12 Free and Low-Cost Christmas Gifts That You Can Make Yourself

Homemade Christmas Gifts That Won't Break the Bank

Christmas gifts don't have to be pricey to be appreciated — in fact, they don't have to cost anything at all. Here are our favorite free and low-cost Christmas gifts that you can make.

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Rag Wreath

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Rag Wreath. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Put that fabric stash to good use by creating rag wreaths for several of the people on your list. Fifteen minutes of your time is all it takes to make this free and fabulous gift. More

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Sweater Bag

Sweater Bag
Sweater Bag. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Have a seldom-worn sweater in the back of your closet? Transform it into a stylish tote bag. Then, stuff it with a loaf of homemade bread or another culinary treat for a can't-miss gift. More

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Jar Candles

Jar and Container Candles
Jar and Container Candles. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Skip the store-bought candles and create your own jar candles for a fraction of the cost. You can knock out everyone on your list in one afternoon! More

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Bundt Cake Candle

Bundt Cake Candle
Bundt Cake Candle. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

If you're looking for a gift with wow-factor, the bundt cake candle is it. Grab an old bundt pan and some wax, and melt your way to the perfect gift with the equally perfect price tag — about $5 from start to finish. More

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Sweater Mittens

Sweater Mittens
Sweater Mittens. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Here's another reason to hang on to those old sweaters: sweater mittens. You can stitch up a pair in 15 minutes or less — and there's no knitting involved. More

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Button Magnets

Button Magnets
Button Magnets. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Turn spare buttons into snazzy button magnets with just a bit of glue and a few minutes of time. More

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Denim Yoga Bag

Cut the fabric for the yoga bag from the leg of a pair of jeans.
Cut the fabric for the yoga bag from the leg of a pair of jeans. Erin Huffstetler

Turn the leg of an old pair of jeans into a stylish yoga bag for the exercise junkie on your list. More

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T-Shirt Tote Bags

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How to Make a T-Shirt Tote Bag. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Reusable shopping totes are a great gift, and they couldn't be easier to make. You can whip up a set out of old t-shirts in minutes. More

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Pine Cone Fire Starters

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How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Collect pine cones from around your neighborhood. Then, use them to make pine cone fire starters for your friends and family. More

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Liquid Hand Soap

Foaming Hand Soap
Foaming Hand Soap. © Erin Huffstetler

Impress your friends and family with bottles of homemade hand soap:

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Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Laundry Detergent
Homemade Laundry Detergent. Photo &copy Flickr user Vanessa_Yvonne

Laundry soap is really easy to make, but you'd never guess it if you saw how much it sells for at craft shows. Make up a bunch, and give it to everyone on your gift list. More

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A Family Cookbook

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Cookbook. Photo &copy Flickr user jspatchwork

Gather up all those special family recipes, and make them into a one-of-a-kind cookbook. Be sure to include any special stories/memories that you associate with the recipes. More

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