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.
Gifts for Kids
Felt Paperclip Bookmarks
These bookmarks are great for little readers and are really easy to customize. The designs shown are mostly girly, but it would be easy to do gender-neutral or boyish bookmarks, too. Super hero logos, anyone?
These cute printable book plates would be great to add to a couple of the bookmarks above, or stick a handful in with a gift of a book or two for your favorite young reader.
Add some color to a child’s life with these beautiful homemade watercolors. Not only are they easy and eco-friendly, but you can also make them in any shade you want.
Stitch cards are not only fun for creative kids, but they also help hone fine motor skills and are a great pre-sewing activity for crafty little ones.
DIY Silly Putty
What kid doesn’t love silly putty? Make your own with this easy recipe. You can customize colors or add glitter!
Gifts for Guys
There are probably very expensive customized checkerboards out there. This is not one of them.
You don’t have to make the package for this nifty car kit, but this is a great gift for any guy, especially one who is on the road frequently.
These coasters can be customized with paint and are easy to make. They’d be a great hand-painted gift from children or grandchildren, too.
Etched Glass Beer Mugs
These are just like the etched casseroles above, but the silhouettes are an interesting twist. These would be great with sports team logos or silhouettes of superhero symbols, too.
Gifts for Gals
Lemon Sugar Scrub
Made from basic kitchen ingredients, this salt scrub is the perfect wintertime gift for anyone whose hands need some extra exfoliation.
Doily Votive Holders
These cute votive candle holders are perfect for the lover of all things shabby-chic. You can use a similar idea on larger vases and candle holders, or even on the ever-present Mason jars.
Vintage Glassware Candles
Making candles is surprisingly easy, and you can easily customize colors and scents with essential oils. Here’s yet another excellent Goodwill-gift. Shop for beautiful old glassware – teacups would work, too – and make a bunch of these quirky candles.
Homemade Lotion Bars
This is one of my favorite personal care items to DIY. Store bought lotions don’t touch the moisturizing power of this lotion bar. You can usually pick up beeswax, which you could also use for those glassware candles, in a craft store’s candle and soap making section.