Lego Table 1
Whether you buy a set of Legos to go with it, or you just want to create an awesome space to use them, a table is a great idea. You can use a thrifted end table or buy a cheap one from a discount furniture store, whip out your hot glue gun and perhaps include a basket to store the Legos in, and you've got an incredible gift for any little kid.
Envelope Laptop Case 2
I can hardly believe this super chic laptop case involves no sewing at all. It's the perfect gift for a student or a young professional, or even to accompany a new laptop. And don't be fooled by the cute chevron pattern--simply switch out the fabric to something more masculine and it'll make a great gift for a guy too.
Play Kitchen 3
If you're the handy sort, making a DIY play kitchen could save you well over $100. Seriously, I've seen play kitchens that cost more than $200. Using a few thrift shop or garage sale items and your power tools, you can make a completely customized version for the littlest chef in your life.
Family Recipe Book 5
Making a family recipe book will cost you a lot more in time, than in money, but it's sure to be a gift the recipient treasures for a lifetime. The version shown here can be made for $5 or less, and will allow you to handwrite your family's most valued recipes, and is sure to be passed down through the generations.
Homemade Vanilla Extract 6
Homemade vanilla extract is another DIY gift that you can make in a big batch and gift to each of the bakers on your list. It's also a good one for "secret Santa" and co-worker gifts--it's thoughtful and festive, but won't take a lot of time or money.
You can make a sweet DIY socktopus for the newest member of your family without having to sew a single stitch. The design of these adorable plush "socktopi" is completely up to you (and the sock selection at your local box store). One of these little guys would make a perfect lovey for a new baby!
Puerto Rican Coquito 8
Being Puerto Rican, I simply cannot leave coquito off the list--it's not Christmas without a few bottles of this rum-and-coconut libation floating around the tree. Our version of eggnog (only way, way better) makes a perfect hostess gift. My family's recipe is similar to this one, but we go a bit more traditional and add in some egg yolks.