DIY: Giftables With a Personal Touch


During this time of the season there are always a few people that are very easy to buy for, and then there are those special loved ones that you know will appreciate homemade luxe creations.

This year, after getting the easy gifts I have decided to make several custom kits that I know will be cherished. From baked goods in a jar (of secret family recipes) to detox beauty treats, I have found an excellent way to add a personal touch to holiday stocking fillers and themed presents to give. 


In the past, for my friend Zöe’s birthday, I made a collection of four themed kits and treatments of what I called, My Little Jar of Treasures. You can add the person's name in place of "My." I tailored it to her personality, and this year I'm bringing it back for a few people. However, I am also adding the following: a custom no-sew DIY (which includes a finished DIY + instructional and complete notions), a detox go-green spa treatment, a beauty "travelling saviour" kit,  a special cider recipe, and even a Made With Love wild card kit. It’s my very own version of a little holiday cheer in a jar!

The Jars:

*Beauty Kit: I made my own labels then printed them with icons. I made small packets of the face mask with instructions, handmade natural body oil, then I bought eye creams, and rose soaps. You may buy the empty bottles, and small clear packets online. I acquired mine from eBay in sets. 

Start Building Your Jars:
This past weekend I have also created versions "for him" in my, Jars of Love: For Him! It’s not difficult to do at all. What you need are variations of mason jars or plain jars with lids. I bought both, jars with handles and without, in addition to food grade quality. It’s imperative that you know the difference. For the jars that I made for drinking, baking, and all food ingredients, I used food grade jars. It’s a perfect little concept, then after the jar is emptied, the personal can use it afterwards.

Next, buy a few beauty items and special treats that you know your receiver will love, and start building your jar. A few samples for my beauty kits includes eye cream, nail varnish, travelling cleanser, a Moroccan red clay mix packet that I made, essential oils, etc.

I've even made go-green versions of that one as well for others, which will include eco-friendly wrapping, and all organic and environmentally friendly goods. You can really do loads of diverse variations.

Here are a few snapshots some of the ones that I am in the process of finishing. I hope you are inspired, stay tuned for more holiday gift inspiration coming soon.  
*Homemade Bath Salts: Lavender/Rosemary and Eucalyptus and Rosemary

*DIY Special: Accessories tutorial and all notions included. I made a tag out of card stock, and then crumbled it to give it the effect of handmade and the look of masking tape. 

*Wrap them up and they're ready to go!

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  1. francesca r25 November

    Oooh you did an amazing job, great idea, these jars are adorable!!

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  2. MISPAPELICOS25 November

    Fabulous idea. I love DIY presents. They are the best.

  3. tia_cherie25 November

    You are full of great ideas and DIY gifts are so adorable and personal

  4. KizzyDoll25 November

    These are gorgeous!! I do stuff like this, it's so nice and a great way to personalize everything right down to the last ribbon, friends really appreciate it!! Have a wonderful week doll xx

  5. Nicky mywishstyle25 November

    I am not so good with hand work, you are fantastic and great idea!

  6. Margaret Cruzemark25 November

    Some great ideas. Thank you for this Madison.
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  7. I don't think theres anyone better to turn to when it comes to creative DIY ideas for gifts, you are brilliant at it Madison! Hope you have a productive week ahead sweetheart!

  8. Chrissie25 November

    Wonderful idea!!!!!!!!!! THX for sharing :)

    Greets from the


  9. Stylish ByNature25 November

    Simply awesome ! Hope you have a productive week ahead sweetheart!


  10. Carrie Critton25 November

    So creative, darling!
    Awesome tutorial!


  11. Madison, your hands are gold really. Wish I was as much good or patient as you. I think this is the kind of gift most appreciated and liked cause is homemade. The filled jars look adorable, you inspired me for this Xmas. Kisses my dear, have a great week ahead! xo

  12. Such wonderful ideas!!
    I totally love this idea of yours doll!

  13. Madison, that is a fabulous gift idea. I think those are the best gifts, because it shows the recipient that you took the time to really think about them. It means so much. Thank you so much for your kind words on today's post. It was a very difficult time for me. So thank you.

  14. Lola Finn25 November

    I really love DIY stuff but I have no talent to do something good :D hahah... Alles Liebe aus München, liebe Madison <3

  15. Homemade gifts just have that extra special personal touch to them. You are so creative! Love all your ideas Madison!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  16. Dale Janee25 November

    This is such a good idea and I wish I had the patience for DIY projects. I always had my mom do them when I was younger but I love how you give such great instructions. I might try this :)


  17. krystal/avillagetown.com25 November

    i think diy'ing for holidays if you can is the best, thanks for the inspo!

  18. Glam up your Lifestyle25 November

    Für manche ist es wirklich schwer das passende Geschenk zu finden, besonder für Männer. Deine Ideen finde ich gut. Du hast mich inspiriert für das eine andere Geschenk.
    Lieben Gruß

  19. Audrey Allure25 November

    Lovely ideas!!

  20. a very very cute idea! Thank you for sharing!

  21. Ms Madge26 November

    Very chic and creative. I love the jars and the loving thoughts that come with it xxx

  22. This is such a great idea for a gift and I love the personal touch.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  23. MosaMuse27 November

    great ideas!

  24. Thanks so much. I agree, special gifts like these are my favourite. And, you're very welcome about the post. Enjoy your week.

  25. Thanks, me too! Love mason jar projects! xx

  26. Aww, thanks so much Sam for your sweet compliment. I do enjoy creating these type of gifts. So glad that you liked them too. xx/Madison

  27. Thanks Dale! Glad that you liked my DIY! Have a wonderful week. x/Madison

  28. :-) *blushes* This was a lot of fun to create. Thanks so much for you wonderful comment. x

  29. Thank you dear. Enjoy your week as well.

  30. Thank you Francesca! xx/M

  31. What a wonderful gift idea! It's so creative and would make a wonderfully thoughtful gift... and the best part is that it's a DIY that even I, with my extremely limited crafting skills, could do! Thanks for sharing, Madison :)

  32. Thanks for your comment Emmy. Yes, I understand, for me handmade gifts are only for special people who can appreciate them.

  33. Thank you.
    Liebe Gruße,

    Madison x

  34. Liebe Cla,
    Danke. Ich bin froh, dass Sie fanden, dass dies inspirierend sein. Ich wünsche Dir eine schöne Woche. :-)
    Madison xo

  35. Great ideas here! Always nice to get a present that you know the other person put a lot of thought into. Happy Holidays!

  36. I cannot tell you how much I love DIYs come the holidays! I love the idea of using jars for pretty much anything. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

    xo jen
    Pearls & Lace

  37. I love the jar ''thingy'' You made it look so cute and cool, I think my pickled onions have found a new home, need to get them off the coffee jar. hehe.... You are so DIY cool,wish my door was next to you.

    Have a perfect day love.

  38. chicncheapliving27 November

    What a great idea Madison! It is so personal and can be customized so many ways!


    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  39. Cassandra Too28 November

    Thank you for this post! I am looking for inspirations for some personalized gift.

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  40. Lola Finn28 November

    This top is amaaaazing *.*
    I love it!!

  41. fifth n sixth28 November

    This is such an amazing idea, there's nothing better than gifting something that took your personal time and efforts to put together. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas with us!

  42. fifth n sixth28 November

    I absolutely adore the 3D tshirt its very cool & edgy..

  43. Margaret Cruzemark28 November

    Madison, your blouse is just perfect and i think it matches perfectly with your blue shoes.
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  44. Thanks you Cee. So glad that you liked this DIY. Enjoy your week. xx/Madison

  45. Thanks so much! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and holiday.

  46. Thanks love. Totally wished we lived closer. Must give you a shout when I'm back there. xx/M

  47. Liebe Rena,
    Aww, Vielen Dank. Wow, Sie sind so süß und ich bin glücklich, dass wir Freunde sind.
    Ich wünsche Dir einen sehr schönen week.
    Liebe Grüße,

  48. Sure,kisses...

  49. Viktoriya Sener29 November

    Lovely gift ideas!

  50. Wow, so great to make (and receive ;) ) such personalized gifts! If only I had more time, I would love to create something similar for friends and family. Unfortunately, I am dreading that I will be in a last minute rush again, buy and then be proud if I even manage to get the gifts wrapped...

  51. Jamillah30 November

    i love love love cobalt blue too! and that tee is faab on you.

    i'm kind of a mixed bag when it comes to gifting. today i'm going to run around and hopefully cross off some peeps from my list of, but for the most part i'm with you i like to order things online...keeps it simple.

  52. wow, I can only imagine how thrilled your loved ones will be! those are such special and beautiful gifts that I'm sure one can't ask for something better anymore. wonderful job, dear! you're brilliant!

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  53. Thank you! Happy Holidays!x

  54. Thank you lovelies. xx Happy weekend.

  55. Coco Colo01 December

    SUPER Idee!!

  56. WOW! I'm new here and I was checking also your old posts further the last one. And I found this look with this amazing Tee. I think it's one of the best item that i see in these last few weeks during my blogging activity! And you look really great! Sincerly!

    Definitely, your new follower n.370!
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  57. SpeakingPrada15 December

    Well, I know this is weird, but in fact I prefer the overcrowded stores (I'm such a strange person, I know haha). Don't think I can even explain why, I just like it, I guess :) Anyways, your jacket and your shoes are gorgeous!! I'm such a fan of royal blue and I basically love everything royal blue :)

  58. The Fashion Panda16 December

    Nice idea's ! :)

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