Do you have all the gifts you need for Christmas or a birthday or other occasions? If there is no time to run out and buy one or shop online, you might already have supplies at home to make one of these last-minute gift ideas!
Handmade gifts are often much more appreciated anyway than store-bought gifts. Since we are all staying home more during this pandemic, why not try something new and make a few gifts yourself? These are super easy – I promise.
Last-Minute Gift Ideas – Easy DIY Gifts They’ll Love
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These Last-Minute Gift ideas
- will only take a few minutes
- don’t require a lot of materials
- don’t require much skill or talent
- some are so easy that kids can make them
This is a no-brainer gift for kids. We want them to wash their hand all the time, especially right now, and this soap dispenser with LEGOs makes it fun for them!
Follow the link to my easy tutorial to make this LEGO soap dispenser of how to get the pump into the top of the mason jar lid. Then just add soap and LEGOs!
If you want to make it even more simple for yourself, then buy these clear soap dispensers that come with pumps and pretty stickers.
The disadvantage is that since the opening is smaller, you’ll only be able to add very small LEGO pieces into the soap dispenser.
DIY Container Magnets
Upcycle a can into a pretty pen holder for the fridge! Or you could make this for your desk or kitchen counter. I made a pen holder by upcycling a tomato paste can:
All you need for this gift is a small can and magnet strips that have strong adhesive on one side.
DIY Ice Cream Kit
This is pretty self-explanatory, right? Recycle a box and fill it with yummy goodies like waffle cones and toppings — the recipient just has to add ice cream!
Here are those cute little mason jars for the sprinkles, etc.
DIY Shadow Box Bank
Is someone you know saving up for something expensive? Do you know someone you’d like to gift money, but you want to find a clever way to do it? 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.
If you don’t have a shadow box, I guess you could also just frame a dollar note and write something like “Open in case of emergency” or something similarly clever on the glass.
If you have an embroidery hoop and some fabric or a doily, you can make a DIY dreamcatcher!
And here is another last-minute DIY gift you can personalize for the person who receives it:
Press a doily or something else with a patters into air-drying clay to make a pretty bowl!
This is such an easy DIY gift that your kids can make their own bowls. Let the clay dry for one day, and then you can paint the bowl. Click on the source for my full tutorial.
DIY Ornaments or Gift Tags Out of Cornstarch Clay
Don’t want to run to the craft store for air drying 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.
I remember making dough with salt and flour and water as a kid and making ornament with it for my parents. It was a lot of fun, and I might just do this this weekend with my son.
Soda Bottle Painting
Don’t have a canvas? I guess you could also make this on paper and then frame it later for a pretty handmade gift.
Enjoy making one or more of these last-minute DIY gift ideas — obviously they would make great gifts all year for all kinds of occasion, not just Christmas or Hanukkah.
If you have a little more time, you might want to make your DIY candles as gifts – or for yourself! Most commercial candles are made with toxic wax, so I have been making my own soy wax candles for years.
Here is my very detailed tutorial to make easy container candles. It usually takes me about an hour to make 10 candles.
If you want many more gift ideas, you’d like these gift guide posts!
- Best Eco-Friendly Gifts for Kids and Adults
- Unique Gifts for Dads
- Easy DIY Gifts For Your Girlfriends
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