Free and Low-Cost Christmas Gifts That You Can Make

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 32 free and low-cost Christmas gifts that you can make:

Denim Pocket Quilt

Denim Pocket Quilt
Denim Pocket Quilt. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler
Have jeans that are too holey to wear? Don't toss them! Instead, turn them into a denim pocket quilt for a lucky someone on your Christmas list. You can whip one up in a weekend for the cost of a bit of thread.

Rag Wreath

Rag Wreath
Rag Wreath. Photo &copy 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, but fabulous gift.

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.

Wine Cork Wreath

Wine Cork Wreath
Wine Cork Wreath. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler
A wreath made entirely of wine corks is sure to please even the pickiest of people, and costs less than $2 to make. How's that for a bargain?

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!

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.

Popsicle Soap

Popsicle Soap
Popsicle Soap. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler
Homemade soap is cheap and easy to make – and when it's shaped like a popsicle, it's just plain fun. Surprise your friends and family with this calorie-free treat, and you're sure to earn a few smiles.

Chocolate Spoons

Chocolate Spoons
Chocolate Spoons. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler
Make up a batch of chocolate spoons, and give a gourmet gift without the gourmet price. Yum!

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 fifteen minutes or less – and there's no knitting involved.

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.

Denim Yoga Bag

Denim Yoga Bag
Denim Yoga Bag. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

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

T-Shirt Tote Bags

T-Shirt Tote Bags
T-Shirt Tote Bags. Photo &copy 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.

Soup Can Candle

Soup Can
Soup Can. Photo &copy Flickr user pablo.diaz
Save your empty soup cans (label and all), and use them to create soup can candles .

Pine Cone Fire Starters

Pine Cone
Pine Cone. Photo &copy Flickr user TeoJPG

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

Scrabble Bracelet

Scrabble Bracelet
Scrabble Bracelet. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler
Snap up old Scrabble games at thrift stores and yard sales. Then, use the tiles to create fun and funky bracelets. You can even use the letters to spell out the recipient's name.

Scrabble Photo Bracelets

Scrabble Photo Bracelet
Scrabble Photo Bracelet. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler
Scrabble tiles can also be used to create eye-catching photo bracelets. Give Grandma one with pictures of the grandkids, and she'll be talking about it all year.

Bath Salts

Bath Salt
Bath Salt. Photo &copy Flickr user 2Eklectik
Whip up a big batch of homemade bath salts, and treat the people on your gift list to a bit of luxury.


Handmade Envelopes
Handmade Envelopes. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Craft a collection of handmade envelopes from magazine pages. Then, bundle them together with a ribbon for an impressive gift.

Liquid Hand Soap

Liquid Hand Soap
Liquid Hand Soap. Photo &copy Flickr user Michael_David_Pedersen

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

Homemade Cards

Homemade Greeting Cards
Homemade Greeting Cards. Photo &copy Flickr user Gare_and_Kitty

Turn a pile of blank card stock into beautiful handmade cards.

A Gadget Case

Ipod Case
Ipod Case. Photo &copy Flickr user Gonzalo Baeza Hrnandez

iPods, Kindles, Cell phones, Nooks – there's no end to the gadgets that we carry these days. Give someone a hand-crafted case for their favorite gadget, and you'll be giving a gift that's sure to get used.

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:

A Family Cookbook

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:

A Monogram Wreath

Monogram Wreath
Monogram Wreath. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Personalized gifts are nice. Monogrammed gifts are nicer still. Make one of these monogrammed wreaths for each household on your list, and you're sure to impress.

A Silverware Keychain

Silverware Keychain
Silverware Keychain. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Pick up an old fork or spoon at a thrift store (they usually have bins and bins of mixed-matched silverware), and turn it into a high-style keychain.

Silverware Napkin Rings

Silverware Napkin Ring
Silverware Napkin Ring. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Buy a big pile of thrift store silverware, and use it to make a set of silverware napkin rings. Earn extra points by making a set that matches the recipients silverware pattern.

A Photo Calendar

Photo Calendar - Floral
Photo Calendar - Floral. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Turn 12 of your favorite pictures into a photo calendar for a loved one.

A Perpetual Calendar

Perpetual Calendar
Perpetual Calendar. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Make someone (or several someones) on your gift list a perpetual calendar, and it will be the last calendar they ever need:

Family Tree Ornaments

Family Tree Ornament
Family Tree Ornament. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Turn family photos into a set of family tree Christmas ornaments:

A Watch Bracelet

Watch Bracelet
Watch Bracelet. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

Turn a collection of junk watches (easy to find at thrift stores and yard sales), into a one-of-a-kind bracelet.

Letter Photography Cards

Create a set of monogram cards for someone by taking pictures of letters around town, and having them printed on card stock:

Christmas Card Notepads

Pull out all of those Christmas cards that you've been holding on to, and use them to make Christmas card notepads:

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