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Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts

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Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts
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Skip the Store

It's a few days before Christmas and that nagging, "I forgot something" feeling is rising in the pit of your stomach. We've all been there. It's easy to forget to grab a gift for a particular person. But who wants to brave the stores just days ahead of the holiday? And who has a million bells and whistles for homemade gifts? Here are some DIY last-minute gift ideas you can turn to in the eleventh hour that won't require any extra shopping since they make use of common household items. 

Hot mulled wine with fruits and spices in a copper pot

1. Potpourri

What you'll need: 

  • Oranges 
  • Cranberries
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • Star anise (optional)
  • Lemons (optional)
  • Rosemary (optional)

Slice up some oranges and lemons if you've got them and put them on a baking sheet. Do the same with some fresh cranberries. Bake the fruits low and slow, setting your oven to 200 degrees for 2-3 hours. As you build your potpourri, layer the dried fruits with cinnamon sticks, cloves, rosemary, and star anise in a jar or container. Be sure to include directions, explaining how to add the mix to water and simmer it in a pot to get the most out of the aroma. 

Instructions: Country Hill Cottage

homemade recipe book
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2. Handwritten Recipe Book

What you'll need: 

  • Index cards
  • Hole puncher
  • Binder ring or ribbon/string
  • Pen or marker

Grab a few index cards and write your favorite recipes. Connect them together with whatever you have on hand and you've got a makeshift recipe book.

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3. Hot Cocoa Mix

What you'll need: 

  • Mason jar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Powdered coffee creamer
  • Salt
  • Cornstarch
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Crushed candy canes (optional)
  • Mini marshmallows (optional)

You can't go wrong with a hot cocoa mix around the holidays, and if you're a baker, all of the fixings are likely pantry staples.

Recipe: Sprinkle Bakes

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4. Bath Salts

What you'll need: 

  • Mason jar
  • Epsom salt
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oils

Giving the gift of relaxation is easier than you might think. Just mix together some epsom and sea salts, add in baking soda along with a few drops of your favorite essential oils, and put it all in a jar. 

Instructions: Elizabeth Rider

Christmas gingerbread in basket

5. Homemade Treats

What you'll need: 

  • Cookie/candy/brownie ingredients
  • Disposable container

When in doubt, bake or make a treat to gift. Use whatever you have in the cabinet and find a recipe that fits, and it's as easy as that. No holiday gorcery-store horror story required.

houseplant planted in an old watering can
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6. DIY Planters

What you'll need: 

  • Soil
  • Any household item that can work as a plant container
  • Part of an existing houseplant

If you have an old tin, watering can, or even a boot that can be reused and repurposed into a planter, spruce it up for a homemade gift. And if you have houseplants you're able to propagate — specifically those that you won't have to put in water and wait for roots to grow before planting them in soil — you can elevate the gift that much further. 

Tip: Some of the easiest plant to propagate include Tradescantia, spider plants, snake plants, pothos, and even a Christmas cactus.