Handmade gifts aren’t always cheaper, but they can be. Depending on what supplies you already have around, some of these gifts can be made for under $5.00. One way to keep the costs down is to make the same thing for several people. For example, the first gift is a cute chalkboard. It requires a can of stain for wood. But to stain one piece of wood, you’ll use barely any of the can. It would only be a cheap gift if you’re making several chalkboards.
Every one of the pictures below is from the source website. None of them are mine! Click the links below each picture for tutorials.
Which of the following 17 homemade gifts do you think you would want to make?
(this one could actually be for him or for her)
paper – tile coasters (if putting your coffee mug on pictures of your family isn’t your thing…)
Felt tablet case
(You could do manlier buttons if you were making this for a dude. or do it with leather and line the inside with felt.)
The hand warmers would be cute stocking stuffers and this same idea with bigger pieces of fabric would work for microwavable heating pads. Perfect for achy muscles, or just being pampered with one around your neck or under your feet. (ahem: good pregnant lady gift)
The one on the left is $35 at pottery barn, which isn’t THAT expensive for a super cute tablet/recipe book holder. But if you’re on a tight budget like us, you can make the one on the right with a $1 or $2 cutting board from goodwill 🙂 Here’s the source.
Here’s a similar one from HGTV. If you don’t have all the power tools they have, you can get the wood cut at whatever store you buy it at, and hand sand it before putting it all together.
painted wooden spoons
I think these are so cute! You can find an inexpensive set of wooden utensils at Walmart, Target, Kohls, whatever. Or you might have luck at the dollar store. And any color scheme would be fun. Just think about what colors your gift recipient has in his or her kitchen 🙂
I’m not usually one to give fancy lotions and soaps. BUT, one of the best gifts I ever got was after my first baby. A friend gave me a fancy bath fizzy thing from Lush. It was so relaxing and smelled amazing. So I’m kind of tempted to try these handmade lavender ones as a good (and cheaper) alternative.
These painted and monogrammed trays are cute, and would be super budget friendly if you scored a tray at goodwill & had some old paint lying around.
This homemade lip balm is one of those things that would be super cheap if you already had coconut oil around, or if you were making it for several people. I think it’d be a great stocking stuffer or gift for teachers.
These bird’s nest necklaces would be super easy and they’re so cute. You don’t need any special jewelry making tools or anything either!
For these stamped washer necklaces, you do need a set of steel stamps. They run about $15 for the whole kit on Amazon. I’m guessing you could find a set at hobby Lobby or Michael’s with a coupon too. But, again, if you’re making them for several people, $15 for several gifts isn’t bad 😉
For other ways to cut costs at Christmas, check out this post.