Top 5 Easy and Inexpensive DIY Holiday Gifts

5 easy holiday gifts

The holidays are here again and we're sure this season is going to look a little different than it has in the past. Whether you're on a shoestring budget, celebrating across Zoom, or looking for something a little different - we're bringing you our top 5 DIY gift tutorials to make it merry and bright.

1. Mason Jar Succulent Planters

Anyone else become a plant parent during quarantine? The holidays are the perfect time to spread the love with these adorable succulent jars.

Supplies Needed:

- Mason jars or glass containers you have on hand

- Decorative rock, available at local dollar stores or scavenged from nature

- Succulent/cactus blend potting soil. Small quantities can be purchased at hardware stories or nurseries for as little as $3/bag

- Succulent cuttings harvested from your collection


- Line the bottom of your jar with your decorative rocks. This will help the soil drain and prevent succulent rot

- Fill the jar half full with your potting mix

- Place the succulents firmly into the soil

- Lightly mist each pot and keep in a sunny window

- For extra cuteness, decorate the jar with acrylic paint, ribbons, or glitter.

2. Sugar Scrub

2020 is all about self care, and I can't think of a better gift than personalized products that your friends will love. This recipe is only three ingredients (you've probably already got 1-2 of them kicking around) and you can mix/match scents depending on who you're gifting.

Supplies Needed:

- Screw-top mason jars or airtight/watertight plastic containers that can hold single cup "servings"

- 1cup granulated sugar per jar (grocery store)

- 2 tbsp coconut oil per jar (grocery store)

- 10 drops essential oil per jar (local craft store)


- In a large bowl, combine sugar, coconut oil, and essential oils until well mixed

- Transfer sugar mixture to your containers and close tightly

3. Sharpie Mugs

It's 2020, and I think we all need a strong cup of coffee. Customize one for everyone on your list! Pairs great with hot chocolate packets and candy canes for the ultimate stocking stuffer.

Supplies Needed:

- Plain ceramic coffee mugs, white works best. (Dollar store, other big box retailers)

- Oil-based sharpies (craft/art supply stores) Regular sharpies will NOT work, so make sure the ones you purchase are oil-based. These run $2-$4 each typically


- Thoroughly wash your mug to make sure you have a super clean surface

- Draw your design and let dry 20 minutes

- Place completed mugs on an oven-safe pan, place in the oven, and heat to 350

- Once the oven is at temp, let the mugs bake for 30 minutes.

- Turn the oven off and allow the mugs to cool. They will be super hot so best not to handle them

- As long as the mugs are treated gently, the oil-based sharpies are permanent. Your mileage may vary!

4. Cake Mix Cookies

Want to know my secret to the easiest cookie recipe ever? Cake mix.

These bake up in less than 20 minutes from start to finish and taste amazing using pretty much whatever cake mix and mix ins you like. Heck yes!

These also make a great cookie kit - just omit the wet ingredients, pack up the cake mix and mix ins with a cute cello bag, and include baking instructions on a gift tag.

Supplies Needed:

- 1 box cake mix

- 1/2 c vegetable oil

- 2 large eggs

- 1 cup your choice of mix ins (optional)


- Preheat your oven to 350

- Mix ingredients together until well incorporated

- Use a large tablespoon to portion individual cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet

- Bake ~10 minutes. They should be soft to the touch but not mushy, they'll firm up as they cool.

5. Bar in a Jar

You might notice by now that I love mason jars. They're pretty much the most multi-functional craft supply since acrylic paint. For those adults on your list that can use a little extra holiday cheer, this is the perfect surprise.