With the holidays fast approaching it’s time to get moving on gift giving ideas. Do-it-yourself gifts are always fun to give and fun to get.
If you’re looking for some fun, creative and affordable gifts, these 10 inexpensive and easy DIY gift ideas will help you make fast work of your gift giving list.
1. Personalized Picture Frame
There’s nothing like a picture of the people you love to brighten up your day. You can make a great DIY gift by purchasing a simple wood or metal picture frame and embellishing it with glitter, paint, or other small items such as buttons or tiny shells.
Glue items on with craft glue and let the frame sit overnight to make sure it dries. If you don’t want to use a traditional frame, check out some of these fun ideas for picture frames.
2. Handmade Bookmark
Handmade bookmarks are super easy to make and are a favorite gift of grandparents everywhere. To make one, just cut some cardstock in a color of your choice to a standard bookmark size or a little larger.
We usually do 6 inches in length and 2 inches in width. Decorate as you wish with markers, glitter, or pictures.
Bring the bookmark to your local office store and have them laminate it. Use a hole punch to make a hole in the top and add a pretty ribbon.
3. A Tissue Box of Dollars
My teen daughter got this one year for her birthday and LOVED it. Simply buy a square box of tissues, carefully pull off the tab at the top to expose the tissues.
Pull out one or two tissues and set aside. Get a pile of $1 bills from the bank; 10, 15, 20 – whatever your budget is – tape them together end to end and roll them up neatly and tightly.
When you get to the last bill, tape a tissue to it and put the roll back inside the tissue box.
Make sure the tissue that’s taped to the money is sticking out of the top, and place the tab back on the top of the tissue box.
Gently write “pull” on the corner of the tissue that’s sticking out a bit. Wrap as you would any other present. When the recipient pulls out the tissue they’ll get their real present.
4. Roll of Coins Stocking Stuffer
This is a great idea for kids – or anyone on your gift list who likes money. It’s also super easy for kids to make.
- A roll of coins – quarters or nickels will probably work best
- Some striped wrapping paper (or you can use white wrapping paper and ribbon)
- Some clear cellophane wrap
- Small ribbons for tying
See pictures below for instructions.
5. Brownies/Bars in a Jar
We love getting and giving brownies or bars in a jar as gifts. Not only do they look gorgeous, they contain most all of the makings for a yummy treat.
Here is a link to 5 different recipes you can assemble in a jar, add a pretty label and a ribbon to and give as a gift. Great gifts for teachers, etc.
6. Handprint Board
This is a gift that my hubby gave me for Christmas years ago and it’s still one of my favorite gifts of all time.
Simply carve out a 1×4 or 1×6 piece of wood (he used pine), bevel the edges (you may also be able to find the wood ready to go at a craft store) and sand until smooth.
Have each of your kids paint one hand with a thin-ish coat of acrylic paint in complimentary colors (Rick used red, blue, yellow and green) and place their painted hand strategically onto the board in predetermined places.
After the paint dries, paint the board with a couple of coats of clear polyurethane coating to secure and protect the handprints.
You can make it sans hooks or nails for setting on a shelf or fireplace mantle, or add hooks or nails for hanging it on the wall or turning it into a coat rack.
7. Homemade Bath Salts or Spa Kit
Bath and spa items are so easy to make yourself, and many items can be made from things you have around the house anyway.
Here are some ideas of bath and spa items you can make yourself.
- Scented bath salts: just use Epsom salt (available at any big box store) and mix in just several drops of your favorite essential oils, such as lavender
- Body or hand scrub: Mix equal parts of coconut oil and sugar and transfer the mixture to a Mason or other jar
- Body spray: Mix 8 ounces of water, 1 tablespoon of witch hazel and twenty or so drops of your favorite essential oil.
Put the items in a pretty jar, basket or other container, add a ribbon or two and you’re good to go.
8. Turn a Favorite Picture into a Watercolor
Any picture can be turned into a watercolor portrait with this cool app called Waterlogue. The Waterlogue app can help you turn a favorite picture into a beautiful watercolor in just minutes.
9. Movie Night Kit
Movie night kits are super easy to make and can benefit multiple people at once; great for a family gift! Just find a cute basket or colorful metal pail that’s fairly good-sized.
After finding a fun movie that fits the recipient’s tastes. We usually scour the $3, $4 and $5 movie bins at Walmart, shop for a few fun extras such as theater-style candy boxes, individual packages of microwave popcorn or drink powder packages.
Add some brightly colored tissue paper to make the pail or basket shine and wrap in clear cello paper.
10. Recipe Ring
This is a great gift idea for a young person newly out on their own or a newlywed couple. On some 4×6 index cards, neatly print some favorite recipes.
Or, if you’re looking for some extra creativity, print the recipes from your computer onto colored cardstock paper. You could even choose different colors of cardstock for different recipe categories.
Before you print, make sure the recipe will fix onto the cardstock in a 3.5×4.5 format so the white on the index cards shows through after you cut and paste the recipes onto them.
Have the cards laminated at an office shop, use a hole punch to punch holes in the corner and slide each recipe onto a silver ring. For an extra touch of special, include a rubber spatula that has a hole in the stick and add that to the ring as well.
No time left for DIY gifts? Check out our gift guides:
Do you have any DIY gifts on your gift list this year?
Save Money Using a Robot
How would you like to save money without having to do much effort? Well, now you can.
There is a free tool called Trim which will cancel your unused subscriptions, find you cash back, and renegotiate your bills for you. All you do is sign up, connect an account and their robotic assistant will email you ways that you can save money.