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Inside: A collection of cheap, DIY gift ideas for $5 that everyone will love! All less than $5 each!
I stared at the tattered, hand written Christmas list, my heart sinking within me.
There was only $33 dollars left, after buying gifts for both my large family and his, and I still had 27 names on the list. Friends, co-workers, and all my best friends’ kids.
The guilt pounded as my chest squeezed tight – how can I decide who to cross off my list or is there someway I can stretch $33 impossibly thin and make gifts for everyone without looking like a cheapskate?
That’s why I started making homemade gifts. Because it is much cheaper and you can make the same gift in bulk.
So many of my friends are down right stinkin’ talented and have come up with some amazing cheap DIY gift ideas for $5 – yes, these all cost less than $5 each to make!!
YES! $5 for a gift helps stretch my money even further and I can give to more people. And if you don’t spill the secret, these gifts don’t look like they only cost $5 to make.
All photos used with permission.
Amazing and Cheap DIY Gift Ideas for $5!
Origami Dollar Hearts Gift Box
Giving cash? This is a super fun (and easy) way to give cash and will make your gift much more special.
Cost: Materials to make each gift box $3.00 - plus the amount of money you plan on giving.
You can find the instructions on how to make the Origami Dollar Hearts Gift Box over at Adrian's Crazy Life.
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Homemade Wind Chimes
Make your own heavenly sounding wind chime to brighten someone's day! How fun is this?!!
Cost: Materials to make each wind chime $5.00
You can find the instructions on how to make the Homemade Wind Chimes over at Celebrating Family.
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Square Soup Bowl Cozy
This is a thoughtful gift to give to a soup lover in your life!
Save money by using fabric and batting that you already have.
Cost: Materials to make each soup bowl cozy Free-$2.50
You can find the instructions on how to make the Soup Bowl Cozy over at Super Mom No Cape.
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Chalk Painted Tea Light Jars
Have a candle lover? Make them a unique candle holder with a jar, chalk paint, and stencils. LED tealights are perfect for this beautiful candle!
Save money by reusing pickle or spaghetti sauce jars.
Cost: Materials to make each candle jar $2.00
You can find the instructions on how to make the Origami Dollar Hearts Gift Box over at We Can Make That.
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Disney's Frozen -Elsa Braids
Do you have a Frozen Princess lover in your life? She will be thrilled to get Elsa's Braids and will spend hours playing dress up with them!
Cost: Less than $5.00
You can find the instructions on how to make the Elsa Braid over at Adrian's Crazy Life.
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All the bakers in your life will love this gift! It's so amazing!
Cost: Materials to make each jar of homemade vanilla $3.50
You can find the instructions on how to make Homemade Vanilla over at Cook With a Shoe.
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Ribbon Hair Bows
You can make adorable hair bows for all the girls in your life.
Save money by using scraps of fabric you already have.
Cost: Materials to make each Ribbon Hair Bow $1-3.
You can find the instructions on how to make Ribbon Hair Bows over at A Proverbs 31 Wife.
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His and Her DIY Spa Kits
Want to give a pampering gift? These DIY Spa kits are made from items found around the house!
Cost: Materials to make each DIY Spa Kit $5
You can find the instructions on how to make His and Her DIY Spa Kits over at Schneider Peeps.
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Note Art Sticky Pad
Get your kids in on the action with this gift! Have them draw their best art work on the sides of these sticky note pads.
Adoring family will love the brilliant works of art!
Cost: Materials to make each Note Art Sticky Pad less than $5
You can find the instructions on how to make the Note Art Sticky Pads over at A Whimsicle Life.
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A constellation flashlight is a star-studded gift, perfect for anyone who loves science and space.
You may want to include a couple of extra batteries for this cool gift costing less than $5!
Cost: Less than $5.
You can get the instructions and free printable constellations at Purdue Avenue.
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Decorated Coffee Cups
These Decorated Coffee Cups are the perfect packaging for a coffee gift card for teachers, coaches and friends.
Cost: Less than $5 to make each coffee cup; gift card is extra.
You can get the instructions for the Decorated Coffee Cups at Around My Family Table.
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How cool is this gift?? You can add an encouraging poem or message to the silhouettes.
Cost: Less than $5 to make each personalized silhouette.
You can get the instructions to make the Personalized Silhouettes at Schneider Peeps.
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Kid Made Terrariums
Make a mini terrariums with succulents for your favorite gardener! Easy to put together and easy to maintain.
Cost: $3 each, plus the soil.
You can get the instructions to make the Kid Made Terrariums at A Whimsicle Life.
With these handmade gift ideas for less than $5, you can enjoy giving to all your loved ones and your budget won’t be stretched thin!
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