Making DIY Christmas gifts do not have to be as hard as we tend to make it.
With a little creativity and about 10 minutes of your time, you can make several really good gifts to give your family or friends without spending a small fortune.
In fact, all the gifts in this list cost no more than $5. Happy Dance Time!
1. Mason Jar Candles
You’ll never believe what I used to make the “snow” on the outside of this candle holder… Epsom Salt!
Using just 3 items you can make this fun item lickety-split, wrap it up and give it to someone tonight.
Any any old jar will work. I used a clean salsa jar. You don’t even need the lid!
Simply coat the outside of the jar with a thin layer of Modge Podge, then sprinkle the Epsom salt on the outside. Sprinkle a little bit of glitter (if you want the “snow” to be extra sparkly)
This project is very forgiving if you use too much glue the Epsom salt will start to drip, so you want to be sure it’s just a light coat.
- Modge podge glue (or similar fast drying glue)
- Epsom salt
- Glass jar (I used a salsa jar, but a pickle jar looks nice too)
- Optional glitter
2. Coffee Infused Brown-Sugar Scrub
This stuff smells good enough to EAT! (and it has no harmful ingredients in it, so I guess you could take a little lick and it would be just fine…)
In just 5 minutes you can have a fun gift friends will thank you for over and over again.
Simply mix all the ingredients together and scoop into a fun jar (I used a Starbucks Frappuccino bottle).
- Ground Coffee
- Light Brown Sugar
- Orange Essential Oils (I personally use Young Living Essential Oils because of their organic and therapeutic qualities)
- Glass Jar (I used a Starbucks Frappuccino bottle)
Use equal amounts of Ground Coffee and Light Brown Sugar plus 5 drops of Orange Oil for each 1 cup of mix.
Mix together in a bowl and combine with a fork so it combines nicely. Then add the orange oil and combine again. Scoop into your container and finish with a pretty bow.
3. Peppermint Sugar Scrub Cubes
In my opinion, there’s truly nothing like the smell of peppermint to envoke a clean, refreshing feeling. And when you gift these Peppermint Sugar Scrub Cubes shaped into little hearts or flowers, your loved one is gonna FREAK OUT and want to know how you made them… it can be our little secret that they were so cheap AND easy to make!
1 Bar of Soap – Grated (Ivory will work)
1/4 Coconut Oil
20 Drops Peppermint Essential Oils
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the grated bar of soap and coconut oil together in the microwave for 45 seconds
- Stir in Peppermint Oil.
- Add in sugar and thoroughly combine.
- BE QUICK to press the mixture into your mold because once the sugar gets mixed it, it is ready to harden.
- Place in freezer for 1 hour to solidify.
- Store in a cool dry place.
4. Whipped Body Butter
This stuff looks good enough to eat! And it melts into your skin just like… well… budda.
Here’s how to quickly make it:
- Melt 1 cup Cocoa Butter and 1/2 cup Coconut Oil in a double broiler
- Once melted, take off the heat and let cool slightly and mix in 1/2 cup Almond Oil
- Put in the freezer for about 10 minutes to cool down more and when it looks like it’s starting to harden pull it out and use your hand blender with the whisk attachment to whisk it into a butter. When you whip it, it will seem runny, like the consistency of really soft butter.
- Scoop it into a jar (I used an upcycled plastic Truvia Sweetener Jar)
- Put in the refrigerator to solidify.
- If you do not live in Florida (like I do) then you can probably keep this product in your bathroom), but my house gets nearly 80º all year round, which will soften this body butter too much, so I keep it in the back of our fridge and slather it on while I’m making my coffee in the morning.
5. Personalized Kitchen Tea Towels
I think kitchen towels are the best gift to give someone because they are something that wears out so quickly, yet we hate to replace them because they can be expensive.
But flour sack towels are a really good exception to the rule. They are super cheap and they can be personalized for nearly no cost.
Simply print ANY pattern that you want (the ones I made above are from this blogger) tape it to the underside of your towel and use a sharpie to trace the pattern or color it in.
Nuh-uh?!! Can it really be THAT simple?!! Yep. I kid you not.
You can even do this project tonight because Walmart sells the towels for around $5 (or less).
6. Wire Bracelets
This gift is really fun to make! But you do need a couple inexpensive special tools found at your local craft supply store.
The wire can be found at Walmart for less than $1, so look for inexpensive jewelry tools while you’re there.
You’ll need a wire cutter and wire pliers for shaping the intricate curves to shape the heart.
I used the instructions from this blogger to make my bracelets. It took less than 10 minutes to make both bracelets.
DIY FOOD GIFTS THAT COST NEARLY NOTHING TO GIVE
I spoke about how simple and easy these foodie gifts are to make (and give) on my Savings Segment on Fox. Watch the replay video here: (I’ll add the replay video right here as soon as it’s made available from Fox)
1. Peppermint Candy Bowl
Tell me this is not THE cutest little peppermint thing you’ve seen in a while?!
My kids ALL loved it so much… they were very excited for me to mess up when I was making them so that I could give them the ruins, LOL.
The only supply you need for this project is round Peppermint Candies, your oven and a small heat-safe bowl.
You’ll use 19 candies PER bowl, so make sure you buy a bag big enough for you to hand choose which ones you want to use (I was surprised to realize that not all the candies are truly the same size)
Arrange the 19 candies surrounding one main one in the middle, then circling the rest around it.
NOTE: you might need to swap out some of the candies for slightly different sizes in order for them to be as close as they can be (touching would be the best option)
2. Layered Hot Cocoa Mix
This is a classic Christmas gift that’s easy to give to a Neighbor, Teacher, Sunday School Teacher or Co-worker.
When you buy the ingredients, it’ll make approximately 4-5 jars.
Fill 1 clear glass jar, pint size with:
1 cup sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup powdered milk
A Pinch of salt
A Handful of mini chocolate chips
A handful of crushed peppermint candies
A handful of Mini marshmallows
Print a fun tag from here and tie around the lid.
3. Shake & Pour Pancake Mix
There is nothing better to receive than something that makes your morning easier, right?!
This gift does just that. Simply mix all the ingredients together in a quart-size jar glue the label on the front and top with the instructions and add a bow.
Yes, it really is that simple.
I promise your recipient will love that you made their day easier. All they have to do is add water (or water and an egg if you don’t use egg replacer) and shake, shake, shake!
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 salt
- 6 Tablespoons powdered buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons powdered egg replacer (or tell the recipient to add one egg to the jar before mixing)
Check out the original recipe here and print the adorable labels to glue to the jar.
4. Snowglobe Cupcake
Okay, this gift really feels like you are cheating because it is SO stinking simple, but it looks SO adorable, and it’s less expensive than one would think, so I’m including it.
All I did was go to my local grocery store, Publix, and choose a deluxe cupcake. It costs $2.99.
Then, I took a glass mason jar and put the cupcake on the lid and screwed the top down over it.
A Snowglobe cupcake!
Here’s the thing… when was the last time you were able to get to get a really, decadent, specialty cupcake for yourself? Never, right? That’s exactly why this gift is so perfect. It’s indulgent and wonderful and something you’d never get for yourself (not to mention absolutely adorable too). And it’s less than $5 overall, so it’s totally worth it.
If you would rather “make” something, this Strawberry Shortcake in a jar is a happy gift to give any time of the year!
5. 2-Ingredient Nutella Brownies
Brownies made with Nutella?! YES PLEASE! But when you realize how super simple these are… you’ll be bringing them everywhere to every brownie lover you know!
This is essentially a flourless brownie.
The step-by-step instructions are on this post but here’s the quick explanation:
- Beat 4 eggs with mixer until they triple in size.
- Heat up 1 cup of Nutella in the microwave (for about 30 seconds) to thin it out and make it easier to use.
- Combine the egg and Nutella and continue beating at high speed until thoroughly combined.
- Bake at 350º for 30 minutes, until toothpick comes out NOT super clean.
- Cut and serve!
6. Chocolate Covered Cherries Or DIY Reese’s
I have the absolute easiest way to make chocolate covered strawberries using only 3 simple ingredients. So this is a variation of that recipe in a “Cherry Cordial” kinda way.
I used ice cube trays to get the “depth” to have a nice hole to fill so I could put my cherries (and peanut butter) inside it and surround it again with chocolatey goodness.
The trick is to melt the chocolate and make sure it’s the right consistency (not too thin, yet not too thick) to be able to “roll” it around inside the ice cube tray so that it coats the sides.
Here’s the overall steps:
- Use a double broiler to melt a chocolate bar with 1 TBS coconut oil (see detailed instructions here) Be careful not to allow the water to boil, otherwise, it will get too hot and your chocolate will “seize” and you’ll have a frustrating mess on your hands.
- Spray a light coat of oil on your ice cube tray to help the chocolate not stick.
- Once the chocolate is melted, pour a small amount into each ice cube well and then roll the ice cube tray around to coat the sides each well with the chocolate.
- Put the ice cube tray in the freezer for about 5 minutes, until it becomes slightly hardened (not FULLY hard yet).
- Fill each chocolate well with the fillings of your choice, maraschino cherries, peanut butter (crunchy or creamy or both), marshmallows, M&M’s… the sky is the limit.
- Now pour more chocolate on top of each well to seal the goodies inside.
- Put the ice cube tray back in the freezer for an hour to make sure it’s good and hard.
- When you pull it out of the freezer, simple twist (like you are getting the ice cubes out of the tray) and the chocolate cubes should slide right out. Some of ours stuck so we used a knife to pry it out slightly (it didn’t ruin it).
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