Holiday Gift Guide: Last-Minute Gifts to Make


All right ladies and gents. Here are a few last-minute gift ideas that you can make yourself. It’s not too late!

Rainbow Crochet Coin Purse

Crochet a circle. Fold in half, add a zipper. Put in a $100 bill. OK, maybe you won’t do that last part. But even if you don’t, this coin purse makes a rad gift! Tutorial on SparklePetal.

Jar Lanterns

For the short days of winter, a pretty lace jar lantern would make a great gift. Tutorial on kootoyoo.

Flavorful Fudge

Make a big batch of fudge in an afternoon and you can yield several gifts worth of sweet, sweet treats. Find a handsome tin or jar to package the fudge in, and you’ve made a classic homemade holiday gift that will be appreciated – and consumed – immediately.

Friendship Bracelet

Flash back to the 80s! Jessica from Scrumdilly-Do shows you how to make super cool friendship bracelets. Make one of these for each of your friends and become BFFs forever. Oops… is that like saying ATM machine? [via Skip to My Lou]

Herb & Spice Mixes

Choose a favorite recipe that uses herbs or spices, and make a gift of a perfectly measured-out blend of herbs and spices for that recipe. Package it up into an attractive container, include the step-by-step instructions on a card, and you’ve got a lovely and functional gift.

Pacifier Clip

For someone with a baby, whip up a pacifier clip. Simple and useful for travel and big holiday gatherings. Tutorial on Create Studio.

Pretty Gift Presentations

Finally, you will want an attractive way to present your gift to its recipient. Check out Jessica Wilson’s imaginative ideas for wrapping presents. The wrapping becomes a gift itself!

Small Gift Bags

How About Orange has an awesome tutorial for making pretty little gift bags out of envelopes. Nice!

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