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DIY Cheap Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Teacher Gifts, Thank You Gifts, and More for Under $5 Each

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Cheap gifts don't have to look cheap. These DIY gifts, created by Sherri Osborn, our Guide to Family Crafts, are elegant and thoughtful, and won't make you look cheap at all!

1. Bath Salts

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Do you have several teacher gifts or other tokens of appreciation you'd like to give? Make multiple jars of these bath salts using one container of Epsom salt.

Estimated Cost: $3-$4 each when making several at once.

Cost-Saving Tip: Use decorative bags in place of Mason jars.

2. Candy Wreath

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This edible candy wreath is fun to make and fun to give.

Estimated Cost: Under $5 per wreath, depending on the size.

Cost-Saving Tip: Buy the candy on sale!

3. Craft Stick Vase or Pencil Holder

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Consider painting the craft sticks various colors to customize this gift.

Estimated Cost: Under $2 per gift.

Cost-Saving Tip: Make several of the these gifts at once so that you can use up the entire bag of craft sticks.

4. Personalized Canvas Bag

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These bags make great teacher and babysitter gifts, personalized with your child's handprint.

Estimated Cost: Under $4 per gift.

Cost-Saving Tip: Save by buying a three-pack of canvas bags and either making more than one gift, or splitting the supplies with a friend.

5. Personalized Soap Bars

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Put the words "Thank You" inside, or charms that represent something you know and appreciate about the recipient.

Estimated Cost: Under $4 per gift.

Cost-Saving Tip: Save by buying the glycerin in bulk and making several bars of soap at once.

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