6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

18 December 2014


Unsure as to what to get someone on your Christmas list? Then impress your loved one(s) by making one of the following last minute Christmas gift idea. Best part of all is that these are all very frugal ideas and are guaranteed to cost less than if you were to buy them already made. Plus, it's just that much more special if you make your gift yourself.

1. Candy Cane Hand Scrub


Here's an idea from Cutepolish that I actually plan on doing myself. It's super quick, easy and looks like it could be very effective. Simply combine sugar, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil in a mason jar or container, mix and that's it, you have a candy cane hand scrub. I plan on making mine in mason jar mugs, so that my friends can then re-use it for a drink.

2. Irish Cream Liquor


Are you spending Christmas at someone else's house? Then you can't show up empty-handed! Make your own Irish cream liquor instead with the help of A Farm Girl In The Making's recipe. We all know how pricey good quality liquors can be, so the best way to save money is to mix your own drinks. For this recipe, you're going to need Irish whisky, heavy cream, fat free sweetened condensed milk, Hershey's chocolate syrup, vanilla extract and cold coffee.

3. Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments


I love love love this idea! Although you could just walk into a store and buy a pre-packaged gift basket with different hot chocolate packets, it's so much better if you make your own. To make it even more unique, follow Bubbly Nature Creations' instructions to place the hot chocolate mix into clear plastic fillable ornaments. If you really want to make your gift standout, then you could also paint the ornaments. For any of you with babies or kids, this is a great opportunity to make hand-print ornaments as well! ;)

4. Mason Jar Candle


Have you ever received or given candles as a gift? Then can easily be tacky but not if you make your own! Something Turquoise has a very easy-to-follow guide on how to make your own mason jar candles that anyone is sure to appreciate receiving as a gift, especially if you also personalize the jar.

5. Beeswax Lip Balm


Know someone who loves Burt's Bees or better yet, love natural products altogether? Then make them lip balm from beeswax that is very similar to the Burt's Bees one. Broke & Healthy has a very clear guide on how to make your own with loads of explanations and helpful pictures.

6. Bath Bombs


If you're really stumped as to what to get someone for Christmas, it can be extremely tempting to walk into one of those heavily scented stores at the mall like Lush or The Body Shop Canada to get a skincare gift set but considering these gifts are more often misses than hits, make your own to avoid any mishaps. As you can see by Maria's Self recipe, bath bombs are actually super easy and quick to make. Just make sure that the giftee enjoys taking bats first. ;)

Image Credit: Karen Jackson

TOPICS:   Christmas

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