When it comes to buying gifts for your loved ones, it’s the thought that counts. Right?
To that end, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on holiday gifts. If you’re on a tight budget, try going the DIY route with homemade Christmas gifts.
Not sure where to start? You don’t have to have the best knitting skills or take several weeks to plan out the perfect DIY gift. We’ve created a gift guide to help you come up with the perfect ideas for your loved ones. Plus, these DIY gifts can be created on the cheap and save you money.
Here are our top 12 DIY gift ideas for this holiday season.
1. Bath Bombs
Homemade bath bombs are fun and easy to make. You’ll use natural ingredients like baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt, and essential oils – just to name a few. You’ll have to use molds to form the shape, but it takes only a few minutes to whip up your bath bombs. Once molded, they’ll take up to 24 hours to dry.
2. Homemade Cookbook
If you know anyone who loves to cook or just moved to a new home, consider making a homemade cookbook instead of just buying one.
Get a nice journal or blank scrapbook and add recipes that you know and love. You can print the recipes out online and paste them in the book or write the recipes out if you have nice handwriting.
You can even include a few extra kitchen and baking utensils with your homemade cookbook to round off this creative gift.
3. Caramel Apple Butter
This affordable and budget-friendly DIY holiday gift is definitely worth making this year. It costs just under $10 to make a whole batch of this delicious caramel apple butter.
You’ll need about 15-16 medium-sized apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, unwrapped caramels, and a few other key ingredients. You can make it in your crockpot, and then wrap it up in small mason jars to give to your family and friends.
Homemade potpourri can freshen up anyone’s home and it also makes a nice decor piece as well. You can make potpourri by baking simple grocery store ingredients like apple and orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Place the ingredients in a small jar and create a unique label for gifting.
5. Annual Calendar
Create an annual calendar or daily planner online for a holiday gift. Canva is a site that provides a lot of different templates to choose from and you can customize your calendar however you want.
Canva’s basic version is free to use but you’ll have to spend a little money to print and bind the calendar.
6. Custom Coffee Mug
Photo gallery ceramic mugs on Shutterfly start at just under $9.
7. Mason Jar Treats
A few mason jars can go a long way – especially if you like to bake. You can place your favorite holiday treats in mason jars to give as holiday gifts for friends, colleagues, teachers, etc.
You can even prepare a ‘hot chocolate kit’ gift by adding a package of instant hot cocoa along with some marshmallows, extra chocolate chips, and a little mixing spoon. If you’re short on creative ideas, Pinterest is the best resource for quick tutorials and easy DIY holiday jar gifts. Plus, you can give a double-whammy gift when you gift a mason jar filled with homemade caramel apple butter or potpourri (see above).
Scented candles are an easy and affordable gift. Plus, they’re a very practical gift that everyone will likely use. You can buy candle-making kits on Amazon that include everything you need to make homemade candles.
You can even grab empty glass jars from your local dollar store and add whatever scents you’d like to the candle to really customize this gift.
9. Drink Coasters
Consider making your own drink coasters to give as holiday gifts. You can find blank wooden coasters at your local craft store.
You can cut out squares of wallpaper to cover your coasters, paint them, or even use another material. Check out some of these creative ideas.
You don’t have to have any special skills to make your own jewelry. You can pick up everything from beads, earring clasps, charms, and even step-by-step kits from craft stores to help you create your own jewelry gifts.
11. No-Sew Blanket Scarf
Blanket scarves are a fun and flexible fashion accessory that you can make with just one supply item. All you need is fabric that you can get from any store that sells it.
This tutorial lays out the steps perfectly. You’ll basically need some flannel fabric that you can cut to size once you wash and dry it. Super easy project!
12. Football Trivet
This gift is perfect for anyone who loves football and enjoys hosting football watch parties. You’ll need a corkboard and a wood-burning crafting tool, which you can use to make several other creative cork board DIY gifts.
Check out this step-by-step tutorial and surprise a friend or loved one with this cool gift.
DIY to Personalize and Stretch Your Holiday Budget
You can spend just as much time making some of these DIY holiday gifts as you’d spend shopping. Plus, you’ll probably save more money by making a few homemade gifts.
For example, maybe you can make jewelry for some family members and candles for the rest. Or, whip up a batch of bath bombs for all of your child’s teachers and give mason jar treats to some co-workers.
The sky is truly the limit. Plus, you will create memorable items that everyone will love!