20 Amazing DIY Gifts You Can Make- All for Under $1.00!

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20 Amazing DIY Gifts- All for under $1.00!

When you make something for someone you are giving them a gift of time, and that is the most precious gift we can give.

“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. The best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.”

– Rick Warren

So how do you show someone you care about them without breaking the bank? Easy, here is a list of 20 amazing, budget-friendly DIY gifts you can make for under $1.00! Each gift is affordable, thoughtful, easy to make, AND you can find almost ALL of the supplies at your local Dollar Tree!

20 Amazing DIY Budget-Friendly Gifts

#1 Santa Cinnamon Sticks

These adorable cinnamon ornaments are fun to make and look cute on any tree. Even painted they give off a warm scent of cinnamon. You can make 20 ornaments from a $1.00 pack of sticks, that is only $.05 per gift!


#2 Grill Kit

This awesome grill kit is perfect for the chef that likes to cook out, great for camping too! Add your favorite seasonings (bought at your local Dollar Tree) to your straw storage sticks and place them nicely in this travel tin. If you want to add to the grill kit, include some tongs, a grill brush and a bag of charcoal. 


#3 Bay Leaf and Soup Recipe

Have a bay tree or know someone who does? Pick some leaves and place in a bag along with your famous stew/soup or sauce recipe, your friends that enjoy cooking will love this gift!


#4 Lemon Extract

You won’t believe how easy (and cheap) it is to make your own extracts, and the receiver will think you went through a lot of trouble when you give them this gift.


#5 Honey Sticks

Everyone loves honey, especially local honey! Adults and children will enjoy this gift, you can add to tea, coffee, or eat like a treat. Honey sticks are easy to travel with and they are great for people with allergies.

To find out how to make these honey sticks, click here for our step-by-step instructions. 


#6 Compact Coffee & Coco Condiments 

Have a coffee or cocoa lover on your list? Make this adorable collection of flavor add-ins for their favorite hot beverage.



# 7 Christmas Potpourri

Everyone loves their house to smell good, especially with the smells of the season like apples, cinnamon, rosemary, and clove. Easy to make potpourri is sure to be appreciated by everyone. The best part is?  You probably already have most of the ingredients, if not, you can find them at the local Dollar Tree. Click here to get the recipes. 



#8 Amazing Homemade Glass Cleaner

Giving an all-natural non-toxic gift is saying more than “I was thinking about you this season” it also says “I care about your health and the health of the environment”. You can make this thoughtful gift in less than 5 mins, you won’t believe how easy it is. I buy my spray bottles from the Dollar Tree.

Click here for the recipe to make your own Natural Glass Cleaner. 



#9 Tea Tin

I am a tea lover who carries her own tea in her purse because restaurants never have herbal tea in stock, I would love to receive a gift like this. Add a couple of honey straws to some home-made tea bags for the tea lover on your list.


#10 Herb and Flower Pressed Ornaments

If you can cut out a cookie, you can make this gift. Easy and affordable is an understatement, we made over 30 ornaments for less than $1.00! Preserve and show off your beautiful herbs or flowers with these budget-friendly herbs pressed ornaments. Just 


#11 Homemade Lip Balm

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t use lip balm or chapstick. With just three simple ingredients you can make over 10 lip balm tubes and each tube cost less than $.50 to make!

Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

Once you make your own lip balm and see how incredibly easy it is, you will never buy store-bought again. Most all of these ingredients can be found at your local Dollar Tree.

Lip Balm Ingredients


  1. Over a double boiler or on the lowest setting on your cooktop, slowly melt all the ingredients together in a saucepan. 
  2. Blend well
  3. Pour into individual lip balm containers leaving the lid off
  4. Let cool completely
  5. Place lids on lip balms
  6. This recipe makes ten lip balm tube


#12 Poultry Seasoning 

If you love your turkey or stuffing, you need to give it fresh poultry seasoning. Your guest will be thinking of you through every savory bite after they have tried your home-made poultry seasoning.


#13 Bird Nest Whisk

This gift is a two-fold gift. Fill a whisk with nesting material for the birds and hang outside, once the material is gone you can use the whisk to cook with (after it’s washed of course!). You can buy your raffia or moss and whisk from the Dollar Tree

#14 Okra Santa Ornament

Preserve a part of your garden by making Santa’s out of dried okra, this adorable Santa is sure to generate conversation. You can share with friends about your garden and your favorite okra recipe, they will think about you every time they hang this cute gift on their tree.


#15 Crochet Dishcloth/Washcloth

Even if you have never crocheted in your life, Youtube has made this forgotten skill very easy for anyone to learn. These hand crocheted dish/washcloths are appreciated by all, they last forever and are easy to clean by throwing in the washer.


#16 All Natural Herbal Household Cleaner

I give these all-natural, non-toxic cleaners to everyone I know. They are great for people with allergies, wonderful for the environment and so affordable to make, you won’t believe it.


#17 Mulling Spice Mix 

Oh, the flavors and smells of the holidays, nostalgic memories of times past. Give these Mulling Spice bags away this holiday season and watch as they return and want the recipe.


#18 Cinnamon Gingerbread Ornaments- Bonus Car Air fresheners

I made these several years ago and the one hanging from my rear view mirror still smells like cinnamon. With just a few ingredients and a cookie cutter you can make these smell-good ornaments for friends and family, just remind them not to eat them!

Cinnamon Ornament Supplies


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  2. Mix Cinnamon and Applesauce together until well blended
  3. Roll mixture on to a wax paper until 1/4″ thick
  4. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter
  5. Use the end of a straw to put a hole in the top to hang the ornaments
  6. Place ornaments on a baking sheet
  7. Bake for 2.5 hours
  8. Remove from oven and place on drying rack
  9. Let dry on the drying rack for two more days until all moisture is gone


#19 Fire Starters

Everyone you know that has a fireplace will love these fire-starters. They are environmentally friendly and work great!




# 20 Bird Seed Feeders

I’m sure you have some bird-watching fans on your list this year, give them a gift they will love by making them a bird seed feeder. This gift is fun for the whole family to make.

Bird Seed Ornament Supplies


  1. Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Add remaining ingredients
  4. Mix thoroughly 
  5. Tape string, yarn or raffia to bottom of cups letting a couple of inches drape over the top of the cup
  6. Pour mixture into cups
  7. Place in fridge to completely harden
  8. Once hard, cut cup and remove the bird seed ornament
  9. Hang your ornaments outside in trees for the birds and wildlife to enjoy







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