11 Easy and Cheap DIY Holiday Gifts for Friends

Friends love getting presents from other friends (I know this because I *am* a friend, I’m on the inside), but there’s no reason to spend a lot of cash when you can just make something easy + cheap and super heartfelt.  I love nothing more than a homemade gift from a friend – it says a lot to me when someone has taken the time to create something with me in mind.  Homemade jams and jellies, personalized dishtowels, the works.  I’ve been on the receiving end of both and I love my friends all the more for it.

In case you want to be an awesome friend (you totally do!) I’ve got 11 easy + cheap DIY holiday gifts for friends.  You’re welcome.

  • DIY Hex Nut Earrings 1 of 12
    make your own earrings

    Make your own DIY hex earrings with only a few supplies.  Gorgeous and completely unique!  No one else will be wearing these and your friends will love you for it. 

  • 11 Easy and Cheap DIY Holiday Gifts for Friends 2 of 12
    DIY Holiday Gifts
  • Nesting Berry Baskets 3 of 12
    DIY berry baskets

    The clever girls over at A Beautiful Mess are responsible for a tutorial teaching you how to make your own nesting berry baskets a la Anthropologie. 


    How cute would these look in someone's bathroom / kitchen / office?  I want some!



  • Make Your Own Bath Fizzies 4 of 12
    DIY bath bombs

    Do you remember those bath bombs your mom used to throw in the tub when you were little?  Martha Stewart has a great recipe to make your own bath fizzies and they're SO EASY to make.  You can add whatever scent you'd like too! 


    I won't tell if you keep them all for yourself. 

  • Chalk Jar Organizers 5 of 12
    DIY chalk jar organizers

    Who doesn't need SO MUCH HELP a little organization in their life?  These cute jars are the perfect organizers for the small little things in your life: buttons, craft supplies, q-tips, Polly Pocket accessories.  The best part about these is that you're recycling kitchen jars to make them!  Waste not, want not.


    Tutorial Chalk Paint Organizers DIY

  • Hot Chocolate Kit in a Jar 6 of 12
    DIY hot chocolate

    Mostly I love how gorgeous this DIY hot chocolate gift from Better Homes and Gardens is, but I definitely appreciate the fact that it can be made for under $10 (holla!) and under an hour.


    Style points for the pretty bow on top.

  • DIY Sequin Monogram Sweater 7 of 12
    DIY sweater

    If you really want to go all out at the Christmas gift exchange with your girlfriends, I think you'll win the whole party if you make this DIY sequin monogram sweater whipped up by the Girls with Glasses.


    In fact, I think it would be super smart of you to whip up an extra one for yourself.  You and your friends can be twinsies when you go for brunch on weekends.

  • Credit Card Bracelet 8 of 12

    Hate your credit cards?  Have a bunch of old ones you've been meaning to shred?  Well, have I got a deal for you!  This insanely clever upcycled credit card bracelet will take those pesky credit cards off your hands and put them right on your wrist. 





  • DIY Fringe Statement Necklace 9 of 12
    DIY fringe necklace

    I have visions of making this DIY fringe necklace from Brit + Co all for myself.  In fact, I have the outfit put together in my head: ripped boyfriend jeans, cognac leather high heeled booties, white tee, and this stunning fringe necklace.


    Imagine the look on your girlfriend's face when you hand this puppy over.



  • DIY Leather Clutch 10 of 12
    leather clutch

    This buttery DIY yellow clutch from Style Scrapbook honestly doesn't look to hard to make.  The fashionista in your life might just kiss you square on the mouth for this present.


  • Homemade Citrus Soap 11 of 12
    homemade citrus soap

    There's nothing more Christmas-y than the smell of oranges, so imagine homemade coconut citrus soap.  Come on!  Shea butter and oranges makes a girl happy.

  • DIY Thread Wrapped Earrings 12 of 12

    Make some DIY embroidery thread wrapped earrings while you watch a holiday movie.  I love these so much!  A touch of homemade with miles of style.  Buy some basic gold hoops at a discount store like Nordstrom Rack or T.J. Maxx and wrap them in cool designs.  A perfect mix of homemade + 5th Avenue style. 

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