Looking for some handmade Christmas gift inspiration? Here are some handmade gift ideas for just about everyone.
There’s nothing more special than a gift that is personally handcrafted for somebody.
What’s more, not only will your recipient enjoy the gift (if you have
chosen the right gift), you will also have the pleasure of making it.
I’ve gathered just a few frugal DIY gift ideas from around the web. Make the gifts exactly as they are in each tutorial, or use them as a springboard for creating your own unique DIY gifts.
For instance, the DIY spice mixes may give you a great idea for a hamper. But you might also create your own mixes using the spices you already have in the pantry.
Or you might make a bath salt blend using the essential oils you have on hand.
Combining different frugal gift ideas into one
hamper is a nice way to make a substantial yet still frugal gift.
Buying a whole heap of materials for handmade gifts can add up. To reduce the cost of making gifts recycle containers and glass jars and use up scraps of material from other projects.
Make the most of items you have around the house and scour second-hand stores and discount stores for appropriate supplies.
Create a variety of different coffee syrups for less by crafting your own.
Special gifts include things you wouldn't normally buy yourself. Make some delicious cinnamon honey butter for friends or work colleagues to enjoy.
This is a great gift for a family to enjoy together. Add a gift card so they can get some ice cream!
Know someone who loves coffee? Create a coffee hamper on a budget. This article explains how.
Spice up salt by adding different flavourings - this one includes rosemary.
Create a variety of homemade seasonings to give as gifts or in a gift hamper.
Irish cream is delicious but can be expensive. Here's how to make your own.
For something a little different - give hot chocolate on a stick.
Do you have a lot of people on your gift list. Here's a frugal gift ideas for all of them.
Jar gifts are very popular. Here's a pamper jar gift that would make a great teacher's gift.
Don't spend a fortune on bath salts - make them yourself easily for a fraction of the cost.
Spa in a jar is another gift idea that would be appreciated by a teacher.
Body butter is easy to make. Here's how to make it.
Another option is lip balm. Also easy to make. Here's a flavoured lip balm recipe.
This is actually a gift I gave my mother years ago. Easy to make and you can make them in a range of different fabrics and colours. Choose to embroider or not.
For something a little different - a cheese tray.
A lap desk can come in handy for the person who enjoys working on the couch or in bed (and aren't a lot of us doing that this year!).
Make beautiful tile coasters with this tutorial.
Make your own super-insulated oven mitt with this tutorial.
To go with your oven mitt, or as an alternative, pot holders with printed recipes on them.
Mugs are always useful. Personalise cheap white mugs by stamping them.
Use chalk paint to customise a plain white mug.
Decorate wine glasses by painting them. By making each of them different, it's easier to keep track of who's glass is whose at a party.
Personalise a tea towel by applying a handwritten recipe. This would be a good gift for an adult child moving out of home.
Bags are a great practical gift. Here's a list of bag making tutorials to inspire.
Linen clutch for when you just need a small purse.
Help a loved one keep their jewellery safe with the travel jewellery case.
We all enjoy the warmth and comfort of a heating pad. Here's how to make one.
Make these beautiful ombre earrings in any colour your recipient would like.
Original design is a plain headband. The updated design has buttons on the side to attach a mask if desired.
Snazzy up hair accessories with a little bit of glue and some sparkling rhinestones.
Make your own iPad cover that works as a stand for that personalised touch.
These kindle covers are made from old book covers. For the person who loves their kindle but misses the feel of books.
Make your own cover for a netbook.
Glassware is always a useful gift, but personalised glassware that you've etched takes it to the next level.
Make your own shave soap for a dad or brother.
Make natural shaving cream smell delicious with rosemary and mint.
These wooden beer totes are great for carrying bottles and they have an opener on the side.
PJs for dad or the whole family.
Playdough is easy to make from pantry staples. It will keep kids amused for hours and is a much loved gift.
Every child needs a superhero cape. Here's how to make one.
My kids have had many years of fun from the felt food I've made for them and I've enjoyed sewing it. There are lots of patterns and tutorials available, check out my Pinterest board to get started.
This is a lovely idea that costs almost nothing but will provide hours of entertainment.
Make these wooden fairy dolls for a toddler's imaginitive play.
Know someone who loves trains? Here's how to make a portable pretend train set.
Play silks are wonderful for creative and imaginative play. Kids will enjoy playing with these for year.
Keeps the kids (or grandkids) busy during quiet time or travel time with these DIY busy bags.
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Melissa Goodwin has been writing about frugal living for 10+ year but has been saving her pennies since she first got pocket money. Prior to writing about frugal living, Melissa worked as an accountant. As well as a diploma of accounting, Melissa has an honours degree in humanities including writing and research and she studied to be a teacher and loves sharing the things that she has learned and helping others to achieve their goals. She has been preparing all her life to write about frugal living skills.