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13 DIY Gifts You Should Start Making Right Now

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11/01/2016 06:01am ET | Updated November 8, 2017

We are entering the season of gift giving. Many folks meet this fact with both excitement and dread ― it’s exciting because we get to spoil the people we love, but dreadful because, well, it can be expensive and time-consuming.

One great way to not burn through all your dough is to make your own gifts. Channel your inner crafter so you can knit, weave, sew and/or cook your gifts this year. Not only will you scratch your DIY itch, but you’ll have gifts that will really mean something to the people you give them to.

There’s just one thing to note: homemade gifts ― the really nice ones ― take time. You should start now. We found 13 projects that either need the weeks leading up until the holidays to steep (like infused bourbon) or just require some serious hours to make (like weaving a throw pillow).

Get in the holiday spirit early this year and start creating some gifts. Here are some great ideas:

1
DIY Woven Pillow
A Beautiful Mess
Get the DIY Woven Pillow project instructions from A Beautiful Mess
2
Classic Sweater Kit
We Are Knitters
Get the Classic Sweater Kit from We Are Knitters
3
Limoncello
Love And Olive Oil
Get the Limoncello recipe from Love And Olive Oil
4
DIY Donut Apron
A Beautiful Mess
Get the DIY Donut Apron project instructions from A Beautiful Mess
5
DIY Cotton And Leather Clutch
A Beautiful Mess
Get the DIY Cotton And Leather Clutch project instructions from A Beautiful Mess
6
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Averie Cooks
Get the Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe from Averie Cooks
7
Yoki Blanket Kit
We Are Knitters
Get the Yoki Blanket Kit from We Are Knitters
8
Homemade Bitters
How Sweet It Is
Get the Homemade Bitters recipe from How Sweet It Is
9
Constellation Scarf
A Beautiful Mess
Get the Constellation Scarf project instructions from A Beautiful Mess
10
Preserved Lemons
Alexandra's Kitchen
Get the Preserved Lemons recipe from Alexandra's Kitchen
11
DIY Baby Moccasins
A Beauftiful Mess
Get the DIY Baby Moccasins project instructions from A Beautiful Mess
12
Traditional Rag Doll
A Beautiful Mess
Get the Traditional Rag Doll project instructions from A Beautiful Mess
13
Infused Bourbon
How Sweet It Is
Get the Infused Bourbon recipe from How Sweet It Is
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