Last Minute Homemade Gift Ideas

Gift giving is my love language. It’s one of the reasons I love Christmas so much. I just can’t help myself! And while I normally prepare for holidays far in advance so I can put honest thought into the presents, sometimes I get a last minute idea for neighbors or our mailman and I need to make something wonderful, and fast. Perhaps you love the thrill of the last minute shopping and rush of finding items around the house to assemble into the perfect gift. Whether the time crunch excites or terrifies you, here are my two go-to last minute homemade gift ideas! They are super cute and best of all, easy and cheap.

Sugar Scrub

These are some organic sugar body scrubs I made. Here is the full tutorial here. It was very easy. I put my daughter in her highchair to supervise, since I don’t have one of these (oh, please Santa, bring me one for Christmas!) and it took 15 minutes from start to finish, including the fabric tops. Oh and I made mine with olive oil instead of coconut oil and used far more lavender drops than they recommend in the tutorial.
For the tops, I just cut out three squares from scrap fabric. Remember this stack of remnants I scored in Havana? You put the flat lid of the mason jar on first, then lay down the fabric, then screw on the other part of the lid. I also tied some bows and slapped on a From Stephanie’s Kitchen sticker that I bought from the Polka Dot Press a couple of years ago. I have seen several free downloadable versions online though, so search around first.


This is a 5 minute apron, no joke. I bought a napkin from World Market, I originally wanted to buy a dish towel, but they didn’t have any I was in love with and the napkin was only $2.99. I had the red buttons and the ribbon on hand from previous project. I sewed the ribbon and button on and then trimmed the ribbon to be able to wrap around my waist twice.
I got the idea from another local, crafty gal (actually her MIL to be exact), she has a super cute blog too.

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What are your favorite last minute homemade gift ideas? I’d love to see your suggestions in the comments!

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  • Maureen
    December 23, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    That apron is so cute!