Holiday giveaway: Tell us your favourite DIY gift ideas for a chance to win a Kitchen-Aid mixer!


Check out our annual guide to the best homemade gifts! Then, share your DIY gift ideas with us to be entered for a chance to win a KitchenAid mixer in our holiday giveaway.

Just in time for the holidays, it’s our annual guide to making your own presents! These recipes are all easy to put together in the kitchen, and will result in homemade gifts that thrill—and that are easy on the budget. Plus, we’re running a holiday giveaway, giving you the chance to win a KitchenAid Mixer (yes, we do know what you want for Christmas).

It's easy to enter our holiday giveaway! Tell us your favourite DIY gift idea by commenting on our Facebook page or in the comments section of this blog below. We’d love to see your family’s favourite DIY gift ideas or simply tell us if you plan to make one of the recipes you see here. Each post counts as one entry in our draw, and you can enter once on each channel. We know you’d love to win this KitchenAid Mixer—so get making and baking—and enter our giveaway!

Here are our favourite DIY 2016 holiday gift ideas:


We’re big fans of assembling cooking project DIY kits—it might be just the boost your giftee needs to start some kitchen magic of their own. Here’s inspiration for how to set up an ice cream sundae making kit, breakfast in a box, a bath kit or a cupcake making kitjust assemble ingredients with labels, slip in instructions, and give the gift of fun in a box!

Condiments & Nibbles:

These gifts are easy to make and tasty to nibble on. For the cook in your life, this flavoured salt and this spice rub are sure to be hits. Family movie nights go better with spiced nuts, and things that make breakfast a no-brainer like slow cooker apple butter, cinnamon honey butter and homemade granola are a gift that’ll ensure good mornings for the rest of the year. And, for friends and family with a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with the classics—like these easy molded chocolates or a tin of cookies. To find a wide assortment of cookies you can make with your kids, check out our cookie archive!


A pretty jar with drink mix in it will keep giftees toasty-warm. Try a mulled cider kit (level it up with a fragrant pomander),  chai tea mix, chai tea with real herbs, or hot chocolate. These hot chocolate truffles are a neat twist on powdered hot chocolate, and they’re sure to make a—ahem—splash!

Looking for more gift ideas? We’ve got ideas targeted to each family member, including the furry ones—and we’ve got a great tutorial on how to create your own family recipe book.  And if you’re gifting last minute? We’ve got you covered with these great gift ideas.

Don’t forget to enter our KitchenAid mixer giveaway by commenting on our Facebook page, or in the comments section below with your favourite DIY gift ideas! We’d love to see what you’ll be whipping up this year!

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  • Excited to see the chai spice mix here!! I was going to type this myself - looking forward to trying these recipes!

    Kirstie 14 November 2016, at 1:24 pm

  • Thank you for the ideas! I'm making sugar scrubs & I'm going to check out the bath kits. I have a few moms that will need some relaxation after the Christmas rush!

    Chrissy 17 November 2016, at 12:17 am

  • I would love to win this! Its a great Christmas gift to either my mother or my mother in-law. :)

    Amanda Tom-Abel 19 November 2016, at 3:47 am

  • I like making my own DIY candles for the cold, dark winter nights! Yum your butters above sound delicious!!

    Carla 22 November 2016, at 10:16 am

  • Those hot chocolate truffles sound like such a great idea! I've made "cozy hot chocolate mix" before in a mason jar and given it as gifts to friends, but the truffles might have to happen this year! I've also given DIY candles in teacups!

    Britney 22 November 2016, at 10:16 am

  • I liked to give baked goods as gifts, long as you know the recipients' preferences!

    Sandra 23 November 2016, at 12:35 pm

  • We like to make jam and one of the berries that is native to where we live is the Chokecherry berry so it's kinda a unique berry flavor and nice to give to others who haven't had it before.

    Ami Knecht 29 November 2016, at 11:45 am

  • I often make DIY soup or cookie kits in mason jars to gift to people! There are lots of good ideas for more gifts I can give this year!

    Holly 30 November 2016, at 1:31 pm

  • Fave DIY kit is the cupcake niece loves to bake so put together a super fun kit for Christmas this year!

    Amanda Croteau 30 November 2016, at 2:10 pm

  • Baked chocolate cupcakes and wrap it with a diy cupcake box.:)

    Kai 30 November 2016, at 9:22 pm

  • I love making these healthy gingerbread cookies to give away. They are sweet and spicy yet are a healthier choice.

    Laura 1 December 2016, at 10:46 am

  • I'll be making nuts and bolts for tasty gifts this season. Keeps me the favourite daughter/sibling!

    Elise McPherson 1 December 2016, at 12:19 pm

  • The Chai tea mix ... Can't wait to try it ... A CHAI LATTE is my steady at specialty coffee shops ...

    Wilma Harrison 1 December 2016, at 6:36 pm

  • This year I've really been into essential oils. So I went down to my local dollar store - bought a bunch of clear mini spray bottles and I'm going to fill them with recipes like a calming lavender mist for your pillows at bed time. I'll also decorate the outsides with some jewels etc and maybe add my aunts famous lavender shortbread to keep the theme going

    Katie prus 2 December 2016, at 12:35 pm

  • My partner and I are all about the DIY gifts - cookies and homemade candies are a must, we also love to do homemade vanilla, Chai tea, and we put together vodka infusion kits for the adults ;) While we are big on the food related gifts this year's abundance of babies being born has meant we have been very busy with sewing and knitting projects as well!

    Amanda 5 December 2016, at 10:47 am

  • Every year, I make a variety of sweet and savoury treats for my family and friends. I started making my own simple chocolates when I was around 10 years old, and it has been tradition ever since. The treats now include caramels, marshmallows, truffles, spiced nuts, and so much more!

    Lindsay C 5 December 2016, at 10:50 am

  • We love homemade! My 2 girls and I put our favourite music on and bake away, cranberry shirt bread, gingerbread men and dark chocolate covered nuts are our favourites! We have made dog biscuits too for our four legged friends! .thanks for sharing these great ideas. Xo

    Sandy 20 December 2016, at 8:09 am