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20 DIY Easy & Quick Frugal Gift Ideas for the Craft-Challenged

I made a list similar to this one last year and it was very popular. It is my personal mission to keep people out of box stores and urge everyone to shop locally and/or make your gifts. I spend less than $200  in total a year (most of this goes to buying supplies) and the ONE year I actually bought stuff for people instead of making anything and also spent more money, people were disappointed and asked me where the real stuff was. Lesson learned. So if you think good people love and expect big expensive gifts, you are wrong. And if you know people who love big expensive gifts and need them, it’s time to get new friends. :)

*Sorry for not posting any kid & teen friendly gifts but I actually don’t know any. I don’t have any experience or knowledge regarding DIY kids’ gifts so if you have any suggestions for things people can make for children & teens, please comment below! :)

Here is my list of 10 DIY Easy Budget Gift Ideas that ANYONE can make.

Here is last year’s list: 20 Super Easy Fast Last Minute Frugal Gifts

**No artist’s skill or any sewing/knitting required for any of these crafts. All you need to do is to be able to read instructions.

1. DIY Cold & Flu Vicks Shower Pucks - For about $1, you can make 8 pucks which is a perfect amount for a gift. So EASY to make. Everyone needs this for the cold months.

DIY Vicks Shower Pucks

2. Gingerbread Granola - This looks so tasty and easy. I am definitely trying this one!


3. Cute Car Kit - This is easily put together for under $10 and would be great for a busy parent to keep in the car. Has all the necessities!You can find most of the supplies at dollar or discount stores.


4. Easy Lotion Bars - I just made these and they couldn’t be easier. 3 ingredients that you melt, then pour into a mould. Done. Such a great gift for winter. These can be used for rough spots such as elbows and knees, for massage or an all over body lotion after showering. I used mini muffin tins to make mine.

5. Quick Bread in a Bottle - All you have to do is find a bottle, the ingredients and that’s it. Most people don’t have time to bake. This is the perfect gift for busy people who love to eat home baked goods.

6. Charming BookMark - Another sweet project. For the reader you want to gift to, the old-school one who doesn’t have a Kindle yet. :)

7. Rosemary Mint Sugar Scrub (There are even printables, no need to design the label for this!) – A few ingredients, a bit of stirring and that’s it.

8. Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce - Just a bunch of ingredients in a pot, stir, heat and you’re done. Mmmmm.

9. Felted Sweater Cup Cuff - Just cut an old sweater. Yep. If you can use scissors, you can do this one! :)

10. Pampering in a Jar - All you have to do is get the items and place them in a jar. So easy! You can get everything at the dollar store and estimated that making one of these would cost about $5. Who doesn’t need a little pampering?

11. Homemade Pesto & Printable Tags- Who doesn’t love pesto? It can also be frozen by the way. I might be making this as I can still get some local fresh basil this time of year from the market. I posted this last year but wanted to repeat. Too easy, too good!

12. Chalkboard Paint Glass Jars - Jars and some chalk paint. Neat.

13. DIY Sharpie Mug(s) - These are so easy! If you have bad handwriting or can’t draw, just use a stencil. I definitely want to try this one.

14. DIY Buttoned Up Infinity Scarf: Just a thrifted or old scarf, buttons and yarn. No sewing or knitting.

15. DIY Washer Necklace -  Washers from the plumbing department, jumprings, chain and nailpolish. This couldn’t get any easier. I want one of these!

16. Salted Microwave Caramels - Not vegan unless you have access to soy condensed milk but they are easy and would be great for the non-vegans on your list!

17. DIY Glitter Peter Pan Collar – I shared this project with you recently as I made one for myself! If I can do this, anyone can. I spent about $10 in total on supplies and could make 5 of these. Perfect budget gift for the fashionistas in your life! Peter Pan collars trendy for the season.

18. DIY Cake Stand - Buy two things from the dollar store and glue them together. How easy is that? For the baker on your gift giving list. So many possibilities with this craft!

19. Herbal Fire Starters (click to #24 where the instructions are located)- An eco gift! These look really cool. So easy to make and the perfect gift for those on your list with a wood stove or fireplace. Just use dried herbs, newspaper and pine cones. I will make these for myself.

20. Skittles Vodka - Have any drinkers on your list? This is easy and fast. Makes 5 X 8.5oz bottles and will cost you less than $30 depending on the cost of liquor in your country. Buy some decent vodka, a big bag of skittles and 5 bottles. That’s it!! This post also tell you different ways to use this vodka concoction.

2 Responses to 20 DIY Easy & Quick Frugal Gift Ideas for the Craft-Challenged

  1. “doesn’t have a kindle yet”? YET. As if it’s only a question of time until we buy this garbage, too.

  2. leaydwi….In 1989 (I was 19) I said I’d never buy a cellphone in my life….ever. I wanted to keep it old-school. Well, it happened. I bought one eventually. Just predicting the future. Most people will own one of these devices eventually, whether we like it or not. What do you do? :)

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