DIY gifts are a great way to express love to friends and family. They say, “I could’ve just bought you socks but instead I took the time to do something different–just for you!” Plus, it only takes an hour or so—a lot less time than it does to fight holiday traffic and mall crowds.
During the holiday season, it’s hard enough staying within a reasonable budget, especially when you’re trying to find the right gift for everyone on your list. If you’ve ever tried last-minute shopping at the mall, you know it’s a nightmare. This year, skip the chaos and avoid impersonal presents. Instead, give something that’s both delicious and thoughtfully unique!
Here are my favorite DIY giftables:
Chocolatey, Fudgy DIY Cookie Balls and Desserts
Perhaps the most Pinterest-perfect DIY gift of all, these Chocolate-Strawberry Truffles are almost too good to give away! They’re infused with amazing flavor thanks to JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin and BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, while COOL WHIP Whipped Topping makes them nice and creamy. Make them your own by topping with anything you can imagine, from coconut and sugar to pecans and cocoa.
For me, snowmen mean wintertime nostalgia. How cute are these little Melting Snowmen Cookie Balls? Melt your friends’ hearts (see what I did there?) with childhood memories of playing in the snow and tasting snowflakes from the sky. Easy to prepare in just 30 minutes, this recipe makes 48 adorable cookie balls!
Another wintery treat, this Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swirled Bark combines smooth peanut butter, three kinds of rich chocolate, pistachios and cranberries. It’s the ideal choice for friends with impeccable taste.
When in doubt, give the gift of mouthwatering homemade fudge. This particular recipe for White Chocolate Fudge features a festive mix of almonds, cranberries and orange zest. With its gourmet confectionary flavor, everyone will be impressed it came from your kitchen!
How do you give rich hot chocolate as a gift? Easy: Spiced Hot Cocoa in a Jar. Simply layer all of the ingredients decoratively in a glass jar, then wrap the gift with ribbon or bow. These make particularly good Secret Santa gifts.
Which DIY gifts will you be giving this year?