Homemade hot cocoa cup DIY gift.

DIY Holiday Gifts

'Tis the season for DIY holiday gifts! Not only are homemade gifts typically less expensive, but they are also more personal, made with love, and perfect for the loved ones on your list that have everything!

Whether you go with a tasty treat, a sentimental gift, or a scrub that will leave their skin feeling delightful, these DIY gifts are sure to show the recipient how much they're loved.

Hot Chocolate in a Jar
Nothing warms you up (and satisfies your sweet tooth) on a cold day like a delicious cup of hot chocolate full of marshmallows. Hot Chocolate In A Jar is a great gift for neighbors, teachers, and friends that they can enjoy all winter long.


  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup coconut or cane sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Marshmallows, chocolate chips, candy cane for decorations


  1. Combine cocoa powder, sugar, and salt and pour into a mason jar, leaving approximately ⅓ of the jar empty at the top.

  2. Layer chocolate chips, then marshmallows on top of the hot chocolate mix.

  3. Seal and decorate with a ribbon and candy cane.


DIY Map or Photo Coaster
Perfect for grandma and grandpa, or the travel lover in your life, these DIY photo or map coasters cost less than $5 to make and will be cherished for years to come. All you need is a few tiles, Mod Podge, and a bit of felt to complete this gift. When you see how cute these coasters are, you'll probably end up making a set for yourself.

What you need:

  • Four 4x4 inch tiles (can be purchased at a hardware store)

  • Four 4x4 pictures or map pieces

  • Scissors

  • Modge Podge

  • Foam Brush

  • Ribbon

  • Clear Spray Sealant


  1. Cut out your pictures or map pieces to fit your tiles.

  2. Coat the front of your tile with a thin layer of Mod Podge, then center and press a picture or map piece to the tile.

  3. Let dry for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Coat the picture with a light coating of Mod Podge, brush horizontally then vertically. Let dry for another 15 minutes and then lightly coat again, sealing the top of the coaster and ensuring the photo completely adheres to the tile.

  5. Spray a coat of clear spray sealant on the dry coasters, which will completely moisture-proof your finished gift.

  6. Stack your coasters and tie with a ribbon.


Coconut Sugar Scrub
Winter and dry skin go hand-in-hand, making this coconut oil sugar scrub perfect for just about anyone on your list. This recipe uses minimal ingredients and is super easy and affordable to make!


  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar

  • 6-8 drops essential oil (lavender, citrus, or peppermint)

  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut


  1. Mix the melted coconut oil and the sugar.

  2. Add the shredded coconut and essential oil to the mixture and stir.

  3. Place the scrub in a mason jar and add a ribbon.