7 Last-Minute, Super-Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

by Dagmar Bleasdale on December 22, 2012

DagmarBleasdale.com: 7 Last-Minute, Easy DIY GiftsLast-Minute, Super-Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

Do you have all the gifts you need for Christmas?

If you still need a few and don’t want to brave the malls or spend a lot of money, why not make handmade gifts?

They are usually much more appreciated anyway.

Here are 7 Last-Minute, Super-Easy DIY Christmas Gifts that

  • will only take a few minutes
  • don’t require a lot of materials
  • don’t require much skill or talent
  • are so easy that kids can make them

DIY LEGO Soap Dispenser

This is a no-brainer gift for kids. We want them to wash their hand all the time — make it fun for them!

lego soap dispenser{source}

DIY Container Magnets

DIY container magnets{source}

I made a similar pen holder by upcycling a tomato paste can:

upcycled can turned into pen holder{source}

DIY Ice Cream Kit

This is self-explanatory, right? Recycle a box and fill it with yummy goodies — the recipient just has to add ice cream!

DIY ice cream kit{source}

DIY Shadow Box Bank

Is someone you know saving up for something expensive? Then this is the perfect gift! Just find a picture of that desired item and put it inside the shadow box with the first deposit. Voila — instant gift.

DIY shadow box banks, easy DIY gift{source}

DIY Bowl Out of Air-Drying Clay

Press a doily or something else with a patters into the air-drying clay you can buy at the craft store. Your kids can help make their own bowl. Let the clay dry for one day. Click on the source for a full tutorial.

DIY air-drying clay bowl{source}

DIY Ornaments or Gift Tags Out of Cornstarch Clay

Don’t want to run to the craft store for clay? Then make your own out of 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 cup baking soda, and 3/4 cup water. Bake at 175. It’s supposed to be better than salt dough.

DIY ornaments out of cornstarch clay{source}

Soda Bottle Painting

What a genius idea, similar to this ingenious celery stalk rose!

DIY soda bottle painting{source}

Enjoy making one or more of these DIY Christmas gift — they would make great gifts all year as well.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca October 21, 2015 at 3:00 PM

This is a great list, especially since my kids can make most of these. I always struggle with how to help them make nice gifts for others, so they can focus on giving during the holidays. We will definitely be using a couple of these this year. Thanks!


Dagmar Bleasdale October 22, 2015 at 1:44 AM

Wonderful, Rebecca!


Lou December 24, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Love these ideas and def going to try the magnet tins and the lego soap …. if not for presents, just for me …. lol

Thanks for sharing,



PragmaticMom December 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

These are great. What do you know but I need several last minute Xmas gifts! I wish I had seen these earlier. We ended up baking some cookies to gift.


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