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7 EASY Low-Cost Christmas Gifts

Christmas is right around the corner and many of you crafty ladies have already started making your Christmas gifts. I used to envy you people– every year I would wait until after Thanksgiving and then I would try to brainstorm low-cost (yet high quality) gifts that I could give to extended family and friends.

This way of planning made my brain turn into mush. After all, we have A LOT of people to gift.

I’ve read many of the “gift guides,” out there, and honestly, I can’t shave down my list to save money– there are so many people that I want to say THANK YOU to, even if that means it’s something small. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.

I also don’t like the idea of shopping dollar store- these items are made so cheap that they will probably fall apart the day after Christmas. And they aren’t anything to write home about.

However, if you put in a little bit of effort, you can create LOVELY gifts at dollar store prices, spending only $1-3 per person! Now that is more like it!

This year, I have finally learned my lesson. I started brainstorming in October, ha! I stocked up on materials, spent hours searching Pinterest, and pulled from my own personal brain bank. I had my Christmas cards ordered and sitting on my desk by November 1st. Suck on that, holidays!

I’m going to enjoy December, damnit!

Related: DIY Advent Calendar

Yet I still think of those last minute people, because I used to be there. I get it. So, I decided to pull together a list of low-cost Christmas gifts for those that want to dazzle their friends but didn’t really think too far in advance. I so very much wish I could share with you some of the things I’m cooking up this year, but, I can’t risk ruining someones surprise if they read my blog.

7 Low-Cost Easy Christmas Gifts

I hope you enjoy these merry ideas. Click on the picture to take you to the directions!

1) DIY Sugar Scrub

This takes MINUTES to prepare, and I’ve already created a FREE printable label for you!

DIY Sugar Scrub for Christmas

2) Santa’s Helper Cookie Bars

Food is one of the best low-cost gifts, and there’s so many adorable ways you can package them! You can purchase holiday cloth napkins (or cut squares from holiday fabric for a cheaper way) and wrap these up with a bow to cut down on disposable items (plus the napkin makes a great keepsake!).

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

3) DIY Salve

Heat up this batch of salve and then divide them up into mini containers for multiple all-natural gifts!


4) Holiday Vinegar

This one takes a little longer (4-5 weeks to sit), but it is a great gift that can be created in only a few short minutes. Perfect for the culinary chef in your family.

DIY Herbal Vinegar for Christmas!

5) Harry Potter Scarf

Have Harry Potter fans in the house? Make these low-cost Hogwarts scarves! Only $3 for each person.

DIY Harry Potter Scarf!!

6) Apple Butter

Throw a bunch of apples in your crock pot for an easy Apple Butter that can be easily divided into mini jars for gifting.

The BEST slow cooker Apple Butter!

7) Santa Lucia Braided Bread

Get fancy festive by creating braided bread! If you don’t want to do a whole loaf, you can break this dough up and make braided rolls to pass out to friends or co-workers.

Santa Lucia Bread for Christmas!

No matter what you do for Christmas, just put your heart into it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because it’s those little imperfections that make it grand.

“Work is Love made visible.”

Do your best and have a fabulous time creating! And Merry Christmas!


Want to connect with your kids without the gifts? Check out my new eBook, “50+ Holiday Ways to Connect With Your Kids!”

50+ Holiday Ways to Connect with Your Kids-preview

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These are all great ideas! I too, love to give handmade, from the heart holiday gifts. Pinning for later, thanks for sharing!


Thank you so much Erica!!


Very nice gift ideas. I bet the scarf will be very popular. 🙂


Thanks! Yes the scarf is one of my most popular posts- who doesn’t like Harry Potter? lol.


These are all wonderful thoughtful gift ideas. I can imagine that there is a gift here for anyone on your list, child, woman or man. Very nice.


Thank you Leanna!!


I need to make that Harry Potter scarf – huge fans in this house ( I may have brought Harry Potter PJ’s for Christmas Eve !! )


LOL, I hope you do get to make it- it’s a Harry Potter must have!

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