12 Free and Low-Cost Christmas Gifts That You Can Make Yourself

Homemade Christmas Gifts That Won't Break the Bank

Christmas gifts don't have to be pricey to be appreciated — in fact, they don't have to cost anything at all. Here are our favorite free and low-cost Christmas gifts that you can make.

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    Rag Wreath

    Rag Wreath. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

    Put that fabric stash to good use by creating rag wreaths for several of the people on your list. Fifteen minutes of your time is all it takes to make this free and fabulous gift.

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    Sweater Bag

    Sweater Bag
    Sweater Bag. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

    Have a seldom-worn sweater in the back of your closet? Transform it into a stylish tote bag. Then, stuff it with a loaf of homemade bread or another culinary treat for a can't-miss gift.

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    Jar Candles

    Jar and Container Candles
    Jar and Container Candles. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

    Skip the store-bought candles and create your own jar candles for a fraction of the cost. You can knock out everyone on your list in one afternoon!

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    Bundt Cake Candle

    Bundt Cake Candle
    Bundt Cake Candle. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

    If you're looking for a gift with wow-factor, the bundt cake candle is it. Grab an old bundt pan and some wax, and melt your way to the perfect gift with the equally perfect price tag — about $5 from start to finish.

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    Sweater Mittens

    Sweater Mittens
    Sweater Mittens. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

    Here's another reason to hang on to those old sweaters: sweater mittens. You can stitch up a pair in 15 minutes or less — and there's no knitting involved.

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    Button Magnets

    Button Magnets
    Button Magnets. Photo &copy Erin Huffstetler

    Turn spare buttons into snazzy button magnets with just a bit of glue and a few minutes of time.

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    Denim Yoga Bag

    Cut the fabric for the yoga bag from the leg of a pair of jeans.
    Cut the fabric for the yoga bag from the leg of a pair of jeans. Erin Huffstetler

    Turn the leg of an old pair of jeans into a stylish yoga bag for the exercise junkie on your list.

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    T-Shirt Tote Bags

    How to Make a T-Shirt Tote Bag. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

    Reusable shopping totes are a great gift, and they couldn't be easier to make. You can whip up a set out of old t-shirts in minutes.

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    Pine Cone Fire Starters

    How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

    Collect pine cones from around your neighborhood. Then, use them to make pine cone fire starters for your friends and family.

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    Liquid Hand Soap

    Foaming Hand Soap
    Foaming Hand Soap. © Erin Huffstetler

    Impress your friends and family with bottles of homemade hand soap:

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    Homemade Laundry Soap

    Homemade Laundry Detergent
    Homemade Laundry Detergent. Photo &copy Flickr user Vanessa_Yvonne

    Laundry soap is really easy to make, but you'd never guess it if you saw how much it sells for at craft shows. Make up a bunch, and give it to everyone on your gift list.

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    A Family Cookbook

    Cookbook. Photo &copy Flickr user jspatchwork

    Gather up all those special family recipes, and make them into a one-of-a-kind cookbook. Be sure to include any special stories/memories that you associate with the recipes.