You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show someone how much they mean to you.
We’ve put together a list of 12 easy DIY gifts that you can make for $ 3 or less that will make someone smile, show them you appreciate them, and make them feel special.
And you can make the gift even more personal by wrapping it DIY gift wrapping It’s chic, but still economical.
1. Instagram photo album
If your friend or relative has an Instagram account, you can remove screenshots of multiple photos from the feed and print them at Walmart. If you use that Walmart Photo AppYou can print them out at a kiosk in the store for around 10 cents each. Put them in a dollar photo album from a dollar store.
This could make a great gift for a teenage or college student who, years later, wants real photos – not just digital ones.
2. Art photo album for children
Snap photos of your kids’ art – whether it’s art they recently created in school or pieces you’ve saved over the years – and use that Walmart Photo App to print them at a cost of about 10 cents each. Put them in a $ 1 photo album from the dollar store. It is a perfect gift for grandparents.
3. Personalized signposts
A fun, personal gift is creating a series of signposts pointing to the person’s favorite destinations. Identify the cities, beaches, colleges, or other locations that are important to the person, then check how far they are from the person’s home.
Buy a bunch of 25 narrow, pointed wooden posts from a place like Walmart. The stakes cost approximately $ 9.50. So if you make four sets of six characters it will cost you about $ 2.37 per set. Use paint or colored pencils to write the names and distance of the landmarks on the stakes. They can then be individually attached to an interior wall or nailed to a deck railing, post that holds a hammock, or fence post.
4. Zen sand box
These typically sell for $ 10-30, but you can create a zen sandbox ready for meditative rake at a low cost. Here’s what you’ll need to create up to 10 zen gardens:
- A bag of smooth aquarium sand: $ 5
- Wooden forks for natural looking “rakes”: $ 4.39 for 100
- A small, empty box (like the one used for jewelry or tea bags): Free
- Popsicle sticks: 100 for $ 1.79 at destination
- Rocks or shells in your garden, in the park or on the beach: Free of charge
Here’s how to turn these materials into a zen sandpit:
- Cut the popsicles to fit the four sides of the box and glue them to the outside of the box.
- Add sand, rake, stones and / or shells.
- Tape the lid very tightly so you can wrap the box. Place the sealed box in a plastic bag and wrap it.
5. DIY snow globe
You can make a snow globe with small pieces of jewelry. A small ornament can be used for a holiday-themed snowglobe, or you can make a personalized ornament with favorite Lego characters, Polly Pocket dolls, or vintage figurines or tchotchkes available at a thrift store or yard sale.
You’ll also need some glycerin, which will slowly cause the glitter to fall into the snow glove. Glycerin is a non-toxic, odorless, and colorless alcoholic liquid that is usually found in animal fats and vegetable oils. It’s used as a skin conditioner and is available in drug stores for about $ 3 for a small bottle.
How to create one:
- Clean an empty mason jar, jelly jar, or other jar of similar size.
- Glue the decorative piece (s) to the lid of the jar and make sure they are dry and safe before proceeding to the next step.
- Almost fill the glass with water. Make sure you measure how much water you put in the jar as you will need to know this for the next step.
- Add two to three teaspoons of glycerin per cup of water.
- Add about a tablespoon of glitter.
- Apply superglue to the lid and screw it in place.
- Shake and enjoy!
6. Family recipe box
You can do this digitally or the old fashioned way. If you choose the digital version, create a file of favorite recipes and write the name of the file on a card. If you want a physical recipe box, you can print out the recipes on cards or paper and complete the collection. Add some scoops from the dollar store, which you can get for around $ 1. You can even personalize the spoons with colored pencils.
7. Late curfew
If you have a teen, they’ll be delighted to receive a homemade “gift card” for an extended curfew on New Years Eve or the night of their choice. This gift will cost you nothing but a few gray hairs.
8. Late bedtime
The same is true if you offer an elementary school age son or daughter the option to stay awake an hour or two after bed.
9. Make your own wreck this diary
A series of clever diaries called Wreck This diary is perfect for children ages 5 to 10. Each page has a prompt: leave a mark on the page, rub dirt on it, write your name with your eyes closed, paint with coffee or paint outside the lines.
You can do it yourself by purchasing a spiral notebook from the Dollar Store and writing instructions on each side. Here are some prompts to get you started that are not included in Wreck This Journal:
- Write your name as large as possible.
- Write your name as small as possible.
- Crumple this page into a ball and toss it in your trash can from a distance of at least 10 feet.
- Draw a picture of your home during a snow storm, rain storm, and heat wave.
- Using your hand, draw a picture of a turkey, tear it into eight pieces, and glue it back together.
- On this side, paint with a paintbrush dipped in your dog’s water bowl.
You can even come up with your own prompts!
10. Custom Spotify playlist
Create a custom Spotify playlist for music lovers or sentimental relatives on your list.
For that sentimental touch, add songs from movies or plays you’ve seen together, songs you’ve danced to, songs you heard a lot in the car on a particular road trip, or songs with meaningful lyrics.
For music fans, do research and compile songs they have never heard but which they will enjoy based on their favorite artists. Write the song list on a piece of paper and wrap it in a wrapper. After opening the gift, ask if you can use the phone for a few minutes so that you can create the playlist for her in her Spotify account.
11. Pick-up sticks
Over the next month, collect 20 chopsticks at Asian restaurants to make your own pickup sticks. Use sharpies or crayons to decorate them with patterns, words, or names.
12. Scratch-off lottery tickets
OK, this isn’t exactly a DIY gift, but it’s easy and doesn’t cost a lot. Three $ 1 tickets could be worth a lot more, but even if it doesn’t, it’s fun to scratch and dream.
Katherine Snow Smith is an employee of The Penny Hoarder.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com