While splurging on a gift you know a loved one is going to adore is a pleasure all its own, so too is crafting something entirely yourself. These ten bloggers know that well, and go out of their way to give you DIY gift ideas that are merry, bright and truly special.

1. Candied Nuts

Give us candied anything and we’re happy, but this recipe from Kelly-Louise over at Fancy Since 1992 is positively mouth-watering. Bonus points for using a Weck jar to corral these treats into a gift-ready package.

2. 4 Easy Gifts

Randomly Happy covers everyone from your boyfriend to your cousin’s new baby with these four DIY projects. Spoiler Alert: one of them is chocolate vodka (!).
http://www.randomlyhappyblog.com/2014/12/handmade-DIY-gifts-Christmas.html

3. Lace Tealight Holders

Jars + Lace? Sounds like something the Hipster Business Name Generator would come up with — which is a to say, a perfect present. Check out the tutorial from Claireabellemakes. There’s even a glue gun involved (you’re welcome).

4. Gift Wrapping Starter Kit

Are you often the envy of friends and family for your gift-wrapping abilities? Spread the love! This adorable and highly practical gift wrapping kit from Cupcakes and Cashmere is perfect for your mate who’s always using newspaper and twine to wrap gifts for lack of time (not that we don’t love her ingenuity).

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via Cupcakes and Cashmere

5. Cinnamon Rosemary Foot Soak

Everyone deserves an excuse to pamper his/herself — especially during the holidaze. And when that excuse comes as a fragrant foot soak, who can resist? Get the recipe over at shaken together.

6. Tattoo Phone Case

We love Fall For DIY’s idea of personalising a phone case — you could easily apply the same idea to an iPad case or other surfaces too. The possibilities, as they say, are endless.

7. 10 DIY Gifts

We tried to pick just one project from The Lovely Drawer and simply could not narrow it down — so here are 10, as rounded-up by the bloggess herself. We’ve got our eyes on those geometric pendants and glitter candle holders…

8. Etched Wooden Spoons

This is such a simple, fabulous idea; as all kitchen aficionados know, you can never have too many wooden spoons. Design Mom offers some suggestions for not burning holes in things, as well as inspiration for patterns and designs. We think initials for a couple could be super sweet too.

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via Design Mom

9. Glitter Earrings

‘Round this time of year, there’s no such thing as too many sparkles. We love the idea of giving these eye-catching studs to all of our lady friends; they’re the perfect way to spice up an office Christmas party outfit without going full Santa Hat. Check out the instructions over at Thanks, I made it!

10. Boxwood Pinecone Gift Topper

Even though you should never judge a book or a gift by its cover, wrapping things up and making them look pretty is half the fun. Homey Oh My shows you how to use foliage to create a unique gift topper that’s subtle and festive.

 

Got any favourite DIY projects? Tell us!