Love the holidays but hate the Santa sticker shock that follows? No need to spend your way into debt this season. Keep costs down and make the holidays more meaningful by gifting your loved ones with personalized homemade presents. From pamper-me packages crafted with care, to home décor that costs just a few dollars, to home-baked goodies that say “I love you,” the sky’s the limit when you DIY! Here are 12 homemade gift ideas from across the cyber-verse to get you started.
Sugar cookie sack
Everyone loves pulling freshly baked cookies out of the oven, but who wants to bother with measuring and mixing all those ingredients? Make it easy for your loved one with this adorable sack of sugar-cookie mix. Decorate the sack to make it personal, and you’ll have a heartwarming gift costing less than $10.
Help your friends and family gear up for winter with a cozy fleece blanket. If you’re handy with a needle, you can design a deluxe version of this fuzzy piece of heaven; otherwise, keep it simple, sweet and oh, so cheap.
Has your friend been pining for a pedicure? Gift them with all they need to make their nails sparkle with a “for your mistletoes” nail kit! Fill a $7 Mason jar with polishes, filers, a buffer and everything else they need for a spa-at-home experience.
Dress up a flat circle of wood with some beautiful material, attach a clock kit and voila — homemade designer décor for just a few dollars! This DIY clock makes the perfect gift for the friend who’s just moved into a new home or dorm room.
Bubble bath gift set
Who doesn’t love a relaxing bubble bath? This gift makes it possible with a complete bubble bath kit, including chocolate, bath salts, a candle, soaps, a pouf and more.
Instagram picture frame
Round up your friend’s best Instagram snaps of the year with this creative desktop frame. This gift will make them smile all year long.
Who says money doesn’t grow on trees? Give the gift of cash with an adorable holiday-themed presentation by rolling up stacks of bills into tree boughs. This money tree is a festive alternative to gift cards.
This one is for the friend who dreams of starring on “Chopped.” Fill this personalized, decorated recipe box with their own best recipes and add a few new gems for their collection. They’ll think of you every time they cook up another storm.
Snowball bath bombs
Bath time is fun again with these peppermint-infused bath bombs! Package inside plastic ornaments for a real holiday treat.
What better way to light up a cold winter evening than with these gorgeous rainbow candles? All you need for these eye-catching creations is a bit of time and some old crayons.
Painted picture frames
Dress up dollar-store picture frames with colored chalk paint for the perfectly memorable gift.
Reindeer gift card holder
This holiday-themed card holder is the perfect present for that friend who owns a collection of gift cards and needs a place to keep them safe. You can also use it to dress up a gift card and make it more personal. It’s made out of leftover toilet paper rolls and basic craft materials you likely already have at home.
Keep the stress out of the holidays this year with our DIY gift hacks. It’s all the shared love with none of the debt. Plus, creating these gifts is a fun way to pass the time while avoiding crowded stores. Who knew holiday gifts could be so much fun?
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Your Turn: What’s your favorite DIY gift hack? Share it with us in the comments.