5 DIY Gifts Costing $5 Or Less

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Time for another Frugal Photo Friday with Simply Rebekah and Money Saving Mom. Keeping with my 5 for $5 or less theme this week I am sharing 5 DIY gifts costing $5 or less to make. 

5 DIY Christmas gifts costing $5 or less

I have made all these ideas several times and can honestly say that they are simple and frugal.

Simple Fingerless Gloves

1. Simple Fingerless Gloves

I just started making these simple fingerless gloves this spring and intend to give them out as gifts this Christmas. They use just one ball of yarn that costs less than $5 without a coupon and even less with one.

button-headbands2. Button Headbands

Even if you have to buy buttons for these button headbands (I used some I had leftover from another craft project) these cute button headbands are right around $1 a piece to make. A set of three would still be well under $5 and would make a great gift for a young girl.

all three gratitude journals3. Gratitude Journals

I find writing down just a few things I am thankful for each day really helps me turn off my brain and fall asleep quicker. My gratitude journal is a simple $1 week at a glance calendar from the dollar tree that I fancied up craft items I had on hand. I think these would make great gifts given with a pen and perhaps even a book mark to keep the person’s place and it would still cost less than $5.

simplest fudge ever only 2 ingredients

4. Simplest Fudge Ever

I have been making this simple  fudge recipe for over 20 years now and have not met a single person who does not like it. For gift giving you can line a 9 by 9 tin with wax paper or two small rectangular tins about 4 by 9 inches and then pour the fudge straight into the tin to set and give it as a block. If you want to change the flavor a bit omit half a cup of chocolate chips and replace it with crushed candy canes for a delicious holiday themed fudge.

caramel crunch

5. Caramel Crunch or Christmas Crunch

I make caramel crunch all year as a treat for family movie night. During the Christmas season  I  give it a holiday flare and add in red and green M&Ms.

To give this as gifts I either place the entire batch in an inexpensive Christmas tin or I divided up into see through goodie bags and tie it up with festive ribbon to make several small gifts.

To keep an entire batch under $5 I make sure to buy the ingredients when I can combine sales and coupons.

For more gift ideas check out my DIY Jewelery, Headbands and Hair Accessories or No Bake Treats board on Pinterest.

If  Pinterest is not your thing but you do want more great low cost gift ideas for the upcoming Christmas season I recommend 101 Days Of Christmas. This ebook is packed with great low cost simple Christmas recipes and  most of them would make excellent gifts.

Follow Victoria @Snail Pace Transformations’s board Thrifty DIY Gifts on Pinterest.

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  1. Great ideas! I’m going to go pin that fudge recipe right now. It sounds amazing.

  2. With Christmas coming soon, this post is really helpful in giving me some great gift ideas! Would you mind to link this up to Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop? Our readers love to see thrifty ideas like this. Thanks so much!

  3. You missed a easy project that is a great gift. Buy a dollar tree photo frame glue and food coloring. Pour glue on paper plate and add food coloring. Let kids paint away. When dry u can use suction cups to hang on a window or poke holes in the back to let light through. A easy sun catcher. You can also use this to color cheap glassware. Please share this site dollartreecraft.com with your readers. All stuff made with sruff from dt. Many cool projects on there for kids and adults. Craftster.org is also good. They have a section called what can i do with this? Which is all about using what you have

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