Top 75 DIY Christmas Gifts to be thoughtful and save money this year - picture of peppermint bark, gingerbread house on mug and sugar scrub.

Are you still looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for family or friends, but are on a tight budget? Some people are looking for budget-friendly holiday gifts they can make themselves. If you want to make Christmas more special this year, here is a list of the top 75 DIY Christmas Gifts that will help you save money.

Christmas gift-giving can sometimes get out of hand, yet the gift I remember the most are ones people made me. I still have many of them today and they are special keepsakes of when someone took the time to make something for me.

DIY gifts are also a great way to save money if you don’t have the budget to buy pricey items for everyone in your family this year.

With that in mind, we have compiled a list of the 75 best DIY Christmas Gift Ideas that are both inexpensive and easy to make. There is a wide range of items from craft beer to homemade bath bombs. Whatever your interests, we got you covered with this long list of economical homemade goods!

Craft DIY Christmas Gifts

Mason Jar Lid Wreath Ornaments

Mason Jar wreath ornaments make a simple and budget-friendly gift. This simple craft requires little supplies and only takes a few minutes to make.

Mason Jar Wreath Ornaments by When Is Dinner

Looking to make a simple yet lovely homemade gift for someone that loves wine? Then make them this wine bottle bag!

Wine Bottle Bag by Happiest Camper

Warm their neck and hearts with this double-sided scarf. Any easy sew gift anyone can make.

Double-sided Scarf by Happiest Camper

The best gifts are gifts of quality time! Make this DIY Date Night Jar for your loved one and fill it with fun ideas you can do together!

DIY Date Night Idea Jars by Our Kind of Crazy

Turn old toys into Christmas ornaments in just a few easy steps using supplies you probably already have on hand! Go from toy box clutter to special keepsake in no time!

Old Toy Christmas Ornament by Where the Smiles Have Been

This DIY Hot Chocolate Kit is perfect for the holiday season! We love to give homemade gifts, and this is the perfect gift for friends, neighbors, and service workers! The guide also includes a printable recipe tag to complete this super cute holiday gift!

DIY Hot Chocolate Kit by Kim and Kale

Not sure what to get your loved one? Try these special DIY Open When Letters. They’ll love opening them each time.

DIY Open When Letters by Our Kind of Crazy

This DIY Family Movie Night Gift Basket is perfect for all occasions and so cute! We love gifting this basket to anyone that needs a pick-me-up!

DIY Movie Night Gift Basket by Movie Nights at Home

This Adorable Rudolph Hot Cocoa with Printable Gift Tags makes for the perfect Christmas edible gift for this holiday season.

Rudolph HOt Cocoa with Printable by Ottawa Mommy Club

Firestarter pine cones are a practical piece of decor to have on hand, but they serve as more than just a centerpiece, a Christmas ornament, or a fire building tool. You can formulate your pine cones to contribute your favorite aroma or turn the flames into different colors.

Fire Starter Pinecones by Ottawa Mommy Club

Can you offer babysitting services? Can you teach something? Consider gifting your skills or time. Here are FREE printable coupons to use to give of your time and talents! They have some ideas and there are blank ones you can fill in with your own ideas.

Free Printable Coupon Gift Idea by Twin Cities Frugal Mom

Learn how to make a happy jar full of positivity to put a smile on someone’s face! A jar full of happiness is an uplifting gift that is completely free.

Happy Jar Gift Idea by A Centsational Life

Grab a piece of store-bought or homemade air dry clay, pour in some glitter, and make these super simple and gorgeous candle holders.

Air Dry Clay Candle Holder by Colorful Craft Corner

The cute DIY Wax Melts Hearts are the perfect gift for the holidays. Inexpensive, easy to make, and will make your home smell delightful.

DIY Wax Melt Hearts by Living Sweet Moments

This rice bag heating pad is so quick and easy to whip up. It’s the perfect gift to give to your friends and loved ones because it can easily be customized with their favorite colors and patterns!

Rice Bag Heating Pad by Sweet Frugal Life

Learn how to sew DIY hand warmers with flannel fabric. It’s easy to make several, fill them up with rice, and give them as handmade gifts.

DIY Hand-Warmer by Heather Hand Made

These easy garden stepping stones can be made with inexpensive supplies around the house and from the hardware store or Amazon if needed.

Garden DIY Stepping Stones by Fluxin Well

Okay, talk about cute! Check out these awesome Christmas gift idea – individual Santa Hot Cocoa bags. I can see myself giving out bunches of these to teachers, aides, babysitters, girlfriends, co-workers, kids gifts, and more.

Individual Santa Hot Cocoa Bags by More With Less Today

This is a free sewing pattern for beginners that uses very little fabric so it’s a great scrap buster. Make your own super cute fully lined, 2 zipper DIY coin purse to use yourself or give as a gift!

DIY Coin Purse by Surf and Sunshine

These gilded-edge agate coasters make a perfect gift for just about anyone, and you’ll definitely want to make a set for yourself!

DIY Agate Slice Coasters by Moms Who Save

Make a few of these wire flower bookmarks for yourself, or add them to the top of a gift by tying one or two onto a ribbon. If you give the gift of a book, tuck a couple of these inside.

Wire Flower Bookmarks by Moms Who Save

These are the perfect gift to give to a loved one that they can use year after year.

Homemade Etched Glass Gifts by A Life of Balance

Mug gifts are always a nice treat with sweets and a mug to use all year round.

Inexpensive Mug Gift Ideas by Savvy Savings Couple

This post features a few gift ideas you could make, when on a low budget.

DIY Gift Ideas for a Low Budget by Savvy Savings Couple

All you need is 2 ingredients to make these super simple and easy Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments! A great DIY holiday craft or fun Christmas gift for both kids and adults to make and customize!

Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments by Strenght and Sunshine

Need a simple gift? This free printable gift tag goes perfectly with an easy gift – a book, bath bombs, and a bag of chocolates!

Gift Tags by Savings Talents

Easy DIY marbled nail polish mugs make the perfect homemade gift! A simple craft is done in a few minutes that looks like it took hours of work!

DIY Marbled Nail Polish Mug by Strength and Sunshine

Personal Care DIY Christmas Gifts

If you're not exfoliating your lips, now is the time to start! This Vanilla & Honey DIY Lip Scrub is an easy way to keep your lips healthy and hydrated. (Only 4 ingredients)
(Photo Credit: Soccer Mom Blog)

A six-ingredient body butter recipe with coconut oil to nourish your skin and boost your mood! It uses real fruit zest (not essential oils) for its amazing scent and is made with all-natural ingredients like coconut oil and beeswax. Use this recipe for body butter for yourself or a thoughtful gift!

Citrus Body Butter by Fit Mama Bear

If you’re not exfoliating your lips, now is the time to start! This Vanilla & Honey DIY Lip Scrub is an easy way to keep your lips healthy and hydrated!

Vanilla and Honey DIY Lip Scrub by The Soccer Mom Blog

This heavenly-smelling cotton blossom homemade sugar scrub leaves your skin baby soft, and costs a fraction of the price of store-bought beauty products!

Cotton Blossom Homemade Sugar Scrub by The Soccer Mom Blog

This is a super easy recipe to make your own homemade Lemon soap bar. I love the smell of lemon.

Homemade lemon Soap Recipe by The Inspiration Edit

This easy and oh, so yummy DIY Sugar Cookie Sugar Scrub smells amazing and gives you naturally soft skin. It takes 5-minutes to make and is also a wonderful and inexpensive gift idea. FREE printable gift tags included!

Sugar Cookie Sugar Scrub by Suburban Simplicity

Christmas body scrubs are great, budget-friendly DIY gifts ideas. The tutorial includes 9 different recipes and also comes with tips for packaging and free printable labels.

Homemade Christmas Sugar Scrub Recipe by Country Hill Cottage

Learn how to make the best chocolate lip balm with real chocolate! This yummy lip treatment feels soft and moisturizing and can be made with affordable, easy-to-find materials.

DIY Chocolate Lip Balm by Country Hill Cottage

Perfect for those on your list who could use a little self-care. This sugar scrub is less than $2 per gift.

DIY Homemade Sugar Scrub by Self-Care on a Budget

DIY Gifts for Kids

(photo credit 3 Boys and a Dog)

This grinch puppet is the perfect DIY Christmas gift. It’s easy to make and turns out adorable every time.

Grinch Puppet Circuit Craft by 3 Boys and a Dog

Car play mats can be expensive, and they are usually small and generic. Make your own DIY no-sew car play mat out of felt with these cute ideas.

DIY Felt Car Mat by Savings Talents

Searching for a FREE gift to give at Christmas? Try making a Christmas Coupon Book for kids with this FREE printable template! This coupon book for kids can be given to kids or can be made by kids to give to their parents and grandparents.

Christmas Coupon Book for Kids Free Printable by Mom Hacks 101

Super cute and fun gift idea for kids:

Yarn Pom-Pom Snowball Fight Kit by DIY Simple Crafts

Food and Treats DIY Christmas Gifts

Make the holidays extra special with these adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses! Perfect for adding a touch of magic to the season. Use as mug toppers, creating an edible village, or giving away as gifts! (Includes free template)

Mini Gingerbread House (Free Template) by Owl B Baking

Cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate with a twist and learn how to make hot chocolate bombs using only four ingredients. Hot chocolate bombs are essentially a ball of chocolate with mini marshmallows inside. Pour hot milk on top and watch them open up to make a delicious cup of hot cocoa. This hot chocolate bombs recipe is perfect for movie night, the Holidays or to give to friends.

Hot Chocolate Bombs by Fit Mama Bear

Super simple heart-shaped brownies are the perfect gift! Use a brownie mix, or use a brownie recipe, this is a gift that everyone will love:

Heart-Shaped Brownies by Tasty Galaxy

Everyone will love these delicious chocolate truffles, and you need just 3 ingredients to make them:

3 Ingredient Truffles by Tasty Galaxy

These hot chocolate spoons make a fun addition to any holiday gift. Easy to make and look adorable paired with a mug and hot cocoa.

Hot Chocolate Spoons by Saving Dollars and Sense

Dried Apricot Chutney is easy and cheap to prepare. Whether it’s Christmas or any other special occasion it makes a great gift.

Dried Apricot Chutney by Greedy Gourmet

quick and easy chocolate thumbprint cookies with chocolate ganache and festive sprinkles! A perfect treat for all the chocolate fans!

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies by Anna Banana

These homemade Christmas chocolates make the perfect gift for family and friends. They’re easily made using just 2 ingredients and free from all major allergens, including dairy, soy, nuts, and refined sugar.

Christmas Chocolate by L B Health and Lifestyle

Nothing warms the heart like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. This cookie mix in a jar gives your friends and family a stress-free way to make their own homemade cookies and lasting memories.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Jar Mix by In the Kitchen

Repurpose wine bottles into lovely, flavorful vinegar great for gift giving.

Homemade Vinegar Infused With Herbs by Inspire a Creation

DIY Mason Jar Gifts always make for special gifts for loved ones, especially if you are on a budget. This homemade peppermint bark in a mason jar is perfect for coworkers, teachers, friends, and family.

DIY Mason Jar Peppermint Bark by DIY Simple Crafts

Cinnamon Rock Candy is an old-fashioned candy recipe that has always been a favorite for giving at Christmas.

Cinnamon Rock Candy by Serena Bakes Simple From Scratch

Saltine Toffee is perfect for gift giving. Saltine Crackers lighten up traditional toffee and make this candy a favorite to receive.

Saltine Toffee by Serena Bakes Simple From Scratch

Delicious Homemade Caramel Corn Recipe made with warming gingerbread spices and sweet buttery caramel sauce. Enjoy this perfectly sweet and crunchy snack-time favorite all holiday season and share your very own gingerbread caramel corn with family and friends for an easy, homemade, edible gift.

Gingerbread Caramel Corn by The Forked Spoon

This Caramel Coffee mix only requires 4 ingredients and is the perfect DIY Gift idea for friends and family. Add a little spoon on the side for easy access

Caramel Coffee Mix in a Jar by Living Sweet Moments

Quick and easy to make jam drop cookies. These cookies store very well and can be frozen. This makes a big batch perfect for sharing around

Easy Jam Drop Cookies by Recipe Pocket

These Pumpkin Salted Caramels are chewy, decadent, and easy to make with pantry staples. Follow my step-by-step guide to make these perfect edible gifts and treats.}}

Pumpkin Salted Caramel by Recipes From a Pantry

Your whole family will love these White Chocolate Covered Pretzels. They are the perfect affordable, make-ahead, and easy festive dessert. So simple that even the kids can make them by themselves. }


Chocolate Covered Pretzels by Recipes From a Pantry

Hot Cocoa Bombs are magical confections that are easy to make at home. Customize hot chocolate bombs with your favorite flavors and fillings. You can easily tailor them for Christmas, Easter, or any special occasion that deserves an extraordinary celebration.

Hot Cocoa Bombs by Budget Delicious

With only a few ingredients, you can have the most sensational Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge. It takes less than 10 minutes to make the perfect dessert or holiday treat that you can give as a gift.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge by Spice and Sugar Mama

Celebrate the holidays with a bang and these delicious hot chocolate bombs. Hot chocolate bombs are giant spheres of chocolate full of cocoa mix and marshmallows. Drop one in your cup, add a little hot milk and watch the marshmallows explode out of the chocolate to make the most fun cup of hot cocoa!

Hot Chocolate Bomb by On My Kids Plate

Peppermint bark being cracked on the pan with a knife
(photo credit: On My Kids Plate)

This easy white chocolate peppermint bark is a fun twist on a classic. With only a few ingredients you can make a fun sweet holiday treat for your family, or to share as gifts with family and friends! This is also a great project to make with kids.

Easy White Chocolate Peppermint Bark by On My Kids Plate

Make this simple canned blueberry syrup with fresh or frozen berries. 

Easy Homemade Canned Blueberry Syrup by Fluxing Well

These 4 ingredient Reindeer Pretzels are a fun holiday dessert that you can make with the kids! Make an extra batch as they make a great edible holiday gift everyone will love.

Four Ingredient Reindeer Pretzels by Budget Delicious

This fruit chutney recipe is sweet, rich, spicy, and utterly delicious, thanks to a perfectly balanced combination of spices, apple cider vinegar, fresh chili, apple, plum, and raisins.

Canned Fruit Chutney by A Mummy Too

Medjool dates are gorgeously soft, sweet, and sticky. They pair beautifully with bitter dark chocolate and when you add golden chopped nuts, you get a show-stopping chocolate dates recipe everyone will love.

Chocolate Dates Recipe by A Mumm Too

Christmas Crack is a fun name given to a classic holiday treat that is completely addicting and kind of magic. Saltine crackers are turned into a crispy, buttery toffee, topped with chocolate and nuts, and broken into bite size pieces for snacking.

Christmas Crack by Little Sunny Kitchen

These 3-ingredient-chocolate-covered Oreos are Oreo sandwich cookies dipped in chocolate or candy melts, then topped with colorful sprinkles! These easy no-bake cookies are perfect for the holidays or any occasion. They’re great for snacking, to give as a gift, or to be served at parties.

Chocolate Covered Oreos by Little Sunny Kitchen

This tasty and easy-to-make Poultry Seasoning makes a perfect Christmas gift that requires only a few simple ingredients.

Homemade Poultry Seasoning by Nourish Plate

What a wonderful, easy-to-make, edible gift to give your family and friends this year.

Vanilla Extract Vanilla Powder by Living Healthy

Not only super cute, but delicious too! Your friends will rave about this perfect gift idea!

Peppermint Bark Cups by What a Girl Eats

This chocolate-covered orange peel is a delicious and budget-friendly Christmas treat. It makes fantastic gifts and can be made well ahead of Christmas day.

Chocolate Covered Orange Peel by Keep Calm and Eat Icecream

This delicious caramel popcorn is baked for maximum crunch and flavor. Its perfect for family movie night and makes mouthwatering edible gifts for Christmas.

Caramel Popcorn by Keep Calm and Eat Icecream

These chocolate-covered dates are easy to make, elegant, and delicious. Make an assortment with different toppings!

Chocolate Covered Dates by A Sweet Alternative

Caramelized almonds are an easy, budget-friendly treat, perfect for gifting!

Caramelized Almonds by A Sweet Alternative

Make your friend happy this year by gifting them friendship soup, plus free printable gift tags included.

Friendship Soup in a Jar by Love These Recipes

Easy, Budget-Friendly DIY Christmas Gifts Final Thoughts…

A homemade gift comes from the heart and your family and friends will be touched that you took the time to make them something in the age of busy, craziness during the Holiday season. I hope you found something you can gift this year that will be heartfelt but won’t break the bank.

Budget-Friendly DIY Christmas Gifts

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