Holiday Crafts 9 DIY Last-Minute Christmas Gifts to Make this Weekend

Published on December 18th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

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9 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts to Make this Weekend

9 DIY Last-Minute Christmas Gifts to Make this Weekend

We’ve got exactly a week to get Christmas sorted out, y’all. Are you panicking? Don’t panic. You’ve got this, because we’ve got nine last-minute Christmas gifts that you can make quickly in batches.

Years ago I realized that the key to a low-stress handmade holiday was figuring out gifts that I could make in big batches. And over the years, I’ve gathered some tried-and-true batch gifts that work well for most of the folks on my list. These kinds of gifts work well as last-minute Christmas gifts too, because you can crank you a dozen or so of the same thing – or similar things – and be good to go.

I know. Making big batches might not feel like it has the same heart that a lovingly-crafted, one of a kind gift has. But we’re talking last-minute. I think the mantra is that it’s still better than some made in China gift from a big box store, right? Right!

10 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

Last-Minute Gift Idea: Curried Lentil Soup Jars.

1. Soup Mix – I’ve given this lentil soup mix a couple of times, and it’s a great last-minute Christmas gift. Just set up an assembly line of beans and spices, print out the recipe cards, and go for it.

10 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts to Make this Weekend

2. Neckwarmers – Hit the thrift for a stack of old sweaters and turn them into cozy neckwarmers for everyone on your list. These suckers come together quickly, so you can whip out a stack of them quickly. I made this one for my husband a couple of years ago, and he still wears it every winter.

Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

3. Bath Salts – Bath salts are simple to make and such a treat when it’s so cold outside. If you aren’t into the essential oils in that recipe, you can customize the scents using any essential oils that you like.

Last-Minute Gift: DIY Terrarium

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4. Terrariums – Thrift some glass containers or raid your stash of clean glass jars, and make terrariums for everyone!

DIY Last-Minute Christmas Gifts: Stitched Coasters

5. Stitched Coasters – These make a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift, and you can create lots of them pretty quickly.

Last-Minute Gifts: Infused Vodka

6. Infused Vodka – Infusing booze can take as little as 24 hours, so if you get some jars going this weekend, you’ll have plenty of time to wrap them up!

DIY Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas: Pretty Wrapped Wine

7. Pretty Wrapped Wine – Sometimes, you just need to let someone else make the gift, and focus on pretty DIY packaging instead.

Last-Minute DIY Gift: Homemade Lip Balm

8. Lip Balm – Just a handful of ingredients are all you need to make lip balms for everyone on your list. If you want to make this a vegan recipe, just sub in candelilla wax for the beeswax.

Last-Minute DIY Christmas Gifts: Easy Homemade Truffles

9. Truffles – Turn out a big batch of truffles, and package them in pretty mason jars. Boom!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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