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To quote whichever genius came up with this statement “Christmas is the only time of the year where you can sit in front of a dead tree eating candy out of socks.” Honestly, if you’re one of those people who finds decorating the tree and the house tiresome, spread joy to others in small packages.
In this case, DIY gifts that will definitely impress the receiver. Whether it’s for your awesome grandma who sends you 100 bucks every Christmas, or for your better half, everyone loves presents. Use these creative ideas to make unique gifts, so that you don’t need to do the old “oops I forgot to buy you a gift, so I bought chocolate” move!
Moreover, these Christmas gift ideas are cheap and easy to make but looks expensive and elegant!
Cheap and Easy DIY Christmas Gifts That Looks Expensive
1. Rose Body Butter
If there’s one thing a beauty lover likes, it’s homemade creams, scents and face wash. Pretty much the home version of Bed, Bath and Beyond. Gift the special one in your life this luxurious rose-infused body butter. Rose isn’t her thing? Not to worry. you can infuse it with mint or lavender.
2. Colorful Galaxy Note Book
Not to be confused with the Galaxy series of Samsung phones. Have a friend who’s a book lover? Or does your other half spend more time falling asleep on the couch reading their favorite novel instead of an actual bed? Fuel their book obsessions with this DIY galaxy painted notebook so that they can make notes about everything they like about their books!
3. Emoji Ornaments
Remember when we had actual emotions before emojis? Ah, the good old days. Have you watched the emoji movie? If not don’t worry, you’re about to recreate it in real life. No, seriously! This is also a great activity to do with your older kids when you feel that they are entering the stage of “Instagram vs Real life”. You just need a few materials including vinyl, ornaments, yellow spray paint and this easy tutorial from Asubtlerevelry. Emoji away!
4. Put A Cork In It
Hold up! Don’t throw away the corks after popping the champagne bottle. Keep them! You can make these amazingly thoughtful, and rustic themed wine cork vases with just a few materials. Fill these vases with wildflowers or other colorful flowers to spruce up your home. Grab the tutorial here!
5. Sweet Tooth Basket
If you’re the type of person who adds sugar to normal food, because the level of sweetness ain’t cutting it, this basket is perfect! Gift someone with a sweet tooth this basket, as a gesture of appreciation for the sweeter things in life. OK, that pun was kind of intended. Fill it with caramel popcorn, chocolate kisses, filled truffles, and peppermints! Just in time for the holidays as well!
6. Toffee Time
This “Christmas Crack” will have people’s mouths watering in no time. The toffees are full of pralines, caramel, saltines, chocolate…..I’m already getting chocolate shivers just thinking about it. Plus, you can never go wrong with toffees as gifts. Gifting someone chocolate is basically winning a lottery.
7. Coffee Cup Sleeves
There’s no such thing as gift ideas if at least one of them doesn’t involve coffee in some way, shape or form. Make your friend’s morning better with these extremely cute, and easy to make reversible coffee sleeves. It’s a heck of a lot better to look at than those annoying cardboard ones, and a personal message on the sleeve will make their day.
8. Hot Chocolate Stirrers
I’m so obsessed with hot chocolate and it’s as addictive as coffee to me. This DIY hot chocolate stirrer is perfect for those chocolate maniac friends, and easy to make. Plus with those marsh mellows on top of the stirrer? They’ll love you for this gift. FOREVER.
9. Glasses Sleeve
Looking for a gift that is sentimental and functional for your dad? This is the perfect Christmas gift for him! The numerous occasions where we’ve had to pull over because my dad forgot his glasses is just embarrassing. Of course, he realized after scouring the entire house, that his glasses were in the glove box, but still. Avoid all that, and just gift this to him. You’ll save your sanity and time!
10. DIY Texting Gloves
Hallelujah, we can now text even when our fingers are frozen in the winter! Make these gloves for your best friend so that even when their fingers are frozen, it won’t stop them from giving you the step by step of how the cute barista asked him/her out in a matter of 5 minutes with their smooth talk.
11. 45 Minute Blanket
Throw away the stereotype that knitting is only for grandmothers or that it’ll take you a month to knit a scarf. Turns out, it’ll only take 45 minutes to make this comfy blanket! Who doesn’t like the gift of warmth? Literally. Knit in a sweet quote or word at the corner of the blanket to remind the person of you. Simplymaggie has a step-by-step tutorial here.
12. Candy Tree
Satisfy your friend’s sweet cravings this Christmas with a candy tree/topiary. Fill it up with every chocolate possible, or you can make it totally one type of chocolate that your friend is obsessed with. Personally, a tree of Hershey’s and Twix is enough for me, but the world is your oyster.
13. Chocolate Body Scrub
I mean, I’ve heard of chocolate fountains, chocolate statues and chocolate crickets. This sets the bar to Pluto. It’s quite simple to make and it’s a great gift for your chocolate lover friends who just can’t get enough. Watch them squeal with joy when you give them this gift. Really gets you in the Christmas spirit.
14. Gingerbread Pear Bread
The thought of this festive bread will make your guest’s mouth water. Gifts don’t always have to be packaged and sent! They can be part of the Christmas feast, as something simple and sweet yet memorable. If you want to go the extra mile, bake a few loaves and send it to your relatives. Watch your DM’s pile up with “that’s the best thing I ever ate.”
15. DIY Coasters
These beautiful DIY coasters will make your guests or the receiver of these coasters feel like they have a part of the ocean. It can be made very simply with some acrylic paint and polymer clay. And that’s it!
16. Christmas Leggings
Become a tree this Christmas with your bestie! Make these super simple leggings decorated with Christmas lights and wear them on Christmas day! Forget the boring reindeer and Santa sweaters. Weird leggings that make you look like a human traffic light are much better. What better way to spend the day with your bestie?
17. Banana Bread In a Jar
It’s times like this where the simple things are what make the best Christmas gifts. Crickets, fart cushions, banana bread. Just normal things. Pack up this wonderfully warm treat in a jar, wrap a festive ribbon around it and call it a day. Send this to literally anyone you want to’ it’ll definitely make their day.
18. Where Them Cookies At?
The holiday season isn’t complete without cookies. But switch it up a bit! Send your friends the making of a cranberry and nut cookies instead of the same old snickerdoodle and sugar cookie recipes. It’ll spruce up their day, and the jar itself is really easy to make. It’s a great gift to make in bulk and send to relatives and friends!
19. Basket Backpack
Conflicted about what to get your green thumb friend? Sure it’s Christmas, that doesn’t mean everything has to be winter-themed, peppermint-like or bright red and green. This easy backpack made from an old basket will clear that confusion in no time. And before you freak out, there’s no sewing involved! Phew. Personally, I could never even put the thread through the needle. Am I the only weird one here? Guess so!
20. The Hopscotch Mat
Running out of ways to entertain your kids on those extremely long snow days? They’ve probably exhausted the number of times they’ve sang “Let it Go” to the point where you instinctively sing it on the way to work. Well, this DIY hopscotch mat will clear those snow day boredom blues in no time.
21. Beeswax Poinsettia Candles
Which women doesn’t love candles? And on top of that, candles shaped like flowers? She’s putty in your hands the moment she gets this. The jars are quite easy to find in craft stores, and the candle itself is made of beeswax. As long as you don’t gift this to a vegan, you’re gold.
22. Vanilla Extract in a Jar
Looks deceptively simple for a Christmas gift. But vanilla extract is basically the nectar of the Gods. Plus, it’s so easy to make your vanilla extract at home to send to relatives and friends as a sweet Christmas package. Your fellow culinary friends will definitely appreciate this gift, since it’s used in so many recipes.
23. The Dinner Kit
As someone who watched her mom chase around and raise 2 kids, I know a thing or two about how much energy ends up going into making meals. A simple dinner kit like this is very thoughtful for any mom whether she’s a working woman or a stay-at-home. Either way, the house would fall apart without her. Let your mom and other women know you care with a wonderful gift like this!
If your child is waiting for their letter from Hogwarts and you have to break the news that it doesn’t exist, might as well buy them a wand! It’s something they’ll treasure and remember even when they’re older. Watch them cast spells at the wall and run around in a cloak. Cherish these memories!
25. Memory Pillows
People probably spend 50% of their lives on their bed. On average. Make their bedtime sentimentally nostalgic with cute pictures of you and them. Or embarrassing childhood pictures. Your choice!
26. Sweater Sleeve Wine Bottle Gift Bags
If your sweaters are too stretched out or have shrunk to fit Stuart Little, don’t throw them out! They actually have a new life as a way to wrap a bottle of wine you want to gift someone/ Wrap a cute ribbon around the wine before gifting it, and you’ll never use gift wrapping again!
27. Tea Tree
Gift a fellow tea lover this DIY tea tree! Your weapons of choice for creating this piece will need to include a Styrofoam cone, tea bags, and a hot glue gun. This will definitely put a smile on their face when they’re making their daily tea!
28. DIY Apron
Rather than turning in your old shirt to Goodwill, make an apron out of it! A pretty apron will definitely be appreciated by someone who’s in the kitchen a lot. Now they can look insanely cute while cooking for an army.
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