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12 Budget-Friendly Christmas Gifts that Your Family Will Actually Like

Written by Grace & Silas
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Christmas is coming and it’s that time of year again. You know, when you’re trying to think of presents to give? And whether it’s for your family, friends, officemates, or neighbors, finding something nice that doesn’t break the bank is important.

That’s why today I decided to look for some handmade gifts that are useful and look amazing. These gifts don’t require a ton of skill and are budget-friendly too. You can personalize and customize it for your loved ones. And not to mention creating gifts yourself makes it more special and it’s the best type of presents you can give. So check them out and let me know what you think!

Sharpie Art Gift Mugs

Who doesn’t love a good coffee (or hot chocolate!) mug during the chilly months and especially if it’s made by someone close to them? The sharpie art mug is a perfect gift for anyone who likes to sip a hot drink at any time of the day. You can personalize it whether it’s writing or a cool illustrations. When done, you can follow these instruction from Bren Did to make the art permanent. It’s a super easy gift that can totally impress your friends and family.

Stenciled Tote Bags

These four-step stenciled tote bags are easy to make and definitely useful!

First, you just have to iron your plain tote bags to have a smooth surface. After your tote is nice and ironed, take your tape and create a border so that you have a nice frame around the area that you are going to stencil. Place your designed pattern and start doing the stencil. Choose any paint colors that you want and completely fill in the stencils. When you are finished filling in your stencil, lift the pattern and let it dry. You’ll be surprised how that ordinary tote bag turned into a hip and stylish present.

Painted Wood Earrings

You can find a lot of inexpensive plain wood earrings in the dollar store, so why not get some and make this awesome DIY gift project? Choose your favorite paint colors and start designing!

Stripes, polka dots, solids, you decide! Let them dry and in a short while, you’ll have great earrings for your loved ones.

DIY Stitched Leather Cases

Whether you’re thinking of a wallet, iPad case, or even a passport holder, you can make it. You’ll only need a leather punch, plastic lacing, plain leather and a template. It’s so easy to make and is definitely an amazing present!

Glitter Iron-On Quote Apron

Looking for a perfect gift for mom or a friend who loves to cook? This glitter iron-on quote apron makes a great present. Design a plain apron with your favorite quotes and add the glitter iron-on.

You can easily get a glitter iron-on here.

DIY Necklace

Here’s another inexpensive gift idea that you can easily make. You’ll need beads and trinkets of your choice that have a large enough hole that you can thread a chain through and make a necklace. With just a little bit of effort, you can make a super cute present. It’s an easy gift that can totally impress your loved one.

DIY Braided Camera Strap

Got a friend who’s into photography? Then consider making a handmade braided camera strap that looks stylish without breaking your wallet. The supplies you’ll need are gold swivel key hooks, cable cord or rope, fabric glue, nylon thread, leather cord, binder clips, and small gold split rings. Take the length of the strap that you’d like and cut them in three pieces with the same sizes. Tape all three down onto a work surface, and braid them. Put them in the split rings, lock using a fabric glue, add some nylon thread, and you’re done!

DIY Sweater Mittens

Instead of keeping your unused sweaters in your closet, why not turn them into something useful? They’re super simple, smart, and cost nothing!

Ombre Kitchen Utensils

Gift a foodie friend with colorful ombre kitchen utensils. If you match her kitchen colors, it’s a total win. They’re easy to make, cheap, super useful, and add pop of color to any kitchen.

DIY Phone Case

Using a clear phone case, decorative paper, scissors, a pencil, and an Exacto knife, you can effortlessly make a DIY phone case. They’re budget friendly and look super cute. Just make sure you know exactly what model phone the case is for!

Lego Mini Figure Crayons

Here’s an ingenious way to turn your kid’s old crayons into something useful and beautiful. Put them in a lego shaped silicon mold, microwave on high temperature, cool the crayons, and when hardened, gently remove them. Then you’ll have mini Lego figure crayons that make perfect gifts for your kids!

You can easily get a lego silicon mold tray here!

Spa Bath in a Cup

One of the easiest gift ideas that you can give to anyone is a spa bath in a cup. Use a mason jar with a lid to place all the bath essentials like Epsom salt, essential oil, and shower poofs. It’s handy, fun to make, and looks super cute.

Hot Chocolate in a Mason Jar

If you want another good present to go along with that sharpie mug gift, then definitely try this one out! With just a few ingredients like cocoa power, sugar, powdered milk (optional), and toppings of your choice, you can give your friends or family a tasty drink for the cold season!


While Christmas isn’t too far away, making these easy inexpensive DIY gift ideas will definitely make your holiday shopping a lot less hectic. They’re not complicated, they’re seriously budget-friendly, and make great gifts for your loved ones. So give them a try and let me know what you think!

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Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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