When it comes to gift giving, sometimes the most thoughtful gifts are the ones we make ourselves. Putting forth effort into a homemade Christmas gift not only shows the recipient how much you value them, but it can also be pretty affordable, especially if you're faced with a lot of people to shop for and not a lot of money to do it with.
I know what you're thinking: painted pasta necklaces, makeshift scrapbooks and other Art Attack–inspired crafts gone wrong. To be completely honest, I've always thought of DIY gifts as a bit naff—but having trawled Pinterest recently, I've found that there's actually plenty of inspiration out there for gifts that are easy to re-create and that look rather chic, too. Some even verge on that store-bought aesthetic.
From incredible crystal soaps to soothing face mists, keep scrolling to see five of the best homemade Christmas gifts you'll actually want to make.
A light face mist is the perfect antidote to the 3 p.m. slump we all experience. With these recipes by Design Love Fest, you can make a bespoke formula suited to the recipient's needs. Know somebody who gets hot and bothered often? Try making them the cooling mist. There's even a bedtime mist recipe for troubled, restless sleepers.
There's no better time than winter to fill your house with festive candles. We're loving this simple candle recipe that also comes with printable labels. How helpful.