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27 Semi-Homemade Gifts That'll Win Everyone Over

Half bought + half homemade = one perfect and thoughtful gift.

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1. A kit with everything (plus a few extra kicks) you need to make six flavors of hot sauce for the Beyoncé in your life.

The kit includes: cayenne, ancho, curry, and New Mexico chili powders, brown sugar, guajillo, chipotle, and arbol peppers, apple cider and white vinegar, six bottles with lid and dashers, six customizable labels, a funnel, gloves, sanitizer, and an instruction booklet with recipes.Promising review: "Got this as a Christmas gift for my hot sauce-loving beau and it was a hit! Really fun to make together. Just a forewarning: the boiling step creates steam that may sting the eyes if yours are sensitive, so I'd recommend opening a window or wearing glasses/goggles during that step. The hot sauce was delicious, and even though we used all the ingredients it came with, we still use the bottles, funnel, and recipes because we loved them so much!" —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $39.95.
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The kit includes: cayenne, ancho, curry, and New Mexico chili powders, brown sugar, guajillo, chipotle, and arbol peppers, apple cider and white vinegar, six bottles with lid and dashers, six customizable labels, a funnel, gloves, sanitizer, and an instruction booklet with recipes.

Promising review: "Got this as a Christmas gift for my hot sauce-loving beau and it was a hit! Really fun to make together. Just a forewarning: the boiling step creates steam that may sting the eyes if yours are sensitive, so I'd recommend opening a window or wearing glasses/goggles during that step. The hot sauce was delicious, and even though we used all the ingredients it came with, we still use the bottles, funnel, and recipes because we loved them so much!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

2. An abstract canvas art kit that lets you get messy and bold and capture a striking, one-of-a-kind work with your whole body (ooooh).

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The kit includes: plastic sheeting, white cotton canvas, black non-toxic and washable red or black paint, disposable slippers, and a body scrubber.

Promising review: "My wife is an artist and we needed something for the empty wall in the living room. One she open it, she fell in love and got started right away. The design was perfect for the style of our living room and you can never go wrong with a gift that speaks to the soul of who it's for. After having our second child she hasn't had the drive to do art lately, but I knew this would brighten her world and that's exactly what it did." —Art Lover

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $60 (an additional canvas stretching kit is also available for $36).

3. Melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate truffles for the friend whose sweet tooth rivals that of Augustus Gloop's.

Just try not to fall into any chocolate rivers, OK? The kit also comes with instructions, a thermometer, organic 55% dark chocolate chips, organic cocoa powder, organic coconut flakes, sea salt, organic peppermint extract, and organic vanilla extract! All you need to buy yourself is cream or coconut cream. Makes ~36 truffles.Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34.95.
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Just try not to fall into any chocolate rivers, OK?

The kit also comes with instructions, a thermometer, organic 55% dark chocolate chips, organic cocoa powder, organic coconut flakes, sea salt, organic peppermint extract, and organic vanilla extract! All you need to buy yourself is cream or coconut cream. Makes ~36 truffles.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34.95.

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4. Homemade soy candles to make those cold winter nights a little cozier.

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The kit includes: four fragrances, four diamond color chips, 12 candle tins, a pouring pot, three bow tie clips, 14 pre-wicks, a bag of soy wax, a thermometer, and 12 glue dots.

Promising review: "I've tried making candles before but having EVERYTHING in one place is AMAZING. The instructions are easy to follow and it all works." —Lily and the Book Lady

Get it from Amazon for $48.95.

5. DIY lip balm made from Fair Trade cocoa butter and organic spearmint essential oil, among other nourishing ingredients — cracked lips, you've met your match!

The kit includes: organic sunflower oil, ethically-sourced beeswax, organic spearmint essential oil, metal tins, glass bottles, compostable cellulose bags, recycled paper labels, and information cards. Promising review: "New Mexico is a dry state so the lip balm was a hit for my daughter. She was able to make quite a bit with this kit that she had plenty for herself and several to give to her family and friends as well. Her friends all wanted to know where she purchased her kit." —BellaGet it from Uncommon Goods for $40.You can get a slightly cheaper one from Amazon for $29.95.
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The kit includes: organic sunflower oil, ethically-sourced beeswax, organic spearmint essential oil, metal tins, glass bottles, compostable cellulose bags, recycled paper labels, and information cards.

Promising review: "New Mexico is a dry state so the lip balm was a hit for my daughter. She was able to make quite a bit with this kit that she had plenty for herself and several to give to her family and friends as well. Her friends all wanted to know where she purchased her kit." —Bella

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $40.

You can get a slightly cheaper one from Amazon for $29.95.

6. Adorable felt succulents (18 of 'em!) for charmingly colorful home or office accents.

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The kit includes: three chalk pastels, 20 felt shapes, 26 rubber bands, a 6.5" square paperboard frame, and 13 pieces of double-sided adhesive.

Promising review: "This project kit is simple to use and assemble! You can put as much or as little effort into the succulents as you want and still come out with a cute little craft for your desk or to otherwise decorate your home!" —Em

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

7. Or a pair of real succulents and planters that are so easy to assemble, you could do it in your sleep.

The kit includes: two seasonal four-inch rosette succulents potted in soil, two rustic wood boxes, and instructions — a short and sweet list!Get them from Food52 for $45.
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The kit includes: two seasonal four-inch rosette succulents potted in soil, two rustic wood boxes, and instructions — a short and sweet list!

Get them from Food52 for $45.

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8. A ridiculously cozy, hand-knitted scarf or sweater they won't ever leave the house without.

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Choose from lots of different colors! The kits come with their respective materials (wool and mohair) and knitting patterns. You can also purchase needles with the kit or opt out if you already have your own!

Get them from Wool and the Gang: the scarf kit for $45.50 and up and the sweater kit for $78.40 and up.

9. A cabernet sauvignon kit for a full-bodied red that they'll sip in really small portions in order to make it last.

Note: it does take a month to complete, but cool gifts are worth waiting for! Plus, it makes a whole gallon of wine. The kit includes: a glass carboy, funnel, racking cane, rubber stopper, transfer tubing, tubing clamp, airlock, a guide, Cabernet Sauvignon juice with yeast, oak and additives, five zork closures, and sanitizer. Promising review: "I was very unsure of the process but the instructions were pretty easy for us to follow and everything was included except the clarifying vessel and wine bottles. The end result was as nice a Cabernet Sauvignon as I've ever had. Nice legs, aroma, and taste. You will need a large pot or container at two weeks to transfer the wine for clarifying and then it goes back into the jug after it's been cleaned. After two more weeks you can bottle the wine or let it age longer. Now looking for more grapes to do the process again." —MBGet it from Uncommon Goods for $60 (also available in merlot, pinot grigio, and chardonnay).
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Note: it does take a month to complete, but cool gifts are worth waiting for! Plus, it makes a whole gallon of wine. The kit includes: a glass carboy, funnel, racking cane, rubber stopper, transfer tubing, tubing clamp, airlock, a guide, Cabernet Sauvignon juice with yeast, oak and additives, five zork closures, and sanitizer.

Promising review: "I was very unsure of the process but the instructions were pretty easy for us to follow and everything was included except the clarifying vessel and wine bottles. The end result was as nice a Cabernet Sauvignon as I've ever had. Nice legs, aroma, and taste. You will need a large pot or container at two weeks to transfer the wine for clarifying and then it goes back into the jug after it's been cleaned. After two more weeks you can bottle the wine or let it age longer. Now looking for more grapes to do the process again." —MB

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $60 (also available in merlot, pinot grigio, and chardonnay).

10. Soothing rose and lavender bath bombs that will bubble and fizzle throughout many well-deserved pampering sessions.

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The kit (which makes eight) includes: baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, epsom salt, essential oils, colorants, sweet almond oil, a spray bottle, pair of gloves, metal molds, instructions, and gift box.

Get it from Amazon for $32 and up (available in three colors/scents).

11. A mosaic kit to create a snazzy glass vase that's the furthest thing from ordinary — hello, dinner party centerpiece!

The kit includes: glass mosaic tiles (six colors), a glass vase, gloves, protective mask, mixing sticks and sponge, and a plastic container with grout mix.Get it from Aterno on Etsy for $38. And stick in a Christmas Cheer Bouquet from From You Flowers for a flourishing final touch!Check out all the other DIY kits here!
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The kit includes: glass mosaic tiles (six colors), a glass vase, gloves, protective mask, mixing sticks and sponge, and a plastic container with grout mix.

Get it from Aterno on Etsy for $38. And stick in a Christmas Cheer Bouquet from From You Flowers for a flourishing final touch!

Check out all the other DIY kits here!

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12. Whimsical flower crowns for the fairy kweens or music festival frequenters in your life.

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The kit (which makes one crown) includes: instructions, twig wire for halo, 18 paper flowers (i.e. daisies, roses, carnations, and cherry blossoms), plastic greenery, and silk leaves.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25 (pink or ivory).

13. A lovely tassle-fringed mirror that will surely declare whoever looks into it to be the fairest in all the land!

Check out the full tutorial at Sugar and Cloth here!Get a round seven-inch mirror from Amazon for $5.61, yarn for $2.88 (lots of color options), gold chain for $8.26, and gold metallic paint for $4.61.
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Check out the full tutorial at Sugar and Cloth here!

Get a round seven-inch mirror from Amazon for $5.61, yarn for $2.88 (lots of color options), gold chain for $8.26, and gold metallic paint for $4.61.

14. A wonderfully gooey slime kit for streeeetchy stress relief and all-around fun in glow-in-the-dark, color-changing, clear, and glitter forms!

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The kit includes: PVA solution, borax solution, color-changing powder, glue, glitter, glow powder, a straw, three wooden sticks, one small scoop, two measuring cups, three mixing cups, three storage containers, and a small zip bag.

Promising review: "Slime making is all the rage right now and my boys are constantly bugging me to make some. They LOVED the glow-in-the-dark slime the most, followed closely by the clear glitter. The instructions make it easy for the kids to follow along. It is very messy at some points and we found by adding more borax solution, it was much easier to get the consistency and less sticking. Definitely use something disposable to protect your surface (we used a cheap vinyl party tablecloth)." —Nellie

Get it from Amazon for $22.98.

15. A very merry scratch-off tree advent calendar that coordinates with the boatload of gifts resting underneath.

The ~scratch-off~ effect is created by mixing one part dish soap to two parts paint and painting three or four coats over your stamped circles. Check out the full tutorial from A Beautiful Mess here!Get paper snowflakes from Amazon for $2.35 and up, circular punch for $7.52, stamps + ink set for $15.70, and metallic paint from Amazon for $3.83.
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The ~scratch-off~ effect is created by mixing one part dish soap to two parts paint and painting three or four coats over your stamped circles. Check out the full tutorial from A Beautiful Mess here!

Get paper snowflakes from Amazon for $2.35 and up, circular punch for $7.52, stamps + ink set for $15.70, and metallic paint from Amazon for $3.83.

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16. A cozy printed quilt to bundle your friend's lil' tater tot in.

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The kit includes: instructions, pre-cut fabric panels for the front, customizable label, batting, backing bias (the edging of the quilt), basting glue, clothespins, care tag, marking tool, thread, fusible tape, foam brush, parchment strip, plastic sheet, gloves, and marking guides.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $64.99 (available in "Leaves" or "Sprinkles").

17. Freshly-cut greenery ornaments for quick and easy Christmas tree decor or general ~wintery~ merriment.

Check out the full tutorial from The Merrythought here!Get a 12-pack of clear glass ornaments from Amazon for $12.95.
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Check out the full tutorial from The Merrythought here!

Get a 12-pack of clear glass ornaments from Amazon for $12.95.

18. A screen printing kit so you can design and make one-of-a-kind tees for everyone on your list.

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The kit includes: two fabric screen printing inks (black and red), a screen filler, drawing filler, drawing fluid, photo emulsion remover, speed-clean, photo emulsion, sensitizer, squeegee, 10" X 14" Printing Screen, round brush, craft sticks, and instruction booklet.

Promising review: "If you are new to screen printing, this kit is a great way to get all the basic supplies you'll need to start. The only additional supplies that would be a good idea is a ~9" x 13" sheet of glass and a BBA No 1 photoflood or clear 150 watt bulb (but you can use the sun if you don't want to buy a bulb and fixture). If you don't think you'll be good at holding the frame in place with one hand and pulling the squeegee with another, then you'll also need a friend to help for a few seconds when you make the print. I was able to make a professional quality print by myself just by holding the frame in place on a t-shirt." —Whitney Ford

Get it from Amazon for $49.37.

19. A goof-proof kit for making and gifting four quarts of wonderfully pungent and supremely fresh kimchi.

The kit includes: a glass jar, Red Boat fish sauce, Korean red chile pepper flakes, and recipes/instructions.Promising review: "I have been making my own kimchi for many years when I received this kit as a present. It is goof-proof and makes a wonderfully pungent batch of this awesome probiotic. The kit introduced me to Korean gochujang spice; I had previously been using cayanne pepper. Much more authentic flavor. Follow the directions the first time and then experiment with your own ideas as you progress. The jar seals well. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned (no pun intended) veteran of epicurean delights, you won't be disappointed with this kit." —Michael D. CiolekGet it from Amazon for $23.95.
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The kit includes: a glass jar, Red Boat fish sauce, Korean red chile pepper flakes, and recipes/instructions.

Promising review: "I have been making my own kimchi for many years when I received this kit as a present. It is goof-proof and makes a wonderfully pungent batch of this awesome probiotic. The kit introduced me to Korean gochujang spice; I had previously been using cayanne pepper. Much more authentic flavor. Follow the directions the first time and then experiment with your own ideas as you progress. The jar seals well. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned (no pun intended) veteran of epicurean delights, you won't be disappointed with this kit." —Michael D. Ciolek

Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

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20. If you have no clue what to make, a ~luxe~ DIY crafting box that makes the decision for you.

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Past projects have included starburst wall decor, geo terrariums, and mason jar organizers!

Get it from Home Made Luxe on Cratejoy for $29.99 and up per month.

21. A hearty one-gallon jug of home-brewed beer your giftee will promptly chug (in good cheer)!

The kit includes: beer mix (grain, hops and yeast), one-gallon reusable glass fermenter, glass spirit-filled thermometer, vinyl tubing, racking cane and tip, chambered airlock, Brooklyn Brew Shop cleanser, and screw-cap stopper.Promising review: "This was for a friend who is a beer guru of sorts and won't drink anything that isn't to their taste. I was kind of hesitant getting this at first because of that, but it proved to be a very fun experience for them and they loved making the beer and tasting it afterward. I was pleasantly surprised that the gift went over so well that I bought a similar kit for myself!" —JCGet it from Amazon for $34.99 (seven varieties).
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The kit includes: beer mix (grain, hops and yeast), one-gallon reusable glass fermenter, glass spirit-filled thermometer, vinyl tubing, racking cane and tip, chambered airlock, Brooklyn Brew Shop cleanser, and screw-cap stopper.

Promising review: "This was for a friend who is a beer guru of sorts and won't drink anything that isn't to their taste. I was kind of hesitant getting this at first because of that, but it proved to be a very fun experience for them and they loved making the beer and tasting it afterward. I was pleasantly surprised that the gift went over so well that I bought a similar kit for myself!" —JC

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (seven varieties).

22. Monogrammed embroidery hoop art for the friend who loves to personalize everything they own.

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The kit includes: 5" hoop(s), embroidery needle, instructions, photographic stitch guide, 7" square printed cotton fabric, and four colors of cotton embroidery floss.

Get the sets from Miniature Rhino on Etsy for $22 (one letter), $40 (two letters), or $60 (three letters).

23. Refreshingly simple eucalyptus soap bars to add a ~sprig~ of relaxation to someone's day.

Check out the full tutorial from Burkatron here!Get clear soap base from Amazon for $10.69 and up, a silicone soap mold for $8.99, and eucalyptus oil for $9.72.
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Check out the full tutorial from Burkatron here!

Get clear soap base from Amazon for $10.69 and up, a silicone soap mold for $8.99, and eucalyptus oil for $9.72.

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24. An innovative molecular gastronomy or mixology kit sure to wow and please anyone who tinkers with it.

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Promising review: "My teen daughter has always been interested in the intersection between chemistry and food, so this is the perfect way to experiment. The instructions are clear and materials easy to use." —lirielMac

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $49+ (gastronomy) or $49.95 (mixology).

25. A beautiful gold-plated necklace that, despite its composition, will be 100% precious to its wearer.

The kit includes: gold-plated brass chain, cords, semi-precious stone pendant, muslin storage bag, and instructions. All you need to provide a lighter and scissors.Get it from Uncommon Goods for $45.
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The kit includes: gold-plated brass chain, cords, semi-precious stone pendant, muslin storage bag, and instructions. All you need to provide a lighter and scissors.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $45.

26. Dreamy constellation coasters to give your friends' coffee tables some extra extraterrestrial (say that five times fast) flare.

Check out the full tutorial from Crafting Fingers here!Get constellation fabric from Thinx Shop on Zazzle for $24.25 per yard and bottomweight denim fabric from JoAnn for $10.19 per yard.
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Check out the full tutorial from Crafting Fingers here!

Get constellation fabric from Thinx Shop on Zazzle for $24.25 per yard and bottomweight denim fabric from JoAnn for $10.19 per yard.

27. Adorable handcrafted wooden dolls that your parents will proudly display on top of your living room mantle.

The kit includes: five unpainted dolls (two parents, three children), six non-toxic paint colors: black, white, red, yellow, blue, and green, one pod of varnish, one round brush, one flat brush, tips and instructions, a toothpick for dotting the eyes, and a piece of sandpaper for mistakes.Get it from Goose Grease on Etsy for $30.
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The kit includes: five unpainted dolls (two parents, three children), six non-toxic paint colors: black, white, red, yellow, blue, and green, one pod of varnish, one round brush, one flat brush, tips and instructions, a toothpick for dotting the eyes, and a piece of sandpaper for mistakes.

Get it from Goose Grease on Etsy for $30.

Be prepared to hear your friends bragging to other people about how amazing your gifts are!

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