35+ Last-Minute Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas


There are just days (or maybe hours) left until Christmas and you still need gifts for people! Not to worry: These 35+ homemade gifts can be made in no time with ingredients and materials that you either have at home already or can buy from somewhere that isn't a crowded mall! Great last-minute Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!There are only a couple days left to go until Christmas, but you realize you still haven’t checked everyone off your list! It’s time to choose your own adventure:

Do you…

A) Brave the crowds in town and at the mall, rush around trying to buy presents for everyone and probably drop $100 or more on last-minute gifts.

Or…

B) Keep your money, make a cup of tea, gather a few supplies out of your pantry and craft closet and relax by the wood stove while you whip up a few simple but impressive last-minute gifts with your own two hands?

If you chose B, congratulations! You’re not insane:)

Seriously though, nothing against anyone who likes to shop for Christmas presents. I’ll admit we bought most of our gifts from the store this year due to a serious lack of time. But I still have a few people on my own list and I would really love to not have to spend anymore money, time or stressful energy on finishing my Christmas gifting this year.

So I compiled this list of last-minute gifts that just about anyone can make at home. Some of them take a couple days, some take less than a day and some take mere minutes to whip together. Most use ingredients and materials you likely have on hand already (or at least ones you can get from somewhere that’s not a mall).

So save your sanity and enjoy this special time of year at home with your family instead of battling it out with a bunch of strangers. Here are 35+ last-minute gifts you can make at home this Christmas.

 

 

Sugar/Salt Scrubs

Sugar and salt scrubs are one of the easiest things to whip up in just a few minutes using ingredients you almost certainly have on hand already. All you need is a little sugar or sea salt, some type of vegetable oil and a little essential oil for fragrance. Throw it all in a Mason jar and you’ve got yourself a gift! Here are a couple recipes to get you started:

Peppermint Sugar Scrub (with FREE printable labels)

Juniper-Rosemary Salt Scrub by Healing Harvest Homestead

 

Bath Salts

Much like sugar and salt scrubs, homemade bath salts and soaks take no time at all to put together. Just mix together some Epsom salts with a few simple pantry ingredients and essential oils and you’ve got yourself a beautiful homemade gift fit to pamper a queen:) Try this quick and easy bath salts recipe:

DIY Baths Salts with Essential Oils

 

Homemade Soap

Homemade soap is another quick and easy homemade gift that can be made two ways, depending on your level of experience. If you’re a total beginner, melt & pour soap is the easiest way to go. If you’re ready to try hot process soap with lye, the soap-making possibilities are endless!

There are just days (or maybe hours) left until Christmas and you still need gifts for people! Not to worry: These 35+ homemade gifts can be made in no time with ingredients and materials that you either have at home already or can buy from somewhere that isn't a crowded mall! Great last-minute Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!

Here are a few ideas to suit everybody’s needs and expertise:

Melt & Pour Goat’s Milk Soap by Tammy from Trayer Wilderness (guest posting for Melissa K Norris)

Homemade Hand Soap by Little House Living

Handmade Christmas Soap with Frankincense and Myrrh by Healing Harvest Homestead

 

Salves, Lotions & Other Body Products

Making your own homemade salves, lotions, lotion bars and other body products is super simple and takes no time at all as long as you have a few essential ingredients on hand such as beeswax, coconut oil, essential oils and the like. Here are a few ideas:

DIY Dandelion Healing Salve

DIY Hair Pomade with Rosemary Essential Oil

Glorious Soothing Lavender Salve by Healing Harvest Homestead

3-Ingredient Lotion Bars by Melissa K Norris

Cocoa Orange Calendula Lotion Bars by Healing Harvest Homestead

 

Homemade Extracts & Syrups

While homemade extracts can’t exactly be made last-minute, if you’re someone who makes big batches of extracts for yourself throughout the year, you probably have some in your pantry that you can bottle these up as gifts for Christmas. And if not, you can always gift a “Make Your Own Extract” kit with all of the ingredients and they can make it themselves!

Homemade Tree Tip Syrup

Mexican Vanilla Extract (with Printable Gift Tags) by A Modern Homestead 

‘Make Your Own Extract Kit’ by Learning and Yearning

 

Baked Goods and DIY Mixes from the Kitchen

You really can’t go wrong with gifting some homemade Christmas cookies or DIY mixes that loved ones can use to easily make themselves a treat at home. The possibilities are endless when it comes to homemade cookies and other treats. Here is an extensive list of Christmas cookie recipes to get you started, and some great DIY Hot Chocolate and Chai Tea mix recipes to go with them. Package some cookies and some drink mix up together and there’s another easy homemade Christmas gift knocked right off your list!

101 Christmas Cookie Recipes by A Modern Homestead

Make Your Own Instant Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe by Hillsborough Homesteading

Chai Tea Mix by Better Hens & Gardens

 

Homemade Preserves

There are just days (or maybe hours) left until Christmas and you still need gifts for people! Not to worry: These 35+ homemade gifts can be made in no time with ingredients and materials that you either have at home already or can buy from somewhere that isn't a crowded mall! Great last-minute Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!

If you can during the summer, you probably have a bounty of homemade preserves sitting in your pantry just waiting to be gifted to someone special. If you freeze your summer fruits, you can just as easily turn those fruits into last-minute homemade preserves that are ready to gift in less than a day. Here are a few tried and true recipes for newbie and seasoned canners alike:

Pectin-Free Strawberry Vanilla Jam

No-Frills Dill Pickles Recipe

Spicy Garlic Dilly Beans

Spiced Plum Jelly

Christmas Jam Recipe by The Rustic Elk

Homemade Hot Pepper Jelly by Better Hens & Gardens

 

Quick & Easy Fabric and Fibre Arts Projects

There are just days (or maybe hours) left until Christmas and you still need gifts for people! Not to worry: These 35+ homemade gifts can be made in no time with ingredients and materials that you either have at home already or can buy from somewhere that isn't a crowded mall! Great last-minute Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!

While some sewing and and knitting projects can take forever and a day, here are a few quick and easy project ideas that you can make in under a weekend, a day and even in under an hour!

Simple Cable Knit Scarf by A Modern Homestead

How to Make an Infinity Scarf in an Evening by Once Upon A Time In A Bed Of Wildflowers

How to Knit a Toddler Sweater in 8 Hours or Less by A Modern Homestead

How to Make a Rag Quilt – A Simple DIY Sewing Project by Flip Flop Barnyard

Fabric Jam Jar Covers by Walkerland

 

Candles & Home Fragrances

These diy Christmas room sprays with essential oils make a quick and easy gift and are an all-natural way to make your house smell great for the holidays. #diychristmasroomsprays #diyroomspray #homemaderoomspray #homemadeairfreshener #homemadechristmasgifts

There’s nothing like the soft, warm glow of candles in the dead of winter. But buying candles from the store can be pretty pricey. Plus, many of the store-bought varieties are full of questionable ingredients that you might think twice about burning and ingesting.

Likewise, store-bought air fresheners might fill your home with the scent of Christmas, but most of them are loaded with chemicals and are labelled as explosive and poisonous right on the bottle! Who wants to breathe that in? Luckily, there are some fast, easy, safe, natural and affordable alternatives. Here are a few:

Homemade Soy Candles with Essential Oils

DIY Christmas Room Sprays with Essential Oils

How to Make Beeswax Candles by The Rustic Elk

4 Homemade Holiday Potpourri Recipes by Homestead Wishing

 

Odds and Ends

There are just days (or maybe hours) left until Christmas and you still need gifts for people! Not to worry: These 35+ homemade gifts can be made in no time with ingredients and materials that you either have at home already or can buy from somewhere that isn't a crowded mall! Great last-minute Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!

Here are a few more gift ideas that you can make with random ingredients, scraps, odds and ends you might have laying around the house. 

DIY Cookie Cutter Birdseed Ornaments

11 Free Handmade Gifts to Make with Scrap Fabric by A Modern Homestead

How to Make Reusable Cling Wrap from Cloth by Healing Harvest Homestead

Wine Cork Wreath by Better Hens and Gardens

Free Gifts You Can Make with PAPER! by A Modern Homestead

Handmade Gifts in 15 Minutes or Less by A Modern Homestead

14 Free Handmade Gifts Using Re-Purposed Items by A Modern Homestead

I hope you enjoyed these quick and easy last-minute gift ideas and tutorials! I’ll be adding to this list over time so beside to check back here next Christmas (or any time you need a homemade gift idea). 

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Wishing you a homemade, homegrown, homestead Christmas 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. Jim Allen

    Thanks for the unique gift ideas. I have been experimenting with drying my own herbs to make herbal tea. The homemade preserves sound good too. I’m still trying to recreate my mom’s recipe for strawberry rhubarb preserves.

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    • Anna Sakawsky

      Hi Jim! Thanks for the message:) I have grown some of my own herbs for tea such as mint, lavender and chamomile. Those are good ones to start with. Strawberry Rhubarb preserves sound amazing! Maybe I will try that one out this year and see how it works out. Happy New Year to you!

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Lately though, I’ve been feeling the weight of it all. Aside from dealing with personal issues like our ongoing infertility/pregnancy loss journey and the every day stresses we all face, the bigger things have been feeling bigger and heavier lately; The mandates, the politics, the pushback, the arguments and attacks online, the divisiveness, and the seemingly never-ending pandemic that every single one of us is still dealing with in some capacity.

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Not to mention, it also makes the perfect Christmas gift. (Yup. I said Christmas! But if you wanna give away homemade preserve for Christmas, you’ve gotta start planning that now!)

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Tomato sauce is a top priority for us when it comes to canning because it's such a staple on our pantry shelves. From pizza and pasta sauce to soups, stews and casseroles, we use tomato sauce for so much of our home cooking, and for this reason, having a good, basic tomato sauce on hand is an absolute MUST!

The recipe I'm sharing with you today includes instructions on how to can homemade tomato sauce with a water bath canner or a pressure canner (because tomatoes go both ways;) so you always have the makings of a delicious meal on hand!

Click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to https://thehouseandhomestead.com/how-to-can-homemade-tomato-sauce/ to get the full recipe and canning instructions:)

What's your favourite way to use tomato sauce at home??
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