22 Inexpensive DIY Christmas Gifts for Anyone on a Budget
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While fun to give gifts during the holiday season, for many, it can be a source of stress because it can get pretty expensive.
However, being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t find great gifts to give your friends and family for Christmas.
Not only are these DIY Christmas gifts cheap to make, but your recipients will love that you created something special for them.
Below you’ll find inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers that anyone would be thrilled to receive.
DIY Christmas Gifts
1. Sharpie Tile Coasters
Tutorial from Jessica Welling Interiors
Even if you don’t consider yourself a crafty person, these coasters are easy crafts anyone can make.
Using different colored Sharpies and alcohol on tile creates a beautiful watercolor effect that results in unique one-of-a-kind coasters.
You can personalize this gift to your recipient using colors to match their home decor.
2. Frugal Spa Gift Basket
Tutorial from Savvy Honey
Gift baskets can be expensive, but this cute DIY spa gift basket costs only $10 to make using dollar store items.
This basket contains lotion, body scrub, bath fizzes, soft fluffy socks, and other products that will create a spa day at home for anyone receiving this pampering gift.
A great tip when making this basket is to find bath products in their favorite scent.
Dollar Tree gifts are a great option when you’re on a budget, and your recipient will never know how cheap the gifts are.
3. Barbecue Spice Rub
Tutorial from Wholefully
Any grilling enthusiast would love to receive this homemade barbecue spice rub. It’s a quick gift that can be thrown together in ten minutes and includes a free downloadable gift tag.
This spice rub makes a great gift idea as is, or you can make a barbecue gift basket by pairing it with other grilling items.
Also, this is a wonderful option if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for him.
4. Lottery Ticket Christmas Tree
Tutorial from Views From A Step Stool
Gift one of these lottery ticket Christmas trees instead of giving cash or gift cards. It’s a fun gift that’ll be a hit at your holiday gift exchange.
To make this lottery tree, follow the detailed tutorial that’ll show you how to layer lottery tickets and attach them to a styrofoam cone.
5. Monogram Clay Keychains
Tutorial from Homey Oh My
Simple and pretty, these monogrammed keychains look expensive, but no one has to know they are inexpensive to make.
The hand-stamped initials on these keychains are a personalized touch that makes them feel like a high-end keychain.
6. Mason Jar Herb Garden
Tutorial from Plant Instructions
A creative gift for someone who loves gardening or enjoys cooking with fresh herbs, this mini herb garden is a unique idea.
All the gift receiver needs is an indoor sunny window for this Mason jar herb garden to thrive.
7. Pinecone Fire Starters
Tutorial from Something Turquoise
Winter is a time to get cozy and toasty in front of the fire, and these fire starters are a must-have.
First, dip the pinecones in colorful, fragrant wax, then wrap them with a candle wick. You’ll have a beautiful fire starter that smells amazing.
8. Christmas Morning Pancakes in a Jar
Tutorial from The Crafted Sparrow
If you’re looking for a gift the entire family will enjoy, there’s nothing like having pancakes on Christmas morning. Both kids and adults will love this pancake mix in a jar.
This food gift is so easy to throw together; even your kids can help you make these.
9. Photo Candles
Tutorial from It’s Always Autumn
If you think back to some of the best gifts you have received, it isn’t the most expensive gift but something personalized to you.
That’s why these photo candles make such meaningful gifts. Transfer your favorite photo to a glass candle for a gift that costs only $5 to make.
10. Chalkboard Serving Trays
Tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic
Serving trays make useful gifts for friends or family members who enjoy entertaining.
The serving tray is sprayed with chalkboard paint so you can write the name of the food item you’re serving in chalk.
A budget-friendly gift choice, these only cost $15 to make.
11. Beard Oil
Tutorial from Beauty Crafter
Any man in your life with a beard would love this homemade beard oil made with essential oils.
This beard oil will not only leave beards soft and conditioned, but it promotes beard growth.
The tutorial includes a free printable label that you can affix to the beard oil jar.
12. Homemade Vanilla Extract
Tutorial from Sally’s Baking Addiction
You need only three things to make the vanilla extract: vanilla beans, vodka, and a bottle.
Also included with the directions are printable labels, which are always a nice touch for your gift.
One thing to keep in mind is that this is not a last-minute gift. The vanilla extract is not ready to gift for 8 weeks or more to create the best flavor.
13. Chunky Knit Throw
Tutorial from Simply Maggie
Chunky knit throws can cost $100 or more from stores, but you can make one for significantly cheaper.
Instead of using knitting needles, a step-by-step video tutorial demonstrates how to use your arms to knit this throw.
You may think that knitting a throw would take days, even months, but you can shockingly make this in 45 minutes.
14. Cookie Cutter Fudge
Tutorial from Crafty Morning
A fun spin on gifting fudge is pouring the fudge into Christmas cookie cutters. Then, decorate the fudge-filled cookie cutter, wrap it in clear cellophane bags, and finish them with a festive bow.
Not only will the person who receives it enjoy delicious fudge, but they can also use the cookie cutter for baking.
15. Air Plant Stand
Tutorial from Garden Therapy
These air plant stands, created by attaching a piece of wire to a rock, are a lovely homemade gift. The simplicity of the plant stands showcases the air plant beautifully.
Don’t forget to include an air plant with the stand. Airplants are easy to care for as well as inexpensive.
16. Holiday Bath Bombs
Tutorial from Fleece Fun
One whiff of these holiday-scented bath bombs will spread Christmas cheer to anyone who receives these.
This bath bomb recipe allows you to be flexible with the fragrance so you can easily customize it to the recipient’s favorite smell. Popular holiday scent choices include peppermint, ginger, or cinnamon.
17. Snowflake Slime For Kids
Tutorial from Little Bins For Little Hands
Kids will have a blast playing with this slime full of shimmering snowflakes and sparkles.
Kids who don’t live by the snow will feel like they’re playing in a winter wonderland inside their homes.
18. Hand Warmers
Tutorial from The Mummy Front
Nothing is worse than going out on a cold winter day and having your hands freeze. Cue these hand warmers to the rescue.
On top of keeping your hands nice and toasty, these hand warmers are filled with dried lavender or essential oils, which will provide some aromatherapy.
DIY Christmas Gift Ideas For Pets
If you’re unsure what to get for someone, but they have a pet, giving them homemade gifts for their cat or dog is the way to go.
People love their animals so much that they’ll be thrilled you thought of their pet.
19. Gingerbread Dog Treats
Tutorial from Baking Mischief
Humans aren’t the only ones that enjoy gingerbread around the holidays. Dogs will go crazy for these gingerbread dog treats made with dog-safe ingredients.
Just remember to label the treats for the dog, so people don’t eat them thinking they are regular gingerbread cookies.
20. Dog Bone Stockings
Tutorial from Wear Wag Repeat
Adorable hanging from the mantle, these dog-boned-shaped stockings are personalized with the dog’s name on the front.
You’ll need a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills to do this craft project.
You can give this stocking alone or fill it with some dog supplies and essentials. Some fun dog stocking stuffers include balls, treats, squeaky toys, and bandanas.
21. Homemade Salmon Cat Treats
Tutorial from The Cookie Rookie
Simple to make, these cat treats shaped like little goldfish are made with only three ingredients.
Fill up Mason jars with the treats and wrap green and red twine or ribbon around them.
22. Macaron Cat Toy
Tutorial from Club Crafted
Any cat lover would love to receive these pastel-colored macaron cat toys. Made with felt and filled with catnip, no cat will be able to resist these.
A sewing machine isn’t necessary, but you will need to hand-stitch these toys with a needle and thread.
Whether you’re living a frugal lifestyle or love crafting, all the DIY holiday gifts mentioned above are guaranteed to impress.
Handmade gifts are incredibly thoughtful and show that you put extra effort into making gifts instead of going the store-bought route.
Now that you’ve found the perfect Christmas gift idea to make for someone special on your list, the fun part begins; making the gift.
This post originally appeared on Hello Sensible.
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