8 Budget-Friendly Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

Skip the crowds AND save some money.

Holiday shopping for a long list of people isn’t just exhausting—it can get pretty expensive too! You don’t want to leave anyone off your Christmas list, but you also don’t want to go into debt in the process. Luckily, you can avoid long lines at shopping malls and scary credit card bills by making your own holiday gifts at home.

They may seem daunting, but not all DIY projects have to be expensive or difficult. In fact, a number of homemade holiday gifts are not only simple, but actually pretty fun to make. Ready to try your hand at creating your own holiday gifts? Here are eight of our favorites.

1. Mint Sugar Scrub

This holiday-themed, mint-scented scrub is made from sugar, coconut oil and peppermint extract. Give it to your friends and family who deserve a little pampering.

mint sugar scrub
Love Grows Wild

2. Oversized Knit Blanket

Knitted blankets are not only warm and cozy, they’re a top design trend at the moment. This beautiful oversized knit blanket can be made in just a few hours, and you can create different versions for your friends in a variety of colors.

Nocturnal Knits

3. Chalkboard Serving Tray

Fancy chalkboard serving trays and cheeseboards are a trendy and fun way to host, but they can be pricey. Save some cash by making your own at home using wood from Home Depot and chalkboard paint. This also allows you to experiment with different sizes.

Shanty 2 Chic

4. Photo Clock

Projects made with photos always give a personal touch to gifts, and this handmade clock is no exception. Making a clock is much simpler than it seems, especially if you buy a kit. Add your favorite photos to make a personalized clock for each of your cherished loved ones.

Rosy Red Buttons

5. iPad Case

Covering up your iPad is essential for its safety, but attractive-looking cases can cost you a pretty penny. Thankfully, you can make your own DIY iPad cases using felt and your choice of decorative buttons.

Oh So Lovely Vintage

6. Hot Cocoa Bucket

Everyone loves a warm cup of hot cocoa around the holidays, so why not give the gift of a chocolatey bucket of goodness? This festive red bucket is filled with hot cocoa mix, candy sticks and marshmallows, making hot cocoa prep a breeze for your recipient.

I Heart Nap Time

7. Wine Butter

Everyone loves food, and everyone loves wine, so who wouldn’t love wine butter? Wine-flavored butter is a great choice for your foodie friends. All you need is a stick of unsalted butter, your favorite dry wine and some sugar, and you’ve got yourself a gourmet holiday treat.

Peaceful Bend

8. Branch Jewelry Holder

For all the accessory lovers on your list, you can make a necklace holder using branches from your backyard. With just a few purchases at the craft store and a quick walk through your yard or around the neighborhood, you can create these one-of-a-kind jewelry holders that are as practical as they are beautiful.

Julienn Art