Easy and Budget Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas

In case you are on a tight budget or just want to add a personalized touch to all your presents this year, then try one of our easy DIY Christmas gift ideas. Our techniques are so simple, plus you can ask your spouse and children to get crafty with you. This will serve as a fun activity and bond you as a family. After all, holidays are all about showing our loved ones how much we care for them.   

Body Scrub 

Everybody needs to go the extra mile to pamper themselves in winters, thanks to dry, flaky skin. Which makes our DIY brown sugar vanilla body scrub a wonderful present. All you’ll need are 2 cups of brown sugar, 1 cup granulated white sugar, 1 cup sunflower oil, 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract, a glass jar, ribbon, tag, and a scooper. In a big bowl mix brown and white sugar and ensure no lumps remain. Then add sunflower oil and vanilla oil, then combine everything together. Fill the scrub in your glass container, add the scooper, decorate with a ribbon, and for the finishing touch add a personalized tag.  

 

Button Frame 

Take a plain photo frame of your choice, print out a memorable photograph of you and the receiver, cover the entire frame with buttons using hot glue. Make sure you use an assortment of buttons of different shades and sizes. Top it off with a bow and it’s good to go. If you want you can add pine cones, snowman, and other cute little accents to your present.   

 

Hand Printed Apron 

This present is perfect for moms, dads, and grandmas. Get a blank apron of any color, take a contrasting color of fabric paint, and gather the entire family. Decide the placement of your design, next have your kids, husband and you make handprints all over the apron, check the paint bottle, and leave it to dry accordingly. Then get names printed on heat transfer paper, iron them on top of the apron to transfer names. Add a frill or lace detailing if you want and viola your customized present is ready!  

 

Painted Wooden Cutlery 

If you know someone who adores cooking, then these painted wooden spoons will make the perfect Christmas present for them. Purchase a set of wooden spoons, wherever you wish to paint cover that area in primer, so the paint sticks. Now get your kids involved and start painting. Feel free to use a hairdryer to speed up the process. Once done apply a clear coat of polycrylic, water-based poly, to ensure the paint stays put and doesn’t get scratched off.  

 

Personalized Mug 

This versatile gift is ideal for just about anyone! Head to your nearest dollar store and select a white mug, take your choice of oil-based paint sharpie markers, and get started. You can either write, draw, or do both. Once you are done decorating your mug, leave it to dry for a few hours or overnight before baking. In case you want to draw on top of it make sure you give it adequate time to dry. Pop it in the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 350°F. Be careful to place the mug in the oven before it heats up and does not take it out until the oven cools off completely. This will prevent it from cracking. Inform the receiver to hand wash it only as dishwashing is harsh and can ruin the design. 

 

Reindeer Hot Cocoa 

This uber-cute gift idea is perfect for gifting to little children and adults! After all who doesn’t enjoy indulging in a delicious cup of hot cocoa? Start by pouring the hot cocoa mix into a piping bag, add a generous layer of mini chocolate chips, then another of tiny white marshmallows. Tie the bag with a ribbon, at this point you can also attach an adorable holiday greeting note. Take a tan or brown pipe cleaner and shape it into deer antlers. Glue on wiggly eyes and a red or orange tiny pom for Rudolph’s face. You can present your reindeer as it is or even in a personalized mug as we mentioned above. 

Plants 

 

This present is environment-friendly and is super easy to make. Simply get a succulent of your choice, then collect moss and sand, place them together in a decorative container. These air plants require very little water and don’t grow much in height, so they are ideal for keeping indoors in small spaces. All they need is indirect light and misting a couple of times a week with a spray bottle of water. Everyone can enjoy managing them since they are low maintenance.   

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