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10 Easy Homemade Gifts Under $10

Has your time and money taken a beating this holiday season with the shopping frenzy?  Go easy on your wallet and your schedule with this round-up of 10 easy homemade gifts under $10. 


Has your time and money taken a beating this holiday season with the shopping frenzy?  Go easy on your wallet and your schedule with this round-up of 10 easy homemade gifts under $10.

You’ll be able to create a special gift in less time than it takes to drive to the store, find a parking spot, wander around finding something and waiting in line to check-out.  You’ll also have less stress since all of these gifts are simple and easy to make. Having some extra change in your pocket is a bonus since you won’t have to spend much to make these.  You may have most of the materials on hand or can easily find them at a dollar store.

These gifts are perfect for teachers, party hosts, co-workers, neighbors, or for kids to make for the adults in their lives.  The first 5 ideas are things I’ve made and gave over the years and the last 5 are homemade gifts I have received.

So let’s get crafting!

1. Yarn Wrapped Tin Can Pencil Holder

I made something like this for my dad when I was in first grade.  He kept it on his desk at work until he retired some 25 years later!

Materials Needed:

  • Tin can 
  • Yarn or twine
  • Glue that dries clear

How to Make:

  • Apply glue onto can.  Either squeeze glue on or use a paint brush
  • Place the end of the yarn along the top rim of the can and start wrapping it around can
  • Keep wrapping until you get to the bottom of the can
  • Cut the yarn at stopping point on bottom rim of the can.  May need to dab glue at the end of yarn
  • Squish the yarn together to cover up any exposed tin as needed
  • Apply extra glue in spots that seem to need it

You can include a festive pen or pencil to help spruce up the pencil holder.

2. Cookie Mix In A Jar

One of my former students gave this to me one year.  The cookies were so good I’ve replicated the idea to give to my kid’s teachers over the years.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 quart size mason jar
  • Ingredients for mix (see recipe below)
  • Ribbon or string
  • 3×5 index card

How to Make:

Layer the following ingredients in this order into the jar.  Be sure to use the back of a spoon to pack each layer down before adding the next ingredient.

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Put lid on jar.  Copy the following instructions on index card.  Punch hole into card, attach card to a string and tie around the lid.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Beat butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl until blended.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and sugars. Stir to mix well.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet and mix well.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool.

3. Winter Survival Guide

I’ve given this little bag of goodies to co-workers and others who work with kids.  Perfect and practical for staying healthy.

Materials Needed:

  • Small gift bag
  • Travel size tissue pack
  • Travel size hand sanitizer
  • Travel size lotion
  • Lip balm
  • An assortment of hot chocolate, tea or coffee packs
  • Can also include a mug, pair of warm socks, small knit gloves, gift card to a coffee shop, or bottle of Vitamin C.

How to Make:

Most items can be purchased at a dollar store or in the travel section at Wal-Mart or Target.  Simply put everything in the bag and you’re set!

5. Homemade Snow Globe

This is a cute gift especially for grandparents!  My kids have made these and love watching the snow fall in their own snow globes.

Materials Needed:

  • Small mason jar
  • Little figurine (snowman, animal, action figure character)
  • Glitter, any color works
  • Distilled Water
  • Hot glue gun

How to Make:

  • Glue figurine to the INSIDE of jar lid.  Let glue dry 
  • Pour water into jar
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of glitter to jar
  • Place a few glue dabs around jar lid and screw lid on to seal
  • Can also glue felt or other cloth to top of lid or tie ribbon around jar for additional decoration

5. Homemade Body Scrub

This is a great gift to give your friends or for kids to make to give to their moms…pass this hint onto hubby.

Materials Needed:

  • Small mason jar or  decorative container
  • Ingredients (see recipe below)
  • Ribbon

How to Make:

  • In a bowl mix the following ingredients, make sure to remove any lumps
  • 2 cups brown sugar
    1 cup granulated white sugar
    1 cup sunflower oil
    1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • Scoop the scrub mix into jar, pat down with spoon
  • Cover jar and tie pretty ribbon around the lid

These last 5 homemade gifts were given to me by others over the years.  They were definitely very special too.  Here are a few more easy homemade gifts for under $10.

6. Handprint Anything

This is a great keepsake gift to capture the size of your child when they were little.

Materials Needed:

  • Child’s hand
  • Acryclic Paint
  • Decorative container or paper

How To Make:

  • Paint child’s hand
  • Press hand onto surface gently yet firmly
  • Acrylic paint works on most surfaces but may want to check appropriate paint depending on what container is used

7. Painted Wooden Spoons

You can easily take basic wooden spoons and make them look high end by simply painting.  

Materials Needed:

  • Wood spoons
  • Acrylic craft paint 
  • Sealant
  • Small paint brush
  • Painter’s Tape

Complete Instructions:  Ombre Wooden Spoons  

8. Homemade Citrus Basket

Citrus is in season right now and instead of gifting sweets, why not give healthy fruit?  

Materials Needed:

  • Basket, easily found at the dollar store
  • Oranges, grape fruit, clementines, pomegranate
  • Gift basket wrap and ribbon

How to Make:

  • Arrange fruit nicely to fill basket
  • Set basket into plastic wrap and tie with ribbon

9. Bath Bombs

Have you noticed how popular bath bombs are this year?  You can easily make your own!

Materials Needed:  

  • Ingredients for bath bomb (found in the link below)
  • Decorative tin or box

Ingredients and instructions for bath bomb:

Simply put a couple of bath bombs into your tin or box and you have a lovely gift.

10. Spray Painted Candles

Are you ever surprised at how expensive decorative candles can be?  Create your own by buying a basic white candle from the dollar store or craft department and spray paint it! 

Complete instructions:  Spray Painted Candles

I hope these 10 easy homemade gifts for under $10 gives you inspiration.  You don’t have to spend a lot or do a lot to give a lot!  

For other meaningful gift ideas check out this related post:  Giving Gifts With A Lasting Impact

Has your time and money taken a beating this holiday season with the shopping frenzy?  Go easy on your wallet and your schedule with this round-up of 10 easy homemade gifts under $10.
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