When it comes to shopping for gifts this holiday season, you don’t have to spend a lot of money or think of it as a chore. If you DIY it, you can save tons of money and still hit the mark – most people love homemade gifts!
You can start your Christmas “shopping” early this year by taking a look at this list of 75 cute and inexpensive gifts you can make at home right now. There’s bound to be at least one crafty idea here that brings out your holiday cheer!
1) Peppermint Mason Jar Candles
Thankfully, you don’t have to be a pro to make this peppermint mason jar candle. All you need is peppermint essential oil, some soy candle flakes (hello, Amazon), a couple of mason jars to make Christmas extra special this year.
Check out this DIY here for more info.
2) Homemade Flavor Extracts
To make the extracts, you’ll need some vodka as the base, and then mint, vanilla, etc. to flavor it. Find out more about how to make DIY extracts right here.
3) Keepsake Ornaments
When you’re ready to make this easy project, grab your favorite pictures, find a couple of round wooden pieces, and get a hold of some matte Mod Podge. Then follow the step-by-step instructions here to learn how to make this keepsake ornament.
4) Zippered Clutch
The instructions provided here show you how to use a sewing machine to make this clutch, but if you like to take your time and sew things by hand, that should work too.
5) Painted Mason Jar Succulents
But, why give someone a succulent in a boring planter, when you can spruce it up? A tall mason jar that’s been painted with some pretty colors makes the perfect DIY gift!
Just add some river rocks, gently place a succulent in the pot into the jar, and paint the outside with some fun colors. Find out more about this project here.
6) Gold-Dipped Mug
All it takes to make this super fab gift are some plain white mugs, gold spray paint, masking tape, and a clear ceramic sealer. For all the DIY info, check out this site right here.
7) Cute Bow Picture Frame
Picture frames come in all sorts of fancy designs, but there’s no need to splurge when you can jazz it up yourself for a mere $3. All it takes to make this cute picture frame is a wooden block, burlap ribbon, metal clip, and gorilla glue.
Check out this blog for more info on how to make one, or dozens, of these bow picture frames for Christmas gifts this year!
8) Yarn-Wrapped Jar Candles
Just grab some fuzzy yarn and white spray paint, and when you’re done having a blast, wrap a bow around it to turn it into a unique gift. You can find all the instructions on this fun DIY right here.
9) No-Sew Flamingo Pillow
10) 10-Minute Patterned Candles
Thankfully, there’s a way around that. Just buy plain white ones on the cheap, and dress them up yourself with washi tape.
Find out more about this fun little project right here.
11) Rudolph Coasters
All you need are some slate coasters, white and red paint, and all the glitter you can handle. Check out the instructions on this red-nosed holiday gift right here.
12) Paint-Dipped Kitchen Utensils
Cook up this cool little craft by following the instructions on this blog here.
13) Apple Cider Spice Mix
If you want to go old school with gifts this year, then look no further than this hot apple cider cinnamon spice mix. You can find all the spices you need, and a downloadable label for the jar, on this blog here.
14) Christmas Potpourri
Check out this blog for more info on how to make the perfect pot of potpourri for your loved ones.
15) No-Sew Blanket Scarf
Just follow the instructions provided right here and you’ll be making fabulous blanket scarves in no time flat.
16) 10-Minute Lip Balms
If you’re looking for ideas on fun stocking stuffers this year, then look no further than this homemade lip balm. It’ll only takes ten minutes to make, and the gift recipient will probably kiss you for it!
If you want to learn more, check out this kissable lip balm recipe right here.
17) Flavored Salt
Foodies love to receive edible gifts, and they’ll absolutely adore handcrafted flavored salt mixes like lemon rub or curry! Check out some of the different flavors you can make right here.
18) Homemade Heating Pad
Check out these DIY instructions right here to make the perfect gift for family and friends.
19) Christmas Tea Trees
This is one time that you don’t want to skimp out – the tea bags are what makes this look so pretty. Since everything else you need to make this tree is inexpensive, go for the gold and buy the good tea.
This blog here has all the info you need to make your holiday tea party shine!
20) Flower Vase Picture Frame
To make this adorable gift, follow the instructions right here.
21) Mason Jar Snow Globe
You can be old fashioned and use trees and deer as the focal point. Or, you could use some fun little spacemen if you’re gifting this to a little boy or girl! This blog here has instructions on how to make this adorable snow globe.
22) Handcrafted Soap
Check out this blog for chamomile, honey oatmeal, and aloe vera soap recipes. They make wonderful gifts!
23) Cookie Mix Gift Sack
24) Santa Kisses Treat Bag
Presentation is everything, though. If you pop them in a treat bag and add some glitter tape, you can pass it off as a gift! Get all the instructions and a printable gift tag from this blog right here.
25) Hot Chocolate Gift Basket
Find out more about how to make this gift basket right here.
26) Christmas Tree Wall Hanging
You’ll need some card stock and green yarn to make this homemade masterpiece, but it’s a lot easier than it looks. You can find the printable templates and all the instructions you need right here.
27) Basketweave Cup Cozy
This makes a great gift for all the coffee or tea drinkers in your life, and as an extra added bonus, it’ll even fit Starbucks cups! All the step-by-step instructions on how to make this basketweave cozy can be found right here.
28) Birch-wrapped Candles
To whip this beauty into shape, grab some birch bark, a few leaves, a leather string, and of course, a candle and some glue. To be on the safe side, you should probably wrap this around a flameless LED candle rather than a real one. It can easily catch fire!
Find out more about this gorgeous gift idea here.
29) Personalized Tea Towels
o give a personalized gift this year? This tea towel might be just the thing you’re looking for.
A flour sack towel, a Sharpie, and some free downloadable printables are pretty much all you need to make this tea towel. Check out this blog for more info on this cute holiday gift idea.
30) Mini Photo Pendants
This blog right here has all the instructions you need to make this cute holiday gift idea.
31) Dollar Store Oven Mitt Makeovers
These red oven mitts look plain and drab all on their own, but when you add some ruffles and applique hearts, it looks like you spent some big bucks. Learn how to make this perfect hostess gift right here.
32) Peppermint Bath Bombs
If peppermint isn’t your thing, you can tailor it to your liking by adding rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, or lavender. It’s all up to you!
Follow these instructions here to learn how to make these DIY bath bomb gifts. Your family and friends will explode with gratitude!
33) Mint Sugar Scrub
34) Gold Monogram Initial Mugs
Check out this blog for more info on how to make this mug and spruce it up with some herbs, too.
35) Wipe-Off Menu Board
This wipe-off menu board is probably easier to make than dinner, since all you need is a glass picture frame, dry erase markers, and patterned scrapbook paper.
Check out this blog for more tips on how to make this cute gift. If you’re bold, you could even write out your dream dinner menu on it before you wrap it up!
36) Clay Garden Markers
Check out this blog for instructions on how to make this easy DIY gift.
37) Mini Spa In A Jar
Check out this blog here for more ideas on how to pamper your friend.
38) Gemstone Soap
Just follow this tutorial here for instructions on how to make fun gemstone-shaped soap.
39) Photo Luminaries
This blog here has all the details on this very illuminating DIY gift.
40) Mason Jar Lid Magnets
Check out this blog for more info on how to make these adorable photo magnet lids. They make great gifts!