When you have a big family (or a small-paying job), the holiday season can be an exercise in creative budgeting. And then you find Pinterest, and you’re like OMG, I can MAKE presents and it will only cost me $5 total. Lies, all lies. You end up with a blob of glue and a gift that screams “I didn’t love you enough to buy you something at the store.” But this year can be different! We promise.
Here are some gifts that are cheap (yay!), but don’t look like a lumpy batch of “homemade bath salts” in yet another mason jar.
1. Marbled Headscarf
The hair accessory that will make any little girl (and maybe mom as well … ) the coolest kid on the block.
Find this DIY at Babble
2. Stenciled Tea Towels
Enjoy the feeling of superiority when you know your friend spent $45 on a set of towels at Anthropologie and yours look just as good, but were made for
half one fifth the price.
Find this DIY at Lana Red Studio
3. Chalkboard Mug
You can hold your coffee and doodle, but not both at the same time! (Cue the dad joke. Sorry, it’s late in the day.)
Find this DIY at Wit & Whistle
4. Statement Tote Bags
What do you give the person who has everything? A bag to put all their stuff in.
Find this DIY at childerhouse
5. No-Sew Sequin Camera Strap
You know that friend who posts roughly 527 photos of her baby every week? Show her you care with this stylish camera strap — because sometimes, you just have to lean in (and we’ve all been there).
Find this DIY at Sugar & Cloth
6. Shark Hoodie Towel
So every week can be Shark Week.
Find this DIY at Crazy Little Projects
7. Etched Wooden Cutting Board
We are OBSESSED with this personalized cutting board idea. Turn that lumber into something lovely!
Find this DIY at Ruffled
8. Instagram Coasters
Now your friends and family can protect their coffee tables with perfectly filtered smiles.
Find this DIY at POPSUGAR
9. Thread Spool Wine Corks
Perfect for the wine snob that you’re afraid to buy wine for.
Find this DIY at A Beautiful Mess
10. Animal Bookends
For the quirky book lover. Actually, for anyone who wants cute hippos to hold up their books, which is just about everyone, no?
Find this DIY at Natalme
11. “I Woke Up Like This” Cross Stitch
Find this DIY at We Can Make Anything