Cheap and Charming Homemade Gifts

Making your own holiday gifts does not mean that you should be giving out hand-knit trivets and bedazzled crafts. Even if you aren’t a craft expert, you can make some pretty fab DIY gifts for your friends and family at the fraction of the cost of store-bought gifts. With just a little time, you can turn ordinary and low-cost objects like candles, photo frames, or sets of martini glasses into items that are truly extraordinary.

Plus, we’ve found that homemade gifts strike the recipients as high-thought rather than as low-cost. Save a bundle by making one (or all) of these sparkly and sweet gifts this season.

Click through our slide show to bring out your creative side!

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Tell us in the comments: What kind of homemade gift is your favorite (or least favorite) to give and receive?

  • Momz

    These all look so appealing, but whenever I try to make something it turns out less-than-cute. I suppose I’m just not gifted with the crafty gene.

    • Corynne Steindler

      I used to feel the same way! But I started with glitter candles (which are SO easy) and was inspired to do more. I think the trick is to have all the right supplies before starting … if I can use stencils and mod podge, anyone can!.

  • Sitch907

    I could probably handle making the glitter candles!

  • I LOVE the statement necklace! In fact, I’m going to go make one right now for myself! Thanks for some clever, unique ideas.

  • Anonymous

    I was reading a blog the other day where a mom was saying how she uses wine charms to label the cups of her 5 kids, so they each keep the same cup all day and she doesn’t have to wash 100 cups every week. Smart idea!

  • Anonymous

    I was reading a blog the other day where a mom was saying how she uses wine charms to label the cups of her 5 kids, so they each keep the same cup all day and she doesn’t have to wash 100 cups every week. Smart idea!

  • Booswifey

    Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try a few myself..especially the bath salts and fizzies. I’m sure these will make perfect gifts for my girlfriends.

  • very clever and it looks so good

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