You don’t have to spend a fortune or be an arts and crafts genius to make affordable and quality homemade birthday gifts. Keep reading for more inspiration for birthday gifts you can make at home on a budget.
You can make a cozy reusable, and washable cup sleeve if you know how to knit or crochet. This is the perfect gift for the coffee or tea lover who enjoys having a thermos on the go. To ensure they don’t burn their hands on a hot beverage or can keep their hands at room temperature when it’s an icy beverage, make them a crochet cozy. You can knit them one in their favorite color. Get creative and embroider some fun designs. If you love the look and feel of a crochet cozy, you’ll also love our cuddly cashmere sweaters.
You can make ornaments using items you already have in your home. If you have any spices and old lightbulbs at home, you can fill the lightbulb with spices. Add a ribbon to the lightbulb, and you’ll have an ornament that doubles as a spice jar. This kind of gift is also a great idea for the new homeowner that also loves to cook with spices. Take a look at all of our housewarming gifts for more ideas.
You don’t need to be an artist to personalize canvas bags. Plus, it’s so much fun to design a canvas bag in whatever way inspires you. Think about the person you’re giving the canvas bag to. Do they have any favorite books, movies, or TV shows? Do they have a favorite hobby or animal? When you’re painting the canvas bag for them, design something you’ll know they love. All you need is fabric paint and a plain canvas bag. If you prefer not to get messy with paint, you can add iron-on fabric patches instead. They can reuse this gift time and time again. Plus, it was so easy and inexpensive for you to make for them. Take a look at our extra-large canvas tote bags to get inspired by which ones you can decorate for their birthday.
Here’s another easy DIY gift. You can use paper like origami paper, printer paper, or construction paper to make this coupon book. If you want to save some trees, go digital and do a virtual coupon book instead by making them a document online. The coupon book can be tailored to the individual. If you’re giving it to your kids, you can have a coupon for a trip to the amusement park or an afternoon off from household chores. If you’re giving it to your partner, the coupons can be related to a 30-minute backrub or dinner date. Want to give a coupon book to your bestie? Give them a coupon for a spa day on you.
A personalized apron is a perfect gift for the chef in the family. If you have any plain aprons at home, zhuzh it up and get some fabric paint. You can have everyone in the family put their hands in the paint and then put their handprint on the apron. It’s an especially touching gift if you have young kids in the family. It’s a great way to remember the kids at that age. The chef is sure to love this thoughtful gift.
All you need is a mason jar and some imagination to give someone the best homemade birthday gift in a jar. You can combine some other gift ideas with this jar. Put whatever items you can in, such as coupons, a packet of spices, or some hot cocoa. Include the crochet cozy inside of the jar. Add some sweet treats like chocolate or candy. It’s like a mystery jar of tiny goodies they’ll love opening up on their birthday.
For the person who needs to sit back, relax, and enjoy a much-needed soak in the tub, make them their very own bath bomb. There are tons of different bath bomb recipes online. Do some research and see which ones are easy for you to make. Some popular essential oil scents for bath bombs are lavender and eucalyptus.
Give the gift of smooth hair by making them an anti-fizz hair spray. Get a fine-mist 8-ounce spray bottle. Then you’ll need to dissolve 2 tablespoons of sugar into a half cup of warm water. Stir the sugar to dissolve and allow it to cool. You can speed up the cooling process by putting the sugar water in the fridge for a few minutes. Once the sugar water has cooled, you’ll add ? cup of aloe vera gel and ½ teaspoon of apricot oil. Stir to combine and add five drops of lavender essential oil or whatever kind of essential oil you’d like the hair spray to smell like. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the spray bottle, and then you’re done!
With all of these neat DIY birthday gifts in mind, you’ll be saving money while making a thoughtful gift they’ll remember for years to come. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or even a lot of effort to make someone a meaningful gift for their birthday. For more personalized gifts, check out our selection of thoughtful monogrammed gifts.