10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts

If like me, every year you always think, this is the year I will make something a little special for the ones I love. A home made gift always seems like it’ll be easy, quick and you’ll save some pennies and the present will be more meaningful than a perfume gift set.

But every year you end up forgetting about it or when you finally decide to make something, you actually need a few months to prepare it.

But not any more!

Here are some DIY last minute Christmas gifts that you can do now and they won’t make a hole in your wallet ๐Ÿ˜‰


Image from sparkandchemistry.com
Image from sparkandchemistry.com

1. Personalised Christmas Mugs

If you go to Wilkinsons you can get a pack of 3 metallic sharpies for just ยฃ3, they also have mugs for a decent price.ย Argos have a pack of 6 plain white mugs for just ยฃ3.49, or youย can try ASDA who usually have mugs for ยฃ1 or just try in the 99p store.

To see how to make this design go to:ย www.sparkandchemistry.com




Image courtesy of Bubbly Nature Creations
Image courtesy of Bubbly Nature Creations

2. Hot Chocolate Mix Ornaments

This DIY idea is one of my favourites! It’s so simple, yet it looks so cute and perfect! You can find the empty baubles on Amazon or from a local craft store such as Hobbycraft. Or if you can’t find any that you’d like to use, (as I found that in England there’s a lot of empty baubles, but none that unscrew from the top) you could try this in a mason jar instead ๐Ÿ™‚




3. DIY Bath Bombs

Most people like to indulge in relaxing bath, so why not create the relaxing bath bombs for them to use?

A fab and easy gift for guys and gals! And you can store them in a cute jar with a ribbon to jazz it up.

Check out Something Turquoise to find the recipe!


Image courtesy of http://shewearsmanyhats.com/
Image courtesy of http://shewearsmanyhats.com/


4. Home made Body Butter

Now this one is a good’un!

The ingredients in this should be on hand to you already in your kitchen, or a quick pop to the local shops is all you need to do. All you need is an orange, coconut oil and some honey. And a jar of some sort to pop in all into for storage.

The recipe does state that as it does not have any preservatives, it is supposed to be used within a week or less. But it also says where you can get the preservatives or what to change the recipe to if you’d like it to last a little longer ๐Ÿ™‚

You can even use the body butter to shave your legs with, which will make them incredibly soft without the need to moisturise! Just be careful, as it states that the cream can make the tub very slippery. So do use caution ๐Ÿ˜‰


Image courtesy of fitnessista.com
Image courtesy of fitnessista.com


5. DIY Glitter Cups

You can get a few of these cups in a lot of local shops, even primark and sainsburys have them! But make sure you get the ones that have a double walled (the kind you can have a picture in). Check out how to do it on fitnessista!


Image courtesy of everydayfamily
Image courtesy of everydayfamily

6. DIY Mason Jar Candles

These candles look amazing, and quite different and unique. And they aren’t as difficult to make as you might think. If you want some mason jars, go and check out the 99p store! I managed to get 6 jars from there (as that’s the amount they had left) but I did get the ones with the clip lids, they also have the screw on lids as well. And for 99p, it’s a bargain! You can also check out Ikea or Asda (but Asda’s ones didn’t have lids). Check out how to make these on every day family.


Image courtesy of the idea room
Image courtesy of the idea room

7. DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub

Another mason jar treat! (I think I see a pattern…)

This is a fab pamper gift for the in-laws, a girlfriend or friends and family. And it must smell delicious! And the good thing is, you can eat it a little if you feel the need as it’s all organic and edible…

Check it out on the idea roomย and even get print out labels for your jars.

Or try out this Peppermint scrub for an extra Christmassy smell from a Pumpkin and a Princess

Or even this coffee scrub which helps prevent premature ageing from A Pumpkin and a Princess


Image courtest of Handimania
Image courtest of Handimania


8. DIY Photo Tiles

These always look super impressive, I even saw someone selling some at my local Christmas market. And they’re even pretty easy to make yourself. And not that expensive either which is always a good thing! ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out how to make these on Handimania


Image courtesy of heygorg.com
Image courtesy of heygorg.com


9. Hot Chocolate in a jar (for adults)

Now this one is a beaut because of the Kahlua (nomnom). It’s beautifully presented and simple and easy to create yourself!

The author glues a candy cane to the top of the jar, but if you’d rather be able to eat the candy canes still, why not turn them into heart lollipops?

Check out the hot chocolate post here

And see how to make two candy canes into a yummy heart lollipops here

(or why not save those leftover candy canes from Christmas and use them for Valentines)


Image courtesy of The Food Network -  Spicy Christmas with Thomasina Miers
Image courtesy of The Food Network – Spicy Christmas with Thomasina Miers

10. Chilli Chocolate Truffles

This is the one I will definitely be making this year, either with the chilli or with other flavourings depending on who will be receiving it (as not everyone likes a spicy chocolate)

They’re perfect to make as you don’t even have to roll them up into balls, you can just chop them up into cubes, throw into the cocoa powder, and job done!

They presented these on a plate, but I think you could put them in a jar or box and dress it up to make it more personal for you ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out the recipe here

If you want a normal chocolate recipe, check out Delia’s here

I hope you try a few of these this Christmas, or even just as a special gift to someone, I know I will ๐Ÿ˜€

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