Small Christmas gifts for colleagues: Unique and inexpensive DIY ideas that will surprise your co-workers

Written by Kremena Ruseva

When it comes to your colleagues, your Christmas gift should express your special attitude towards them. Especially considering that you spend so much time with them on a weekly basis. It’s always a great gesture to show your co-workers how much you appreciate them. On this list we have compiled small Christmas gifts for colleagues that are unique, inexpensive and suitable for any person.

DIY Christmas gift for colleagues ideas

Surprise your colleagues with DIY Christmas gifts


Since this time of year can be quite expensive, you need to be creative when it comes to gift giving. Everyone knows that homemade Christmas gifts are often very special and cannot be bought in a store. Just the time and care you put into making these gifts is a gift in itself! This effort is certainly noticed by the colleagues. And there are many incredible, fun and unique DIY gifts ideas.

Glitter Santa Mason Jars

DIY glitter santa claus from mason jar


When you think of gifts in mason jars, you think of food mixes. But this project takes the ideas for homemade Christmas gifts to the next level. Whether planned or made at the last minute, this Santa Claus is really great.

You need:

  • glass jar (any kind of glass)
  • Glitter – red and white
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • black ribbon
  • newspaper
  • Gold glitter paper
  • container for glue
  • Mod Podge

Spread the newspaper on your workspace. Paint the top of the jar with white acrylic paint because white glitter isn’t that “white”. Pour some glue into the container and apply an even layer over the entire jar. Next, sprinkle the top of the glass with the white glitter and the rest with the red. Cut out a heart from the gold glitter paper. Glue the black ribbon and heart to the jar.

Small Christmas gifts for colleagues: DIY bath bombs

DIY scented bath bombs in different colors low budget Christmas gifts

This gift idea is particularly suitable for people who don’t have much time but still want to relax after a long day at work.

To make bath bombs you will need the following:

  • 100g/3,5 oz baking powder
  • 50 grams/1,7 oz of citric acid
  • 25 g/ 0.8 oz cornstarch
  • 25 g/ 0.8 oz Epsom salt
  • 2 tsp oil
  • water
  • 5-7 drops of essential oils of your choice
  • A few drops of liquid food coloring

In a glass bowl, combine baking powder, citric acid, cornstarch, and Epsom salt and mix thoroughly. In a small bowl, combine the base oil, essential oil, and food coloring. Mix them well so that the oil blends into the dye as much as possible. Very slowly add the oil mixture to the dry ingredients and a few drops of water. The mixture should clump slightly when squeezed in your hand. Pour the mixture into the chosen mold, press and smooth the surface with a teaspoon. Let the bath bomb dry in the mold for 2-4 hours.

Give office plants for the desk for Christmas

Small Christmas gifts for colleagues desk plant

Who doesn’t like plants? If your colleagues don’t already have one on their desk, you can give them a small potted plant or succulent so they can brighten up their space. This special and low budget Christmas gift is easy to make if you are passionate about gardening and already have lots of plants at home. You can use the seeds or the seedlings to propagate the plants you want. If you can’t, that’s no problem as there are tons of different potted plants at affordable prices that will surely keep your co-workers happy.

Make small Christmas gifts for colleagues: Simple hand warmers

DIY hand warmers to give the colleagues for Christmas

To use these simple hand warmers, all you have to do is microwave them for 20-30 seconds. But be careful! They will be hot. Then you put them in your coat pockets to keep your hands nice and warm while you’re outside.

Would you like to make a pair of hand warmers as a gift for a colleague? Then you will need fabric cut into four 9cm/3,5 inches squares and six tablespoons of rice.

Place two pieces of fabric right sides together. Sew around all four sides with a seam allowance, leaving a 5cm/2 inch hole on one side. Cut the corners at an angle to remove some of the excess fabric. Use the hole to turn the hand warmer inside out. Using a funnel, fill the hand warmer with 3 tablespoons of rice. Close the hole by topstitching it. Start and finish the seam with a few back stitches for extra stability. Repeat the steps for the second hand warmer.

Homemade jams

Homemade jams are a delicious gift for colleagues

Make a sweet gesture (literally) with a quartet of homemade spreads. For a well-rounded gift, place this colorful variety in a basket with cookies, crackers and nuts.

Small Christmas gifts for colleagues: DIY photo collage

DIY photo collage low budget Christmas gift ideas

Whether your colleagues have just returned from a trip or celebrated an important milestone, they can capture their fondest memories with this homemade photo collage. Print out your favorite photos and customize the frame with a patterned background and colorful clothespins.

DIY wine bottle rack for the colleagues

DIY wine bottle rack Small Christmas gifts for colleagues

If you are particularly skilled at carpentry, then a handmade wine bottle rack would make an ideal gift for any wine drinker.

When designing the wine bottle rack, you have many options to choose from: you can go rustic and use wooden panels for it. Or you can take metal rods and make it look industrial.

 

 

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