16 Cheap Gifts for Neighbors and Co-Workers {to make}


Cheap Christmas gift ideas to make for neighbors and Work presents to make for co-workers and colleagues that are chic, cheap, and easy are here at your finger tips!  These fun things to make  and home made gifts are pictured tutorials for coffee cozies, business card holders, winter drink gift set, snowman kit, gingerbread kit and monogrammed tea towels.

As always, the Tip Junkie Homemade Gifts site has hundreds of pictured tutorials with free patterns for Homemade Gifts for Neighbors and Homemade Gifts for Co-Workers so you can always search there if you’re looking for something specific. {wink}

Work Present

Work Gift

1.  Winter Drinks Gift Set {free printable tags} ~ Here are some great printables for an easy gift idea. You could do all three hot drinks and the tasty treats that go with them in a gourmet basket, or choose one for a small and simple treat. Great ideas for teacher appreciation, co-workers or new neighbors.

Business Card Holder {Sewing}

2.  Business Card Holder {Sewing} ~ These handmade business card holders are cute and functional.  Perfect for any girl who carries business cards around and a fun gift for the new graduate that is about to start their first job.

Mustache Mug

3.  Mustache Mug Cozy {tutorial} ~ Isn’t this mustache mug cozy absolutely adorable?!  You can knit your own mug cozy with the free pattern provided or purchase one and sew on the adorable felt ‘stache with the provided template.

DIY Mug Cozy

4.  Felt Mug Cozy ~ Move over classic coffee cup, Megan of Not Martha has given a spectacular spin to the always lovable –and giftable– mug. These colorful can’t take-our-eyes-off-them felt sleeves make sipping hot cocoa that much more delicious.

Frugal Things to Make

Co-Worker Gift

5.  Oreo Elf Feet {free pattern} ~ How adorable are these Oreo Elf Feet?!  They’re perfect if you don’t have time to bake cookies this year.

Candy Drum Gift Set

6.  Christmas Candy Drum {free printable} ~ This adorable gift was inspired by the 12 Drummer’s Drumming.  You’ll help your neighbors power through the holiday season with these clear painter’s buckets filled with candy.  Attach the free printable to finish

Christmas Edible Gift

7.  Candy Cane Popcorn Bark ~ Erin gives you both the recipe for this yummy peppermint popcorn bark, as well as the printable popcorn bag.  A great gift idea for the whole year – just change up the bag.

DIY Vanilla Extract

8.  Homemade Vanilla Extract ~ If you’re looking for an easy, affordable and rewarding homemade holiday gift for friends, family co-workers or boss, whipping up a batch of your own vanilla extract is the perfect solution! After all, with lots of holiday baking on the horizon, vanilla extract will be a welcome (and delicious) homemade gift.

9.  S’mores Cake in a Jar  ~ You don’t have to go camping to have this delicious treat!  What could be better than ooey gooey chocolatey s’mores?!

Neighbor Gift

10.  Dollar Store DIY Hot Pads ~ Makeover a pair of hot pads from the dollar store by adding some fun fabric and trim.  Freshly baked bread pairs well with them.  {wink}

What Gift to Give Neighbors

DIY Christmas Gift

11.  Anthropologie Inspired Snow Globes ~ Give a handmade, vintage mason jar snow globe or terrarium as a Christmas gift. This gift is easy for kids to make for parents and grandparents, and they’ll love being able to pick out their own decorations for the globes.

how to make a Snowman kit
12.  Just Add Snow {snowman kit} ~ Darling snowman kits made out of felt and a few accessories.  Perfect neighbor or family gifts for those who live in snowy areas.

Neighbor Gift

13.  DIY Gingerbread House Kit ~ Looking for a creative gift this holiday season? This gingerbread house kit is such a great idea! Perfect to give to a neighbor or some friends with kids! A thoughtful gift that makes, making a gingerbread house easy and looks so lovely all put together in a basket.

Christmas Gift for Neighbors

14.  Monogramed Tea Towel Gift {DIY Christmas Gifts} ~ Looking for a great gift DIY project to make for your friends and family this year? This is it! With the trendy monogramed detail, this tea towel makes a great little gift! Paired with the festive packaging and you have a lovely, easy to make gift!

Neighbor Gift

15.  Handsoap Neighbor Gift {free printable} ~ This little gift is perfect for neighbors, teachers, the crossing guard, just about everybody. You can print out the “We WASH You A Merry Christmas” tag for free and attach it to your favorite hand soap for an instant present.

Gifts to Make for Neighbors
16.  Tiny House Ornament {Easy Sewing Project} ~ These precious tiny house ornaments are an easy sewing project to give as gifts this holiday season. Hang them on your tree as an ornament or on a doorknob to decorate a room. Tiny House Ornaments would also make a nice housewarming gift for new neighbors.

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Thanks Ladies. I just adore these homemade gift ideas! Feel free to grab my “I was featured on Tip Junkie” blog button. You earned it! {knuckle bumps}

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We’re continuing our Christmas in July with more amazing pictured tutorials for homemade gifts, DIY decorating, free printables, and recipes.

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If you love these homemade tutorials– then you’ll find a THOUSAND more just as creative over on the Tip Junkie Christmas and Homemade Gifts site!


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