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Last updated: January 4, 2023 • Holidays

DIY budget-friendly gift ideas for Christmas

‘’Tis’ the season’’ it’s just around the corner, and you cannot wait to get into the festive atmosphere. Christmas is the most awaited celebration for children and adults alike. It is time to get cozy, enjoy the Christmas decorations, and spend quality time with your beloved ones. The good news is that this season we’ll probably be able to enjoy a proper Christmas celebration with no Covid-19 restrictions to overshadow our joy. Therefore there won’t be any need to rely on technology to get in touch with friends and family. We can enjoy small get-togethers with friends or big family reunions without concerning social distancing.

There are many traditions around Christmas, but one of the most important is exchanging gifts. It might add a bit of pressure on you, considering you want your presents to be appreciated. To avoid the holiday rush, you want to prepare early. You can take advantage of November discounts to get the perfect gift, but if you’re going to get creative or you need to stick to a tight budget, we’ve got some great gift ideas for Christmas that won’t break the bank. Turn your house into Santa’s workshop and create these DIY gift ideas for Christmas.

Unique Christmas gifts

The possibilities are endless when searching for the perfect gift to show appreciation towards your loved ones. Your present needs to be practical and personal, so choosing one might take a lot of work. Using the multiple DIY gift ideas for Christmas available online might be good, especially if the person receiving the gift has almost everything they need. When you give something handmade, you can create a one-of-a-kind gift that is unique for the recipient. It is a distinctive way of telling your loved ones they are special. Just by taking the time to make the gift, you can show someone how much they mean to you. Also, a handmade gift can be eco-friendly if you are into sustainability.  We’ve rounded up some unique Christmas gifts that we hope you will enjoy.

1. Cookie cutter wreath

4 years cute girls looking

A creative, easy-to-do Christmas gift is the cookie-cutter wreath. You only need some cookie cutters, preferably star-shaped, red ribbon, and evergreen sprigs. Connect the cookie cutters with the red ribbon, and stick the evergreen sprigs on the top of the wreath, to give it that festive, seasonal feeling.

The wreath will look perfectly hung on the entrance door, welcoming the guests. Plus, they can use the cookie cutters for baking after the festivities.

2. Christmas stovetop Potpourri

A great gift idea for Christmas is homemade potpourri. You will only need some ingredients from your kitchen, a small mason jar, and a red ribbon, and you’re good to go. For this DIY gift idea for Christmas, you will need fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, orange, and a sprig of fresh rosemary. It’s like putting Christmas in a jar. Imagine how good the place will smell when you heat these ingredients on the stove. You can also add a printable tag to explain how the potpourri can be used, but it is optional.

3. Candles and comfort Basket

preparing care package

What better way to enjoy a cold winter evening than cuddling up under a blanket, watching a movie, or reading a book while enjoying fine chocolates? You can surprise your loved ones with a basket filled with items that will make a cold, dark winter night feel cozy. It is a practical gift to make for Christmas, and it can also be used for other occasions. For example, it would be a lovely housewarming gift.

4. DIY Pine scented soy candle

This pine-scented soy candle is perfect for spreading Christmas cheer and joy. You will need only a few ingredients to create this easy homemade Christmas gift, like weck jars, soy wax chips, green dye (liquid or gel), pine-scented oil, small wooden sticks, scissors, a pot for melting, a wick, a heat-proof bowl with pouring spout. Start by melting 10 cups of soy wax chips into a large pot at medium heat. Once the wax is melted, add the pine-scented oil, then place the wax into a bowl with a pouring spout. Then add drops of green dye into the bowl. Place the wick at the bottom of the candle jar. If you want it to stay precisely in place, stick the end with some glue to the jar. Pour the melted wax into the jar carefully so you won’t move the wick, and let it cool for a while. Once the wax is solid, you can wrap the jar and give it a festive air. Making the candles may be costly, considering you have to buy all the supplies. However, what makes them special is that you can create unique scents that will surely be appreciated.

5. Cookie cutter set

Winter is cookie season, and we all love warm baked cookies straight out of the oven, together with a glass of hot milk. If you have someone who loves spending time in the kitchen on your gift list, a cookie-cutter set will be a hit. You will only need a mason jar, a cookie cutter set, a recipe tag that you can write by hand, and twine. Place the cookie cutter set into the mason jar with the recipe tag, and tie the jar with the string. It is as simple as that to create this practical gift to make for Christmas.

At first glance, you might consider that these DIY gift ideas for Christmas are time-consuming but think how much your loved ones will appreciate the time and effort you put into making them.

Did you make your Nice or Naughty list? These gift ideas for Christmas are perfect for giving to your family, friends, neighbors, or work colleagues. While most say ‘’it’s the thought that counts,’’ you want to make sure your gifts won’t end up sitting on a shelf, gathering dust, or that they won’t regift them. When you receive something handmade, it is hard not to get emotionally attached to that specific object because you always have in mind the person that made it. Thus it will be tough to re-gift it. If that happens, do not worry. At least you know you did your best to make a great Christmas gift.

Making a gift for a millennial or a generation Z representative might be even more challenging, considering they could turn up their noses at the smallest things. But we’ve gathered some DIY gift ideas for Christmas that have a modern spin.

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Modern DIY Christmas gifts

friends presenting gifts each other

Heartful gifts are a joy to receive no matter what, but it’s even better to give them. With all the DIY gift ideas for Christmas, you only need time to put into these one-of-a-kind presents. And of course some money. While some DIY gift ideas for Christmas might cost less than store-bought ones, some might be quite expensive. But don’t worry; we’ve gathered some budget-friendly DIY gift ideas for Christmas that have a modern twist.

1. DIY Stud Phone Case

We live in the digital era, and it is hard to find someone that doesn’t have a phone. A practical gift for Christmas would be a personalized phone case. You can use a basic phone case and update it with some studs. You only need to hot glue the studs to the phone case. You can easily find studs to buy online or from your local craft shops. Don’t use over-the-top colors for this DIY gift idea for Christmas. You can use a black and gold theme to give the phone case a festive air.

2. DIY IPad Holder

This IPad Holder is another gift for those who love or need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. While cookbooks were found in every household back in the day, now most of us prefer to look for new recipes online. To make this modern DIY Christmas gift, you need to use a wood cutting board, a Scrabble game piece holder, a triangle piece of wood, glue, and wood stain. Cut a piece of wood scrap into a triangle and stain it with the Scrabble game piece holder. Let them dry completely. Then glue the game piece onto the bottom of the front of the cutting board, so it is centered. Glue the triangle onto the back so that the triangle’s base rests against the counter. You will have a nice Ipad holder that will look perfect within less than 15 minutes.

3. Woodland jar terrariums

Bring nature into your loved one’s home with this DIY Christmas idea on a budget. You will need a glass terrarium or a large vase, moss, moss branches, pinecones, Christmas tree trimmings, and lights. You only need to place these items nicely into the terrarium making sure you create depth. Faux eucalyptus will add an extra pop of color. 

4. Clay Rainbow Vase

Making a DIY Christmas gift doesn’t mean you have to make it all from scratch. Buy an affordable vase, then decorate it with little pastel rainbows made of clay. It will look like bought from a trendy, modern boutique and will give living rooms a fun outlook.

5. DIY marble dip mugs with nail polish

joyful woman enjoy coffee

Everyone enjoys hot coffee or tea, so you can never have enough coffee mugs. Create this easy homemade Christmas gift with just a couple of items from your household. You will need a white coffee mug and some nail polish. First, you need to fill a container with warm water, then pour a few drops of nail polish into the water. Swirl with a skewer if necessary. A film will quickly start to form. The last step is dipping the mug and twirling your wrist to pick up the paint. Let the polish dry completely, and you are done.

Exchanging gifts is an essential part of Christmas, but don’t let the stress of finding or making the perfect gift overshadow your joy. Christmas should be more about spending quality time with our beloved ones and celebrating life, not so much about physical possessions. Anyone that doesn’t agree with this should be on the Naughty list in the first place. Just joking, but really Christmas should be about joy and happiness, not a reason to add some more stress to your daily life.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and the celebrations ahead may find you surrounded by everyone you love.

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