There are only a couple days left to go until Christmas, but you realize you still haven’t checked everyone off your list! It’s time to choose your own adventure:
A) Brave the crowds in town and at the mall, rush around trying to buy presents for everyone and probably drop $100 or more on last-minute gifts.
B) Keep your money, make a cup of tea, gather a few supplies out of your pantry and craft closet and relax by the wood stove while you whip up a few simple but impressive last-minute gifts with your own two hands?
If you chose B, congratulations! You’re not insane:)
Seriously though, nothing against anyone who likes to shop for Christmas presents. I’ll admit we bought most of our gifts from the store this year due to a serious lack of time. But I still have a few people on my own list and I would really love to not have to spend anymore money, time or stressful energy on finishing my Christmas gifting this year.
So I compiled this list of last-minute gifts that just about anyone can make at home. Some of them take a couple days, some take less than a day and some take mere minutes to whip together. Most use ingredients and materials you likely have on hand already (or at least ones you can get from somewhere that’s not a mall).
So save your sanity and enjoy this special time of year at home with your family instead of battling it out with a bunch of strangers. Here are 35+ last-minute gifts you can make at home this Christmas.
Sugar and salt scrubs are one of the easiest things to whip up in just a few minutes using ingredients you almost certainly have on hand already. All you need is a little sugar or sea salt, some type of vegetable oil and a little essential oil for fragrance. Throw it all in a Mason jar and you’ve got yourself a gift! Here are a couple recipes to get you started:
Peppermint Sugar Scrub (with FREE printable labels) by The House & Homestead
Juniper-Rosemary Salt Scrub by Healing Harvest Homestead
Bath Salts and Soaks
Much like sugar and salt scrubs, homemade bath salts and soaks take no time at all to put together. Just mix together some Epsom salts with a few other simple ingredients from your pantry and voilà! You’ve got yourself a beautiful homemade gift fit to pamper a queen:) Try this quick and easy bath soak recipe:
Simple Homemade Luxury Bath Soak by Better Hens & Gardens
Homemade soap is another quick and easy homemade gift that can be made two ways, depending on your level of experience. If you’re a total beginner, melt & pour soap is the easiest way to go. If you’re ready to try hot process soap with lye, the soap-making possibilities are endless! Here are a few ideas to suit everybody’s needs and expertise:
Melt & Pour Goat’s Milk Soap by Tammy from Trayer Wilderness (guest posting for Melissa K Norris)
Homemade Hand Soap by Little House Living
Handmade Christmas Soap with Frankincense and Myrrh by Healing Harvest Homestead
Salves, Lotions & Other Body Products
Making your own homemade salves, lotions, lotion bars and other body products is super simple and takes no time at all as long as you have a few essential ingredients on hand such as beeswax, coconut oil, essential oils and the like. Here are a few ideas:
Glorious Soothing Lavender Salve by Healing Harvest Homestead
Spiced-Orange Whipped Body Butter by The House & Homestead
3-Ingredient Lotion Bars by Melissa K Norris
Cocoa Orange Calendula Lotion Bars by Healing Harvest Homestead
DIY Hair Pomade with Rosemary Essential Oil by The House & Homestead
Homemade Extracts & Syrups
While homemade extracts can’t exactly be made last-minute, if you’re someone who makes big batches of extracts for yourself throughout the year, you probably have some in your pantry that you can bottle these up as gifts for Christmas. And if not, you can always gift a “Make Your Own Extract” kit with all of the ingredients and they can make it themselves!
Mexican Vanilla Extract (with Printable Gift Tags) by A Modern Homestead
‘Make Your Own Extract Kit’ by Learning and Yearning
Homemade Tree Tip Syrup by The House & Homestead
Baked Goods and DIY Mixes from the Kitchen
You really can’t go wrong with gifting some homemade Christmas cookies or DIY mixes that loved ones can use to easily make themselves a treat at home. The possibilities are endless when it comes to homemade cookies and other treats. Here is an extensive list of Christmas cookie recipes to get you started, and some great DIY Hot Chocolate and Chai Tea mix recipes to go with them. Package some cookies and some drink mix up together and there’s another easy homemade Christmas gift knocked right off your list!
101 Christmas Cookie Recipes by A Modern Homestead
Make Your Own Instant Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe by Hillsborough Homesteading
Chai Tea Mix by Better Hens & Gardens
If you can during the summer, you probably have a bounty of homemade preserves sitting in your pantry just waiting to be gifted to someone special. If you freeze your summer fruits, you can just as easily turn those fruits into last-minute homemade preserves that are ready to gift in less than a day. Here are a few tried and true recipes for newbie and seasoned canners alike:
Vintage Vanilla Strawberry Jam (with no added Pectin) by The House & Homestead
Christmas Jam Recipe by The Rustic Elk
Spiced Plum Jelly by The House & Homestead
Homemade Hot Pepper Jelly by Better Hens & Gardens
Quick & Easy Fabric and Fibre Arts Projects
While some sewing and and knitting projects can take forever and a day, here are a few quick and easy project ideas that you can make in under a weekend, a day and even in under an hour!
Simple Cable Knit Scarf by A Modern Homestead
How to Make an Infinity Scarf in an Evening by Once Upon A Time In A Bed Of Wildflowers
How to Knit a Toddler Sweater in 8 Hours or Less by A Modern Homestead
How to Make a Rag Quilt – A Simple DIY Sewing Project by Flip Flop Barnyard
Fabric Jam Jar Covers by Walkerland
Candles & Home Fragrances
There’s nothing like the soft, warm glow of candles in the dead of winter. But buying candles from the store can be pretty pricey. Plus, many of the store-bought varieties are full of questionable ingredients that you might think twice about burning and ingesting. Likewise, store-bought air fresheners might fill your home with the scent of Christmas, but most of them are loaded with chemicals and are labelled as explosive and poisonous right on the bottle! Who wants to breathe that in? Luckily, there are some fast, easy, safe, natural and affordable alternatives. Here are a few:
How to Make Soy Candles at Home with Essential Oils (with FREE labels) by Yours Truly (guest posting for Melissa K Norris)
How to Make Beeswax Candles by The Rustic Elk
DIY Scented Soy Wax Candles by The House & Homestead
4 Homemade Holiday Potpourri Recipes by Homestead Wishing
Odds and Ends
Here are a few more gift ideas that you can make with random ingredients, scraps, odds and ends you might have laying around the house.
11 Free Handmade Gifts to Make with Scrap Fabric by A Modern Homestead
How to Make Reusable Cling Wrap from Cloth by Healing Harvest Homestead
Wine Cork Wreath by Better Hens and Gardens
Free Gifts You Can Make with PAPER! by A Modern Homestead
DIY Cookie Cutter Birdseed Ornaments by The House & Homestead
Handmade Gifts in 15 Minutes or Less by A Modern Homestead
14 Free Handmade Gifts Using Re-Purposed Items by A Modern Homestead
I hope you enjoyed these quick and easy last-minute gift ideas and tutorials! I’ll be adding to this list over time so beside to check back here next Christmas (or any time you need a homemade gift idea).