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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.

About Teri

Teri Hardy is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined as well as the founder of Mom Powered Media. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She loves to write, doodle & go, go, go. Control freak, master multi-tasker and shopaholic. Ms. Hardy has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.


  1. Lisa Lancaster says:

    I love your gift ideas. I do a lot of canning so I use those items for gifts at Christmas. Thanks for sharing

  2. 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!

  3. rochelle haynes says:

    this sounds like a great idea

  4. that’s a very inexpensive creative idea

  5. This is such a great idea.
    I will have to try it :)

  6. Jen Rodrigues says:

    What great gift ideas!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Mary Mosier says:

    Love the soap idea! Think I’ll do this one with the boys Saturday 😀

  8. 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?! :)

  9. diana scholz says:

    I love these ideas, it helps during the holiday season to learn how to make gifts like this!

  10. Brooke Deegan says:

    These are great ideas. Thank you for these. I am in need of some inexpensive gifts for co-workers.

  11. Barbara Sharpe says:

    Love these ideas, especially the soap recipe!

  12. this would be a real good present for some of the retireees in my complex!

  13. Love it – these are adorable!! Saving these ideas!

  14. john hutchens says:

    great ideas for keeping the cost of gifts down for extended family and fun for the kids too

  15. Love homemade gifts! thank you for sharing!

  16. 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.

  17. rose paden says:

    Great gift ideas! I love making and receiving homemade gifts for Christmas, so much more meaningful to me!

  18. 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!

  19. These look fun to try.

  20. Lauralee Hensley says:

    I pinned this http://www.pinterest.com/pin/223209725255049700/. Love these gift ideas, especially the jams and jellies. I never got around to making any, but I want to, so I’ll see about buying some fruit and get busy.

  21. Amanda Roby says:

    Mmmm… truffles! Also, I’ve always wondered how those Christmas crackers could be made. Now I know! Thanks.

  22. These are terrific gift ideas. I am going to have to do some of these.

  23. Thank you for the ideas

  24. Thank you so much for linking back to the Soap Queen blog. I hope you get a chance to make some soapy project and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

  25. Wow!I love your way of doing things up.The soap is especially lovely,but I also love the chutney and the truffles.

  26. 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”.

  27. Sumbul Aslam says:

    Loving these ideas ,especially the jams and chutney’s….Superb idea and wrappings :)

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. I’ve never made jam or soap before, but this seems like a good project idea!

  33. Candy Cain Severson says:

    How cool are these, I really love the chutney idea, thanks bunches!

  34. 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!!

  35. 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!

  36. Lucu Unik Konyol says:

    amazing ideas !!!! like it… keep post and share


  37. What amazing gifts and from the heart! I love them all but the soap is gorgeous!

  38. This looks like fun!

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. Chocolate Truffles would make great teacher gifts in a cute basket! Can;t wait to make them!

  43. Victoria Cortinas says:

    These are great ideas. I want to make the soap and truffles.

  44. 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!

  45. Those truffles look amazing!

  46. 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. 😀

  47. 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!

  48. Ooh, the mango chutney looks good!
    marchesem at email dot gwu dot edu

  49. Casey Peebles says:

    Sounds like a wonderful idea! Thank you for posting.

  50. Dawn Coburn says:

    Thanks for the ideas. Gonna try to make a few of these and give as gifts.

  51. All of these are great ideas!! I like the Christmas Crackers!!

  52. Cher Garman says:

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

  53. Thanks for the wonderful gift ideas.

  54. Great ideas! I been looking to find something that my granddaughter and I can make together for her Mom and Aunts

  55. The soap sounds like it would be fun to make with my daughter!

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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!

  59. What great gift ideas!

  60. 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!!! :)

  61. Great ideas, definitely going to try the jam, thank you for including the recopies.

  62. 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.

  63. Edna Williams says:

    I love the soap! Definitely a fun idea!

  64. I am going to have to try some of these recipes. Great ideas. Thanks.

  65. Great ideas! Thank you for sharing! My kids love to help and this is stuff they can easily help me make :)

  66. I love this post. I want to make all kinds of things with my daughter. I think the soap would be perfect. Thank you.

  67. Lirlande F says:

    I absolutely love this blog post! I will be trying these with my son.


    what a wonderful thing to do, spend time with your kids teaching them to give to others

  69. Love these ideas ..

  70. Chuck Smith says:

    Love the site and this about creating items with my grandchildren for gifts.

  71. 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. :)

  72. Christina Swenson says:

    My daughter loves crafts. This is going to be a lot of fun!

  73. Jason Brown, Sr. says:

    Really nice ideas!!!

  74. Christina Strapp says:

    I love these ideals! Will have to give some of them a try.

  75. michelle elizondo says:

    I love crafts with my kids

  76. 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.

  77. Lirlande Frederick says:

    I love the chocolate truffles and Christmas crackers. I will be trying these with my son. thank you!

  78. Love this post! I make so many of my Christmas gifts, I’m always looking for new ideas! :)

  79. Paula Weintraut says:

    I love the Soap idea . Its the smaller things that mean so much! especially to this grandma!

  80. i need t make so soap as gifts! such a good idea

  81. I love handmade soaps and would love to try making my own one day!!

  82. candy kratzer wenzel says:

    I am planning on doing jellies for my older neighbors as a present. Will try soap one day.

  83. Jennifer Speed says:

    These are some great ideas and not too expensive to do

  84. 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?

  85. this is great ideas love the soap

  86. Adrienne Sydnor says:

    I have got to try those chocolate truffles. I love truffles and will be making several types this year.

  87. mindy cole says:

    I love this idea, and they make awesome gifts that are made with a little love

  88. 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.

  89. eric rivera says:

    wow what a great idea! i love all of these the question that lies now is what to make first!!

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

  91. 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!

  92. 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!

  93. Leanne Renouf says:

    Awesome ideas

  94. 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.

  95. what great ideas ! love them :) especially the soap .

  96. 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.

  97. I adore your recipes and gift making ideas. I am so hungry for something sweet to eat now. I am going to make one of your treats today. Yummy.

  98. Ivana Jankovic says:

    This is a great ideal!!! I like to eat this for breakfast and my children too!

  99. 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.

  100. 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!

  101. 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.

  102. 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!

  103. 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!

  104. 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

  105. The mango chutney sounds really great.
    Seems pretty easy to make!

  106. 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.

  107. The Chocolate Truffles sound delicious and easy enough for me to make. Pinned it http://www.pinterest.com/pin/434949276483943980/ and thanks for sharing

  108. Piper Leigh says:

    Love this post! I’m always looking for new ideas for me and my daughter to do together.

  109. 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!

  110. 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

  111. 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.

  112. Great DIY gift ideas, I’d like to try the soap making project. Thank you for this great post.

  113. 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.

  114. 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. :)

  115. 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.

  116. 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 :)

  117. 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!

  118. 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. :)

  119. MARYLOU SAKOSKY says:

    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

  120. 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.

  121. I wish I would have seen this a few weeks ago, what great ideas!

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

  123. 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!

  124. 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

  125. 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.

  126. Shannon says:

    I love handmade presents. Thank you for sharing your faves.

  127. Amy Lovell says:

    These are such awesome gifts thanks!

  128. Thank you for sharing these with us. I love handmade presents the best..

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