Easy DIY Christmas gifts to make when you’re on a budget

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‘I don’t know’ has to be the most frustrating yet the most common answer one can give when asked what gift they’d like for Christmas.

With an answer like this, the possibilities for presents are endless. While that gives you freedom in choosing, picking a present yourself comes with the risk of them potentially disliking it. So, how do you ensure that whatever gift you choose will be received with satisfaction?

Well, I’m here to share with you a secret: you can never go wrong with a present that is homemade.

With only ten days until Christmas Day, the shops will be packed with everyone trying to get their hands on a few last-minute gifts. Why not spend these days creating something that comes from the heart?

Here are five simple DIY gift ideas that you can make on a budget for your loved ones this Christmas. Have fun!

Memory board

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This is the perfect gift for someone you hold dear, whether that is a family member, friend or partner. It’s a wonderful and meaningful manner of enshrining your memories, and it doesn’t take much to make at all – just a few items and a lot of love. 

You will need:

  • A magnetic board or a pinboard with magnets/pins (if you’re feeling super creative and possess an enamelware tray, you can use its magnetic properties to your advantage!)
  • Some photos or old mementoes, like old tickets, postcards or post-it notes that mean a lot to you
  • Command strips – this is so your recipient can hang your beautiful creation on their wall!

You can design everything the way you desire – there is not one correct way to doing this. Every memory board is unique!

‘Time capsule’ jar

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Similarly to the memory board, this gift centres around some special times that you spent with your loved one. The only difference is that rather than attaching some of your memories, like a cinema ticket, you write down some of your favourite shared memories or inside jokes onto tiny pieces of paper.

These pieces of paper can then be rolled up and tied with a piece of string, and put into a jar. You can decorate this jar in any way you like, too! I find this gift to be an incredibly precious one. The idea that someone can always look back on some memories and how much they mean to you is bound to put a smile on their face.

Brown sugar vanilla body scrub

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Here is one for someone who loves a little bit of self-care. This gift is super easy to put together and looks very beautiful once packed in a jar with a ribbon tied around it and a tag for a little extra pizazz. 

To make this winner of a gift, you will need:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • glass jar or container
  • ribbon and tag
  • spoon or scoop

The directions are very straightforward, too:

  • in a bowl, mix together the brown and white sugar until no lumps remain
  • measure one cup of sunflower oil, then add the vanilla extract
  • pour the oil and the vanilla into the bowl with the mixed sugars and mix well
  • pour the mixture into the jar and decorate the jar with a ribbon or tag

Heating pad

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Image Credit: The Spruce Crafts

This is perhaps a bit of a bizarre gift idea, but in these freezing temperatures, a heating pad will surely make for a welcoming gift. A heating pad doesn’t only provide warmth, though; it can also provide relief for sore necks and backs, and can also reduce pain in strained or overexerted muscles. This would make a lovely gift for someone who needs some extra warmth or their muscles soothed!

All you need is a pair of orphaned cotton socks (all of us have these in our drawers, let’s be real) and rice. The directions are simple: fill the sock with rice, but make sure to leave enough room at the top so you can close the opening by either sewing it shut or tying it with a rubber band or string.

Recipe box

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Image Credit: Club Crafted

Know someone who adores cooking? A recipe box is a very convenient way to gather all of your recipient’s favourite recipes (and it will also show how much you know about them – win-win!). Deciding on what to eat will be made so much easier for them with this present.

You will need:

  • wooden box
  • removable wallpaper sample
  • craft knife
  • 3D letters or stickers (optional)
  • ruler
  • glue (optional)

And the steps are:

  • peel away the backing of the removable wallpaper
  • position the edge of the wallpaper with the bottom corner of the box
  • peel away the remaining backing and press the wallpaper onto the box, using a ruler to get rid of any air bubbles
  • with the craft knife remove any excess wallpaper. Fold over the wallpaper if desired.
  • if you would like to, you can finish off by glueing 3D letters or adding stickers to the front of the box.

Club Crafted goes into slightly more detail about how to decorate the interior of the recipe box on her website. It’s also useful for some more visual inspiration!

I hope you have found some inspiration in these ideas. Happy crafting!

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