Giving during the holiday season is what the whole season is all about. That can be a little difficult when your budget is tight, but you don’t need to let money stop you from having a giving spirit. Some of the most thoughtful and remembered gifts are homemade Christmas gifts.

People treasure when they are truly thought about and their interests are taken into account, rather than just buying more junk to add to a pile of things that they do not use. Here are some homemade Christmas gift ideas that are inexpensive but thoughtful.

1. Homemade Christmas Ornament

Think about the person to that you are wanting to give a gift and some of their top events that happened during the year. If they had something very memorable happen to them, think of an object that symbolizes that and you can make it into an ornament for their tree. That way they can always remember that year. Some ways you can craft an ornament can be with homemade dough, popsicle sticks, or even a printed-out photo that was laminated and put inside a clear ornament ball. Have a try on this homemade gift idea!

2. Homemade Picture Frames

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Picture frames displaying a picture of importance are a great gift to give to a grandparent from a grandchild.

You could have your child paint some popsicle sticks or a wooden frame, or even glue some macaroni to it.

It will not only be a craft but a gift as well.

All you have to do is glue the photo in when they are finished.

3. Sculpey Earrings Christmas Gift Idea

Sculpey is a clay that you can bake in your toaster oven at home. There are so many uses for them, but a popular trend is making clay earrings. You can make whatever design you want, you will just need to buy earring posts and stick them into the clay and then bake them! Your friend or loved one will have the most unique earrings that no one else will have.

4. Baked Goods

Nothing says Christmas quite like homemade cinnamon rolls, however, cinnamon rolls are definitely a labor of love. It takes hours and hours to make cinnamon rolls so many people skip taking the time to make them. No store-bought cinnamon roll will ever taste as delicious as homemade, fresh out of the over warm cinnamon rolls. If you can, try bringing them over warm! 

5. Christmas Potpourri Gift Idea

What is better than having your house smell absolutely delicious? Homemade potpourri is so easy and very inexpensive to make. In a bag, add a mandarin orange, some cinnamon sticks, cranberries, cloves, and nutmeg. Add some instructions and you have a beautiful and heavenly-smelling gift! All you have to do is add the ingredients to a pot of water and leave it on the lowest temperature on your stove to have your whole home smell like Christmas.

6. Homemade Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are very easy to make but expensive to buy.

Many people enjoy bath bombs but often skip out on buying them because they are too expensive.

Buying the initial ingredients can be a little spendy but once you have them, you can make dozens of them!

This would be a great homemade gift idea if you have lots of girls or women to give gifts to.

What you will need is citric acid, Epsom salt, baking soda, cornstarch, a few drops of essential oil, coconut oil, and food coloring.

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7. Homemade Wooden Coasters

Find some square pieces of wood for the perfect handmade coasters! Make sure to sand them so they are nice and soft and will not scratch the table, and then decorate them with your own design on the top. You can make a collage out of magazines, or even use some printed photos of you two together. Make sure to modge-podge over the top so that it is waterproof.

8. Chocolate-Covered Pretzels in a Tin

Chocolate-covered pretzels are addicting! It is a great homemade gift idea that anybody would love, and can be very inexpensive. After you dip your pretzels in chocolate, you can add some red and green sprinkles to the top to make them more Christmas-themed. Complete the tin box with a ribbon and you have a beautiful and easy gift!

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Final Word

Remember, gift-giving does not need to be expensive to be meaningful. If your friend is somewhat picky and you are having a difficult time thinking of something that they would love, try attending a craft fair and check out some of the trade show displays for gift ideas! You will be sure to find something unique there.