Homemade Christmas Gifts You Can Create With Your Children

Creating DIY Christmas gifts is a lovely opportunity to spend some time being creative with your children, as well as giving your loved ones a gift that shows how much you care.

Whatever age your child is and interests they have there should be a kind of craft or recipe that they will enjoy. Here are some of my favorites:

Homemade Christmas Gifts

Chutneys and Jams

Tasty chutneys and jams are a lovely gift, especially when presented in a pretty Kilner jar or similar. They generally aren’t too difficult to make, but take some time simmering to get the right consistency. Red onion marmalade, mango chutney and cranberry jam are some of my favourites for the Christmas season.

Mango chutney is a really nice choice for Christmas time, as it complements a turkey sandwich perfectly!

Mango Chutney


  • 4 large mangoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 baking apples
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pint white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 450g/1lb caster sugar


  1. Peel the mango and apples and chop into small, even chunks
  2. Put the ginger, garlic, apples, vinegar, mustard, cayenne pepper and sugar in a pan over a low heat, until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Bring the mixture to the boil and add the mangoes
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until the chutney is syrupy
  5. Spoon into sterilized jars and seal.

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles are surprisingly easy and quick to make, yet look very effective when packaged nicely. You can add whiskey or rum to make alcoholic truffles but don’t let your kids get too involved in that bit, obviously! Here is a simple recipe:


  • 300ml double cream
  • 300g chocolate, chopped small
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Cocoa powder


  1. Bring the cream to a simmer in a medium-sized pan
  2. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of water. Avoid letting it boil.
  3. When the chocolate is melted and the cream simmering remove from the heat and combine with the salt. Add the chocolate a third at a time.
  4. Put the mixture in the fridge for 5 hours or so to allow it to set.
  5. Use a small melon baller to scoop out your truffles, then roll in cocoa powder, nuts, desiccated coconut or whatever else takes your fancy!

Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers

Homemade Christmas crackers are lovely to make for any guests you have on Christmas day, but are also a nice gift idea for family and friends that won’t be joining you. If you are buying presents for a family consider buying small thoughtful gifts for each family member, and putting in pretty crackers that they can decorate their table with on the day. Here’s how:

You need:

  • Decorative paper
  • Ribbon
  • Cracker snap
  • Toilet roll
  • Small gift


  1. The present needs to be wrapped in tissue paper then put inside a toilet roll tube.
  2. Attach a cracker snap, available at craft/DIY stores to the outside of the toilet roll tube.
  3. Wrap the paper of your choice around the cracker snap and tube, tying at each end with ribbon to form a cracker shape.
  4. The fun part: make sure each person’s name is incorporated in some way, then let your children decorate in any way they wish; glitter, sequins, fabric scraps etc.

Fancy Soap

It is possible to make your own lovely soaps in your home. They make excellent Christmas gifts, especially if you have any friends that prefer natural products to those with a lot of artificial chemicals.

You could experiment with herb scented soaps, citrus ones, lavender, coconut or exfoliating oatmeal. Some parts are a little tricky, and involve using lye, which is caustic and can cause chemical burns if you don’t take necessary precautions when handling it. Therefore it might be best to work on this with older, teenage children.

A chai latte soap is a lovely idea for cold winter months and smells just as good as the tasty drink.

You need:

  • Palm oil – 90 g
  • Coconut oil – 90 g
  • Olive oil – 90 g
  • Cocoa butter – 30 g
  • Castor oil – 30 g
  • Lye – 46 g
  • Water – 100 g

You can find detailed instructions on how to make it at the ‘Soap Queen’ blog here.


Emily Bradbury is writing on behalf of Midlands- founded  company The FCA, an agency  for fostering in the UK and world-wide.



  1. says

    I love the soap. I always find it to be a great little indulgence to get soap like that. And the truffle photo? I don’t know who shot that picture, but it is fabulous!

  2. Sherry Compton says

    It’s always nice to give and receive homemade gifts…even better when you can get the kids involved. An added bonus is the chocolate truffles…who doesn’t want chocolate?! :)

  3. Melissa says

    I love these ideas. Both of my older girls LOVE to make their own gifts and crafts. This would be a great way for them to make Christmas gifts without spending a ton of money.

  4. Kamla L. says

    These are such wonderful ideas. The Mango Chutney and the Chocolate Truffles would not only make great gifts but would add a delicious touch to meal when entertaining. I’m going to try both over the holidays. Thanks!

  5. rebeccabasset says

    Beautiful Placemats, and such great Idea’s. I never knew how easy some of these would be.

    Thanks for the Ideas, the Recipes and “how to’s”.

  6. carla bonesteel says

    I love these ideas! My cousin always makes jar cookies for everyone…she puts all of the dry ingredients for delicious cookies in a mason jar, and attaches the recipe. I love the idea of making soap, too!

  7. md Kennedy says

    I’m not sure about the chutney but I love the idea of making the truffles with the kids (I can just see all of the cocoa powder all over us and the kitchen – what fun!) and the soap. Definitely to-dos!

  8. Melissa S says

    Thank you for this post, there are some great ideas that I think would work well for me to make with my child and get us into the holiday mood.

  9. lisa says

    I love the idea of home made gifts. I wish I had your truffle recipe a while ago. I made some a while back and hand rolled them. What a mess!

  10. Renee Ashley Hanna says

    Love these ideals!! They are great. I wish I could come up with some awesome ideals. They also look easy to do as well. I cannot wait until you post more great ideals. I am a DIY person and if I can do it myself I would rather. Thanks for the awesome ideals!!

  11. Brandi Brennan says

    I am looking forward to making the soaps with my nieces. Also, the chutney looks really yummy!! I can’t wait to try these and any other ideas you post in the upcoming weeks!

  12. Nena Sinclair says

    These are fantastic ideas! These are the kinds of gifts that I like the most and they’re a fun project to do with the kids!

  13. Jayne Townsley says

    I’ve been toying with the idea of making my own soap for some time now. I would like to give it a try once I get some other projects completed. I know when I’ve given them as gifts they’ve always been well received.

  14. Anna Johnson says

    My husband would be interested in soap making! Our 3 sons love making/baking things with us and we are always looking for new ideas-thanks!

  15. Sheila A. says

    love these ideas. one project do with my daughter at Christmas is to decorate plain picture frames with gems, shells etc and then put a picture of her in it and give to Grandparents etc. They love it and always look forward to receiving one every year!

  16. Jennifer Johansen says

    My oldest has made soap with her grandmother before. She really enjoyed the process! The truffles look great, but I don’t think those would make it to their recipients. 😀

  17. Brigid OHara Koshko says

    What fantastic ideas! As a teacher I love receiving homemade gifts and I know my children will be thrilled to give their teachers something they made. Many thanks for the ideas!

  18. Cher Garman says

    These are fabulous ideas! Thank you so much for providing me some excellent solutions to making Christmas gifts and decorations!

  19. JJ Caraway says

    I love these ideas and can’t wait to try some. The first I want to try is the Mango Chutney recipe. Thanks, pinning for later.

  20. Carol L says

    These are great gift ideas. Thanks so much for sharing. I love baking with the grandkids during the holidays but these ideas would be new and a great way to make some homemade gifts and involve the kids. The chutney sounds delicious.

  21. Erin K. says

    What a great way to get your kids involved in gift giving! Plus, I love all your suggestions…easy and all wonderful gifts. Great post!

  22. gigi n jimmy borden says

    i love this!!! i have been looking for gifts i can make with the kids, especially for teacher gifts! these are perfect, thank you for sharing!!! :)

  23. Jane Ritz says

    I love these ideas. I particularly like the soap. I may use many of these ideas because it’s been a rough year. I think they would be appreciated.

  24. Jaafar Husin says

    These are excellent ideas! Most especially the Chutneys and Jams. Great gift and a great way to bond with family. Thanks for sharing. :)

  25. Rebecca HM says

    I love crafts and I am trying to get the family into them as well. I will definitely have to try these with my family. Great gift to give to the family and friends.

  26. Vanessa Wille says

    I love the idea of making fancy soap to give as xmas gifts! I don’t recognize half the ingredients though. Where do you go to purchase them? A whole foods place?

  27. Karen Propes says

    Thank you so much for these fabulous ideas. I really like the Chocolate Truffles. What better gift than chocolate. I love that I can include our little one, she will be so proud.

  28. maria c says

    These are great ideas for Christmas presents. I love the idea of making fancy soap to give as a gift. Thank you for sharing.

  29. Leeann says

    I love making homemade gifts and giving them, but apparently nobody else in my circle does, as I have never been on the receiving end of a homemade soap or a brownie in a jar :( Too many people rely on retail gifting!

  30. says

    I love homemade gifts! This year it will be all homemade and I am looking forward to spending time with my teenage son making some of the gifts you posted about! Thanks for the great ideas!

  31. Charlene says

    Your right they do look nice and most kids would jump at the chance to help, I know that my kids loved to cook. I wished I knew this when my kids were small, they would of been great gifts for their teachers.

  32. Sylvia Zajis says

    You left some really great ideas on here. I am trying to teach my children that homemade gifts are so much more personal than buying retail junk. What a great way to get them involved. Thanks for sharing.

  33. David Smith says

    Making your own soap sound like it would be fun to do. We have places in town that sell lye (drain cleaner) so I know we can get all the ingredients pretty easily. I have an old crock pot to use if we do the hot method too. My son would probably be interested in doing something like this for Christmas presents. Thanks for the idea.

  34. Carissa Joslyn says

    I really like this. We don’t have a lot of money, but I like the idea of having your kids be active in making gifts! Although it’s a little late in the month, but I’m going to try to have my kids help me make a few gifts for their grand parents!

  35. Tanya Holland says

    I love diy Christmas gifts and I love making them for others. This year I made jewelry for gifts and chocolate covered pretzels. It saves us so much money since we really don’t have any to spend on others.

  36. Tracie Trump says

    Love to create some Christmas crackers with my nieces, my aunt use to buy them and my cousins and I loved them and it would be great to share this tradition with my siblings kids!

  37. Barb H says

    Although we already made our gifts for this year, I am definitely going to keep these in mind for next year…the chutney sounds delicious!

  38. Della Barker says

    What wonderful gift ideas! I love the soap, and was wondering if there is a way to make it without lye
    The truffles sound so good! I will have to try to make some

  39. ashley mcrae says

    I love the home made soap option. I have always wanted to make soap anyways. Great section on homemade gifts to make with kids. Thank you.

  40. Zulema Tomlinson says

    Thanks for sharing! I have 6 kids home for holiday break and I am running out of ideas to do with them lol!

  41. Kandis Garcia says

    I love making things with all 5 of my children! It means so much more than store bought products! Thank you for all your hard work! I love your website

  42. M.Clark says

    These are all very good DIY ideas. I love the idea of actually making soap, very crafty. Thank you for sharing these great DIY gift ideas.

  43. Lesa says

    I love these ideas, I am always looking for a DIY cute and useful idea. I like to use these items as thoughtful “add-on” to throw in with a bigger gift. The Christmas crackers will be fun at dinner! Thanks for the ideas.

  44. Ioana Hampton says

    I love the chutney and fancy soap recipes! What adorable and easy to make crafts! I’m sharing these ideas with my sister in law so we can get our kids together to make these as last minute stocking stuffers. :)

  45. Sunnymay says

    I’ve made the Christmas Crackers before for the holidays and they’re a good way to recycle toilet paper tubes. Thanks for the other ideas including the Chocolate Truffles.

  46. amanda lebeck says

    Thanks for the great project ideas. My daughter and I love to cook, and what wonderful ideas for us to do it together :)

  47. Terri Carle says

    I love these ideas! Family fun time, helping with gifts or even Christmas decorations, makes the holidays so much warmer and more special!

  48. sylvia says

    I LOVE the soap idea! While my son is too small right now to do crafts with, I’m hoping to try and make all my gifts next year. I need to get an early start though. :)


    Since I had the apples going on the tuffles ,might as well give this a try too. Its rough to get all a gift and making it makes it from the heart ,,Thank you for all the ideas ..wonderful DIY’S

  50. christina p says

    Great gift ideas. I saved up a bunch of tp rolls so next time I will have to do the cracker craft with my daughter.

  51. Shannon says

    What wonderful gifts. I love making handmade items. I wouldn’t do the crackers because they are messy but hey that is me.

  52. Debbie Rhoades says

    You know, I have gotten to the point that I would rather receive an home made gift than one that was bought for me. I am going to use these next Christmas — it means more, I think, if you give something you made, because there is always love as the first ingrediient.
    Thank you!

  53. Dorothy Boucher says

    i so enjoy making christmas gifts, I know for myself I would rather have someone make something for me and go and spend money or gift cards, I just find it to be more thoughtful :) love your ideas and thanks for share

  54. M.Clark says

    I just needed to revisit this post and take a look at the Chocolate Truffle recipe. I can’t wait to make some truffles, thank you for sharing this post.

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