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56 Totally Awesome Last Minute Cheap DIY Christmas Gifts

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It’s December and officially last minute for Christmas! Are you still trying to figure out how to get gifts for everyone on your list and stay on budget?

A store-bought gift can be expensive, and with all the people you may have to buy for…it can get out of hand! Instead, try spreading holiday cheer with homemade gifts. A homemade gift is a heart-felt way of giving without spending a ton of money.

One year my family decided to do a handmade Christmas. We made each other handmade gifts. To this day, it’s one of my fondest Christmas memories. It was so much better than a gift card or a store-bought gift.

So, if you’re looking for homemade Christmas gift ideas…look no further! I have a list of the best last minute cheap DIY Christmas gifts that are inexpensive to make and everyone will absolutely love!

Related: How To Budget For Christmas: 15 Debt-Free Tips

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Last minute homemade food gifts

Yummy DIY food gifts are a great Christmas gift for pretty much anybody on your list. Here are the best edible gifts, from truffles, booze, nuts, and more!

1. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

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This sun dried tomato pesto is quick, easy, and so good. It would be a great addition to holiday parties and gifts for family and close friends!

2. Brigadeiro (Brazilian Fudge Balls)

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Brigadeiro is a traditional Brazilian fudge. These fudge balls are so good you won’t want to give them away!

3. Mug Cakes in a Jar

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This mug cake in a jar would be perfect for teachers, friends, and neighbors! With three different recipes, there is something for everyone!

4. Grandma’s Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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This homemade chocolate syrup is a delicious gift for the chocolate lover! It’s a great addition to brownies, ice cream, and everything!

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You had me at Cranberry and White Chocolate! This cookie-in-a-jar recipe is an incredible gift for the busy bakers in your life!

6. Mason Jar Cookies for Santa Gift

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These chocolate chip mason jar cookies are perfect for neighbors, friends, moms, and teacher gifts!

7. Christmas Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

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These Christmas chocolate-covered strawberries are a tasty gift for the berry lovers in your life. Simple but beautiful and a fraction of the cost of those edible fruit companies!

8. Christmas Mochi Donuts

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These Christmas mochi donuts are miniature and so freaking cute! They make an awesome gift when glazed with chocolate and covered in Christmas sprinkles!

9. Easy Coffee Truffles

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A coffee and chocolate lover’s dream! These decadent chocolate coffee truffles are a luxurious gift without the huge price tag!

10. Velvety Rum Truffles With Ginger


These velvety rum truffles are a decadent homemade gift. A rich-tasting gift for a fraction of the cost!

11. No Bake White Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Truffles

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A combination of white chocolate and peppermint makes the ultimate Christmas truffle! These white chocolate peppermint Oreo truffles are a delicious holiday present for everyone on your list.

12. Biscoff Truffles

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These biscoff truffles are a delicious bit-size treat! Wrap them in pretty packaging, and they’re a beautiful Christmas gift for anybody!

13. Chilli Cherry Chutney Recipe

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This chilli cherry chutney is a delicious gift for the foodies in your life. A sweet and savory dip will be a festive addition to someone’s charcuterie board!

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This delicious Christmas cookie fudge is a delightful combination of fudge and Christmas cookies! The perfect give for the fudge connoisseur!

15. Easy Homemade Canned Blueberry Syrup Recipe

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Blueberry lovers will appreciate this homemade blueberry syrup. It’s a great addition to their morning waffles and pancakes or their evening vanilla ice cream!

16. Jamoncillo (Mexican Milk Fudge Candy)

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Jamoncillo is a yummy treat that would make a great Christmas gift for chocolate lovers.

17. Christmas Popcorn Balls

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These marshmallowy balls of popcorn are a delicious and super simple gift. Christmas popcorn balls are a terrific gift for teachers, kid’s friends, and neighbors!

18. Gingerbread Caramel Corn Recipe

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This sweet and crunchy gingerbread caramel corn is the perfect gift for this holiday!

19. Hot Chocolate Stirrers (Sticks) Recipe

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These hot chocolate stirrers are a tasty gift for hot chocolate lovers! Decorate them with all sorts of yummy things and wrap them pretty; they’re a perfect Christmas gift!

20. Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

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This homemade hot chocolate mix makes an easy gift for teachers, coworkers, neighbors, and friends! Free printable gift tags are included!

21. White Christmas

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A simple mixture of white chocolate, crunchy cereal, and tangy cranberries come together to make the most delicious White Christmas candy everybody will love!

22. Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Rods

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These caramel chocolate pretzel rods are totally gourmet without the huge price tag. Everyone on your Christmas list will love this decadent treat!

23. Air Fryer Granola

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This air fryer granola is an easy and healthy recipe. It’s the perfect gift for your health-conscious and granola-loving family and friends.

24. Love Nuts

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Love nuts are a delicious recipe for the nuts in your life! A perfect combination of sweet, salty, bold, and flavorful with a tiny kick of chipotle spice!

25. Easy Louisiana Style Hot Pepper Sauce

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Give the gift of spice this holiday season with this Louisiana-style hot pepper sauce. It’s an excellent gift for the heat-loving people in your life.

26. Homemade Poultry Seasoning

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This homemade poultry seasoning is simple and a must-have for every kitchen. Use in meats, soups, casseroles, sauces, bread, and more! A great gift for the chefs in your life.

27. Citrus-Herb Salt

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This citrus-herb salt is a flavorful gift for all your foodie friends. A great addition to take their cooking to the next level.

28. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

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‘Tis the season for pumpkin pie! This homemade pumpkin pie spice is a must-have for the pumpkin everything person!

29. Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

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This homemade Irish cream liqueur is a great gift for adult friends and family. This liqueur will undoubtedly be a Christmas hit on the rocks or in their coffee!

30. Butterfly Pea Infused Vodka

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Butterfly pea-infused vodka is a fun gift for cocktail lovers. With its color-changing magic, this vibrant blue vodka can turn deep purple or pink depending on what it’s mixed with!

31. DIY Christmas Gin Gift

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This Christmas gin is an awesome gift for your gin and cocktail-loving friends and family! This festive gin is a thoughtful and frugal holiday gift!

32. Rose Cordial Recipe (Simple Rose Syrup)

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For the rose lover in your life, this rose-infused simple syrup is lovely drizzled over desserts, as a sweetener, or added to a cocktail.

Last minute DIY gift ideas 

Handmade crafts are great gift ideas to save money. Here are the best DIY Christmas gifts (for any skill level), from home decor to body scrubs, ornaments, and more!

33. DIY Name Sign For A Bedroom Door

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This DIY name sign would be the perfect non-toy gift for any kid. You can use scrap fabric and fun craft items to make a unique handmade sign for the bedroom door!

34. DIY But First Coffee Wood Book Stack

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This adorable wood book stack would be an excellent gift for the farmhouse decor or coffee lover in your life. This tutorial uses scrap wood and inexpensive supplies to create a thoughtful gift that looks store-bought!

35. DIY Decoupage Christmas Coasters

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These DIY decoupage Christmas coasters are so cute and look like you spent a ton on them at some fancy Christmas store! These are the perfect addition to the Christmas lover’s collection!

36. Upcycled Map Coasters Gift

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These upcycled map coasters are so simple and cute to make. A fantastic Christmas (and Father’s Day) gift for a Dad and Grandpa!

37. DIY Memory Box

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This DIY keepsake memory box is quick and easy to make but unique enough to be something that can be given as a gift or cherished in your own home for years.

38. Zipper DIY Coin Purse with Keyring

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Use this free sewing pattern to create an adorable zipper coin purse. It’s a wonderful pattern for beginner sewers and a great way to use scrap fabric!

39. DIY Honey Almond Sugar Scrub

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This honey almond sugar scrub is simple and quick. It’s a lavish gift for your girlfriends or a mom who needs some self-care!

40. Whipped Peppermint Sugar Scrub

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This peppermint sugar scrub is a simple but luxurious gift. A perfect gift for your friends, family, and teachers!

41. DIY Snowflake Soap

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DIY snowflake soap is a wonderful-smelling Christmas gift and fun to make! This recipe is simple for beginners and easy to make.

42. Tote Bag Upcycle from $1 Placemats

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This upcycled tote bag is super cute and simple to make! With some basic sewing skills, it would be a perfect beach tote or overnight bag for someone!

43. Pressed Flower Bookmarks

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These pressed flower bookmarks are the perfect homemade gift for the book lover in your life! Using flowers and craft supplies around your house, you can make beautiful bookmarks to give to friends, teachers, and your favorite librarian!

44. DIY Hair Scrunchies


What girl doesn’t love a scrunchie?! These scrunchies are a perfect gift for any woman in your life. These are so professional looking you could even make and sell them for some Christmas cash!

45. Santa Inspired Crochet Phone Pouch

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This adorable Santa crochet phone pouch is just what your extreme Christmas-loving friends need! You could also gift this pattern to the crocheters in your life (all the proceeds go to Alzheimer’s Crochet for a Cure).

46. Custom Tea Towels


Flour sack towels are cheap but super absorbable. They are the perfect practical gift for anyone’s kitchen when decorated with pretty designs.

47. Clutter Free Christmas Voucher Gifts (Free Printables)

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OMG! I love a clutter-free Christmas gift! These FREE printable gift vouchers are so cute and come with a list of ideas to gift. The ideal option for the minimalist in your life!

48. Poured Paint Votive Holders

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These poured-paint votive holders look like you picked them up at Pottery Barn! They are stylish and would make a very posh gift for any home.

49. DIY Snow Globe Candle

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This DIY snow globe candle is such a cute idea for sisters and girlfriends. Not only is it thoughtful, but it smells good too!

50. Living Succulent Christmas Tree Ornament

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living succulent Christmas ornament is such a neat gift! After Christmas, the succulents can be taken out and replanted.

51. Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

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These adorable homemade cinnamon ornaments would be so much fun for kids to make! They are the perfect gift for grandparents and smell amazing too!

52. Cute Clay Angel Ornament

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What mom doesn’t love a homemade Christmas ornament?! This adorable and simple clay angel ornament is a fun gift for kids to make for parents and grandparents!

53. Decoupage Wood Slice Ornaments

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Wood slice ornaments are a charming Christmas gift for any ornament collector!

54. Homemade Santa Belly Ornaments

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Another fun ornament kids will get a kick out of, and grandparents will love receiving! These Santa belly ornaments are so cute and would look adorable on all the Christmas trees!

55. Fingerprint Christmas Lights Keepsake Craft

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This fingerprint Christmas picture frame is simple but heartfelt! It would be a sweet gift to give grandparents.

56. DIY Nutcracker Giftbox

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This was too cute to leave out! Repurpose a Pringles can into a nutcracker gift box. Stuff it with candy, popcorn, nuts, and more. It will add a little pizzazz to your Christmas gift!


The Christmas season can be an expensive time of year But it doesn’t have to be!

Try some of these easy DIY Christmas gifts and give the gift of homemade this holiday season. They’re the perfect way to stay on budget and save money!

What homemade Christmas presents are you gifting this year? Leave a comment below.

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12 thoughts on “56 Totally Awesome Last Minute Cheap DIY Christmas Gifts”

  1. WOW!!!! What a list….loved so many of these ideas! The cake and cookie jars are my favorites for now, but I will definitely come back to try more DIY gift ideas. Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful ideas!!

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