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10 EASY Last-Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

by Jill Smokler on December 23, 2011 at 7:11 PM

10 handmade holiday giftsAnyone can buy a gift during the holidays, but it's the ones that take time and effort to make that really stand out to me. They're inexpensive to give, but really special to recieve. I, for one, would be thrilled with any of these. (Hint, hint!!!)













1. Homemade Vanilla Extract. Not only does this look gorgeous, but it's also sure to be needed during the holidays.

2. Candy Cane Vodka. Talk about necessary! Let's just call this medicinal. And, it couldn't be easier to make.

3. S'mores in a Jar. Can't you almost feel the campfire?

4.Personalized Snow Globe. How cute would these be personalized for your kids? I'm thinking Lego people and plastic dinosaurs for mine.

5. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels. Salty, sweet and adorable add up to perfection in a jar.

6. Christmas Tree Cards. Halmark has nothing on these.

7. Monogrammed Candles. I'd package this with a box of pretty matches and a nice bubble bath. Ahhhh...

8. Peppermint Foot Scrub.Be sure to save a little for your own tired feet.

9. Cowgirl Cookies in a Jar. Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

10. Stamped Sachets. Keep the smell of Christmas lingering well into January.

What's the best homemade Christmas gift you've ever received?


Filed Under: christmasdecorating, diy, handmades


  • 1badmom


    December 23, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    I already know what's under my tree right now from my sister, and I almost cried when I saw the card...from my sister and my grandfather. My grandfather died over the summer and left behind a huge mess of beads and jewelry making stuff that my sister was able to keep because she makes jewelry as well.  I'm guessing my gift is a necklace of some sort that she made for me from our grandfather's beads.  :,-)  It's bitter-sweet.

  • acrog...


    December 23, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    I can totally go for some candy flavored vodka right now.

  • Simpl...


    December 23, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    I used to love making pine scented sachets. I would take the bark from the part of the tree that was cut off the bottom and put it in chiffon fabric. They smelled awesome.

  • carole76


    December 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    how fun - thanks for the ideas

  • mille...


    December 24, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    ooh lots of interesting fun gifts here..


  • Chris...


    December 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    you missed another easy one. No sew blankets, two pieces of fleece, cut, tie and done! and they are way cute! I made my brother a Florida Gator one in like an hour.

  • Laura198


    December 24, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Thanks to everyone for the gift ideas. Real neat way to give love to.fingers crossed

  • Lucre...


    December 25, 2011 at 2:24 AM
    You're not supposed to drive around with mason jars full of liquor. I'd rather just have an unopened bottle of vodka as a gift.
  • Jeanette
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    December 25, 2011 at 3:16 AM
    Great article. I would like to read more stuff like this. Go on! regards from Schweiz
  • Saphi...


    December 25, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    for anyone who would want to make the snowglobe you do not need to use the glycerin you can substitute and fill jar with mineral oil or add corn syrup instead of the glycerin to the jar. also I saw it suggested youcan substitue egg shell for the glitter. It says to boil the eggs then dry them removethe thin stik with twesers from the inside then crush them use as the glitter.

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