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13 Best And Affordable Gifts To Make At Home For Christmas

You Can Make These 13 Affordable Christmas Gifts At Home.

Beano Team
Last Updated:ย  December 1st 2021

Fancy making something super cool for Christmas for your family or friends that will be remembered for years and won't cost you too much?! Then you've come to the right place because we've got a list of 13 gifts you can make at home for little or no money. And as we all know, it's the thought that counts right?!

1. Calm Down Jars

Got an old jam jar lying around? Read on! Just fill up a third of it with warm water, add 60ml of glitter glue and stir. Then add three drops of food colouring. Then add 60-80g of glitter and add the rest of the water to the brim. Just don't shake it until the top is screwed on (but you already knew that)! You can always glue the top down so there's little chance of glitter going everywhere! All done. Plus if it helps one of your brothers or sisters calm down, that's a win right?!

2. A Mini Bow and Arrow!

Be your own heroic outlaw like Robin Hood with our mini bow and arrow (with cotton buds instead of arrows!). Just click through here to view the instructions on how to make it!

3. Make A Shopping Tote Bag!

When you go to the shops, isn't it nicer to bring a lovely, colourful soft fabric bag with you instead of a crumpled old stinky plastic bag? Well now you can, and all you need is a old t-shirt you never wear and a pair of scissors (remember to ask an adult for help with the scissors). Find the full instructions here.

4. Make A Cool Code Wheel!

If you want to create a new emoji language with your friends, why not make a code wheel where they can decode what on you're trying to say. It could even end up being a secret language between you and your mates.

5. Bath Bombs

Who doesn't love a relaxing bath bomb? All you need is baking soda, citric acid (it's a powder), cornstarch, epsom salt, coconut oil, lavender oil, soap dye (colour of your choice), water and a mold.

6. Fluffy Slime

Slime is the best right! But have you tried making your own fluffy slime? Watch our video to find out how to make it at home - step by step.

A green slime character

7. Dreamcatcher

All you need for this fun gift is some glue, scissors, hole punch and paper plates. Once you have that you can decorate it with yarn, glitter, sequins - you name it!

A dreamcatcher and a racoon

8. Make Your Own Christmas Decorations

OK, so not strictly a Christmas gift in itself but these unique Christmas decorations will make your present way more memorable; your friend or family member may not even want to chuck the decorations after! When you're done, check out our guide on how to use your leftover wrapping paper here.

9. Make Any T-Shirt Christmassy!

Turn that boring old t-shirt into a cool and colourful Christmassy t-shirt!

Christmas t-shirt

10. Make Egg Emojis!

If you have that one friend who can't stop sending emojis, why not send them a pack of egg emojis! All you need is some eggs, paint, paint brushes and the help of a parent. Our egg emoji how to video will show you everything you need to know!

An egg and spoon

11. Make a Kaleidoscope, Cardboard Periscope, Bowling Pins and Bouncing Balloon Bowls

Connect with your sciency side with this super cool cardboard periscope or other cool stuff or give the gift of beautiful patterns with a pretty Kaleidoscope that will seriously wow your mates!

12. Just Make a Cool Christmas Card!

Because the Christmas card is part of the gift too... right! And who doesn't love receiving a handmade, personalised Christmas card?

13. Make Orange Marmalade!

Marmalade - Paddington Bear's favourite food! Before you cook... make sure you have supervision from an adult! All you do is slice four medium oranges and put them in a saucepan over a low/medium heat. Stir in one cup of water, a cup of granulated sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then bring it to the boil and simmer it for 30-40 mins until the mixture is thicker - basically 'jammy'. Then put the mixture in a jar and stick it in the fridge! You'll be able to gift a lovely jar of Paddington's favourite to someone - just remind them that they have to eat it within 10 days - shouldn't be too hard for them though!