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5 Cute Inexpensive Do It Yourself Gifts

Updated on January 13, 2017

Materials for Bath in a Jar

Mason Jar
Mason Jar | Source
Ribbon | Source

Bath in a Jar


Bath salts, candles and a bath luffa in a jar to make for a relaxing evening in the bath


  • Mason Jar
  • Bath Luffa
  • Bath Salts
  • 2 votive candles
  • Ribbon


  • Begin by placing just enough bath salts in the mason jar to cover the bottom
  • Gently place two votive candles wick up on top of the bath salts
  • Place the bath luffa on top of the candles
  • Secure lid on top of jar
  • Cut just enough ribbon to tie a bow around the top of the jar

Additional Suggestions

  • Get ribbon and luffa that are the same color or compliment each other in color
  • Shop at the Dollar store: looks like you spent a lot without actually breaking the bank
  • Be sure the luffa will fill the mason jar
  • In addition to the ribbon, a little note can be included: "Candles, salt and luffa too, A bath in a jar just for you!"
  • For a more informal occasion this does not even need to be wrapped as it is cute enough by itself

Materials for Pedicure in a Jar

Mason Jar
Mason Jar | Source
Ribbon | Source
Nail Polish
Nail Polish | Source
Fuzzy Socks
Fuzzy Socks | Source
Scrub | Source

Pedicure in a Jar


Pedicures are rather pricey but with the foot scrub, nail file and nail polish this is the perfect gift fro an in home pedicure


  • Mason jar
  • Ribbon
  • Nail polish
  • Nail file
  • Fluffy socks
  • Foot scrub
  • Small plastic bag


  • Begin by placing the fuzzy socks in the mason jar
  • Place a scoop to a scoop and a half of foot scrub in a plastic bag
  • Seal the plastic bag and place it on top of the socks
  • Place the nail file and nail polish on top of the scrub
  • Place the lid on the mason jar
  • Tie a ribbon around the top of the jar

Additional Suggestions

  • Get your supplies from the dollar store
  • Color coordinate the socks, nail file and nail polish for an added touch of elegance
  • Get the same color ribbon as the foot care items
  • For a more informal occasion this does not even need to be wrapped as it is a gift in itself
  • For an additional touch, place a tag with the ribbon: "A Sweet Treat for Your Feet!"

Materials for Refrigerator Magnet

In Home Laminator
In Home Laminator | Source
Laminator sheets
Laminator sheets | Source
Magnet | Source
Printer Paper
Printer Paper | Source

Refrigerator Magnet


For a smaller, more informal gift, a homemade magnet is the way to go,especially when multiple gifts are needed (For example, a team gift)


  • Printer
  • Roll of self adhesive magnet
  • Paper
  • Laminator


  • Begin by finding a quote or saying for the recipient that is most fitting for them (For example: for a dancer, a dance quote, for a teacher a teacher quote, etc)
  • Find a picture on the internet that you have the legal right to copy that fits the quote
  • Copy the picture into a Word document
  • Add a text box and type the chosen quote
  • Format the text box by getting rid of the fill and the line
  • Place the text box on the picture
  • Print
  • Laminate
  • Cut out the image
  • Once cooled, cut a strip off of the magnet, peel the off the back and stick to the laminated paper

Additional Suggestions

  • Choose a fairly simplistic picture so the wording is not overwhelmed
  • For an added touch, use colored font
  • Heat laminators can be bought at any store with office supplies for around $20. The sheets for laminating run between $7-$10. Once this initial purchase is made, the cost is very low as this can be used for hundreds of magnets
  • If you are making multiple, place 2-3 on the same page
  • To find quotes, use a search engine
  • Be sure the quote and picture you use are personalized to the recipient
  • Place inside of a cute little card. This means they can also be mailed for no additional charge as well

Materials for Coffee and Chocolate

Mug | Source
Hot Chocolate Mix
Hot Chocolate Mix | Source
Coffee | Source

Coffee and Chocolate Mug


This is a great gift for the chocolate and coffee lovers alike!


  • Large Mug
  • Bag of coffee, tea or hot chocolate
  • Individually wrapped chocolates


  • Place drink mix in the center of mug, leaned back against the back rim of the mug
  • Use chocolates to fill mug and hold drink mix in place

Additional Suggestions

  • Depending on the style of the mug, tie a ribbon around the handle or middle of the mug
  • Go the little extra step by coordinating the color of the mug, drink mix, ribbon and chocolate
  • This is a great one for the winter

Breakfast for in a Bowl


This is a fantastic housewarming gift and includes everything you need for a homemade breakfast


  • Mason Jar
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Glasses
  • Champagne
  • Apples or other fruit
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Syrup
  • Ribbon


  • Open the mason jar and put in 1 1/2 cups of flour, 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon sugar ( if this only fills half the jar, double the recipe)
  • Tie ribbon on jar
  • Place the champagne in the mixing bowl, tilted at an angle back against the bowl
  • Place whisk next to the champagne
  • Place glasses securely next to the champagne, one on either side
  • Place mason jar with mix on top of the champagne
  • Place apples or other fruit on the top of the glasses
  • Tuck the syrup on top of the glasses next to the mason jar
  • Write down recipe and place in between the mason jar and the champagne

Additional Suggestions

  • If the recipient does not care for mamosas, substitute the champagne for juice, tea or coffee
  • You can include anything kitchen related in the bowl instead of or in addition to the whisk
  • If you like to add something to pancakes, include that as well (pumpkin, apple pie filling, cinnamon, etc)
  • Be sure everything is secure and is not going to bounce around during transport
  • Great place to shop is the dollar store

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon white sugar

1 1/4 cups milk

1 egg

3 Tablespoons melted butter

Stir together dry ingredients. Mix well. Add milk, egg and butter. Mix until smooth. Heat frying pan over medium heat. Pour or scoop 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle. Brown on both sides.

Materials for Breakfast in a Bowl

Mason Jar
Mason Jar | Source
Flour, Sugar, Salt, Baking Powder
Flour, Sugar, Salt, Baking Powder | Source
Mixing bowl
Mixing bowl | Source
Whisk and Spoon
Whisk and Spoon | Source
Champagne | Source
Drinking Glasses
Drinking Glasses | Source


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    • Janellegems profile image

      Janellegems 24 months ago from United States

      These are some cute, cool, unique, creative DIY gifts. Thanks for the step by step instructions and great photos.