DIY: Holiday Gifts For Less

Updated 11/9/2020

The holidays can be pricey. Especially when you’re buying for friends, cousins, uncles and Aunt Hilda who was twice removed. If you had to guess, how much do you spend on presents? A 2019 Gallup study found that the average American is projected to spend around $942 on gifts for the holiday season.

But who says you need to drop a ton of cash on presents? It’s time to get out your scissors, markers and mixer. Save money and get crafty with meaningful, DIY presents! Make the perfect handmade gift for everyone on your list with these easy and inexpensive projects.  

Granny Tip: Pinterest is a great way to find inspiration. Take a look at other DIY tips on the Gift Card Granny Pinterest page.

Ruler Growth Chart

ruler growth chart
This is the perfect gift for someone who is expecting or has young children.

Wine Cork Letter

wine cork letter
The wine lover on your list will adore this decor for their home.

Granny Tip: Don’t have enough wine corks for your project? Ask friends or your local bar to save them for you. You can always order them online, too.


From spicy to sweet, this salsa recipe is sure to please everyone on your list.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

peppermint sugar scrub
The beauty mavens on your list will appreciate this easy-to-make peppermint sugar scrub. Directions even provide a printable label to include with your jars!  

Planter Box

planter box
Gardening can be a tad difficult for those who have limited outdoor space or live in an apartment. This DIY planter box with herbs is perfect for a window sill or countertop.

Cookie Kit

cookie kit
Make a few additional batches of cookies when doing your holiday baking. You can then package the extra dough into kits and hand out as gifts.

Candle Lanterns

candle lanterns
Create beautiful, eye-catching luminaries with items you have at home.

Remember that simplicity is key. Cut back on time and make multiples of one project. You can then customize for each person on your list. 


Have you ever received a handmade gift for the holiday? What was it and did you prefer it over a store bought present? Let us know in the comments below.