Cheap Christmas Gifts

5 Cheap DIY Christmas Gifts From The Dollar Store Under $5

If you’re looking to save a little money on gifts this holiday season, these cheap Christmas gifts from the Dollar Store are going to be so refreshing for your wallet!

Not only are these cute DIY gifts inexpensive, but assembly is a breeze.  This is why I absolutely love them for last minute gifts or people you forgot about eeek…they’ll never know!

Also, I say they’re DIY because you put them all together (yes you will fill like a Christmas elf), but they couldn’t be easier. No paint or glue gun required…now that’s my type of DIY!


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Cheap Christmas Gifts

Mugs are always a great cheap gift idea because everyone can always use a mug for something.  Best of all these mugs stuffed with goodies are all under $5. If I’m being truthful, they’re actually under $4, but somehow and odd number sounded better, hah.

These cheap DIY Christmas gifts from the Dollar Tree make a great quick gift for co-workers, friends, teacher or hostess gifts etc. Since they are so cheap, they would be also be cute party favors at your next holiday party!

For some of these gifts  the more you make, the cheaper they become a piece.  For example, I stuffed one mug with candy canes and hot cocoa, this is enough to make two or three mugs.

Now this isn’t like some other posts I’ve seen, all these items actually come from the Dollar Store!  With the exception of one ribbon scrap I found laying around, but everything else I adorned the mugs with came from the Dollar Store.

Adding ribbon to the mugs makes them so cute, you don’t even have to wrap them if you don’t want to.  And this my friends,  will be the ultimate time saver for you.  Wrap in ribbon or add some fun bells or ornaments and you are good to go!

Just a couple other pointers for you:

  • All the mugs are solid colors, except for the snowman mug.  You could go with a holiday mug, but I also like the idea of going with a festive solid color mug and decorating it with ribbon to make it feel like Christmas.  That way the recipient can use these year around
  • To affix the ribbon around some of these mugs, I didn’t use anything fancy, just regular scotch tape.  You could tie the ribbon to make a cute bow.
  • I placed tissue paper at the bottom of the mugs.  This way you’re recipients will be able to see all their goodies.  If you want them to be more of a surprise, wrap them in tissue paper or a cellophane bag and ribbon.

So, be sure to check out these DIY Christmas gift ideas from the Dollar Tree below and let me know how they turned out! Have a Merry (and hopefully inexpensive) Christmas!

Cheap Christmas Gift Ideas

By the way, I included some awesome gift ideas from Amazon Under $10 within and at the end of this post.

Just thought you might want some more super easy & inexpensive gift ideas. Don’t forget to check the end of the post:)

1. Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice Mug

Cheap Christmas Gifts

What’s inside:

  • Cinnamon tea packs (You could also use peppermint, chai  or their favorite tea.)
  • Cozy fluffy socks
  • Candycanes


  • Wrap a cute piece of Dollar Store ribbon or ribbon scraps you have around the mug.  Affix with scotch tape.
  • You could also tie a bow or bells on this mug for a cute touch.

These socks from Amazon would be so cute to stuff in a mug as well!

They also have “Bring Me Some Chocolate” as well.

Read: 10 DIY Cheap Christmas Gift Ideas From the Dollar Store Under $10

2. Sugar Plum Fairy Cheap DIY Gift

Cheap Dollar Store Christmas Gifts

What’s inside:

  • 3 pack bag of bath bombs
  • Nail Polish
  • That shiny object is a bell, but wouldn’t it be cute if the bath bomb looked like that haha.


  • These bath bombs came in a 3 pack.  They were individually wrapped in plastic.  If your bath bombs aren’t wrapped in plastic, I would put them in a little cellophane bag so they don’t get all over the mug.
  • I didn’t really add a lot of cute wrapping touches like the other mugs, but you know what to do!  Ribbon and sparkle it up!

Need another pampering gift idea?

This Burt’s Bee’s Essentials Gift Set is inexpensive & amazing!

3. Ho Ho Hostess Gift

Cheap Christmas Gift Ideas

What’s inside:

  • Dish towel
  • Sparkly bow ornament is hung around the towel.


  • This is a perfect hostess gift or quick Christmas gift for just about anyone!
  • You could include more goodies with the towels if you like.  Maybe some holiday matches, a cookie cutter, chocolate, etc.

Read: 5 Crazy Cheap Christmas Gift Baskets From the Dollar Store Under $10\\

4. Warm Winter Wishes Gift

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

What’s inside:

  • 3 packs of hot cocoa (If we’re getting technical here, with marshmallows hah.)
  • 4 Candy Canes
  • Ornament tied with ribbon on handle.


  • Wrap a cute piece of Dollar Store ribbon or ribbon scraps you have around the mug.  Affix with scotch tape.
  • Hot cocoa came in a pack of six, so you could get a couple gifts out of one box.  My hot cocoa has marshmallows, but you could also throw in some marshmallows in a cellophane bag in there as well.

5. Baby It’s Cold Outside Inexpensive GiftCheap DIY Christmas Gifts

  • What’s inside:
    • 2 super fluffy socks


    • This mug just makes me smile and the socks kind of look like the snowman’s hat!

Bonus Gift Ideas From Amazon Under $10

(If you see a *, it is available in other colors.)

Touchscreen Texting Gloves*

Cell Phone Holder

Silk Eye Mask

Makeup Brush Set

Dotted Grid Journal* – Great for bullet journaling!!

Mr & Mrs. Ring Dish 

Measuring Cups & Spoons Set 

Amazon Gift Card In Cute Gift Tag (Gift Card amounts in $10 and up)

Read Next: BEST Christmas Gift Ideas For Women Under $40

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  1. Thank you for sharing this! Loved it!

    1. You’re very welcome Jessica! Have a Merry Christmas:)

  2. I’m making cake in a mug Mixes for Christmas gifts, along with the mugs. Everyone love a sweet dessert sometimes. And all my family loves chocolate, so that is what I’m making. Mugs were $1 each. The cake mixes on sale. Dollar Tree had them for $1 each. The most expensive part was the Angel Food cake mix.

    1. That’s an awesome idea Deborah, thanks for sharing! You can never go wrong with cake. Have a very Merry Christmas!

    2. Hi Deborah,
      Do you by chance have any pictures of your cake in the mug?

  3. I have new candle glass conteiners now i fill it with chocolates to be gifts to my friends always nice ideas i love pinterest merry christmas

    1. Maritza, love your candle idea! Chocolate is always a great gift, yum! Hope you had a Merry Christmas as well!

  4. You know what would be cute would be to put, for example, hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and candy canes (all separated of course) in a mason jar or something, and then put a label on the jar that says “some assembly required.” It would add just a little bit of humor to the gift, and I love that, haha!

    1. Syberyah, I love that idea! Thanks for the suggestion, that would be really cute!

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