Every year we tell ourselves the same thing, “This year I’m going to do all of my Christmas shopping really early!” And then, life happens. You won't find any judgment from me because I've been there more times than I care to admit.

Here's some good news though- you don't have to have heaps of money to give a meaningful gift. As a matter of fact, my family started a tradition of only giving homemade gifts for Christmas. The first year we started the tradition, we made homemade ornaments, the second year we made homemade cranberry jelly, and this year, extended family and friends are getting homemade gourmet popcorn.

So, if you're looking to do something a little different this year, here are five DIY gifts that are easy, fun, and won't drain your bank account.

  • 1

    Tea Cup Candles

    Tea Cup Candles are really pretty and you’ll be surprised at how little you spend! Here are some great directions from Little House Living.

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    Tile Photo Coasters

    Personalized gifts are always a plus during the holidays. This awesome tutorial from Pop Sugar on how to make tile photo coasters is cheap, easy, and takes almost no time to make.

  • 3

    Family Sign

    I think this would be a great gift for the couple in your life who recently got married, or celebrated an anniversary. Check out the tutorial on Delightfully Noted!

  • 4

    Mason Jar Snow Globe

    These cute snow globes are perfect for Christmastime and can be used year after year. You can also make these with your kids. Michaela Noelle Designs has a great tutorial and it’s only $11!

  • 5

    Painted Mugs

    This tutorial from Glued to My Crafts will give you countless ideas to make this gift fun and personal!