This holiday season, you may be looking to save some cash without skimping on gifts for friends and family members. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds with these easy-peasy, super-affordable DIY gift ideas we’ve collected from the treasure-trove that is Pinterest.
I’ve carefully checked each of these gift-making tutorials, and they all take very little craftiness. At most, you’ll need to know how to sew a straight line. But even if you can’t do that, most of these DIY gift ideas take next to no skill to put together.
Some of them would be fun to do with the kids for grandparents, teachers and other loved ones.
Note: Click on each imagine to see the details on making each gift.
Gifts for Anyone
Etched Baking Pans
The etching compound for this project is kind of expensive, but it will go a long, long way. Plus, you could pick up glasses, Mason jars, baking pans and other etchable goodies at Goodwill for next to nothing.
Personalized Wine Glasses
Add a couple of cheap, personalized wine glasses to your gift, and you’ll upgrade that bottle of wine by miles.
Rice Hand Warmers
Cotton fabric and white rice make these super-simple, easy-to-make hand warmers. If you’re a more adventurous seamstress, you could always cut your hand warmers into the shape of hearts, circles, stars or anything else you can think of.
DIY Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract – the real stuff – is expensive. If there are any foodies on your list, they’ll surely appreciate some homemade vanilla extract. Bonus points if you can find super-cute containers for it at Goodwill or Salvation Army.
There are hundreds of creative Sharpie mug design ideas on Pinterest right now. Just write whatever you want on the mug with a Sharpie, bake and you’re good to go. The helpful article linked here gives feedback on the process and tips for making your mug as beautiful and long-lasting as possible.
Crock Pot Apple Butter
Food gifts are always good around the holidays, but you can skip the cookies in favor of a lighter gift that will last longer – apple butter. Made with apples, honey, nutmeg, cinnamon and lemon, this easy apple butter will make a great gift.
Vintage Recipe Cards
These printable recipe cards are adorable and great for your favorite foodie. Add a recipe or two of your own. For a bonus, put a stack in with a make-your-own-meal gift basket, including everything needed to make one of the recipes.