Looking for DIY Christmas gift ideas that don’t look tacky? These 10 gift ideas are super easy, great looking and inexpensive to make!
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!
*you may also want to learn some 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 a majority of the time, I’d rather read, write, exercise, or make amazing recipes 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.
10 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas That Don’t Look Tacky
These 10 DIY Christmas gift ideas don’t look tacky at all, and are very inexpensive to make. And while you’re shopping, don’t forget to use Ebates to get some cash back on these supplies!
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.
I am loving these so much I might just make some for me!
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 glitter can typically be found pretty cheap at places like Walmart of Target.
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!).
Remember those days of tie dying t-shirts at summer camp? Those were the days, am I right? Well this tie die is a little more grown up, but still fun!
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!
As a food photographer, this is a great way to make some bowls to use in your day to day photography. Or they are just super cute for entertaining.
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.
These are super fun to put in giftbags for your friends. Ultra low cost and personalized!
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.
Perfect for the man or woman in your life – husband, dad, father in law, best friend.
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!
These are also fun to do together with your kids – they’ll love seeing the crystals grow!
Cozy Handwarmers by Rae Ann Kelly
Felt costs around 20 cents a sheet and embroidery thread is about 60 cents. Fill these with rice and you have a cute, super-cheap Christmas gift! Even if you’re not much of a sewer, these are easy to make.
These are absolutely perfect for people who love to ski and snowboard. When I go snowboarding, I like to keep them in my pockets because my hands get SO COLD. I’ve also been known to put them in my socks to keep my feet warm.
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 DIY Christmas gift 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.
How to Save Money on Christmas Gifts
Before we close, let’s talk a little about getting financially ready for Christmas. I always like to try and make and/or save a little extra money for Christmas. These posts should help you do just that:
- Make Extra Money for Christmas
- 15 Creative Ways to Save Money
- 100+ Ways to Save Money
- 22 Ways to Make $100 Fast
- Take Surveys for Fast Cash
If you shop online this Christmas, you also 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.
Did you try making any of these DIY Christmas gifts? How did they turn out? Do you have any DIY gift ideas of your own? Leave a comment below and let me know!
I love the hand warmer idea! I’ve made larger rice bags for around the house, but silly me never thought of mini ones for on-the-go. Thanks!
I made a bunch of these – they’re perfect to pop in your coat pocket in winter! 🙂
DC @ Young Adult Money says
I like the leather tool roll idea! I would love to have one. Just make sure it’s fake leather : )
I think that’s a cool idea, too! I’ll make sure to use vegan leather when I make you one 😀