30 December 2015

Last minute handmade Christmas gifts

| Sophia Carlini
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I don’t know about you, but for me, this year has absolutely flown! I have been so time poor this year that I have left all of my Christmas shopping for the very last minute. Whilst writing my Christmas list this year, I was trying to think of interesting and useful gifts that I could give my family and friends.

Lately I’ve been noticing how popular handmade gifts are. In fact, there are entire markets now dedicated to handmade gifts. Why? Because they’re unique and someone has put a lot of time, effort and love into making that soap, or necklace or goodie basket of treats. A handmade gift is a pretty special gift to give. Especially if you’ve made it yourself.

With handmade gifts being so popular, everything you need to make a variety of gifts is at your fingertips. There are endless craft stores and a thousand websites now dedicated to providing inspiration to DIY gifts.

So if you’re like me and want to give your loved ones something special but you’re short on time, you might find something easy to make in my list of 10 last minute handmade Christmas gifts. The ‘how to’ has been provided by various bloggers. And Yes! most of these gift idea are edible, but who’s going to complain?

1. Make sharpie gift mugs and fill them with tea, hot chocolate ingredients or even chocolates

2. DIY Cookies in a jar. You can find heaps of different recipes online. This is a great gift because it looks pretty and it’s practical.

Kit for chocolate chip cookies

3. A box of homemade Christmas cookies. You can use my Christmas baking: decorative sugar cookies recipe.


4. Homemade body scrub. Again, there are so many different recipes online. Body scrubs are all the rage right now!

Body scrub - brown sugar with cinnamon.

5. A baking gift set. Fill a mixing bowl with various baking bits and pieces of your choice; like oven mitts, a rolling pin, measuring spoons, sprinkles and cookie cutters.

6. Spa in a jar. A jar filled with lots of little bits and pieces needed for the recipient to give themselves a pedicure.

7. Movie night gift box. Fill a box with goodies for the perfect night on the couch.

8. Infused olive oils. The perfect gift for the foodie friend — they can be used in cooking or add a bit of something extra to the ever trendy ‘bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar’ combo.

herb infused oils

9. Glittery champagne bottles. Give your gift of champagne an upgrade with some glitz and glam using this easy tutorial.

10. Teacup Gardens. Whether you are a kitchen herb garden type of person or the sort who can barely keep alive succulents, it would not be disappointing to receive your own little garden planted in teacups.


Have you made homemade Christmas gifts this year? What did you make?

All images from iStockPhoto.

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