6 Office Holiday Gifts You Can Make at Home

This can be a stressful situation, especially when you don’t want to search the store for an office-appropriate present. Keep your holiday stress at bay and try making a few of these simple DIY office holiday gifts for your friends at the office.

1. Personalized mug

Personalized mug
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Because who couldn’t use one more mug? You can use a plain white glass or a ceramic mug and decorate it with glitter or permanent markers.

  • To apply glitter, use dishwasher-safe Mod Podge and the glitter of your choice.
  • Paint the Mod Podge onto the mug wherever you want glitter to stick.
  • Paint the whole handle, bottom half or a fun design on the side.
  • Pour glitter over the mug and let it dry.
  • Paint 2 to 3 layers of Mod Podge over the glitter, letting it dry between each coat.

You now have a dishwasher-safe glitter mug!

If you want to use a permanent marker, draw whatever you’d like on the mug with markers of various colors. To make it dishwasher-safe, pop it in the oven for two hours at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Simple as that.

Once you’ve decorated the mug, include a few packets of hot chocolate, coffee or tea for your coworker to enjoy.

2. Drink tumbler

drink tumbler
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If mugs aren’t your thing, you can make a personalized tumbler. This requires a clear acrylic photo tumbler and photos, glitter or even printed designs. Simply open the bottom of the tumbler and insert the photo, printed design or mixture of glitter and water.

Put the bottom back on and make sure it looks the way you envisioned. Gift this with some packets of individual-serving drink mixes.

3. Handmade bath bombs

handmade bath bombs
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Usually sold at boutiques and other trendy shops, custom handmade bath bombs can be expensive. Instead, you can make them – it’s affordable and easy.

Most of the ingredients you need are common kitchen items and easily found at a grocery store. You’ll need baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, coconut oil, salt (regular or epsom salt), water and essential oils or vanilla extract to add scent.

The directions are simple:

  • Mix 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/2 cup salt and 3/4 cup corn starch in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 3 teaspoons of water and 1 to 2 teaspoons of your scent.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, mixing as you do so.
  • Pack the mix into any type of mold – a muffin tin works if you don’t have any others. If the mold is made of metal, make sure you grease it with olive or coconut oil so it doesn’t stick.
  • Let the bath bombs dry in the molds for at least a day (longer is better).
  • Wrap them up individually with plastic wrap so they won’t break apart.

Holiday treats

It may seem like bringing a treat is the easy way out, but no one ever complains about more desserts. There are lots of fun holiday treats you can make that not only taste good, but are fun to look at. A few great options are:

1. Melted snowman Oreo balls

melted snowman oreo balls

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Adorable. And delicious!

2. Reindeer cupcakes

reindeer cupcakes

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Don’t forget the red nose for Rudolph!

3. Penguin cake pops

penguin cake pops

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They look too good to eat. Almost.

Use your imagination

If none of these are what you have in mind for your office holiday gift exchange, there are plenty of other things you can make – get creative!

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Morgen HendersonMorgen Henderson is a writer who grew up in Utah. She lived in the Dominican Republic for a year and a half, where she was involved in humanitarian service. Some of Morgen's work has appeared in State of Digital, The Next Scoop and TechPatio. In her free time, she loves to travel, bake, master DIY projects and improve her Spanish skills.

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