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30+ DIY Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas You Can Give This Year!

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Need some inexpensive, but heartfelt DIY handmade Christmas gift ideas for the upcoming holiday?

I’ve got a ton of choices with this list of 30+ DIY Christmas Gifts Ideas!

There is just something special about a handmade Christmas gift. 

Even if the store bought one was cheaper…and even the handmade one isn’t perfectly square…or the finish isn’t JUST right. 

It’s the “handmade” part that makes it so valuable–the fact that someone who loves you spent their time making that just for YOU. 

I’m not normally a sentimental person, but those are the best gifts you can get 🙂

So this Christmas, if you are looking to give something special, heartfelt, personal and handmade, I’ve compiled a list of great DIY handmade Christmas gift ideas for you to check out below.

Unique Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

These are fun and simple gift ideas for anyone on your list.

The majority of these projects can be made from scraps, so these are inexpensive gift options you can make quickly.

DIY Bookends

DIY Guitar Bookends--And Easy and Quick Scrap Wood ProjectDIY Guitar Bookends--And Easy and Quick Scrap Wood Project

Aren’t these the cutest bookends you’ve ever seen?!

I made these using pieces of scrap wood from my ever growing pile, ha! They are the perfect handmade Christmas gift for any music lover you know.

Make these bookends

DIY Scrap Wood Lantern

Here’s another wood lantern option for the candle lover on your gift list. You can make this using scrap wood too.

They’ll never know it was free to make!

Make this lantern

Easy DIY Picture Frame

Easy custom floating picture frame--great Christmas gift ideaEasy custom floating picture frame--great Christmas gift idea

A custom floating picture frame with personalized sayings inside is the perfect gift for teachers, co-workers, or anyone on your gift list that is hard to buy for.

I’m sharing three different ways to make a custom floating picture frame, so you can take your pick of which style you want to make.

Make a floating custom picture frame

DIY Wooden Box for Table

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Building a simple wood box like this is an INCREDIBLY easy project that you can build from a single 1×6 board (or scraps!) and they make perfect handmade gifts for the holidays, housewarmings, or even weddings.

Build this modern centerpiece box

DIY Lantern with Curved Top

This DIY lantern makes a perfect centerpiece and a great hostess gift!

You’ll need some square dowels and scrap wood to make this handmade Christmas gift. It’s a fun and easy project that they will love!

Make this wood lantern

DIY Wooden Lantern

How to build a GORGEOUS wood lantern! Great Christmas gift ideaHow to build a GORGEOUS wood lantern! Great Christmas gift idea

You can never go wrong with a candle as a gift. Let’s take it up a notch and make a DIY wooden lantern they can put their candle in.

The top of the lantern is the hardest part, but trust me you can do this and they will love their DIY handmade Christmas gift!

Make this lantern

3-Tiered Wooden Tray

You see these all over Pinterest during seasonal holidays decorated with items for the season. Your favorite hostess will LOVE getting this DIY gift.

You’ll need 1×2 boards, plywood, and table legs to make this fun gift idea.

Make this 3-tiered tray

Modern Serving Tray

DIY walnut serving tray--great homemade DIY christmas gift ideaDIY walnut serving tray--great homemade DIY christmas gift idea

They can put together the biggest charcuterie board with this modern serving tray!

I made this with some Walnut boards that I scored for free, but you can use any type of boards you want to make this.

Make this serving tray

Scrap Wood Keepsake Box

DIY Continuous grain walnut box with tile topDIY Continuous grain walnut box with tile top

Keepsake boxes are such a great DIY handmade Christmas gift. You can give them to anyone on your gift list.

I’m showing you how to make them in a hexagon shape and a rectangle inspired by the tile samples I bought to use for lids. Which shape will you make?

Make a keepsake box

Tiered Candy Stand

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The perfect hostess gift! A DIY tiered candy stand they will love. And if you’re going to be visiting, you’ll get to enjoy the goodies they put on it.

That’s a win win in my book!

Make a tiered candy stand

Bluetooth Speaker Box

DIY Wireless Bluetooth Wooden Speaker Box--Looks like a retro mid century credenza and it's even got a hidden compartment for cord storage!DIY Wireless Bluetooth Wooden Speaker Box--Looks like a retro mid century credenza and it's even got a hidden compartment for cord storage!

A Bluetooth speaker box is great for using in the shop, in your home office, or how about for your favorite tween or teen?

You can make this fun retro guy using scrap wood.

Make this Bluetooth speaker box

X Cutting Board

Adorable x design cutting board--great DIY christmas gift ideaAdorable x design cutting board--great DIY christmas gift idea

Cutting boards make a great hostess gift. You can never have too many, IMO.

I created the edge detail using a router, but if you don’t have one you can totally do without it.

Make this cutting board

DIY Drink Coasters from Scrap Wood

Everyone can use a set of coasters. We lose ours all the time, but these thick wooden coasters made from scrap wood will be a lot less easy to lose. At least I hope!

Make these coasters

DIY Tea Storage Box with Mug Holder

Forget the coffee bar. Set them up with a tea bar!

This DIY handmade Christmas gift idea will wow the tea lover on your gift list and you can make it with scrap wood!

Make this tea storage box with mug holder

DIY Charcuterie/Cutting Board

With just a few tools and some scrap wood, you can wow the hostess on your gift list with a custom charcuterie/cutting board.

I went with a two-toned look for mine, but you can make yours anyway you want.

Make a charcuterie/cutting board

DIY Serving Board

Easy Charcuterie Board

This easy project is a great way to use up some wood scraps and is a gift they are sure to love.

It’s as simple as cutting a handle shape on a board, and giving away.

Make this serving board.

DIY Footed Tray

This is probably the easiest project on this list. A footed tray can be used for so many things and in so many places.

When you see how easy they are to make you’ll be making one for everyone on your gift list.

Make this footed tray

DIY Outdoor Lanterns

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I may just be slightly obsessed with lanterns…Here is a set that you can make from scrap wood and they make a great gift!

The set features three sizes and you can stain them or paint them any color you want.

Make this lantern set

Scrap Wood Keepsake Box

There are so many ways to make a simple keepsake box, but here’s one that’s super easy to customize the size and looks really nice!

No fancy tools required and you can use a combination of whatever scrap wood you have on hand!

The lid fits in snugly and is easy to get off when they want to add something.

Make this keepsake box

DIY Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas to Personalize

These DY gift ideas are projects you can personalize with special notes, names, or dates to make these gifts extra special.

DIY Personalized Wall Clock

DIY Wooden wall clock with personalization--make your own with this free tutorialDIY Wooden wall clock with personalization--make your own with this free tutorial

Who doesn’t love clocks?! Personalize it with a family name and it becomes the perfect DIY handmade Christmas gift.

It’s super easy to make, all you need is two 1×10 boards and a clock kit.

Make this clock

RELATED: For More DIY Wall Clock Ideas, check these out!

DIY Personalized Lazy Susan

How to make a Personalized DIY Lazy SusanHow to make a Personalized DIY Lazy Susan

Personalize a DIY lazy Susan charcuterie board with the state your recipient lives in.

The one I did was Kentucky, but you can use any state that fits for your gift. Or chose another fun shape or letter to personalize how you’d like.

Make a personalized Lazy Susan

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DIY Keepsake Box

How to build a DIY wooden keepsake box with splines and picture frame topHow to build a DIY wooden keepsake box with splines and picture frame top

Give them a keepsake box to keep all their treasured memories in. It’s the perfect gift for us sentimentalists.

The picture frame lid can be use for anything. A favorite note, a picture, or a drawing.

Make a keepsake box

DIY Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

DIY Rocking Horse

How to build a DIY rocking horse for toddler or small child--dog shaped rocking horse with template to make your ownHow to build a DIY rocking horse for toddler or small child--dog shaped rocking horse with template to make your own

I built this for a friend’s new baby and I loved that it was a different take on the standard “rocking horse” because this one is a dog shape. 

The cool part is that you could tweak the design a little to look like different breeds if you wanted. 

Kid’s favorite toy can match kid’s best friend 🙂

Make this DIY Rocking “Horse”

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DIY Toy Chests

Toy chests are a fun option to give a baby or young child that they can keep as an heirloom piece for years to come.

Here are some design ideas to pick from.

Toy Chest Option 1

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This DIY handmade Christmas gift might just be more for parents than kids, but we’re going to call it a kid’s gift idea.

This toy chest will give your kids a place to store all their favorite toys. It may even help teach them to clean up their toys when they’re done playing.

We can hope so anyway…right?

Make this toy chest

Toy Chest Option 2

DIY hope chest toy box--great christmas gift idea for kidsDIY hope chest toy box--great christmas gift idea for kids

Toy chest option 2 is a little more detailed with handles and even has soft close hinges to keep your kiddos fingers from getting smashed.

Make this toy chest

RELATED: Check out all these toy chest ideas for more options!

Life Size Ruler

Kids will love this life size ruler! They’ll be racing to see who is taller.

Make it with just one board and your Cricut cutting machine.

If you don’t have a Cricut you could buy stencils and paint the numbers and lines.

Make this life size ruler

DIY Four-Sided Bookshelf

Get the free building plans for this DIY Four Sided Spinning Kid's BookshelfGet the free building plans for this DIY Four Sided Spinning Kid's Bookshelf

This makes a great gift idea for kids that love to read.

That can put their favorite books front facing so they can find them easily.

Make this DIY bookshelf

DIY Kid’s Nesting Table

DIY Kid's nesting table with storage seats makes an excellent handmade Christmas gift ideaDIY Kid's nesting table with storage seats makes an excellent handmade Christmas gift idea

This fun gift idea will inspire creativity and it comes with four nesting storage seats to corral all those supplies.

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You can make this with a sheet of plywood, some boards and just four tools! Your child will love it and will provide hours of entertainment.

Make this DIY nesting table

DIY Small Furniture Christmas Gift Ideas

For gifts a little larger in size, here is a great list of furniture builds that would make excellent gifts as well!

DIY Nesting Wooden Christmas Tree Shelf

Give them a Christmas decor piece that they can use year after year.

It looks great with any decor style and breaks down and nests inside each other for easy storing.

Make a nesting Christmas tree shelf

DIY Modern Blanket Ladder

Blanket ladders aren’t just farmhouse style anymore and they make a great gift!

This modern take on the traditional blanket ladder is an easy DIY project you can make in a day.

Make this blanket ladder

Easy DIY Corner Shelf

Make this DIY corner shelf for under $30 in lumber and in just a weekend. They can use it as a plant stand, or as a bookshelf, or to display treasured items.

It will make a great handmade Christmas gift.

Make this corner shelf

DIY Tiered Plant Stand

For the plant lover on your gift list, this tiered plant stand can be made using scrap wood.

I’m on a roll with scrap wood projects, that happens when you have a lot of it and can’t bear to throw any of it away, ha!

Make this tiered plant stand

DIY Plant Stand/End Table

This would make a great gift for a college student. It’s small enough to use in a dorm room and they can use it for plants or as a bedside table.

It’s easy to make using 1x2s and a 2×6.

Make this plant stand/end table

Easy DIY Shoe Rack

I’ve got another great handmade Christmas gift idea for your college student.

This DIY shoe rack takes up very little space and could also be used as a book case!

Make this DIY shoe rack/bookcase

DIY Vinyl Record Shelf

Vinyl Record Shelf

Maybe this isn’t a “small” furniture gift, but it’s the perfect gift for the person who loves records!

And you can build it from a single sheet of plywood!

Make this vinyl record shelf.

One Board Shoe Bench

One Board Shoe Bench

This simple shoe bench can be made from a single 2x10x8 board!

It’s a practical gift idea that the recipient can use in their mudroom, or entryway and they’ll think of you every time they put their shoes away.

Make this one board shoe bench.

DIY Gift Ideas for the Pets

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DIY Dog Bed

DIY Dog bed--handmade christmas gift ideas for petsDIY Dog bed--handmade christmas gift ideas for pets

Let’s not forget our furry friends this Christmas! Give them a comfy place to lay down with this DIY dog bed. Add a big cushion and they’ll be all set.

Make this dog bed

DIY Dog Tent

How to make a DIY dog tent from a little fabric and some dowel rods! Super easy sewing tutorial--great beginner project!How to make a DIY dog tent from a little fabric and some dowel rods! Super easy sewing tutorial--great beginner project!

Give them their own little sanctuary with this DIY dog tent. The teepee style is just so cute, don’t you think?

Make a DIY dog tent

DIY Dog Bowl Food Stand

DIY elevated dog food stand for DIY pet christmas gift!DIY elevated dog food stand for DIY pet christmas gift!

Made in the same style as the DIY dog bed, this dog bowl stand gets their food and water off the floor and makes the bowls easier to reach.

Plus it cuts down on the mess on your floor!

Make this dog bowl stand

WOW, that’s a lot to choose from!  You can find lots more on the projects page as well.

I hope this list is helpful if you are looking to gift someone with a handmade Christmas gift this year.

And I hope that in the midst of all the sawdust and glue, that you find time to enjoy the holiday and spend time with those you love…and eat lots of Christmas candy in the process 😉

As always, thank you so much for your support and for following along.  To you and your family, have a very Merry Christmas 🙂

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Until next time, happy handmade Christmas gift building 🙂