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For some reason, I pursue gifts I can make during the holidays. A part of me just wants it to be full of meaning and time, and a part of me doesn’t want to spend much money. I am super frugal, so I tend to think of more creative, artistic options for gifts. That’s why I put together this list of gifts you can make, that don’t look like you made them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve attempted to make something beautiful, and it totally looked like a fifth grader made it. These are gifts that are achievable and meaningful for Christmas. This post contains affiliate links. 




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DIY Chunky Throw Blankets:

These are simple to make, and so beautiful! I researched around and found that The Happy Nester has a great post of information and answers questions, as well as points you to the videos she used to show her how to arm knit. I found this video by Simply Maggie, which shows you how to knit a blanket in 45 minutes. There’s another tutorial on Country Living that is super simple too. Or just grab the one from Amazon to save some time 🙂

DIY Splatter Planter by The Merry Thought

I saw these, and I new immediately I wanted to make them. Check out the tutorial, and get to work! What a fun gift to give. These beautiful marble planters are 3 for $24.99 on Amazon too!

Mason Jar Lid Magnets:

What a great way to make use of photos for gifts! And the tutorial is super simple over at Unoriginal Mom.

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Etched Wood Cutting Boards:

These are actually super simple, but you do need an etching tool. The personal touch you can do for each gift is perfect. Find the tutorial over at Design Mom.

DIY Marble Tray:

This is too clever and simple! It’s basically tile and glue, but looks so elegant! Check out how she does it over at Almost Makes Perfect.

Hanging Copper Planter:

Style Me Pretty has this fabulous copper hanging planter, and I am so making these this year!!

Quote Pillows:

Christmas is the perfect time to give someone a pillow the a joyful and loving quote. See Inspired By This for the tutorial on making these with sharpies or fabric markers and stencils.

DIY Tablet Cover by Sugar and Cloth:

How beautiful is this tablet or kindle cover? The complete tutorial is over at Sugar and Cloth, and I am totally obsessed because it looks so professional!

Hard Cover Memory Book with Artifact Uprising:

I saw these on another blog post, and I was immediately sold. My husband doesn’t read my blog, so he has no clue this is what I’ll be making him for Christmas. And maybe another one for his birthday coming up!

DIY Triangle Pouch by Almost Makes Perfect:

How darling are these? So perfect to make for friends because they are small, and you can fill them with little notes, jewelry and more to craft the prettiest little DIY Christmas gift on the planet!

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  1. Katie,
    Wow, thanks so much for sharing my arm knitted blanket post on your blog! What an incredible surprise! I love your gift ideas and your blog is so beautiful!!! Thanks a million!

    • Katie Pickett Reply

      Of course!! I am so glad I could share it, and send people to your beautiful blog!

  2. Fantastic suggestions. I always have last-minute creative urges to whip up all my gifts so these will come in very handy. I’m totally besotted with those triangle pouches!!

  3. “This post is filled with amazing gift ideas. I liked all the gift ideas, especially I liked the “”Chunky Throw Blankets””. It is so gorgeous Christmas gift to give our loved one.

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas.”

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