OK, DIY budget people! This collection of $5 DIY Christmas gifts is for you. I’ve collected a bunch of gifts that you can make easily and on the cheap. These are great for neighhbors, co-workers, friends, and teachers. And they are all so, so cute!
$5 DIY Christmas Gifts
But first! A quick lesson I learned the hard way. A few years back, I made this scrumptious sugar scrub for everyone in my family. And of course I put it all in gorgeous, hefty glass jars. Even with the glass jars, it only cost a few bucks for each gift.
Then I went to ship these bad boys across the country and OMG THE SHIPPING COSTS. It cost *way* more to ship everything than it did to make it all.
So the moral of this story is, if you’re shipping these gift, keep the packaging in mind. 🙂
$5 Edible Gifts (great for neighbors, co-workers, teachers, and friends!)
- Chex Mix in a Jar – This is super tasty, so you know it won’t go to waste.
- Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies – These include a printable recipe card, so you can share the cookies and the recipe.
- World’s Best Hot Chocolate – Not only do you have the World’s Best Hot Chocolate Recipe here, but it also comes with adorable labels to go with it.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cups – Package these up cute and your giftee will love you forever. These are dairy-free!
- Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Macaroons – This is PERFECT if you have friends who have kids with allergies.
- Pumpkin Oat Cookies – Here’s another crowd-pleaser.
$5 DIY Gifts for Friends
- Apple Pom Pom Garland – This little garland feels kind of seasonal, but it’s something a teacher would put on display year-round.
- Mason Jar Pin Cushion – If you know someone who sews, this is the cutest. Like, the absolute cutest. I wish I had more friends who sewed just so I could make these and send them to everyone!
- DIY Planner Paper Clips – Perfect for the planner lover in your life! And just pennies to make.
- DIY Planner Elastic Band – These would go great with the paper clips. But also, they can be made any size and gifted as bookmarks, too.
- Lush-Styled Homemade Bath Bombs – Package these up in a cellophane bag with a pretty ribbon and you have a great-smelling gift that everyone will love.
- Three-Ingredient Sugar Scrub – Just three simple ingredients (that you probably already have around the house!) makes up this luxurious scrub. Don’t forget my sad shipping story if you’re going to mail these! 🙂
- Monogram Sharpie Mugs – These are SO fun…this is something the kids will want to help you make!
- DIY Fabric Christmas Ornament – This is a great way to use up Christmas fabric. And it’s reallllly cute!
- DIY Succulent Planters – She had me at succulents. These little planters are cute for herbs or flowers, too.
$5 DIY Gifts for Kids
- Slime – This three-ingredient slime recipe makes a monster-sized batch. Plenty to package up for all the nieces, nephews, and kids in your life.
- Kinetic Sand – Just like slime…you can make your own kinetic sand!
- Knit Headbands – If you can sew a straight line, you can make these cute headbands. Perfect for daughters and nieces!
- Star Wars Crayons – BONUS: this also gets rid of all the broken crayons you have around the house.
- Star Wars Soap – Super easy to make and it results in cleaner kids, so what’s not to love?
- LEGO candy boxes – Fun for kids of all ages (and you can have the kids help you make these, too).
$5 DIY Gifts for Grandparents
- DIY Handprint Wrapping Paper – This wrapping paper costs a few dollars – and you’ll make a ton! It’s a super cute way to wrap gifts for grandparents and aunts and uncles.
- Christmas Tree Name Cutouts – You need to take a look at this. I haven’t seen anything like it before.
- Salt Dough Handprint Ornament – I have a salt dough ornament that I helped make from 1978. So this is something that will last!
- Handprint Oven Mitt – Grab an oven mitt for just a few bucks at Walmart and some cheap fabric paint and you’re almost done with this simple project.
- “LOVE” Canvases – Perfect if you have a toddler!
- Handprint Mason Jar Vases – They’ll want this on display year-round.
To customize your DIY gift, be sure to add a unique gift tag! Here’s a collection of cute printable Christmas gift tags.
And here’s some super cute upcycled gift wrap for you.
And at the end of the day, if you’d rather buy a gift, here’s a collection of teacher gifts that are $10 or less (and all recommended by teachers).