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12 Holiday Gift Ideas You Can Make on the Cheap

Discover 12 budget-friendly holiday gifts under $5 to spread festive joy without breaking the bank. Craft heartfelt presents for a memorable holiday season!

12 Holiday Gift Ideas You Can Make on the Cheap

The holiday season is upon us, and if you want to spread some cheer without breaking the bank, we've got you covered! In this post, we'll share creative and budget-friendly DIY Christmas gift ideas that cost under $5 each. Whether you are looking for thoughtful stocking stuffers or affordable holiday crafts for co-workers. From handmade ornaments to personalized treats, these thoughtful gifts will warm the hearts of your loved ones without emptying your wallet. Get ready to embrace the spirit of giving while keeping your budget in check this holiday season!

1. Handmade ornaments

Let's kick off our list of DIY Christmas gifts with something that embodies the holiday spirit perfectly - handmade ornaments. These little treasures not only add a personal touch to your loved one's tree but also serve as a lasting memory of your thoughtfulness. Gather some clear glass or plastic ornaments, and fill them with glitter, tiny pinecones, or even small photographs. You can even personalize them with names or special messages using a marker. The best part? You can create a handful of these for under $5!

2. Customized recipe cards

Food is a universal love language, and sharing cherished recipes is a delightful way to connect with loved ones. Create customized recipe cards with your favorite holiday recipes and a heartfelt note. You can design these cards digitally and print them at home, making them incredibly cost-effective. Don't forget to add a touch of holiday-themed clipart or stickers for that extra festive flair.

3. Mason jar gifts

Mason jars are a versatile and affordable base for DIY Christmas gifts. Fill them with layers of hot cocoa mix, cookie ingredients, or even a small succulent plant. Decorate the jar with a ribbon and a handwritten label, and you have a charming and thoughtful gift that won't put a dent in your wallet.

4. Thrifted candle holders

This homemade Christmas presents idea is ideal for decluttering and DIY gifting in one shot. Two birds... one stone... you get the picture! Do you have attractive old glass jars or cans lying around at home?  Turn them into beautiful and giftable festive candle holders. Simply place a wick inside the jar or can and fill it with wax. Et voila – you've got a heartfelt gift that costs next to nothing!

5. It smells like Christmas

Scented sachets are a lovely and budget-friendly holiday gift idea. Fill small fabric pouches with dried lavender, cinnamon sticks, or other aromatic herbs and spices. Your loved ones can tuck these sachets into drawers, hang them in closets, or even use them as ornaments on the tree. They'll infuse their space with a delightful holiday scent that lingers throughout the season.

6. Knitted dishcloths

If you have knitting skills, then put them to good use with this affordable holiday crafts idea. You can easily find affordable yarn in festive colors. Or, if you have a bunch of leftover yarn at home, you hardly need to spend a cent. Knit a set of colorful dishcloths that your friends and family can use throughout the year. They're practical, charming, and a great way to add a personal touch to anyone's kitchen.

7. Personalized coasters

Coasters are an underrated but practical gift. You can buy plain cork or ceramic coasters and personalize them with your own designs. Consider using holiday-themed stencils, acrylic paints, or even decoupage techniques. These customized coasters will protect your loved ones' furniture and remind them of your thoughtful gesture whenever they use them.

8. Tea or coffee blends

Create your own signature tea or coffee blends as DIY Christmas gifts. Purchase bulk tea leaves or coffee beans, and then mix in your favorite herbs, spices, or flavorings. Package them in small, airtight containers with labels describing the blend and brewing instructions. Your loved ones will appreciate the effort you put into crafting a unique and personalized beverage experience just for them.

9. Hand-decorated candles

Candles make for cozy and soothing gifts during the holiday season. Purchase plain, unscented candles and jazz them up with your own decorative touch. Use wax markers, ribbon, or even dried flowers to personalize each candle. It's a simple yet effective way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in any home.

10. Memory jars

Looking for a heartfelt and sentimental gift? Memory jars are a perfect choice. Find a small glass jar or container and fill it with tiny notes, quotes, or memories you've shared with the recipient. Encourage them to pull out a note whenever they need a little pick-me-up. It's a wonderful way to show that you care and provide a daily dose of positivity.

11. Festive season seasonings

Glue mini bottle brush trees, plastic reindeer, and other cute Christmas characters to the bottom of empty glass salt-shakers. Half fill with snow (AKA table salt) and there you have it – the most adorable (and practical) festive season accessory to adorn any Christmas table or kitchen counter.

12. Self-care lovelies

Give the gift of self-care by spoiling your loved ones with DIY bath bombs or body scrubs. These perfect pamper gifts are easy and fun to make. The ingredients are affordable, and you can personalize the gifts with different scent combinations.

Budget-friendly holiday gifts 

This holiday season, you don't need to break the bank to show your loved ones how much you care. These budget-friendly DIY Christmas gifts are not only easy on your wallet but also infused with personal touches that will warm the hearts of those you share them with. Whether it's a sugar scrub, a customized recipe card, or a scented sachet, these thoughtful gestures will spread cheer without leaving you financially stressed.

So, roll up your sleeves, get creative, and enjoy the process of making these delightful homemade Christmas presents. If you're looking for deals and discounts on your festive season crafting supplies, check out our Coupon Book Finder to see whether it's delivered in your area. After all, the true spirit of the holidays lies in the thought and love you put into your gifts, not their price tags. Happy crafting and happy holidays!