Frugal Handmade Gift Ideas That Everyone Will Love

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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.

Handmade Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

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  1. This is great. I haven’t commented in a while, but love your blog Melissa! I would be grateful for any tips re my new blog ( http://funandfrugalgifts.blogspot.com.au/ ) it has a long way to go and is basically just a way for me to “jot down ideas” at the moment. I have found some gems though and hope you’ll find some time to look it over. I’m trying for more hand made gifts each year, mostly thanks to your words of encouragement and strength. I love that I can proudly say, yes those boxes are my children’s toy shop, NO I will not throw them out! to my real estate agent without guilt or embarrassment, because I know I’m not the only one who sees the value in creative gifts of play and love.

    1. Melissa Goodwin says:

      Hi Rachel,

      Nice to hear from you. Great blog, lots of great frugal gift ideas. We also have a lot of boxes for the kid’s shop :)

  2. Fantastic! Some great ideas here – and i haven’t had to hunt them out myself! Thanks!

  3. what a wonderful collection of DIY gift ideas, thank you for taking the time to put it all together. i have made some xmas decorations (for the tree – sewn & x stitched, from kits though) & bookmarks, my aim is to handmake all gifts – all I need are ideas (& to be more organised) thanks for the 1st – I think I just need to keep working on the latter, Deb M

    1. Melissa Goodwin says:

      That’s a great aim Deb. How nice to receive gifts made with love!

  4. Thank you so much for including my ginger-peppermint foot scrub! This is a great list you put together. I’ll share it on my Facebook page, I’m sure my readers will love this list!

    1. Melissa Goodwin says:

      Thank you! I’m making your foot scrub for gifts for some of my family sshhh :)

    1. Melissa Goodwin says:

      Can’t wait to try your chilli jam recipe! It’s on my to do list.

  5. Thanks for sharing a great collection of gift ideas :) I’ve made rosemary salt and Chai tea mix before and they’ve both gone down well. The Irish cream looks amazing and I know my mum would love it.

    1. Melissa Goodwin says:

      I wouldn’t mind some for myself!

    1. Melissa Goodwin says:

      No worries :)