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 gift ideas or how you save money during the holidays!
PS Don’t miss the money saving Christmas tips at the end of this post.
(This post was updated December 14, 2021)
DIY Dollar Store Christmas Gifts
1. Easy Santa Belt Jar Gift
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 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
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.
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!
5. Cute Handmade Gold Planters With Succulents
GET DIRECTIONS from We Lived Happily Ever After
Hannah shows you a fun hack for creating beautiful gold vases for your 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
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
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!
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)!
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
GET DIRECTIONS from Tikkido
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!
14. Dish Towel & Utensil Gift
GET DIRECTIONS from Hip 2 Save
Another fun way to gift kitchen utensils is wrapped inside kitchen towels and potholders.
This is a must see simple folding technique that is super clever!
15. Christmas Sign Gift Idea
GET FREE PRINTABLES & DIRECTIONS from Crafts By Amanda
Frame Christmas wall art that your recipient can use to decorate for next year!
Did I mention you can score this (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
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
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 got 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
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 are in the baskets? Read my Dollar Store Christmas gift ideas post here for all the goodies!
More Dollar Store Christmas Gift Ideas:
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.
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About the Author
Annie Brown is a frugal living expert and the founder of Savvy Honey.
Her expert advice has also been featured in Yahoo Finance, BuzzFeed, GOBankingRates, Woman's Day, MSN, The Spruce Crafts, and more.