Christmas is a hop and a skip away! Chances are, you have many people you want to give gifts to. If you are struggling with finances or are on a tight budget, consider a do-it-yourself gift. Homemade, sentimental presents often trigger more positive emotions than expensive last minute gifts. And, these gifts can be made right at home with items you already have! These 5 DIY Christmas gift items just require a bit of brainstorming, information, and craft gathering.

Photobooks or Calendars

Creating an impressive photo book or calendar will not only solidify your relationship with your loved ones but also bring back the old memories. Use Facebook or Instagram to find images or photos of you and your loved ones, if you don’t have them already. Along with the photos, you can add quotes or share your memories of the times you spent together. You can buy a photo album to arrange the photos and decorate with other DIY designs and patterns. Get samples of impressive photobooks here.

Cookies

Are you good at baking? You can easily bake several batches of cookies using your best recipes. Bake different kinds of cookies, decorate them and add several different garnishes. You can decorate some with icing, some with raisins, and others with nuts. Here are some unique cookies recipes that can inspire you. Bag your cookies and tie each bag with colorful ribbons; attach a greeting card and a personal message and they’re ready!

Flower gifts

If you have a garden or live near a place where wildflowers grow abundantly, you can make gorgeous pressed flower bookmarks. First, arrange the flowers on a piece of white blotting paper. Place another piece of blotting paper on the flowers and then place heavy books over the blotting paper to press the flowers. Leave the flower in place for one or two weeks. Once the flowers are dried and flattened, glue the flowers on bookmarks, photo frames, or anything you may wish to give as a gift. Alternatively, you can try out this paper flower bookmark.

Handmade jewelry

Bracelets and necklaces are the easiest-to-make DIY Christmas gift items for the ladies. If you can make jewelry, then this would be pretty easy for you. All you have to do is to string the beads up and tie the loose ends together. You can also use an elastic cord for the bracelets to make them stretchable so that they can be worn or removed easily. The items for making beads are often affordable and are sold in lower cost stores like Dollar General. Check out these awesome DIY jewelry ideas on YouTube.

Crochet and embroidery

Are you good at crafts like crochet or embroidery? If yes, then you can make an adorable bookworm bookmark as a gift for your loved ones. There are many crochet designs you can make.  Here are some ideas you can use for interesting and free crochet designs.

Making a DIY Christmas gift items for your loved ones means you’re spending more time than money. There are many Christmas gift ideas that require little or no money and will create a long-lasting impression.