Give DIY Gifts for the Holidays!

Though I know that waiting until after Thanksgiving to bust out the Christmas carols and eggnog is the norm, this week of reuniting with friends and family is a prime opportunity to pick their brains and plan for winter holiday gift-giving. Pass the cranberry sauce while casually asking questions about hobbies, apparel, and plans for the year–all of which will help you come up with individually tailored gift ideas for each person on your list. If you’re like me and working with a major budget, do-it-yourself (DIY) gifts are the way to go!

christmas new year's drink cozies

For a Christmas and New Year’s weekend, a couple friends and I decorated cozies for everyone attending! They were pretty cheesy but inexpensive and lots of fun to make together.

Gone are the days when DIY holiday presents meant scratchy sweaters, macaroni-decorated photo frames, and fruit cake. The growing DIY movement and the popularity of sites like Craftster and Pinterest allow people all over the world to share their ideas for unique projects that make thoughtful holiday gifts. If you want to spread good cheer without spending a lot this season, read on for a round up of DIY holiday gift ideas.

DIY Holiday Gift Guide @ And Then We Saved

Get ready to get creative! Anna has divided this list into categories like “DIY Gifts For Your Fashionable Friend, Sister, Sister-In-Law” and “DIY Gifts For Your Boss/Coworkers”. Whether your talent is baking, sewing, or just adding a personalized touch with a Sharpie, there’s something on this list that you can make!

25 Handmade Gifts Under $5 @ The 36th Avenue

If you are nervous about your crafting abilities, The 36th Avenue has rounded up a list of tutorials for 25 simple projects that will impress even Santa! From traditional DIY gifts like cookie mixes to cool accessories like jersey knit bracelets and paper clip web earrings, there is something for everyone.

10 Quick and Easy Gift Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank (a guest post from Crystal Paine) @ The Frugal Girl

Crystal has some fun ideas for sweet holiday treats, a cozy fleece blanket, and a simple brown sugar body scrub that would look great in a repurposed jam jar! These gifts won’t take long to make and would save time and money if there are a lot of recipients on your holiday list.

Are you making any gifts this holiday season? I have a few ideas, but I don’t want to spoil any surprises for gift recipes who happen to read the blog! I’d love to hear your gift ideas in the comments.

About Humble Foodie

While we both love to eat well, life as AmeriCorps volunteers doesn’t afford us the budget to try every new restaurant and type of cuisine. With many post-graduate expenses and limited financial resources, what’s a foodie to do? The answer is here, at The Humble Foodie. Instead of spending our hard-earned cash paying other people to cook for us, we’re spending as frugally as possible making delicious meals at home.
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4 Responses to Give DIY Gifts for the Holidays!

  1. Great links provided!! 🙂 I know I’m going to do some DIY gifts this year… just not sure yet what. But you can bet that I’ll be doing a post about them 😉 Looking forward to seeing what you end up doing!

  2. Thanks for this, I love making homemade gifts too. Last year I made Christmas stockings for my in-laws which went down well but still haven’t decided what to go with this time around. They may not cost as much but DIY gifts definitely take more time, care and thought 🙂

    • It’s true! I think part of the joy of thoughtful homemade gifts is the recipient knowing that you spent time thinking about them and creating something just for them. I’d love to hear what you end up making!

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