7 DIY Gifts That Take Under 30 Minutes to Make

"DIY gifts are both special and planet-friendly! Here are some options you can make in record time."

Buying gifts for everyone on your list can get really expensive really quickly. Instead of buying new, why not get crafty and look into DIY gifts your friends, family, and the planet will be grateful for?

Most DIY gifts allow you to use (and reuse) materials you already own, helping you reduce waste this holiday season. Plus, DIY presents are incredibly thoughtful. Instead of getting someone something store-bought that thousands of other people have, your gift will be one-of-a-kind.

If you’re looking to get creative with your sustainable gift-giving this year, check out these seven easy-to-make DIY gifts you can make in record time.

7 DIY Gifts for the Holidays and Beyond

1. DIY Macrame Keychain

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Macrame can seem daunting, but it’s not as hard as it looks. You may even have some experience from making friendship bracelets as a kid! Impress your friends by making this quick macrame keychain. With easy-to-follow steps, you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

2. DIY Bath Bomb

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Bath bombs can be pricey, so why not make your own? Using just a few ingredients you probably already have in the house, you can have your own DIY spa day. Make these bath bombs as a gift for a friend (or even use them to treat yourself).

3. DIY Terrarium Planter

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Making a DIY terrarium is a lot easier than it looks, and it’s a great way to upcycle jars. Grab a jar (or another glass container), then add in your plants, moss, and fun trinkets to set the scene. These terrariums make ideal gifts for any plant lover in your life.

4. DIY Ornaments

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Get sentimental and make a special holiday ornament for your recipient. There are countless options, including edible gingerbread man ornaments, painted salt dough ornaments, and more.

5. DIY Knit Sweater Pillow

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Many of us have old sweaters hiding in the back of our closets. While we haven’t worn them in a while, they can still be hard to part with. Instead of getting rid of them (or letting them take up space), try turning your old sweaters into cozy pillow covers.

If you don’t have any sweaters to use, check out local thrift stores to see what other textiles you can find to work with.

6. DIY Holiday Granola

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Last but certainly not least, you can make granola for your friends and family. Who doesn’t love edible presents? This recipe can be made in under 30 minutes! Put it in a cute mason jar, add some ribbon, and you’re ready to gift it.

7. DIY Pressed Flower Candle

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Give your flowers a second life by using them to make DIY candles. Choose a vessel you already have (like a glass jar), a non-paraffin wax (like soy wax, coconut wax, or beeswax), and get to work. The beautiful end result is sure to be a hit.


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DIY gifts are both special and planet-friendly! Here are some options you can make in record time.

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