Top 5 DIY Holiday Gift Ideas That Will Save You a Fortune and Still Impress Your Friends & Family

The holidays don't need to break the bank. With these DIY holiday gifts, you can impress your loved ones and your wallet, too.

Thanksgiving is behind us, which only means one thing: It’s time to get started with the holiday shopping. While it’s fun to hit up the bargains and doorbuster sales during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, sometimes the things on our loved ones’ wish lists are just too pricey for us to purchase.  So why not do a DIY Holiday Gift.

And then there are the toys that are sold out everywhere! Although you want to get your best friend that makeup palette she’s been drooling over for weeks or the video game that your niece or nephew has been eyeing, sometimes you can’t check anything off their wish lists. And let’s not forget about the friend who has everything. What do you get him?

What about making a present instead?

Now, before you say, “That’s too much work,” hear us out. These five holiday gift ideas won’t only impress your friends and family, they’re also quite simple to put together. From an old school mixtape and warm accessories to sweets that you can create from your cupboard, these DIY holiday gifts won’t fail!

5.) Make a Mixtape

Top 5 DIY Holiday Gift Ideas - Mix Tape

Remember the days when you used to listen to the radio and then simultaneously press play and record to tape your favorite song? Or maybe you tossed a bunch of MP3s onto a CD and wrapped it in a bow for your high school sweetheart. Although may of us have moved beyond the cassette tape and CD, that doesn’t mean the mixtape is dead and gone.

You can easily adapt the idea into something more 21st century. Make a playlist on Spotify or even YouTube, and email the playlist link to that specific loved one. That way you won’t have to worry about it getting there after the holidays. If you’re able to see them in person, then you can toss a bunch of songs that remind you of them onto a flash drive that can hook onto their keys.

Pro tip: If you get them one with a lot of space, then it can double up as great digital storage.

4.) Mason Jar Hot Chocolate Kits

Top 5 DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for something that can produce lots of gifts, what about making hot chocolate kits? Love Grows Wild has a fabulous recipe for the cocoa mix. You can mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl then spoon it into mason jars, which you can usually order in bulk from Amazon. Before closing them, you can stuff the jar with different goodies like mini marshmallows or even some candy cane bits for a peppermint hot cocoa.

After topping with a lid, wrap a bright and festive ribbon around the jar, add a label and you’re good to pass these out as souvenirs at the end of a holiday party or as a thoughtful gift for your family members.

3.) Upcycle Sweater Scarf

Top 5 DIY Holiday Gift Ideas - Sweater

When people think holidays, snow and low temperatures normally come to mind. And there’s nothing better in the cold than a nice, fluffy scarf to keep you warm. But of course, not everyone can knit or crochet as well as their grandma can.

Luckily, there’s a hack for that. HGTV has come up with a great way to not only let you make something for your mom, but also keep you away from being covered in balls of yarn. All you’ll need is a bunch of old sweaters, a needle and thread. If you don’t have a sewing kit, check this one out by Renashed.

Yes, there will be some sewing involved, but this upcycle project won’t force you into any cross-stitching. Another bonus? You’ll be saving the planet with this green present.

2.) Turn a Frame into a Serving Tray

If you like getting your hands dirty and doing something a little bit more challenging, maybe you’d like to turn a frame into a serving tray. While you can use any frame, we highly recommend a wooden one because they are sturdiest and also hold the backing material the best.

If you can’t make it to a local flea market for an antique one, you can also grab this one by BarnwoodUSA, which still offers up a worn-in look. Then all you’ll need are some handles like these Franklin Brass ones. With the help of eHow’s instructional video above, you’ll be a master crafter in no time!

1.) Holiday Treat Tins

Who wouldn’t like to get a box of cookies for the holidays? You can kill two birds with one stone by making extra sweets to put in holiday treat tins like these.

We put together a list of our favorite holiday cookie recipes, but this present isn’t just for humans. You can also make one for your fur baby! YouTuber Rosanna Pansino made a video with three doggy recipes that we’re sure your puppy will love. Watch the video above.

Got more DIY holiday gift ideas? Let us know about them in the comments below!