How wonderful! Another great post to share on the Wildcrafting Wednesday blog hop! 🙂 We’d love to have you link this one up! 🙂 You are awesome! 🙂

  6. I can’t wait to dig into this after the kids go to bed. Waiting on my shipment from Mountain Rose Herbs so I can whip up a batch of body butter and some lip balm. Love your blog…thanks for sharing! I look forward to more of your posts!

  7. Katie!
    I have been meaning to leave a note on your blog for a very long time. I absolutely LOVE your website. It has been so helpful to me! Your recipes are delicious (please keep adding more), and I am so thankful for your articles concerning health. Also, this list of homemade gifts was perfect for me this year! My friends and family will be getting body butter and sugar scrubs.
    Thank you! God bless and have a Merry Christmas!

  8. Love your website. I’ve been trying to do a lot more DIY gifts. I usually bake quite a bit, crochet many gifts, and made herbal heat rice packs one year.

  9. I’ve just discovered your DIY recipes and as a student, I’m hoping to be able to make my own products rather than spending all my money on drugstore brands. However, I was wondering if there was an alternative to beeswax that I could use.

  10. I take my kids broken crayons, melt them down with like colors, or combine a couple to make “special” colors, then pour them into candy molds.. I give out 8-12 crayons in wax baggies to the kids that come to our solstice party, and my school age boy takes them to his friends at school. At the beginning of this school year, a little girl came up to me and asked “are you making heart shaped crayons again this year!?!?!” It’s my thing.. But it should be everyones, as it’s “upcycling”, affordable and the molds are reusable time and time again, for crayons- or chocolate 🙂

  11. Oooh, and I didn’t see astragalus on your first aid remedy list.. It’s a must. Fill a mason jar with dried astragalus root, loose, then fill it with vodka, store in cool dark place. Then 2-4 months later, strain it, then squeeze pulp through cheesecloth, fill brown tincture bottles.. Label these “immune support”, a full dropper for adults, half for kids… Miracle medicine.. Granted, we are an oober healthy family, but this builds up all of our systems to well during the fall and winter.. Incredible stuff.. Should definitely make the list!

    • where can you get inexpensive amber bottles with droppers?

  12. Lovely post! You and your family are wonderful for embracing this. I’m going to do the same at my house. Thank you for the great ideas!

  13. I have made homemade vanilla extract before, and it was a huge hit! Sooo much better than the store-bought stuff, and everyone bakes!

    • How do you make your vanilla extract?!! Please share!

  14. Hi, I love the buckwheat pillow for my father in law… so hard to shop for guys sometimes! 😉 Can you explain more specifically how to make this! =) I was not sure of the quantity of buckwheat hulls I will need and for what size pillow (I would want to make a standard sleeping pillow). So excited to make this for him for Christmas! =D Thanks for all your ideas!

    • I found your page explaining it all! Both your links sent me to the page to purchase them, fyi =)

  15. I love making gifts for Christmas and have been trying to make the majority since I got married. I do a lot of baked goods for the guys, and then sewing/crafty projects for everyone else. (I’ve shared several gift ideas and tutorials on my blog recently). I’m excited this year about making my daughter’s first doll and wall art for my sister-in-law. It will be like Santa’s workshop around here soon! 😉

  16. When are you going to have an App. for Android?

    • Not sure. It’s quite expensive to have one built and there hasn’t been a huge demand for it…

  17. It just isn’t Christmas for me unless I make something. They have included knitted slippers, finger puppets & reusable cloth bags for shopping. Love do create puzzles such as word searches with familiar names and places for the receiver. Also creating a suitable Crypt-a-Quote.
    This year I cut up some old T-shirts to make oven-mitt covers. This works extremely well if the design or message on the T-shirt lines up with the receiver. For example, my husband had worn t-shirts with math and physics designs. Perfect oven mitts for my niece and her partner as they are taking those courses at university this year.

  18. Hi Katie!
    I have been following you for almost two years and you have been a blessing to me and my family. recently I have joined a 90 day mom challenge that has changed my life it is all Scripture based and covers everything a mom does. Please pray about it! It has blessed me and my family and I will pray that it will blessed yours too!

  19. This is great! Thank you!

  20. Oh!! Last year I made my daughter four different lip balm flavors and my husband made her some Hello Kitty labels for them. She wanted a set of them that she saw in the store, but those ingredients don’t ever go into her.
    This year I’m making wool dryer balls for the ladies in our family. I love giving things that I make.

  21. Hi Katie, my 17 year old daughter’s friends know I make everything and they said they wanted ‘homemade’ for Christmas, so we made lotion bars (patchouli, vanilla and eucalyptus), frankincense gold and myrrh bars, peppermint and vanilla lip balm, pumpkin pie brown sugar scrub, and the bath fizzles and menthol shower melts. All your recipes, which were perfect. Thank you 🙂

  22. …what would be an acceptable substitute for coconut oil?

    • What are you trying to substitute it for?

  23. hey!!!
    I liked your blog because i also recommend natural remedies to everyone as in my opinion this is more usefull than artificial stuff and home made remedies also don’t have any harmfull effects on the skin. love to hear from you more… Keep writing 🙂

  24. Christmas 2015 gifts for everyone were nice recycle bags ($1.00 at Walmart) to which we added a thin wooden bottom on the inside. We cut wood the thickness of paneling and sanded it smooth, then placed it in the bottom of the bags which made them more sturdy and helps them stand up on their own. I have been using mine regularly for five months and my friends are demanding more. No more floppy bags that collapse in on themselves when filled with canned goods. Wrap up three in decorated Kraft paper, tie with sisal and garnish with a sprig of white pine for a great gift you will see used again and again.

  25. Wow, I love so many of these! Great list and so many of them are perfect for quick but thoughtful gifts. We’re moving in a couple of weeks and the holidays are sneaking up on me! I’m excited to try a few of these!

  26. Thank you very much for this post, I am making a few of these for family this year. But I was wondering if you have anything for men? I need to make something for a teenage boy & im totally stumped, he’s a good kid & would be grateful for anything I make him but I know none of the above is really for him. Any ideas would be fantastic. Btw I tried your turmeric tea (golden milk) & the switchel drink (sorry if spelling wrong) & they are wonderful & im trying to make my first apple cider vinegar thanks to your posts & bought my asthmatic sister a himilayan salt lamp. Thanks from me & my little boy x

  27. Hi there, the gift ideas are awesome and would love to gift. Thanks sister!

  28. I really like to make DIY gifts for Christmas. Hopefully my friends will love them. They’re both healthy and yummy.

  29. Hello, I really appreciate this gift idea. Thanks for sharing.