12 Budget-Friendly DIY Christmas Gifts that Your Family Will Enjoy Making

I love the holidays but I hate the stress of trying to make sure I have enough money for bills, food, and ummmm gifts. It seems like you spend the whole year saving up (or paying off some credit cards) just so you can make sure you have money to buy presents for everybody.

Even the relatives that don’t deserve it.

Well, I’ve changed my mentality over the years. I realize that most of the things I buy for people aren’t really getting used. Let’s be honest.

So what I do now is keep an eye out for gifts that can be made by everyone.

If you’re worried about people thinking you’re cheap then those are the type of people that you need to remove from your life.

Seriously.

These gifts are not only budget-friendly but they are simply adorable and everyone in your family can make them.

12 Gifts You Can Make This Christmas

By no means am I suggesting you get some popscicle sticks, some googly eyes and call it a reindeer. These are the type of gifts that loved ones like to cheris because who gets handmade anything anymore?

Everything comes in that plastic packaging that is impossible to open up.

Be unique this Christmas with these gifts.

1. Sharpie Art Gift Mugs

Sharpie art mugs make a perfect gift for anyone who likes to sip a hot drink at any time of the day. The whole family can personalize their mugs with a cool saying or some awesome art.

Get the tutorial here!

2. Stenciled Tote Bags

Step up your holiday gift-giving with something a little more personal.This DIY tote bag is so simple, and children will love using their very own tote bag they helped to create!

Get the tutorial here!

3. Pretzel Snowman

Yes! This DIY Pretzel Snowman is even cuter in person. This simple gift can be given to your child’s teachers or neighbors.

All you need is a mason jar and chocolate covered pretzels to get started.

Get the tutorial here!

4. Stovetop Scents

One of my all-time favorites! These are SO SO SO cute and will fill any house with the aroma of the holidays.

This tutorial has three amazing sents to choose from.

Get the tutorial here!

5. Hot Chocolate in a Mason Jar

If you want another good present to go along with that sharpie mug gift, then definitely try this one out!

With just a few ingredients like cocoa powder, sugar, and toppings of your choice, you can give your friends or family a tasty drink for the cold season!

Get the tutorial here!

6. Christmas-y Chocolate Covered Oreo Pops

Whether you’re a nibbler, gone in a bite, milk-dipping or twisting oreo kind of person these Christmas-y Chocolate Covered Oreo Pops satisfy any oreo lover.

Get the tutorial here!

7. Masson Jar Magnets

These simple Masson Jar Magnets make a perfect gift for family members that are near or far away.

To get started all you need is a little Mod Podge, a picture, scissors, magnets and some lids.

Get the tutorial here!

8. Gingerbread Granola

Teachers and neighbors will love munching on this homemade granola.

Made with old-fashioned oats, shredded coconut, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips whats not to love.

Get the tutorial here!

9. Popcorn Snowman

Grab a bag of popcorn and make one of these super cute popcorn snowmen for all of your friends and co-workers.

Get the tutorial here!

10. Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

These salt dough handprint ornaments will absolutely touch the heart of anyone they are gifted to this holiday season.

Get the tutorial here!

11. Lump Of Coal

Know someone who is hard to buy gifts for but he appreciates a good gag gift. Then look no further this Lump Of Coal is a great gift your kids will get a kick out of making.

Get the tutorial here!

12. Paw Print Cookies

Pet Lovers and their pups will love this thoughtful and special gift this holiday season. These adorable paw print cookies are so easy and fun to make your kids won’t wanna miss the fun.

Get the tutorial here!

It’s More Than the Thought

It might be silly to say that it’s the thought that counts but in this case it really is. As long as you show the people you love that you’ve been thinking about them then they will appreciate anything you get for them.

If you can show them that you took the time to make some things, they will love that even more.

If you’re looking for even more ideas, check out 11 Cute and Easy DIY Christmas Presents People Love.

13 Fun DIY Christmas Crafts For Kids to Make

When I think about Christmas I sometimes think about all of the different crafts that I would make in elementary school. Who knew that when I became an adult, Christmas crafts would still be a thing? Pretty cool that you don’t need to be in school to have your kids work on these Christmas crafts.

13 DIY Christmas Crafts for Kids

The goal of these crafts is not only to be fun but also something that you wouldn’t mind keeping around your home.

I know as a parent you’re supposed to love everything that your child makes but you spent enough time and energy making sure your home is decorated to your liking. There is no reason why you can’t expect some level of quality from your kid’s crafts. Especially since they are going to ask you to bring them out for the next couple of years.

Maybe that makes me evil.

I simply like to think I’m respecting the Christmas spirit to the fullest extent.

1. Frosted Christmas Tree Sugar Cones

I was on the lookout for Christmas crafts for kids to make and I found these awesome DIY Christmas crafts. Definitely giving them a shot.

These festive and easy Frosted Christmas Tree Sugar Cones are a great way to bring the whole family together during the holidays. Your kids will love munching on all the sweets as they decorate their very on Frosted Christmas Tree Sugar Cone.

To get started all you need is ice cream sugar cones, frosting, and various colored candies.

Get out the tutorial here!

2. Sugarplum Pine Cone Christmas Garland

I was on the lookout for Christmas crafts for kids to make and I found these awesome DIY Christmas crafts. Definitely giving them a shot.

With some pine cones, white paint and colorful felt balls you and your kiddos will enjoy making your home a little brighter with this Sugarplum Pine Cone Christmas Garland.

Get the tutorial here!

3. Christmas Paper Tube Characters

I was on the lookout for Christmas crafts for kids to make and I found these awesome DIY Christmas crafts. Definitely giving them a shot.

Upcycle those empty tubes into a fun winter wonderland scene with these DIY Christmas Paper Tube Characters.

To get started just print out the free printable template, cut and paste!

Get the tutorial here!

4. Stamped Towels

It's not easy finding Christmas crafts for toddlers but these DIY Christmas crafts look like they'll work out just fine.

Handmade gifts, from kids, really are the best. With a simple plain towel some
green + red fabric paint these DIY Stamped towels make the perfect gift for grandparents, teachers, and other important people in their lives.

Get the tutorial here!

5. Stained Glass Christmas Photo Ornament

It's not easy finding Christmas crafts for toddlers but these DIY Christmas crafts look like they'll work out just fine.

Looking for fun decorations for kids to make? These stained glass Christmas photo ornaments are simple and thrifty to make.

To get started all you need is unpainted wood photo ornaments, acrylic paint or washable tempera paint, printer and mod podge.

Get the tutorial here!

6. Sequin Ornament

Preschool Christmas crafts are not easy to find but these 13 DIY Christmas crafts work well with toddlers and those kids in preschool.

Sparkly, shiny sequin ornaments make a perfect craft for preschoolers, elementary, or older children.

With a little paint and sequins, your kiddos are sure to add a little bling to the Christmas tree this year.

Get the tutorial here!

7. Pretty Paper Straw Christmas Trees

Preschool Christmas crafts are not easy to find but these 13 DIY Christmas crafts work well with toddlers and those kids in preschool.

Want to make memorable Christmas ornaments with your kids? I’ve got the perfect craft idea: DIY paper straw Christmas trees. Cheap, easy AND beautiful!

These Simple Paper Straw Ornaments are fun to make and will add a sense of whimsy to your tree!

Get the tutorial here!

8. Tin Can Christmas Tree Activity

Santa's workshop isn't the only place where gifts are created. You and your kids can make these Christmas crafts for gifts and people will love them.

Recycled crafts are always a winner and this easy Tin Can Christmas Tree Activity for kids is the perfect way to upcycle some cans and provide the kiddos with a design challenge!

Get the tutorial here!

9. Handprint Snowmen Ornaments

Santa's workshop isn't the only place where gifts are created. You and your kids can make these Christmas crafts for gifts and people will love them.

This DIY Handprint Snowmen Ornament is one you cherish each and every year you hang it on your tree.

To get started all you need is plain bulb ornaments, white acrylic paint, paintbrush, something fun to fill your ornament with, permanent markers and little hands.

Get the tutorial here!

10. Paper Christmas Lights Garland

Christmas crafts don't have to be difficult to make. These Christmas crafts are perfect for kids and adults.

This Christmas lights garland is a simple craft project that will give the kids something to do this holiday season! Your kiddos will love seeing their beautiful Paper Christmas Lights Garland on display.

Get the tutorial here!

11. Snowman Milk Jugs

Christmas crafts don't have to be difficult to make. These Christmas crafts are perfect for kids and adults.

Go green this Christmas and make use of your recyclable milk jugs to create this lovable snowman Christmas decoration. These snowmen milk jugs will make Santa really proud of your creativity and your effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Get the tutorial here!

12. Toilet Paper Rolls Christmas Decorations

These fun DIY Christmas crafts will have you drinking eggnog, singing Holiday songs and provide you with nice Christmas decorations for years to come.

The end of your toilet paper is a beautiful new beginning for your Christmas decorations. With your creativity, I’m sure you’ll have unlimited crafts to do with toilet paper rolls.

All you need is cute holiday paper, scrap ribbon, a piece of brown felt, a pack of little eyes, and a pack of red pom poms to start this cheap and easy craft!

Get the tutorial here!

13. Reindeer Pillows

These fun DIY Christmas crafts will have you drinking eggnog, singing Holiday songs and provide you with nice Christmas decorations for years to come.

If you want a fun craft to share with your kids, these reindeer footprints and handprint pillows will sure give you the joy of crafting with your kids. They are a great keepsake you and your young ones can treasure.

Get the tutorial here!

For Kids of All Ages

These Christmas crafts work well with toddlers all the way to teenagers. There is just something about making stuff with your bare hands that people love and for good reason.

We don’t get to make enough stuff with our hands anymore so when the opportunity presents itself it is wise to step up and handle the business.

11 DIY Activities to Make Thanksgiving Fun for Kids

As adults, holidays are fun because it means you have a reason to do more adult things like flirt with your co-workers and blame it on the punch.

For kids this usually means…well it depends on the holiday.

For kids, Thanksgiving usually means eating random food and gathering with relatives that like to give them kisses on the cheek. However, it doesn’t just have to be about that!

You can actually integrate some fun kids’ activities into the month of November.

While you’re getting excited about your Grandma’s gravy, your children can get excited about the cool things they are about to make.

11 Thanksgiving DIY Activities for Kids

Even though these activities are geared towards kids that doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyable for you as well!

Any time you get to sit down with your kids and make stuff it should be considered a great time.

As adults, what do we get to make now besides things for people at work?

I’m spiraling out of control on adult responsibilities so let’s dive into the kids’ stuff.

1. Thanksgiving Bingo

Turkeys, Pilgrims, corn, and scarecrows. It’s all kinds of Thanksgiving fun for the kids. Everyone enjoys playing a game of bingo, especially after a satisfying Thanksgiving meal.

Fun fact: I’ve won bingo once and that was in college. I won a TV from it. The TV was the size of a mini-fridge with a screen the size of a new iPhone.

I had some good moments with that TV.

Get the tutorial here!

2. Turkey Tracks

This fun and thrifty craft will keep your kids busy until dinner is served.This turkey art activity is a great extension of the book Run, Turkey, Run! The children’s artwork could be bound and turned into a class version of that book.

All you need to make the turkey art is a little paint, pipe cleaners, and some paper.

You can even add a little more fun and let your kids dip their hands and feet into the paint so it looks like little people are hunting the turkeys!

Get the tutorial here!

3. Pilgrim Hat Crayon Cups

Giving the little one a space to color? Go a step further to ensure crayons displayed festively, too. These pilgrim hats are made out of paper cups, and you can reuse them from year to year.

If you’re forcing your kids to sit at the kids’ table for Thanksgiving then you can cover the table with paper, throw on these crayon hats and let them run wild with things.

Get the tutorial here!

4. Turkey Napkin Rings

If you thought napkin holders were too sophisticated for the kids’ table, this adorable tablescape that’s made from felt and ribbon will make you think again.

Your Thanksgiving guests will smile during the whole meal at the creativity that your kids possess.

Get the tutorial here!

5. Colorful Pumpkin Seeds

Every kid at the table will love this creative project. Plus, it’s the perfect way to use your leftover pumpkin seeds.

These colorful pumpkin seeds kind of remind you of Christmas lights right? That means you can easily transfer this activity into one for the winter holidays.

Get the tutorial here!

6.Thanksgiving Turkey Play-Doh

Set out some craft supplies and brown Play-Doh so the kids can create their own turkeys.

Of course, if you can’t find brown Play-Doh you can scoop up this Play-Doh 10-pack so the kids can make the turkeys almost any color that they want.

Get the tutorial here!

7. Thank-You Tree

thanksgiving activities for kids

Remind the kids that the holiday is about more than food and football with this pretty paper tree. Guests can write down what they are grateful for on a paper leaf and tie it on a branch with ribbon.

What I love about this activity is that it gives the kids a sense of accomplishment when they see the big people adding their leaves to the tree.

It goes a long in showing kids that it’s possible for anyone to create something that can be enjoyed by others. That’s a pretty cool life lesson.

Get the tutorial here!

8. Pinecone Turkeys

Pinecone turkeys are a cute, easy and fun craft project you can do with your kiddos to create handmade decor for your Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

If you live in the right place then pinecones are free so that makes this a pretty cost-effective activity to do with your kids.

Get the tutorial here!

9. Paper Turkey

Take turkey to a whole new place with brown paper bags-fashioned to mimic a traditional Thanksgiving bird, but filled with popcorn!

This might be my favorite activity on the list due to how awesome it feels to toss your hand into a turkey and pull out some treats.

There is just something tribal about the experience.

Was that too dark? It might have been but when it’s time for the turkey to go, it’s time for the turkey to go.

Get the tutorial here!

10. Hand Print Wreath

This ‘handy’ Thanksgiving wreath give your child a chance to have a little fun and get a little messy!

If you’re adverse to using paint then you might want to stay away from this activity since your kids will want to paint everything in your house with their hands.

Now that I think about it, why do we even bother with brushes?

Get the tutorial here!

11. Paper Placemeants

Sitting at the kids’ table can be a drag but with plenty of kid-friendly activities and decor, it can be more tempting than the adult table! These crafty placemats can double as name cards and keep the kids busy at the same time.

Mix this in with the crayon hats above and you really have an activity that kids can make that also has the reward of keeping them busy later.

It’s also a good way to get them off of their electronics and focusing back on doing things with their hands.

Get the tutorial here!

Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

So as you can see, your children don’t have to associate Thanksgiving with just food and football. They can see it as a time to make fun things with their family.

It’s just an added bonus that some of these fun activities get to be used by the adults later.