10 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas That Don’t Look Tacky

Looking for DIY Christmas gift ideas that don’t look tacky? Here are 10 great ideas!

DIY Christmas gifts can be a great way to save money - here are 10 money-saving DIY Christmas gift ideas that don't look tacky!

The Christmas season can be an expensive time of year, especially if you have a bunch of people you have to buy gifts for. Personalized gifts that you’ve made yourself are not only thoughtful but can save money, too.

However, a lot of DIY gifts can look tacky. Let’s be real – unless you’re 5 years old, most people probably don’t want a paper plate covered in macaroni and spray painted gold – haha!

*Here’s a great post about ways to make some extra cash for Christmas.

I’ll admit it, I’m not the most crafty person in the world. I do enjoy the occasional craft session but the majority of the time, I’d rather read, write, exercise, or make natural health items in my kitchen!

However, there are a lot of crafty bloggers out there that have some super-creative DIY gift ideas that don’t look tacky and will save you money. Here are a few of my favorites.

10 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas That Don’t Look Tacky


Gold Scalloped Sharpie Mug by Classy Clutter

This gold sharpie mug is adorable, and who doesn’t love Ferrero Rochers?

Make sure you visit the Dollar Tree/Dollar General for mugs – they sell nice, plain white mugs that would be perfect for this project.



Air Plant Hangers by Homey Oh My!

Air plants are pretty awesome, especially for someone who forgets to water their plants (like me!) These air plant hangers look stylish and easy to make.


Hello Gorgeous Mirror by Classy Clutter

This glitter covered mirror is the perfect gift for anyone who needs a little sparkle in their day! Most dollar stores sell plain white plates, and if you buy your glitter and Modge Podge at Hobby Lobby, you can use the 40% off coupon on the Hobby Lobby app, which will make this project even cheaper.


Shibori Tie-Dye Cloth Napkins by A Beautiful Mess

Not your average 80’s tie-dye! These napkins remind me of something you’d find in Anthropologie (for about $100 a pair!)


Japanese Printed Bowls by The Lovely Drawer

I just love these Japanese printed bowls, and you can find bowls for this DIY at any dollar store, making them super frugal!


Monogrammed Leather Keyring by The Everygirl

These monogrammed keyrings cost only $6 each to make – make them in bulk and you’ll have a ton of personalized gifts to give to friends and colleagues.


Leather Tool Roll by Caila Made

Perfect for the handyman in your life, this leather tool roll looks way more expensive than what it costs to make! You could also make this with faux leather which would probably make it even cheaper.


Homegrown Crystals by A Beautiful Mess

Who knew you could make your own crystals at home? These would make great paperweights. Such a cool gift idea!


Cozy Handwarmers by Rae Ann Kelly

I actually made a bunch of these a couple of years ago – I just pop them in my coat pocket and they keep my hands nice and toasty! I actually hand-sewed mine (I have a sewing machine that I have no idea how to use…) using felt and embroidery thread. Felt costs around 20cents a sheet and embroidery thread is about 60 cents. Fill these with rice and you have a cute, super-cheap Christmas gift!


Gold Foil Pillow by Design Love Fest

I think most little girls would love receiving a pretty gold foil pillow like this for Christmas – I know my niece would! It’s easy to make and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen similar pillows at some higher-end design stores (for a lot more money!)

Hopefully, these ideas have inspired you! Now, I know that you probably can’t make every single Christmas gift – you’ll likely end up buying quite a few.

If you shop online this Christmas, make absolutely sure that you join Ebates so you get cash back on your purchases.

Every time you shop online, just go to Ebates first, find the retailer that you’re wanting to shop at, and click on the link to their site. Ebates will then track your purchase and give you a percentage of cash back – too easy!

Click here to join Ebates and get a bonus $10 gift card.

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Hi I'm Ashli. I'm work-at-home mom of one who loves being outdoors, reading, running, exploring Japan (where I currently live) and teaching other moms how to make money online.

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