Christmas is in a few days and you finally have some time to yourself. After a whole year of being busy with work and various personal matters, you now have some time to plan. However, it suddenly hits you. You’ve forgotten one of the most important things for Christmas.

Yes, the Christmas tree is up, and you have that Christmas dinner all planned out. However, you haven’t prepared any gifts! It’s time to check out these quick and easy DIY Christmas gifts that you can prepare with common ingredients. Budget-friendly and mostly hassle-free, here’s 6 DIY gifts that you can make!

1. Homemade Body Scrubs

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Body scrubs are one of the easiest gifts to make. Just combine sugar with coconut oil until the mixture reaches a creamy consistency. Then, add a few drops of essential oils to the mixture. The essential oils you choose can be customized to fit the needs of the person the gift is intended for.

To give make it more interesting, you can add a drop of food coloring or just use brown sugar instead of white. Remember not to substitute salt for sugar, as salt is caustic and is too harsh for any open wounds or skin condition.

2. Candles in a Cup

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If you have some spare mugs, glasses or even teacups laying around the house, now is the time to put them to good use. Melt a few candles, save the wicks and pour the melted wax back into these drinking vessels. Before they cool, remember to place a wick in the center of the liquid.

If you have a bit more time, you may want to go looking for some clear gel wax at your local craft store. With gel wax, you can add interesting decorative items like smooth pebbles, some colorful marbles, seashells or some Christmas baubles. They also make for good household Christmas decors if you’re looking to add an extra touch to your parties!

3. Fabric Handphone Cases

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Everyone has a handphone nowadays, so this is one practical gift you can make for almost anyone. Using any pieces of scrap fabric left around at home, just sew three sides together. At the mouth of the case, you can either add a button down flap or a simple ribbon that can be pulled to a close. Quick, easy and handy!

4. Snow Globe From Glass Jars

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If you have any glass jars at home, you can turn them in into really cool snow globes. All you need is to glue a small toy to the underside of the jar’s screw top cover. Use waterproof glue like hot glue or superglue. Fill the jar with water and some glitter, and screw the lid back on. Turn it around and there you have it!

5. Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Man cookies for Christmas
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All of the ingredients for Gingerbread cookies are surprisingly easy to find if you look down the baking aisle of your local supermarket. The main ingredients include flour, sugar, cinnamon powder, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves and some baking powder.

Gingerbread cookies are the quintessential Christmas snack, and you can make a batch in a matter of one hour. After that, just pack them into individual bags to give out. These make for great desserts to end the Christmas party as well.

6. Homemade Sambal Sauce

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Add some spice to your Christmas with some homemade sambal sauce. This can be made a day in advance before the gift giving session and all you have to do is blend together some fresh and dried chillies in a blender with onions, garlic, lemongrass and some turmeric.

Many families have their own unique sambal recipes, so why not ask Mum or Grandma if there’s a hidden twist you can add to your recipe? It’s a perfect way to make time and bond with your family too.

Remember that when preparing gifts, it’s the heart that counts. Therefore, as long as you’re sincere, even the simplest DIY gifts will mean a lot to those close to you. Some of these ingredients and items required to prepare your handmade gifts can be found on Aliexpress so do keep a lookout for Aliexpress coupons to get discounts!

Have you made any DIY gifts in previous holidays? Share some of your favourite experiences with us in the comments below!

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