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Giving handmade gifts is a special way to show you care. Handmade gifts are unique ad often one-of-a-kind. I love giving and receiving DIY gifts, but I’m a busy mom on a budget, so I need frugal and easy DIY gift ideas. I’ve collected over 80 easy DIY gift ideas that you really can make and be proud to give as gifts. There’s something for everyone on your gift list.

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What Are Do It Yourself Gift Ideas?

  1. DIY gift ideas are a meaningful way to show someone you care. You can personalize the gift and the effort you’ve put into making the gift is invaluable. For those on a budget, DIY gifts are often budget friendly. 
  2. A DIY Monogram Mug
  3. A Handmade Kawaii Pillow
  4. A DIY Gift Card Envelope for Sports Fans
  5. DIY Personalized Christmas ornaments
  6. Homemade Spicy Pecans
  7. Handmade Superhero Coasters
  8. DIY LEGO Head Storage Bin
  9. Handmade Felt Bookmarks
  10. Homemade Sweet Bread
  11. Upcycled Rice Heat Packs
  12. DIY Fashion Gifts
  13. DIY Gifts Using a Sharpie Pen

DIY Christmas Gifts 

These DIY  Christmas gift ideas are broken out into categories to make it easy to find the perfect easy-to-make DIY gift for everyone on your list.

For each easy DIY gift idea you’ll find the approximate cost in blue and the approximate amount of time it takes to make the gift in pink

DIY Christmas Gifts with a Christmas Theme

DIY Holiday Cake Plate Stand  – under $210 minutes active time – A fun and festive gift that is perfect alone or in addition to a homemade baked gift. 

cake plate with snowman motif and green iced cookies on it

DIY Snowflake Votive – under $110 minutes – A cute gift that is ideal in a gift basket for coworkers, neighbors or friends. 

Personalized Christmas Tree Ornamentsunder $215 minutes active time – A sophisticated gift that is easy to make for novice crafters.

3 monogrammed gold ornaments on pine branch

Easy DIY Ornamentsunder $115 minutes Make these smaller personalized ornaments for larger groups, like coworkers, every memeber of a family, neighbors and so on.

Christmas Decor from Repurposed Game Blocksunder $220 minutes  -This is a charming gift that is perfect for those with basic crafting skills. 

Upcycled Book Page Christmas Wreathunder $230 minutes  – Make a sophisticated Christmas decoration from upcycled materials.

Christmas Pillow Slipcover – under $520 minutes – An easy-to-sew gift for coworkers, neighbors and friends. 

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Easy to Personalize DIY Christmas Gifts

Easy Sharpie Dot Mugunder $230 minutes – Personalize to make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. 

Sharpie Dotted Cup – under $130 minutes – A charming handmade gift that’s perfect for almost anyone. 

DIY Personalized Gift – under $120 minutes – A personalized gift that is lovely and useful. 

box with vintage airplane images and pilot patches scattered around on white wood table

DIY Air Force Keepsake Box –under $1 – 30 minutes active time – Make a one-of-a-kind gift for the veteran on your gift list.

Personalized Repurposed Tin Can – under $1 20 minutes active time – Make this personalized gift as a stand-alone gift or to hold homemade baked goods. 

2 flannel blankets with corner folded back to show contracting fabric

Easy-to-Make Flannel Blankets – under $1030 minutes – Beginner sewing project and unique gifts that you can personalize to the recipient’s interests. 

Personalized Cloth Napkinsunder $520 minutes  – Personalize these fun napkins in the choice of fabric. This is a beginning sewing level craft.

Giant Clothes Pin Gift Ideaunder $520 minutes – Choose craft paper and stickers to personalize this gift. It’s perfect for beginning crafters.

For the Home

Japanese Tie Dye Shibori Napkins – under $101 hour – Beautifully modern decor that makes a great gift for many situations. 

white and blue tie dyed napkin on blue plate setting

Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn DIY Plant Pots – under $33 hours active time – A fun, creative gift for moms, friends, teachers, neighbors and coworkers. 

DIY Tie-Dyed Dish Towels – under $51 hour active time – Unique and cheerful gifts for teachers, coworkers, friends, neighbors and more. 

2 colorful tie dyed towels on wood table

Easy Sharpie Dot Mugunder $230 minutes – Personalize to make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. 

DIY Personalized Gift – under $120 minutes – A personalized gift that is lovely and useful. 

3 white and red monogrammed coffee mugs on white wood table

Sharpie Dotted Cup – under $130 minutes – A charming handmade gift that’s perfect for almost anyone. 

Stencil Glitter Decorated Flower Pot – under $1 20 minutes – A cute gift that is perfect for coworkers, neighbors or teachers. 

Easy Repurposed Jar Vase – under $110 minutes – An earth-friendly gift that is charming when filled with fresh flowers. 

Upcycled Comic Book Can – under $1 – 30 minutes active time – A creative and fun gift for comic book and superhero fans. 

pencil cup with "periodic table of the elements" on it holding pens and pencils

Big Bang Theory Sheldon’s Bazinga! Pencil Cup – under $120 minutes – A smart and useful gift for the science, Big Bang Theory and pop culture fans.

Superhero Coasters – under $530 minutes – A fun gift for the comic book, pop culture and superhero fan on your gift list.  

Necklaces Organizer DIY Repurposed Craft – under $520 minutes active time – The perfect gift for anyone who loves fashion and necklaces. 

Repurposed Cocoa Cans – under $120 minutes active time – Sophisticated and earth-friendly organizing decor. 

DIY Cake Plate Stand  – under $210 minutes active time – A fun and festive gift that is perfect alone or in addition to a homemade baked gift. 

grey pillow with white flowers on red chair

Upcycled Skirt Throw Pillow – under $520 minutes – An earth-friendly and beautiful gift. 

Personalized Cloth Napkinsunder $520 minutes  – Personalize these fun napkins in the choice of fabric. This is a beginning sewing level craft.

Book and Planner Ideas

DIY Pen Strap for Bullet Journals and Plannersunder $230 minutes – An easy-to-make elastic strap to hold pens and keep a bullet journal or planner shut.

blue journal with purple pen strap, pink journal with pink pen strap and black journal with black pen strap

DIY Bookmark – under $3 –  30 minutes – Make an adorable bookmark that readers will love. 

Farm Animal Book Hugger Bookmarks – under $230 minutes – A fun gift for your favorite reader. 

Felt Flower Book Hugger Bookmarks – under $2 30 minutes – A lovely gift for the reader on your list. 

Upcycled Book Page Christmas Wreathunder $230 minutes  – Make a sophisticated Christmas decoration from upcycled materials.

Superhero and Comic Book Gift Ideas

DIY Avengers Clipboardunder $5 20 minutes active time – The comic book and superhero fans will cheer for this one-of-a-kind gift. 

red clipboard with Avenger characters

DIY Superhero Repurposed Blocks  – under $1 – 45 minutes active time – Simple-to-make hand-painted gifts for the superhero fan. 

Captain America Notebook – under $115 minutes active time –  A great stocking stuffer or gift to accompany a gift card. 

DIY Rocket Racoon Bag – under $51 hour – A fun gift bag and organizing gift for the Guardians of the Galaxy or superhero fan. 

Superhero Coasters under $315 minutes – A beginning sewing level project that you can personalize with the color choices. 

DIY Superhero Repurposed Blocks –  under $6 30 minutes active time    A fun DIY project to decorate Jenga game blocks.

comic page decorated can holding figures and next to comic books

Upcycled Comic Book Can – under $1 – 30 minutes active time – A creative and fun gift for comic book and superhero fans. 

Upcycled Comic Book Clementine Crateunder $1 – 20 minutes active time – A fun way to organize craft books and other items using an upcycled crate. 

Homemade Food DIY Christmas Gifts

Edible Wizard Crafts – under $5 30 minutes – Fun, creative edible gifts for the Harry Potter or fantasy genre lovers on your list. 

Chili Mixed Nuts Recipeunder $5 35 minutes plus cooling – A flavorful, but not too spicy mixed nut treat.

Warm Seasoned Pecansunder $5 40 minutes plus cooling – Mildly spicy pecans that are so good that they’re almost addictive.

Easy Protein Zucchini Breadunder $5 65 minutes plus cooling – A hearty and flavorful bread that is always a hit.

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Gingerbread Loaf Breadunder $5 70 minutes plus cooling – A delicious holiday bread with a very subtle ginger flavor.

General DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Air Force Keepsake Box –under $1 – 30 minutes active time – Make a one-of-a-kind gift for the veteran on your gift list.

How to Make Homemade Glycerin Soap – under $540 minutes active time – A handmade unique beauty gift. 

Movie Tickets Gift – under $2 plus movie tickets20 minutes – A fun way to present movie tickets as a gift. 

2 paper crafted red and white striped popcorn boxes

Giant Clothespin Gift Idea – under $210 minutes active time – A great gift for teachers, classmates, coworkers and friends. 

Easy DIY Notepad – under $115 minutes – Make these cute gifts as stocking stuffers or for coworkers and neighbors. 

Small Gift Idea – under $215 minutes – Cute small gifts that are ideal for stocking stuffers and gifts to accompany a gift card.  

Big Bang Theory Sheldon’s Travel Log – under $1 15 minutes active time – Perfect for the Big Bang Theory or pop culture fan. 

DIY Football Fan Gift Envelope – under $120 minutes – A perfect way to gift cash or a gift card to the football fan. 

2 coffee cups with pink knit sleeves on wood table

Upcycled Cup Sleeve – under $2 10 minutes – An earth-friendly gift for coffee lovers. Perfect to accompany a coffee gift card.

DIY Repurposed Can Lego Head – under $120 minutes – An easy-to-make gift for the LEGO fan. 

Personalized Repurposed Tin Can – under $1 20 minutes active time – Make this personalized gift as a stand-alone gift or to hold homemade baked goods. 

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For Kids to Make

DIY Tie Dye Shoes – under $1045 minutes active time – A fun creatively fashionable gift.

gif of three pairs of blue and purple tie dye shoes

Wooden Clothespin Crafts – under $2 15 minutesCreative organizing that’s perfect for grandparents, teachers and caregivers. 

Small Gift Ideas – under $215 minutes – Cute small gifts that are ideal for stocking stuffers and gifts to accompany a gift card. 

Easy DIY Ornaments – under $220 minutes – Personalized gifts that are both relaxing and fun to make. 

Easy DIY Decorated Clothespins – under $2 – 15 minutesCreative organizing that’s perfect for grandparents, parents, teachers and caregivers.

2 plant pots wrapped with colorful yarn and stack of colorful yarn balls

Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn DIY Plant Pots – under $33 hours active time – A fun, creative gift for moms, friends, teachers, neighbors and coworkers.

Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Gifts – under $1 plus candy 20 minutes – A creative way to gift candy to your favorite teacher. 

3 paper crafted sleeves on large candy bars on wood table

DIY Football Fan Gift Envelope – under $115 minutes – A perfect way to gift cash or a gift card to the football fan. 

Upcycled Cup Sleeve – under $25 minutes – An earth-friendly gift for coffee lovers. Perfect to accompany a coffee gift card.

Fashion

Decorated Ladies Winter Gloves – under $320 minutes – Unique gloves that are easy to make. 

2 black knit gloves decorated with beads on wrists

DIY Tie Dye Shoes – under $1045 minutes active time – A fun creatively fashionable gift.

Decorated Flip Flops – under $530 minutes – A great gift in a foot care gift basket. 

Fabric Headband for Women – under $120 minutes – An easy-to-sew gift for a stocking stuffer or as part of hair or face care gift basket. 

Repurposed Sweater Mittens – under $330 minutes – An earth-friendly gift that is fun and fashionable. 

Tee into Upcycled Skirt – under $145 minutes – This earth-friendly skirt is a fun and easy-to-sew gift. 

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Easy to Sew

Easy-to-Make Flannel Blankets – under $1030 minutes – Beginner sewing project and unique gifts that you can personalize to the recipient’s interests. 

Blueberry muffin pillow with pink polka dot muffin paper and smiling

DIY Muffin Pillowunder $15 – 1 hour – Slightly advanced sewing skills.

DIY Rice Heat Packs – under $320 minutes – An easy-to-sew gift that is perfect for grandparents, parents, friends and coworkers. 

2 rice heat packs on pink blanket

DIY Rice Heating Padsunder $3 20 minutes – An easy-t0-make heating pad for aches and pains or to keep your feet warm in the winter. 

Free Pillow Sham Pattern – under $530 minutes – An easy-to-sew gift that can be personalized. 

close up of black and white pillow sham with black ribbon border

Pamper Your Senior Dog with a DIY Hooded Towel – under $10 15 minutes – Beginner sewing project for the dog lover on your list. 

brown and tan dog in yellow hooded towel

DIY Rocket Racoon Bag – under $51 hour – A fun gift bag and organizing gift for the Guardians of the Galaxy or superhero fan. 

DIY Dungeons and Dragons Drawstring Bag – under $1 15 minutes – A beginner’s sewing project that makes a fun gift for the fantasy fan on your gift list. 

DIY Dog Poop Bag Holder – under $3 20 minutes – An easy-to-sew gift for the dog lover. 

Christmas Pillow Slipcover – under $520 minutes – An easy-to-sew gift for coworkers, neighbors and friends. 

2 filled laundry bags with bottle of detergent

DIY Laundry Bag – under $5 15 minutes – An easy-to-sew gift for college students and travelers. 

Upcycled Skirt to Zippered Pouch – under $530 minutes – Perfect gift on it’s own or as part of a gift basket.

Repurposed Cloth Napkin Boxes – under $330 minutes – Great gift for friends and family. 

Upcycled Skirt Throw Pillow – under $520 minutes – An earth-friendly and beautiful gift. 

Repurposed Pants Wine Bag – under $310 minutes – A fun one-of-a-kind gift bag for a bottle of wine. 

Tee into Upcycled Skirt – under $1 – This earth-friendly skirt is a fun and easy-to-sew gift. 

Superhero Coasters – under $530 minutes – A fun gift for the comic book, pop culture and superhero fan on your gift list. 

5 DIY cloth napkins with school lunch

Personalized Cloth Napkinsunder $520 minutes  – Personalize these fun napkins in the choice of fabric. This is a beginning sewing level craft.

Easy to Crochet

Easy Houndstooth Crochet Pattern Scarf – under $10 – A beautiful gift that’s perfect for anyone on your gift list. 

4 folded houndstooth scarves on white table

Crochet Shower Pouf – under $3 – Perfect as part of a pampering gift basket. 

Easy Crocheted Square Basket – under $5 – A great gift filled with treats or as the basket of a gift basket. 

Crochet Casserole Cozy – under $5 – A charming gift for anyone who loves to entertain.

Easy Crochet Basket – under $3 – A great gift on it’s own or as the basket of a gift basket. 

Who can you impress this year with DIY Christmas gifts? Be sure to pin for later so you can always find these easy-to-make gift ideas.

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