10 Inexpensive DIY Gifts Your Friends And Family Will Love

Christmas is a time of giving and cheer. If you are going into this holiday season with a little less cash than you thought, don’t fear! Today we’re bringing you a list of 10 simple, fun, meaningful DIY gifts you can make for your friends and family. Since you are making them, you can price out the lowest cost ingredients and ensure you stay within your budget. Plus these gifts are so tasteful and cute, your recipients will have no idea you were so savvy!

Christmas Candy

Everybody loves receiving homemade candy! Some of our favorite simple recipes are BuckeyesChocolate Covered Oreos, and Rocky Road Peanut Clusters. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, learning how to make caramel is a really interesting science experiment with a delicious outcome!

Simmer Pots

Cinnamon, cloves, oranges, cranberries, mmmm the smell of Christmas. Fill bags with these items and tie them with a cute bow and your friends will love the way their house smells.

Christmas Stockings

Christmas stockings? I can’t sew! No worries, these bad boys are crafted using just felt and glue! You can also add fun decorations like glitter glue, rhinestones, bows, and tassels to really up the pizazz factor.

Hot Cocoa Bombs

I don’t believe it’s possible to have been on Instagram lately and not stumbled across Hot Cocoa bombs. These are so stinkin’ cute! You place them in your mug, pourhot water or milk over the top, and watch them erupt into a yummy display of cocoa, marshmallows, and melted chocolate. Sign me up!

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread is a super simple starter of 1 c flour, 1 c sugar, and 1 c milk. You deliver a portion of this mix as a starter to 4 friends and after they make the bread they retain portions of starter to give out as well. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Pancake Mix In A Jar

One of the best things about Christmas morning is breakfast. Ensure your friends and family have a ready to go, piping hot, delicious breakfast by supplying them with a Pancake Mix In a Jar. You can add whatever mix-ins you like, but I’m definitely going to suggest semi-sweet chocolate chips because they make the best pancakes ever.


There are thousands of DIY ornament instructions online, but one I found absolutely adorable was these Reindeer Christmas Ornaments. They look super fun to make and the result is so fun and light hearted.

Hats, Scarves, Sweaters, Socks

This idea is for all the knitters and crocheters out there. Everyone loves being warm and cozy when it’s cold out, and making your friends and family something out of yarn they can use on a daily basis will be so meaningful to them.


Just like candy, cookies are always a hit. I will admit that I have spent more than my fair share of time on Pinterest browsing through endless rows of gorgeous cookies. My favorites are these adorable Christmas Light Sugar Cookies and these Pinwheel Sugar Cookies. They both look super complicated but are actually really simple!

Bath Bombs

Just like there’s nothing like cuddling up to a warm fire in a cozy blanket on a cold night, there’s also nothing like taking a long, relaxing bath filled with warm water and the delicious smell of bath bombs. You can make regular ones, or you can take it up a notch with these super cute Snowman Bath Bombs! I have to believe that it is also hilarious to watch these melt.

We hope you try out some of these DIY gifts. If you do try them out and share them to social media, tag @pennyprofitapp so we can see them! Also, if you have any awesome DIY ideas you love, share them with us in the comments below!