Dollar Store Christmas Gifts

20 Cheap DIY Dollar Store Christmas Gift Ideas Under $10

The holidays can be such an expensive time of year, especially if you have a long list of people to buy for.

Luckily, I found you guys some cheap Dollar Store Christmas gift ideas for $10 and under!!

Don’t worry though, these fabulous holiday gifts look anything but cheap, no one will know you got them at the Dollar Store!

By the way, I totally get that you may not have time to make all you gifts.


If so, this gift set from Amazon makes an awesome (and super cheap) gift!

I’ve given this gift set so many times and everyone always loves it.

It’s a great last-minute gift for someone you might have forgotten about (Oops!) or a cute stocking stuffer.

Comment below and let me know how you liked these Dollar Tree cheap Christmas gifts or how you save money during the holidays!

Don’t miss the money-saving Christmas tips at the end of this post.

DIY Dollar Store Cheap Christmas Gifts

1. Easy Santa Belt Jar Gift

Dollar store mason jar filled with Christmas candy with black belt around it and finished with holiday twine and pine branches on wood background.

GET DIRECTIONS from Little House of Four

Wrap an old belt around a mason jar filled with treats and you have the most adorable gift! She has a super-easy way to attach the belt…take a peek!

2. DIY Holiday Polka Dot Mugs 

GET DIRECTIONS from Place Of My Taste

Grab a Sharpie and go to town creating polka dots on a plain dollar store mug. You don’t want to use any old Sharpie though, don’t forget to pick up the one that Aniko mentions in her post.

These are great to give as is, but you could also fill them with hot cocoa packets.

She also has some other cute Dollar Store DIY gift ideas that are absolute must-sees!

3. 5 Minute Oven Mitt Cheap Christmas Gift Idea 

Red and black plaid oven mitt gift idea with colorful printed tissue paper and tied with black ribbon and holiday deer toppers, on marble background with mini Christmas trees

GET DIRECTIONS from This Is Our Bliss

Use an oven mitt as a “bag” to hold awesome goodies.  Great for a last-minute gift for a hostess, teacher, or co-worker.

This is one of the cutest Dollar Tree Christmas gifts to make!

Be sure to check out Rachael’s tips for wrapping these and to find out exactly which cute dollar store finds she stuffed the oven mitts with.

Read: 5 Easy DIY Dollar Tree DIY Gifts Under $10

4. Monogrammed Candles DIY

GET DIRECTIONS From My Frugal Home

Adding a monogrammed label to Dollar Store candles makes for one very personal gift.

These fabulous downloadable labels are FREE and are available in other styles!

This Burt’s Bees Gift Set from Amazon makes an awesome gift. You’ll be surprised at how cheap it is too!

5. Cute Handmade Gold Planters With Succulents

DIY Dollar Store gold planter Christmas gift with succulents on a wood table and white wall in the background.

GET DIRECTIONS from We Lived Happily Ever After

Hannah shows you a fun hack to create beautiful gold vases for succulents. Just spray paint Dollar Store glasses to create a very elegant looking vase to house your succulents.

You can find succulents that are pretty cheap or you could always use fake ones if you want.

Remember you can spray paint these any color you like to match your recipient’s decor.

Follow all her pointers to spray paint these like a pro! She also has so many cute free printables on her site if you want to get even more creative.

6. Baking Gift Basket

GET DIRECTIONS from Everyday Gifter

Anyone who loves holiday baking would love this gift. It would also be an awesome gift for the family because kids love decorating cookies!

The sprinkles inside the ornament is such a cute idea.

7. Inexpensive Snowman Soap With Free Printable Tags

DIY Dollar Tree Snowman soap with tags on them, wrapped in red and green ribbon, ornaments in background

GET DIRECTIONS from Down Redbud Drive

Give plain hand soap an adorable snowman makeover! Not only is this gift perfect for winter, but it’s also very practical as well.

Each snowman soap is only about $1.25 to make, so you can make a ton of them and not worry about breaking the bank.

Sammie also gives you a free printable of the sweet handsoap gift tags that are pictured.

Either give these individually or combine them with other little gifts.

8. Dollar Store Oven Mitt Cookie Neighbor Gift

Red Dollar Tree oven mitt filled with cookie mix and wooden mixing spoons, with gift tag and white striped towel in background.

GET DIRECTIONS from It’s Always Autumn

If you need some easy last-minute Christmas gift for your neighbors, this dollar store oven mitt idea is so quick to throw together.

And get this, it only takes about $2.75 to make!

Autumn also includes 16 other easy neighbor gifts like this one that are pretty inexpensive and easy to make.

Be sure to grab these free printable neighbor Christmas gift tags she made as well! This gift is perfect for neighbors or anyone who loves to bake on your list!

9. Dollar General Christmas Cookie Sheet Gift Idea

Dollar Tree baking gift, image left of silver cookie sheet filled with red measuring spoons, spatula, and holiday pot holders, picture right two cookie sheets stacked on each other making a "box" wrapped with red snowflake ribbon and two Christmas cookie cutters on top

Any baker would love to receive this gift!! Everything you see here down to the ribbon is from the dollar Tree.

I wrapped this in a very clever way using two cookie sheets, read my full post for directions (plus more dollar store Christmas gift ideas)!

10. Dollar Store Mugs: Cheap Christmas Gifts!!

White Christmas mug filled with red cozy socks, tea, and candy corns, red snowflake ribbon wrapped around cup, gold box, gold bells and candy corns in the backgrouns

This is just one of five super cute Christmas Dollar Store mug ideas that are UNDER $5!!!

For this mug I stuffed it with cozy socks, tea, and candy canes. I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the mug to make it even more festive.

The themes of the other mug gifts from the dollar store are sugar and spice & everything nice, warm winter wishes, sugar plum fairy, ho ho hostess gift, and baby it’s cold outside!

Check out all five of the dollar store Christmas mugs in this post here!!

11. Kitchen Essentials Gift Basket 

GET DIRECTIONS from Texas Crafty Kitchen

Who doesn’t need kitchen utensils? This gift basket is overflowing with dollar store kitchen items and handmade treats.  What a thoughtful and unique gift!

You really have to check out all the useful things the women at Texas Crafty Gift included in this gift basket.

One adorable thing in the basket is a sweet and festive framed print that you can download for free, score!

12. Snow Ball Fight Kit For Kids

Christmas box lid with a snowman on it, next to lid is a red box filled with white and grey pop pops (snowballs), white background


If you’re looking for a fun gift for kids that’ll keep them entertained, this snowball kit is so clever!

Great for kids who don’t live near the snow but still want to have an all out fun snowball fight!

Make your yarn pom poms using an inexpensive pom pom maker tool that Nikki from Tikkido shows you how to use.

Another option is checking out this tutorial here for making them without a tool (just in case you want to cut costs even more).

Nikki also gives you a couple of different dollar store options for wrapping your snowballs like this fun snowman box.

Be sure to check out her other cute wrapping ideas from the dollar store and tips for making this adorable kit. Love this!

13. DIY Hurricane Lantern Using Picture Frames

GET DIRECTIONS from Grosgrain Fab

Once you see this hurricane lantern, you’ll be shocked at how expensive it looks.

But, it is actually super cheap to make and is just dollar store frames glued together. Say what?  I was shocked by this as well!

Seriously, I’ve seen hurricanes like this at Pottery Barn, which by the way are quite costly. Anyone would love to receive this gift!

This project may look intimidating, but don’t worry Kathleen breaks it down into easy steps for you!

Read: 5 Inexpensive Dollar Store DIY Christmas Gifts Under $5

14. Dish Towel & Utensil Gift

Cute Christmas potholders with towels and kitchen utensils inside, finished with ribbon.

GET DIRECTIONS from Hip 2 Save

Another fun way to gift kitchen utensils is by wrapping them inside kitchen towels and potholders.

This is a must-see simple folding technique that is super clever!

15. Christmas Sign Gift Idea

Wood frame with free Christmas printable that says "noel" and has a holiday design, towel and pine branches in the background.


Frame Christmas wall art that your recipient can use to decorate for next year!

Did I mention you can score these (plus two other) Christmas printables for free?

Go to the Dollar Tree and pick up some frames and you’ll be all set!

16. Pedicure Gift Basket

GET DIRECTIONS from Maria’s Self

Everyone needs a little pampering sometimes and this gift is perfect!

It’s filled with everything you need to have a spa night, including a wine glass! You may want to make this one for yourself too…I won’t tell anyone hehe.

Maria also has four other DIY Dollar Store gift basket ideas for Christmas you may like as well!

17. Dollar Tree Peppermint Bark Mason Jar Gift

Pieces of peppermint bark in a Dollar Tree mason jar with gold lid, ribbon wrapped around and snowflake ornament on side of jar on a white cake stand, subway tile background

GET DIRECTIONS HERE, plus 3 other easy $2 dollar store gifts

Fill a mason jar with pieces of already made dollar store peppermint bark. Tear the pieces unevenly, don’t leave in squares so they look more homemade.

For a cute touch, I finished off the mason jar by tying Christmas ribbon around it and adding a dollar store ornament.

Did I mention these are only $2 to make or $3 if you add the ornament?

(By the way, I admit I was skeptical trying the dollar store peppermint bark. It was surprisingly really good, it didn’t taste too different than name brands.)

18. Gold Mug DIY

GET DIRECTIONS from Classy Clutter

Another Sharpie decorated mug idea that is oh so merry and fun. Once you see this scalloped design with sequins you’ll love it!

Don’t forget to fill your masterpiece with Dollar Tree candies.

Just follow her easy steps and you’ll be good to go! Classy Clutter also has so many other awesome DIY gift ideas here!

19. DIY Winter Accessories Storage Bins

DIY Storage bins painted grey from the dollar tree with tags hanging off front with labels, white background

GET DIRECTIONS from Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

For your friends or family who binge watch Get Organized With The Home Edit or Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix, this is the perfect gift!

Plain plastic Dollar Store bins get a pretty makeover and fun labels to keep winter accessories organized. So if you know someone super organized (or not so organized that could use this gift), they’ll love this.

By the way, even if you don’t make this for someone else, it’s a great DIY project to get all your winter hats, scarves, and mittens organized.

I’m definitely going to do this!

20. Holiday Embellished Candles

GET DIRECTIONS from Umelecky

All cheap Dollar Store candles need is to be dressed up a little and voila you have a darling and festive gift!

Karen from Umelecky gave some dollar store candles a festive makeover by tying them with burlap ribbon and rosemary sprigs.

Not only would this make a great Christmas gift, but a lovely hostess gift as well.

The materials she uses can all be purchased at the dollar store, with the exception of the natural element. 

Be sure to check out her post to find out everything she used to create this sweet little gift!

(By the way, if you are into crafting or fiber arts, her blog is filled with tons of inspiration and ideas.)

Bonus Handmade Dollar Store Gift Basket Idea

Gardening Basket (Plus 4 other Dollar Store Gift Baskets!!)

Cheap Christmas Gifts

Check out my Dollar Store Gift Basket post!  These baskets make the perfect gifts and they’re all under $10.  The themes of these baskets are: green thumb (pictured), Oh Cozy Night, At The Car Wash, Have Yourself A Merry Spa Day, and Baking Up Some Christmas Cheer!

These gift baskets made from dollar store items are so fun to put together! 

Can you guess what is in the baskets? Read my Dollar Store Christmas gift ideas post here for all the goodies!

More Dollar Store Christmas Gift Ideas:

4 Best Dollar Tree Gift Ideas For The Holidays (Under $2)

3 Cute Dollar Store DIY Gifts For A Spa Day

Easy Tips To Save Money On Christmas Presents

  • Always, always, always make a list!  I can’t tell you how many times I didn’t make a list and would end up missing someone, but buying someone else like three things!  This will just cost you money, especially if you forget to return items.
  • Throw out the idea of a Christmas exchange to your extended family.  So as families get bigger, buying everyone a gift can get really expensive.  A gift exchange is a cheaper alternative and still fun because you get to buy (or make a present) for someone.
  • Do something for someone else as your gift.  Offer to babysit someone’s kids or offer to come over and cook someone a meal. I can think of tons of couples who would rather get a night off from the kids to enjoy a movie than a gift they may never use.

Even More Christmas Gift Ideas

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Annie Brown is a frugal living expert and the founder of Savvy Honey.

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  1. These are FANTASTIC; thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Stacey, glad you liked them!

  2. Allison Lee says:

    just the ideas I was looking for. Thanks

    1. Allison, you are very welcome!

    1. Thanks Kenia! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow!

  3. Jackie Carter says:

    Those are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    1. So glad you liked them Jackie!

  4. So cute! Love the monogrammed candles. I’ve done Sharpie mugs before, but not in gold on white. The gold on white looks so festive!

    1. Yeah, I love the gold and white too! So thrilled you got some cute ideas!

  5. One quick note, teachers do not want pot holders for Christmas. The scalloped mug is super cute though.

    1. I’m a teacher and I would love anything my students and their families make or give me!

    2. Tara Torres says:

      As a teacher, you’d rather get a mug than a potholder? Why is that? My husband’s a teacher and I used to be a teacher. I am giving personalized potholders this year. I never received them, but received countless mugs!

  6. Thank you for these wallet saving ideas! You really gave some great ideas!

    1. Thanks Sara! Very glad you liked liked them!

  7. Love them, will definitely try the lanterns.
    Thanks for sharing?

    1. You are very welcome Marie. Have fun making the lantern!

  8. I am on a budget for the holidays and love the oven mitt gift idea! What did you stuff them with, Annie? Thank you.

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