7 Cute And Cheap DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Needing to make some DIY Christmas gifts? Here are nine super cute (and cheap) DIY Christmas gift ideas that you can make, even if you’re not crafty!

The Christmas season is a wonderful time of year. It’s full of joy, family, friends, and overall happiness. It’s also a time of giving and receiving.

Unfortunately for some people, however, the Christmas holiday can also bring about a lot of stress and anxiety.

While everyone enjoys giving gifts to their loved ones, not everyone can afford it. The sinking feeling of being unable to buy gifts for people can easily dampen anyone’s Christmas spirit.

But don’t worry! If you fall into this category, all is not lost! You don’t need to start selling all your stuff!

We have a whole list of thoughtful, creative, (and inexpensive) DIY gift ideas just for you! Not only will you be able to deliver come gift-giving time, but you’ll also have unique, hand-made gifts that are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face!

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Just because you don’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t still dazzle people with amazing gifts. Check out our top 7 DIY gift ideas!

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1. Emoji Ornaments

In the United States, the vast majority of us own smartphones. In fact, 81% of us do. Therefore, emojis have become some of the most recognizable and understood symbols in the world.

There are emoji rugs, pillows, stuffed animals, and more. The list can go on and on.

For this year’s DIY Christmas gifts, capitalize on peoples obsession with these funny little symbols, faces, and images. Introduce emoji ornaments to your friends and family. 

All you’ll need is some inexpensive, round Christmas ornaments and paints.

Start by painting the ornaments all yellow for the classic emoji faces. Alternatively, you can use clear ornaments and fill the inside with yellow paint. Let it coat the entire inside, then dump out the excess.

Next, find your favorite emoji faces and replicate them on the ornaments! You can use paints, markers, materials, or a combination of all of them!

2. Premade Soup Jars

All you’ll need for these DIY Christmas gifts is soup ingredients and mason jars. This easy-to-do DIY idea combines meal preparation and charm. 

This idea works best as a money-saver if you do it for all of the people on your gift list. That way, you can buy ingredients in bulk and make the same soup jars for everyone.

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First, you’ll need to pick 3 different soup recipes. The more colorful you can make the jars, the better.

Gather the necessary ingredients, but use dry ingredients only! If you use wet ingredients, your jars won’t be as pretty and they will expire quickly.

Once you have your dry ingredients, figure out how many jars of each type of soup you’re going to make. Start with one soup at a time to save yourself the confusion of handling 3 different recipes at once. 

Finish by tying twine around each jar, with a tag labeling each type of soup. Throw some red ribbon on there to make it feel more Christmasy.

3. Nail Polish Marbled Mugs

These DIY Christmas gifts are beautiful, artsy, and fun. 

All you need for these gifts are plain white mugs, nail polish (colors are dealers choice), a cheap container big enough to fit the side of the mug in, and a stir stick. 

Pour some water into the container, enough to fill an inch or so. Then add a drop or two of your nail polish. Then swirl the color around with your stir stick.

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Finally, dip the mug in and let the color adhere to it naturally. Set the mug out to dry on a paper towel. Once it’s dry, you have your gift ready to go!

4. Adult Hot Cocoa Kit

These adult DIY Christmas gifts are super cheap and super easy to make. 

You’ll need mason jars, tiny bottles of liquor, hot cocoa mix, and marshmallows.

First, you need to fill your mason jar two-thirds full of dry hot cocoa powder. Fill the rest with tiny marshmallows. 

Next, you’ll need to decide what alcohol goes best with hot cocoa. Rum, whiskey, and wine are all popular favorites, but you’ll have to decide for yourself.

Once you’ve got your alcohol situation figured out, use some twine or red ribbon to tie the mason jar and mini alcohol bottle together. 

P.S. remember to taste small samples of your trial concoctions to avoid getting too loaded to finish your projects!

5. Candy-Filled Mason Jars

It seems like mason jars are a huge factor in DIY Christmas gifts. They are, but for good reason! Mason jars are classy, industrial, and quirky all at once.

They’re great for storing foods, beverages, and in this case, candy!

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The more creative you can get with this idea, the better. You can do bigger mason jars and fill it with layers of different types of candy. Just a suggestion- start with the smallest candy at the bottom and work your way up in size, otherwise, it will all get mixed together.

Alternatively, you can focus on all Christmas-colored candies such as red and green M&Ms, skittles, etc. You can do two jars, one with each color, or one jar with layered colors. The choice is completely in your hands and you can be as creative as you want!

6. Wine Cork Vase or Plant Pot

Most people love getting flowers. However, when they do, no one ever seems to have vase ready for them!

These DIY Christmas gifts put a quirky solution.

For this idea, you’ll need a lot of wine corks, some strong glue- and some clear plastic (strong enough to hold water in the vase but not too bulky).

Use whatever shape you like. A short, squat box for a plant pot or a tall vase for flowers. Glue the corks together in the desired shape.

Once the glue is dry and the vase or plant box is solid, cut out the amount of plastic you need to waterproof the inside of the vase and glue it down.

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You can leave it as is or paint it however you wish!

7. Giant Cookies

These DIY gifts will cost you next to nothing. All you’ll need is a small or medium-sized circular pan, some cookie dough, frosting, and food coloring.

Choose whatever cookie dough is your favorite or go with classic sugar cookie dough to keep with the holiday spirit. Bake a giant cookie for each person on your list and decorate each one of them uniquely. 

The more personal you make it, the better!

Don’t Procrastinate

Since you are hand-making your gifts this year, you can’t afford to procrastinate!

Get started today on these DIY Christmas gifts and save yourself the anxiety of putting it off till the last minute. Most of all, enjoy the gift of saving money and personalizing your gifts to your friends and family this year!

However, if you’re tired of needing to budget for the holidays, check out our money blog for tips on how to save money, make money, and spend it wisely.

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