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10 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

homemade christmas gift ideas

Looking to make some gifts this year? Be inspired by my home made Christmas gift ideas.

I know it’s really early (in my book anyway!) to be mentioning the ‘C’ word but if you can forgive me then I wanted to share some homemade Christmas gift ideas.  Homemade Christmas gifts tend to require a bit more planning and a longer lead time so I thought it was best to get them out there nice and early for you!

I’ve put together some of my favourite (and easy!) homemade Christmas gift ideas that are environmentally friendly.  Just click on the links to be taken to the full DIYs.  Hope you enjoy making them and sharing them with your loved ones!

10 Homemade Christmas Gifts to Make This Year

1.  Rose Bath Salts

DIY bath salt recipe - homemade christmas gift idea

Cat from Take Courage has put together a very nice DIY on how to make some prettily packaged rose bath salts that would make a really nice homemade gift.  The link is no longer available, but do try this similar DIY instead.

2.  DIY Cotton Wool Pads

cotton wool pad DIY

If you can crochet then these DIY cotton wool pads would make a really thoughtful eco-friendly gift idea.  Package them in a hand-sewn pouch or a glass jar for a pretty and practical Christmas gift.

 3.  DIY Beeswax Candles

DIY beeswax candles - homemade christmas gift ideas

Erin from Reading My Tea Leaves has a great beeswax candle tutorial that would make perfect gifts with a light environmental footprint.

4.  Button Necklace

DIY button necklace

This DIY statement necklace tutorial uses up old buttons and felt scraps for a gorgeous and unique gift full of thought.  It only takes about 15 minutes to make too, so ideal if you’re short on time!

5. DIY Gingerbread Body Scrub

gingerbread body scrub

This Gingerbread Body Scrub by Wallflower Girl sounds utterly divine.  I think I’m going to be making this for Christmas (though it may end up as a gift from me to me!),

6.  Recycled Snow Globe

snowglobe DIY

This recycled snow globe DIY takes all of one minute to make but is such a simple and striking gift that can be enjoyed for years to come.

7.  Candied Chocolate Orange Slices

candied orange

These candied chocolate orange slices, again by Cat of Take Courage, look and sound delicious!  Presented in a little box they’d make a tasty homemade Christmas gift.  Again, this link isn’t available anymore – but this recipe is very similar.

8.  Salted Caramels

salted caramel recipe

This salted caramel recipe from Inspired Taste looks perfect.  We can’t get enough of salted caramels in our house so this would be our ideal gift!

9.  Stylish Wall Hanging

tea towel craft

This stylish wall hanging DIY can be made using a tea towel or fabric scrap.  Minimal sewing skills are required so even if you’re not handy with a sewing machine or needle and thread then I’m sure you could put this together and amaze your friends with your skills!

10.  DIY iPad Case

diy ipad case

And for the last of my homemade Christmas gift ideas, this felt DIY iPad case would make such a thoughtful gift.  It does require knowing your way around a sewing machine a tiny bit – if you can use a sewing machine to sew in a straight line then you should be ok!

Any homemade Christmas gift ideas you want to share?  Do add in the comments below so we can all check them out! And if you are looking for other gift ideas, then do check out my ethical Christmas gift guide, my secondhand Christmas gift ideas, and my non-gift ideas for a less consumerist Christmas.

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Ethical Fashion, Life & Style

Your Ethical Style – Jamillah from Made to Travel

Jamillah Made To Travel blog
Jamillah Made To Travel blog

I’ve got another great Your Ethical Style feature for you today, this time with Jamillah from the ethical fashion blog, Made To Travel.  New York-based Jamillah’s posts on ethical fashion are really useful and inspiring – her post on Ethical Fashion 101 is so useful!  Jamillah has some great looks and some really useful advice so, as always, I’m sure you’re going to love this post.

Over to Jamillah:

Hi Jamillah, can you share with us three facts about you?

1) I have 21 first cousins just on my mom’s side and we all grew up together!  So while I only have 1 brother I feel I have a huge family!

2) I’ve been a hair factory pretty for the last 6 years – growing and chopping my hair off to donate.

3) My mama wanted to nickname me Jamie after the Bionic Woman and they happened to know a woman named Jamillah – the only name they could figure Jamie made sense with.  Jamillah actually means beautiful in Arabic, but my parents had no idea until a Jordanian classmate told me in 3rd grade.

Where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing?

I love thrifting in a real way, but I also really enjoy supporting ethical designers.  I heart the artisan feel of the clothes from State, the easy/modern pieces from KowTow. And I also have a super-sized crush on every print at Clover Canyon.

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Hat – handmade in Iceland / Jacket – thrifted via this Etsy store / Dress- Meg / Vegan bag- Matt & Nat  / Boots – gifted / Ring – Heart of Haiti and gifted / Bracelets – Gifted

What’s the last ethical item that you bought?

Sweatpants from Nancy Goes Green.  I’m really looking forward to cozy-chic outfits with them this fall/winter :).

Is there anything ethical or secondhand that you are lusting over at the moment?

I’d really like to score a pastel-colored winter coat and a denim shirt dress from Study NY.  I think both pieces would do wonders for my winter wardrobe game!

Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions!!  One thing great about living in the time we do is that getting in touch with retailers is so easy.  If there’s a question you have about where a product is made, how, or with what then tweet, email, leave a Facebook comment on the retailer’s page, and ask it!  There are also lots of places that offer live chats that I’ve found very useful too.

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Dress – Asos Africa / Belt – gifted / Shoes – thrifted via Buffalo Exchange / Jewellery – gifted and Made Her Think

Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically?

For me, non-disclosure is a big issue.  Lots of sites don’t say where an item is made or what it’s made of.  And while we have lots of ways to get in touch with companies some will just not get back to you and that’s infuriating to me.  But I just have to let them go.

Also, when I first started being a more conscious shopper the number of brands that I found to have questionable practices was astounding.  There are just fewer brands that are completely transparent and so that process to find the right brands takes a bit of time, but it’s totally worth it!  They are out there!!!  Promise!

Where do you get your style inspiration from?

While I think I have a style that I really enjoy wearing and stick to, I’ve gotten great style experiments from bloggers.  Someone will wear a skirt as a shirt or add a belt where I never would have, and poof, I have new outfits from things I already own.

What is your best secondhand or ethical find ever?

Ooo, I have a long list!  I think brand-wise I got a hot pink skirt suit by Bill Blass and a white denim jacket from Helmut Lang.  Both were practically nothing from thrift stores.  But my favorite thrifted item to wear is these flower pants that I bought a couple of years ago. They are my happy outfit!  And my fave ethical find would have to be my winter coat from the German company Hessnatur (top photo).  I bought it on sale and a couple of weeks later they stopped shipping to the US. I was elated I bought it when I did.

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Jacket – very old / Denim shirt & sandals – thrifted via Buffalo Exchange / Flower trousers – thrifted via goodwill / Rings – gifted & Nissa ring

What would be your ultimate thrifted find?

I would be ecstatic to find the perfect shirt dress…  I LOVE a good shirt dress.

Finally Jamillah, can you share three ethical style tips with us?

1) Take a moment to think.  Do you need the item?  Would you really wear the item?  How are you going to wear it?  Curating a thoughtful wardrobe took a lot of practice, but it’s worth it!  I was a very impulsive shopper. I was buying lots of things because they were really pretty but finding they weren’t necessarily my style.  If I had just taken a moment to think at those times I would’ve saved so much money!

2) Don’t pay attention to size!  I have a ridiculous range of sizes in my closet, you’d think 8 different women were in my apartment!  But vintage sizes run very differently than modern sizes and even contemporary retailers have huge disparities when it comes to size.  Keep an open mind and get the sizes that fit the way you want your clothes to fit.

3) Find a shoe repair guy and a tailor STAT.  My shoe guy has done wonders for me.  I usually bring a bunch of shoes to be repaired twice a year.  PRO TIP! – If your guy’s a local little shoe dude, like mine, he’ll swing a discount for bringing a bundle in at a time :).

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Sweater – thrifted via goodwill / Bag-  Hearts / Trousers – Marketplace Handwork of India / Shoes – thrifted via goodwill / Rings – gifted and Nissa

Thanks for taking part Jamillah!  You can follow Jamillah’s blog, Made To Travel, and find her on Twitter.  New to Moral Fibres?  You can also check out the other Your Ethical Style posts!