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15 amazing homemade gift ideas – and the easy DIY craft kits you'll need to make them!

Homemade gift kits are an easy way to create a personal present

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Karen Silas
Senior Lifestyle Editor
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If you're looking for easy and original ways to show your appreciation to the loved ones on your gift lists, one unique way to do it is with a homemade do-it-yourself gift!

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And guess what? You don't even have to be crafty or spend a lot of time to make creative DIY gifts yourself. There are a host of easy do-it-yourself gift kits that make it simple to create a personal a homemade gift made from the heart, if not entirely from scratch.

What are some good homemade gifts?

Even the least crafty person can create some pretty creative DIY gifts, thanks to the easy homemade kits that are out there.

Homemade food gifts are very popular – and usually fast and easy – and with a quick kit you can make everything from cupcakes and bread to macarons, condiments like hot sauce and boozy gifts like flavoured gin.

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Chilli Sauce Making Kit, £25/$29.99, Amazon


For the beauty fanatic, you can make organic soaps or beeswax lip balm. There are also fragrance kits to help you create a bespoke perfume for that special someone. For home there are gifts like homemade candles – no doubt a present anyone would love to receive.

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Design your own fragrance kit, £49/$69.47, NotOnTheHighStreet


Or you can just buy an empty hamper and fill it with with the recipient's favourite things, from wine to chocolate or food gifts, beauty products to homewares.

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Cricut Mug Press, £179.99, Currys


Put a personalised touch on a gift with the new Cricut Mug Press. This handy DIY tool lets you design and print your own mugs in minutes - could you even ask for more?

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Wrap kit (basket not included), £7.99/$5.99, Amazon


And if you decide to bake cookies, bread or other treats, you can also use festive boxes and packaging to put the final touches on your present.

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To make it even easier for you to create a gift yourself, we've put together this handy edit of the best homemade DIY gifts and the kits you can make them with.

Homemade DIY food gift kits

Whip up a fun and tasty gift with an easy to use kit...

DIY gin kits


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 The Ultimate Gin Makers Kit, £29.99/$32.38, Amazon


Create your very own gin to gift with this artisan gin makers’ kit, also by UK-based Sandy Leaf Farm. The trick is to start with vodka and use the botanicals in the kit to create 10 bottles of your own flavoured gin with tastes like citrus or chocolate orange. Inside the kit, you'll find easy instructions, along with a funnel, a metal strainer and testing pipettes, as well as juniper berries and botanicals. There are also bottle tags so you can label your flavoured gin gifts!

Easy DIY bread making kit

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Artisan Bake in the Box Bread Kit, £20, Amazon


This bread mix, which includes what you need to make four Wholemeal Multigrain or Wheat and Rye loaves, is just about as easy as it gets. Just add lukewarm water to the box, mix and bake, right in the box, for a fresh loaf of bread in about an hour. Your friends will think you brushed up on your baking skills!

The gift of beer: Home Brewing kits

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Brooklyn Brew Shop IPA Beer Making Kit, £45/$47.50, Amazon


You can brew up your very own beer with an easy beer making kit, like the Everyday IPA beer making kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop. This kit includes the ingredients for the beer, plus reusable equipment so you can make as many batches as you need. Bottles aren't included but you can buy some empty ones like Amazon's bestselling swing top beer bottles and some labels for your homemade beer, too.

DIY Cupcake Kit

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Bakedin Gin & Tonic Cupcake Kit, £16.56, Amazon


Everybody loves cupcakes! This easy kit will help you make a dozen Gin & Tonic cupcakes – just add lime, butter and eggs! The kit it contains all dry ingredients, cupcake cases, testing skewer, piping bag and metal nozzle, how-to instructions AND a 50ml premium gin miniature and 150ml tonic water for the recipe.

Homemade DIY gifts for the beauty fanatic: From bath bombs to perfume

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DIY Organic Bath Bomb Kit, £18.23/$25, Uncommon Goods


This DIY kit is the bomb – literally. Create homemade organic bath bombs with this kit that includes two tin moulds, essential oils like safflower and eucalyptus, and dried lavender, rose petals and chamomile to make 16 all-natural mini bath bombs. For gifting, it also includes Furoshiki wrapping cloth, and wildflower seed packing paper to plant after opening to pay it forward to the environment.

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Filberts Bees Make Your Own Lip Balm kit, £10.45, &Keep


If you're a fan of Burts Bees style beauty products, you can make lip balm with this kit from West Dorset-based Filberts Bees. In the US, you can shop beeswax lip balm kits on Amazon.

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Mystic Moments soap making kit, £24.95/$69.95, Amazon


The packaging on this DIY soap making kit might be pretty minimal, but the homemade kit has earned a five-star rating on Amazon. Inside you’ll find all that you’ll need to make about 10 bars of soothing Mother Nature oatmeal and shea butter soap in the shape of a dragonfly, including Oatmeal & Shea Butter Melt & Pour Soap, a Mother Nature fragrance pack, vanilla stabiliser, a four cavity dragonfly mould and how-to instructions.

DIY gifts for the art and decor fan: candles and more

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House of Crafts Glass Candle Holder Painting Kit, £14.99/$23, Prezzybox

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Filament lamp kit, £65/$95, Sculpd


For those who don't mind getting their hands dirty, a spot of pottery could be the perfect afternoon activity. WIth Sculpd kits, the air-dry clay allows you to make plant pots, vases, trinket dishes and so much more. Plus, they have a make-your-own lamp set which would be perfect for new homeowners! 

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Scented Candle Making Kit, £36.99/$39.99, Amazon


Apt for beginners, this kit contains everything you need to make six scented beeswax candles to gift: six soy wax blocks, fragrance, candle tins, colour, a 1.2L melting pot, thermometer, cotton wicks, tweezers, a stir spoon and handy illustrated instructions.

Homemade DIY gift packaging ideas: empty hampers and gift boxes

If you want to create your own bespoke gift hamper, filled with chocolate, alcohol or other gifts, you can also shop a kit with everything you need to make the perfect package. Shop an empty basket and kits that come with cellophane, shredded paper, a gift tag and ribbons ready to fill with your DIY gift.

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Woodluv Empty DIY gift hamper, £14.99, Amazon


So with DIY homemade gifts from beauty to foodie, you’ll find something fun and simple to make for everyone on your gift list, whether your mum and dad or your partner, your child, BFF, neighbour or co-worker.

And if you don’t dare attempt to create something yourself to give to someone else, these kits also make fantastic presents on their own for DIY fans.

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