If you’ve got teens looking for Christmas gift ideas for their friends, check out my teen-approved Fun and Easy DIY Christmas gifts teens can make! Not only are these gifts budget-friendly, but they’re also fun-to-create boredom busters for teens on Christmas break. (Not that I would know anything about that.) We even have a wonderful Christmas Blessing Giveaway where you can win $200 to help fund some of these projects! So be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter the giveaway!
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Fun and Easy DIY Christmas Gifts Teens Can Make
1. Eucalyptus Bath Salts.
Teen girls love beauty products as much as their moms do. Head over to Hip Homeschool Moms to get the instructions for these Eucalyptus Bath Salts. They are really easy to put together, but they make a pretty and practical gift that all kinds of recipients can enjoy. Once they’ve got the hang of making them, your teen can experiment with some other variations by using different oils or incorporating add-ins such as orange/lemon zest, lavender buds, etc. to make these Christmas Gifts teens can make more personal and tailored to the person they are making them for.
2. DIY personalized coffee mugs.
DIY personalized coffee mugs are such a thoughtful Christmas Gift teens can make. They are affordable and easy to make, and with a little of your own personalization, it brings a heartfelt message that will make the gift extra special, especially to family members and close friends. With a ceramic mug (Here is a great set with great reviews) and some craft materials you can buy online, it is easy to make a personalized mug at home. Get very detailed instructions with videos on how to do it over at teckwrapcraft.com.
3. Anthropologie coffee mugs.
Speaking of coffee mugs, here is another super fun and surprisingly easy Anthroplogie-style coffee mugs Christmas gift that teens can make. Y’all. If you are like me, you have a “permanent” crush on all Sharpies (see what I did there? 🤣 ) and probably already own several dozen for your teens to borrow. But again, if you are like me, you are a little protective over them. So I have a solution. Buy new ones for you and let your teens use the old ones.
Oh, and did you know they now make The Ultimate Collection with 115 sharpies?!! It has fine points, ultra-fine points, neons, metallics, chisel points, and different shades of our favorite colors. Girl. You are going to thank me for this one! Now that I have you all square away on sharpies, head over to visit my friends over at Home Heart Craft. She has instructions on how to make these adorable mugs with a video! I think your teen (or you) will love making these and be proud to give them out for handmade Christmas gifts. Although, honestly, they turn out so cute, y’all may have a hard time giving them away!
4. Crayon candles.
Who doesn’t have broken crayons lying around? Upcycle those crayons into funky, retro-feeling Christmas gifts for friends and family! If you already have the crayons, all you will need to purchase is some wax, candle wicks, and some decorative jars. Head over to visit Kimber at the Pinning Mama for detailed instructions on how to make these adorable crayon candles.
5. BFF phone case.
Invite your teen girl to make this as a Christmas Gift – matching BFF phone cases for her and her BFF. Y’all, they are so stinking cute, you will be tempted to join in the fun.
6. Vintage bleach t-shirts.
I’ll admit, I had never even heard of this before I learned about them from Ruth! Many of these ideas have leaned more toward teen girls, but these cool vintage bleach t-shirts are DIY Christmas gifts teens can make … and even teen guys can get into a fun project like this. Ruth provides great detailed instructions on how to make these cute shirts. I probably would do this with these long-sleeved dark heathered shirts since I am so cold-natured!
7. DIY washer necklaces.
Confession time. When I saw this on my friend Samantha’s blog a few years ago, I ran out and bought all the stuff to make these amazing handmade washer necklaces – and it’s all still in a drawer in my kitchen. Who knows – this may be the year we actually make them. They really are super-cool! I love the finished look.
8. Etched Glass Lantern Tutorial
These lanterns are unique Christmas gifts teens can make. And your teens will be able to add so much of their personality to the creation that it would be super special to whoever is receiving it! Believe it or not, they’re pretty quick and not hard to make at all! Get all the details and inspiration for these lanterns from Trish over at Hip Homeschool Moms.
9. Mod Podge tile coasters.
These Mod Podge tile coasters look like so much fun! And, they’re so versatile. Your teen can cover them with characters from her friend’s favorite band; book or video game character; or just a cute, colorful print. Here is a coaster and cork kit and they are super affordable! Jenn over at the Hostess with the Mostest does a great job of teaching how to make them!
10. Marbled Clay Ring Dish
Y’all, these are so pretty; I’m going to work on making some of these too! My friend Laura over at A Beautiful Mess NAILED this one, don’t you think? Admit it! Some of these Christmas gifts teens can make aren’t just for teens … you will probably be joining your teen in making this one too!
Does your teen enjoy making Christmas gifts? What are some gifts they have made over the years? Or do you have any other ideas of Christmas gifts teens can make, (even if you haven’t tried them out yet)? If your teen makes any of these Christmas gifts, please be sure to leave them a note and let them know I sent you!
Homeschool Blessing Giveaway.
Christmas came quickly this year!! At least it feels that way when everywhere you turn, there are signs of Christmas all around, yet we haven’t even gotten to Thanksgiving yet. It seems the Christmas season starts earlier and earlier every year. It IS the most wonderful time of the year, after all, so why not celebrate for as long as we can, right?!
To help celebrate this Christmas season, I’ve teamed up with a group of amazing bloggers to bring you the 10th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway!! I can’t believe we have been blessing families for TEN years!! We all love doing this and we look forward to it every year! While the giveaway has changed and evolved a bit over the years, many of the participating bloggers have stayed the same – so many generous and dedicated women are behind this giveaway.
This year, we will have FOUR winners!! Each winner will get a $200 gift card to wherever they choose – a restaurant, clothing store, grocery store, online retailer – any place that offers gift cards!
There are many entry options in the Rafflecopter form below – the more you enter, the better your chance of winning! I know it can seem tedious and time-consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $200 worth it? I think it is! Plus, all of these amazing bloggers donated their own money towards the prizes so this giveaway wouldn’t be possible without all of them. I sincerely hope you’ll take the time to check out each one. Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow!
The giveaway will run from Monday, November 13th through Wednesday, November 22nd (ends at 11:59pm ET). The winners will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers. Please be sure to read the Rafflecopter terms and conditions upon entering. So be sure to use an email you check regularly when you enter the giveaways so you don’t miss the notification if you win one of the four prizes!
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.