DIY Christmas Inspiration and Ideas

by Claire Minnaar

Happy Holiday Hobby Hampers


Christmas is a time for joy, but doesn’t it feel like just yesterday that you were running around trying to figure out what on earth to get the whole fan-damily? Finding gifts that the recipient would actually want, need, use and not return can sometimes be a challenge.

Adding a DIY element to gifts or coming up with a “concept” however can really turn a simple hobby-related gift into something your loved one will photograph and post on Facebook.

Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

  • Avid Reader: Visit a second-hand book store and scoop up a couple of classics. Tie them together with a pretty ribbon and add a comfy pair of slippers or snacks to the mix for happy holiday reading.
  • Top Chef: Harvest organic veggies from your garden or buy some at the market. Arrange them in a pretty basket with a variety of exotic herbs and spices or a handwritten cook book.
  • Sweet Tooth: Put together a smores kit consisting of marshmallows, biscuits, chocolate, skewers, a candle and a pack of matches.
  • Bath time Bliss: Spoil your best friend with the ultimate bath hamper – bath goodies, lotion, chocolates, a mini bottle of bubbly and a good read.
  • Baking Betty: This type of goodie bag can be adapted to suit any age. Wrap a cute silicone baking pan, premixed muffin ingredients, a set of tried and tested handwritten recipes or a recipe booklet and a variety of sprinkles in a lovely apron.
  • Gardening Guru: Surprise him or her with a variety of seeds, gardening gloves and perhaps a gardening book. Alternatively plant fresh herbs in a little crate and surprise your loved one with a mini herb garden.
  • Movie Boffin: Fill a large cinema popcorn box with a variety of classic movie snacks such as microwave popcorn, Smarties and wine gums along with a copy of the person’s favourite movie.
  • Jewellery Addict: Jewellery is pretty expensive, so why not surprise her with a mini DIY earring or necklace kit? |Visit your local bead store for everything from pretty beads to earring hooks.
  • Tiny Explorer: Buy a tiny suitcase and fill it with a variety of adventure goodies, such as a magnifying glass, bug box, note pad, energy bars, plastic “specimen” containers, a garden spade and tweezers.
  • Wine Lover: Instead of just wrapping a bottle of wine same as last year and the year before, make it part of a connoisseur’s kit by filling a little basket with cheeses, fruits, chocolates and/or nuts that complement the particular wine.

Wrap your presents beautifully

Take a look at these different ways of wrapping presents – the wrapping alone is a special gift!


Xmas labels

Print, cut out and paste the labels onto the various presents. This is a great way to save a few bucks here and there are labels and cards. (Right click and save to your desktop to print)


DIY Bows

Want to top off one of those extra special gifts to a loved one with a beautiful bow? Here’s how you can make it yourself!

For more DIY Christmas ideas plus the original photos above and their credits, please make sure to check out the DIY Christmas Gifts and Decor Pinterest Board.


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