What Can You Make for Christmas Gifts

Are you having a hard time figuring out ideas for gifting this festive season? There are family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours to think of. If you are hosting a dinner or luncheon, it will be delightful to include a hostess gift. I understand it will be difficult for the wallet trying to buy everyone a gift. In this case, does making your own gifts sounds good to you? Yes! What can you make for Christmas gifts?

Making your own gifts is not difficult at all although time (not too much) and a little effort are needed. But knowing people will be touched by your effort and thoughtfulness, surely this gives you a gratifying feel. Don’t you love this feeling?

A handmade gift makes it more personal and you do not need to shell out much money with multiple trips to the store to complete your project. Read on to look at the ideas you can easily make from the comfort of your home.

Here, at the Corner of My Home, it is all about herbs and spices. Therefore, you will be expecting gift ideas using your herbs and spices.

6 Easy Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

#1 Herb Infused Oil

This is basically infusing a carrier oil with herbs.

Used in cooking, it is a delectable addition to many dishes. Herb infused oil for cooking purposes can be bought at grocery stores but they can be pricey.

For these reasons, your guests, neighbours or anyone who is a foodie receiving this will be loving it.

Make your own Herb Infused Oil for gifting. Anyone who is a foodie receiving this will be loving it.

You only need 2 ingredients to make yours.

Herbs. Most of the common cooking herbs can be used. For instances, basil, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley, dill and tarragon.

You may use either fresh or dried herbs. While infused oil made with fresh herbs have a purer flavour and give the oil a lively colour, using good quality dried herbs produce a stronger flavoured oil and have a longer shelf life.

Carrier oil. You do not need expensive oil for the purpose of infusion because the purpose is to add flavour to it. Using a more pungent oil will overpower the delicate flavour of the final product.

Olive oil is a natural choice but you may consider coconut oil, grapeseed oil and almond oil.

Learn how to make herb-infused oil here.

Make sure you get a nice beautiful glass bottle for this.

#2 Herb Salt

Herb and salt are the basic ingredients you need to make this. Do not underestimate this mixture as a pinch of herb salt will uplift the flavour of any dishes. Another foodies’ must-have.

Herbs. Basically any herbs mentioned above for making herb-infused oil can be used to make your herb salt.

Salt. The varieties of salt you may consider using are Himalayan Pink, Hawaiian Black Lava, Hawaiian Red Alaea, Celtic Grey, Fleur de Sel and Smoked.

The natural colour of the salts combined with herbs will give this final product a beautiful impression.

Adding aromatic such as lemon, orange or lime and garlic takes herb salt and your ready dishes up a notch.

Learn how to make herb salt here.

SHOP Salt

#3 Seasoned Salt

Who does not need seasoned salt?

Having seasoning salt in hand is a great convenience. The combined flavours of salt and seasoning spices in one mixture make it so easy to enhance the taste of many dishes. It makes a delicious gift!

Seasoning salt makes a delicious gift

Salt. Using finer grains of salt will ensure it mixes well and season more evenly.

Seasonings. Garlic and onion powder are the basic seasonings used. Black pepper is a common addition and you may consider adding cayenne, paprika or chilli powder for heat or spiciness.

Learn how to make seasoned salt here.

Get a pretty airtight mason jar for gifting.

#4 Herb Butter

This makes a perfect hostess gift!

Before giving them out, impress your diners by serving herb butter with your dishes. It is one of the best accompaniments for bread, vegetables, fish and any meat dishes.

Herb butter is one of the best accompaniments for breads, vegetables, fish and any meat dishes.

Again, 2 main ingredients only.

Butter. A good brand of fresh butter, either salted or unsalted.

Herbs. You make use either fresh or dried herbs. My go-to is fresh herbs. Love the freshness and lively colour. Any fresh herbs mentioned above are suitable.

My herb butter article has a few tips on pairing food with choices of herb butter.

Making your own, you can either use a butter mould or roll the herb butter into a log. Then cut it into round pieces for serving. I assure you, using the butter mould is easier to handle. Moreover, serving it individually by the side at each seating makes a beautiful sight.

Learn how to make herb butter here (same link to herb butter article).

SHOP Butter Moulds. You have to take a closer look at the Christmas butter moulds. They are adorable.

#5 Spice Rub

The spice rub is a mixture of ground spices. Combined with salt and sugar, it is made for the purpose of being rubbed onto raw food before they are cooked. Herbs may also be added to the mixture.

Firstly, you need to understand the 4 basic elements of spice rub. After which, believe me, you will have an exciting time creating your own signature blend.

Learn how to make spice rub. Wait! Before you go there.

Let’s do something different with this.

Create a different blend of spices rubs. Fill your homemade spice rub into the Christmas Tree Baubles. Hang them on your Christmas tree.

Before your guests leave, “pluck” the baubles off the tree and place them into a lovely gift box or basket. Complete with a gift tag. Your guests will love them. Assemble a box for your neighbours or extended family. It will be a delight.

SHOP Christmas Tree Baubles

#6 Simmering Christmas Potpourri

Those who receive this simmering Christmas potpourri gift will also be getting a home filled with a warm aromatic scent. They will surely remember how warm you are.

This will be the easiest to make in terms of preparation. Simply gather the ingredients and put them into a nice mason jar or a transparent bag. Attach with a gift tag – Christmas in the Air!

Oh, remember to attach a simple instruction on how to simmer the Christmas potpourri.

Simmering Christmas potpourri will fill your home with warm aromatic scent

Here is a 3-ingredients simmering Christmas potpourri recipe you can easily assemble in no time.

  • 1 lemon or orange
  • 1 large sprig of rosemary
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions

Add all the ingredients (need to slice the lemon) into a pot with 2 cups water. Heat over medium-high heat. When the water comes to boil, turn on low heat and let it simmer. Add more water if needed and keep simmering as long as you/they wish to keep the Christmassy atmosphere going.

Here is a more intricate 6-ingredients potpourri.

  • 1 lemon or orange
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 1 handful of fresh cranberries
  • 1 handful of pine needles (if you have a real Christmas tree at home, use them)

This will definitely give you more colours, besides a more complex aroma.

Hey, you should be making this for yourself too. Welcome your guest into your home filled with festive ambience. And your guests leave with a bottled “scentsation”. Lovely!

SHOP Mason Jar

Overall

During the festive season, there is much to spend on, from Christmas decorations to food and gifts. There may be a bit of travelling too for those who live further away from their extended family.

Why not make your own Christmas gifts? Handmade Christmas gifts are more meaningful because your family and friends know you make them yourself. Your time and effort, a labour of love, will be deeply appreciated.

I am sure you will have a sense of satisfaction once you see all your handmade gifts made. And the gratifying feeling with all the thanks and love from the recipients.

Homemade food gifts for Christmas

The 6 homemade Christmas gift ideas mentioned above is relatively simple to make. Get your family to involve in the project. Surely, the kids would love to contribute. It is the best time for family bonding.

Remember to make some for yourself too. It will save you much time making them in a bigger batch. You will be using them very often with so much cooking and feasting during the year-end gatherings.

So, tell me what will you make for Christmas gifts?

I love handmade and homemade gifts and hope you love these ideas as much as I enjoyed sharing with you.

Too busy to make your own

I understand, regardless you are a stay-at-home or working mom, finding time to make your own gifts can be challenging. Worry not.

You can conveniently send a gift via A Gift Inside. Choose from their wide varieties of Christmas Gift Baskets. The price range from approximately $30 – $130. There is something that will fit everyone’s budget.

Besides fresh fruits form their orchards, Golden State Fruit, there is a selection of handcrafted chocolates, specialty cheeses, savoury snacks, sweets, dried fruits and nut gifts.

It is good to know that you can choose to buy now for future delivery date and/or sending to several locations in one order. In this case, you get your holiday shopping done early.

Feel free to explore A Gift Inside.
Gourmet Gift Baskets

Homemade Christmas gifts or buying? The choice is yours but I encourage you to make your own. It will be fun.

But you can always do both! Why not?

Click here to SHOP Holiday Gifts on Amazon. Home Holiday Guide – from gifting to gatherings.

Buy and send a gift online to someone whom you think should be receiving a gourmet gift basket. For instance, your immediate boss or extended family.

On the other hand, make a Simmering Christmas Potpourri in a Jar or your Signature Spice Rubs/Seasoned Salt/Herb Salt in Christmas Baubles. Give these to your neighbours, friends and dinner/luncheon guests.

Good idea? Go on, gather your ingredients and supplies, and start your project.

Happy Christmas!

Read related article: How to Make Your Own Christmas Wreaths

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30 Replies to “What Can You Make for Christmas Gifts

  1. The idea of making my own gift sounds very enticing to me although I am always scared to try new stuff. I see that the ideas that you mentioned are all related to natural stuff very helpful for the household. That’s very thoughtful and it’s something that anyone will appreciate during the festive season. I will like to use the idea. Thank you very much.

    1. I understand what you mean but don’t let the scary feeling stop you from making your own. There is still some time before the start of Christmas gifting. Gather your herbs and spices from your pantry and start experimenting with the flavours. You will get it right eventually. Let me know if you need any help or suggestions. Happy creating! 

  2. Thank you a million times for coming up with this post here on what one can make for Christmas gift. Your Idea is nothing short of splendid because it is something that are all good for the health. I am very sure that my mum will be very interested in this post that you have written because she likes anything that is do-it-yourself. Nice one!

    1. You are most welcome, John. Hope your mom loves the ideas. You are correct, they are all healthy and relatively simple to make. A DIY person will surely complete the project in no time.

  3. Hi there
    What a wonderful article. I’ve made several of the gifts above from fresh herbs I had in the garden. It was so great to be reminded at exactly the right time!
    Also, the herb butter looks just outstanding. I’m definitely making some for my sisters this Christmas.
    I’ll be keeping an eye on your page for more wonderful ideas!
    Hope you have a wonderful festive season.
    Sam

    1. Hi Sam,

      It is wonderful to have your own herbs garden. There are many interesting and healthy ways to use herbs that we should explore. 

      Thanks for commenting and you have a fabulous day.

      Sharon  

  4. These Christmas gifts look nicer than a lot of what’s for sale in the stores. The herb butter and spice rub are useful presents that not a lot of people would think of. They’re also healthier, as they don’t have unnecessary additives in them. The simmering potpourri would also be nice for adding a Christmasy aroma to the air.

  5. Hi Sharon, love your site. That’s a good list of cool homemade Christmas gift ideas. I like the idea of maybe making the potpourri with the lemon, cinnamon, rosemary, and so on. While reading about it I had an idea I wanted to ask you about which is could I take those ingredients for the 6-ingredient potpourri and make it into a bar of soap somehow? Or do you think that would be too much work/cost to make a practical Christmas gift? Thank you Sharon!

    1. From what I have gathered, using fresh herbs for soap making can cause mould to grow. This is caused by the microorganisms in the water that’s still inside the herbs. If you wish to, ensure the herbs are properly dried to minimize the mould occurrence. Else, infuse the herbs into your soaping oil. Hence, you get the aroma and therapeutic value of the herbs. Read more about herbs infused oil here.

      I love handmade/homemade soap bars but find them a bit tedious to make. This is just a matter of personal interest. Do not let me discourage you from making your own soap bars. They are beautiful!

      All the best. 

  6. Thank you Sharon, 

    You’ve now inspired me and I know what I’m going to do this Christmas!

    I’m always worried about giving gifts that won’t be valued, and I love the idea of giving something that can be consumed but at the same time is memorable!

    After all, in the end, it is all about making memories, isn’t it?

    I’m sure I’ll be spending less time just making these gifts this year, than I would going out into the Christmas shopping jungle of finding carparks and squeezing through crowds to find appropriate gifts!

    Best wishes,
    Jacquie

    1. Not forgetting queuing at the payment counter. I understand what you mean, Jacquie.

      It is much better staying at your own cosy home creating something memorable. 

      Warm wishes,

      Sharon

  7. These are great ideas for making something simple for Christmas gifts, all of these things can be made with simple and natural ingredients that most people already have around the house. That herb salt and seasoned salt looks like something I can make for my brother who likes cooking. I just need to find a little jar to put it in, if I can’t find one I can just go to the dollar store to pick one up.

  8. Your post is so interesting, thank you. I had no idea these little gems of gifts could be so easy to make. I love all the aromatic gifts that you have mentioned and it’s simply a mater of gathering the ingredients and follow your simple step by step instructions. I love the feeling of creating something myself so I think I’m going to give it a try. Thanks again

  9. Some lovely ideas here for some special Christmas gifts that are so much more personal for being hand made than you would get by buying from a store. I particularly like edible gifts and especially things like salt and oils which can be used by the recipient to match their own cuisine. Lovely article, thank you for sharing.

  10. Hello Sharon!

    The color of the infused herb oil in the bottle is beautiful! I also like the globes around the seasoned salt jar, and the stick of herb butter. When seeing the stick, it remembered be about some sort of herb cheese :).

    And the Simmering potpourri scent would of course make you say “Home, sweet home” when entering the house!

    I am sure you will give your house a wonderful, attractive look for Christmas!

    Best regards and good luck,

    Peter

  11. My family makes homemade gifts for each other every year. We started this tradition a few years ago and we always love seeing what everyone comes up with.WOW. What a great round up of creative ideas to give! How can a person possibly chose which to create? I think I better start now!! Thanks for all the inspiration and  Thanks for gift ideas people truly love to receive.

  12. Thanks Sharon for sharing with us this beautiful and interesting article about what one can make for Christmas gifts. For really you have helped me, let me say you have opened my mind to what I have to make for my family and friends as Christmas gifts because all along have been wondering what to give them but by this article I have got them though am going to just purchase them because am always too busy at work. Thanks for these ideas. 

  13. Christmas is a period of love and sharing of happiness. It is perfect for sharing gift. However, with considerations to what others desire and crave too. I like the fact that everything you have mentioned deals strictly with things that can be gotten naturally to make. Also, I’m not really good at leaving my comfort zones to try new things. However, these are thoughtful ideas and I like them. Thanks

    1. I am glad you like them, Rodarrick. Perhaps, you should try making it for yourself. Once comfortable, make some more for gifting. These gift ideas are suitable for any occasions. Actually, we do not need a special day for gifting. Any day is a good day to gift!

      Spread the Joy! 

  14. Hi Sharon. These are awesome gift ideas. I am in Mexico for six months of the year and I get to meet people, some closer than others. These would be simple gifts to share. I especially liked #1, #5 and #6.

    My daughter is big on making her own Christmas gifts as she has 3 kids aged 7 and under and is either too busy or too tired to shop. I will be sure to send this link to her. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Thank you very much for your awesome post!  I don’t have a lot of money for big fancy gifts, so I was needing some ideas that would be good, especially for my mom, who loves to cook, and loves homemade household things!  The Simmering Christmas Potpourri looks amazing!  I have never heard of this before.  I’m sure my mom will be happy! Thank you!

    1. The handmade or homemade gift will be much appreciated. I believe your mom will love this. Christmas is a special season to share joy and love. A gift made with passion and from the heart is much valuable than fancy gifts.

      Wish you & family a Joyful Christmas.

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