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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We’re officially halfway through the pantry challenge and we’re into the “messy middle.” This is the point in the challenge when it can start to feel like a bit of a slog, and even if you’re not doing the pantry challenge, you may still be feeling the slog as we hit the mid-January mark, so to spice things up, I’m offering a pretty massive giveaway...

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Well, it was no small task, but I FINALLY got everything in my pantry inventoried, organized and put away.

I wanted to share my process with you too, so if you’re interested in getting a full tour of our pantry and seeing how I organize things, click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead and check it out on YouTube!

P.S. I know you’re not supposed to stack canning jars as having multiple heavy rows stacked on top of each other can compromise the seal of the jars on the bottom. I avoid stacking when possible, but due to the style of our pantry I have made the conscious choice to stack one row (max) on top of the bottom and always make sure to stack jars of equal or lesser weight on top. And yes, we do have plans to add more shelves soon. Just a disclaimer since I’m sure I’ll get more comments about it;)

Also, be sure to leave a comment and let me know about any pantry organization hacks you use! I’m always looking to improve our system:)
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Finally got around to taking EVERYTHING out of the pantry today and now getting ready to take inventory.

When everything is buried in the pantry, it can be so easy to forget what you have. That’s why I always recommend taking everything out when starting a pantry challenge so you know exactly what you’ve got. I was feeling like we hadn’t preserved enough food this year to get us through the month, but now that I see everything, I’ve got all sorts of creative ideas for how to use up the abundance of food that we have.

I’m also finding things I didn’t know I had, seeing what I have more than enough of and finding gaps in my food storage. This is one of my favourite reasons for doing a pantry challenge: it’s an excuse to pull everything out and actually see what we’ve got so we know what we’re working with.

In order to keep everything organized, I also created printable pantry, fridge and freezer inventory sheets where I can record everything I’ve got (so it doesn’t get lost at the back of our very deep pantry again). If you wanna grab these printables, along with my weekly meal planning sheet, homestead pantry checklist, pantry substitutions chart and 31 Days of Dinner Ideas cheat sheet, click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead and sign up for the Homestead Pantry Challenge and I’ll send everything to your inbox:)

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Have you started organizing your pantry yet??
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🌱 One of the things I get asked the most during the #homesteadpantrychallenge is what we do for fresh veggies. Now, I much prefer to eat seasonally, which means eating the veggies that we preserved over the summer and fall during the winter. But I do start to miss my fresh greens by the time January rolls around.

Sure, I could grow some salad greens over the winter months, but that would require a level of organization that I frankly haven’t reached yet. And quite honestly, I don’t love going out to the garden in the middle of winter due to the torrential rain, swampy mud and frigid temps we get here in the PNW. No no, I’m a little too lazy and disorganized for all that! I’d much rather plant seeds a few days before I want to harvest them and do it all from the comfort of my kitchen during the nasty weather season.

And so, I turn to microgreens to provide me and my fam with fresh greens this time of year. They’re not only packed with nutrients (said to be higher in nutrients than their full grown counterparts!), they can be grown on your countertop and are ready to harvest in just a few days!

Not to mention, they taste delicious and look beautiful! I made this cheesy pasta dish topped with broccoli microgreens for dinner and the microgreens (which are just the seedling version of the full grown plant) tasted just like broccoli. Plus, the purple and green colours take an otherwise kinda boring dish and make it pop💥

I get all of my microgreens from @trueleafmarket, one of the sponsors of this month’s pantry challenge, as well as the current issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine!

To enter to win your own self-watering microgreens growing kit from True Leaf Market, be sure to join in the Homestead Pantry Challenge on Instagram, and to learn more about microgreens AND score yourself a sweet 10% discount off all True Leaf products, make sure you’re subscribed to Modern Homesteading Magazine (discount code is in the magazine and in the delivery email).

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Well, we made it. It’s hard to believe that 2020 is finally behind us, but here we are, at the dawn of a new year; A fresh page and a new chapter.

This past year has been one for the history books for sure, and it most definitely has not all been good. But it hasn’t been all bad either. Us humans have a tendency to focus on the bad. It’s a survival tool that’s hard-wired into our brains to be on the lookout for danger. So we have to make a conscious choice to see the good in bad situations; To find what we can control and cling to it in a sea of things that we cannot control and, therefore, must let go of.

But with a new year comes a symbolic chance to let those things go and to move forward with hope and determination. No matter what’s scrolled on the pages of the past, the future has yet to be written.

As we enter 2021, I encourage you to remember that those things that were out of our control last year are still out of our control this year. They always have been, and always will be. But what is in our control are our thoughts and actions; How we choose to see and react to the world and to each other.

My hope is that we can begin to leave the past behind us and choose to see the world in a new light. In the Universe there is no good and bad. Everything just is. We assign the value.

I also hope that we begin to see each other as fellow travellers on the same journey, and to treat each other with equal respect, no matter our skin colour, gender, political or religious beliefs.
 
Finally I hope that the trend of people taking an interest in modern homesteading and taking action toward living a more sustainable, self-sufficient life continues long after COVID is behind us. As a whole, I think this was one of the best things to come out of this past year; A bright silver lining on a dark cloud.
 
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To a new year and a fresh start 🥂
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Time for the 2021 Homestead Pantry Challenge to begin!!!

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Needless to say, a pantry challenge might be just what you need right about now to reign in your spending, put your resourcefulness, kitchen skills and creativity to the test, increase your self-sufficiency and decrease your dependence on the grocery store and on people and systems that are outside of your control.

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Merry Christmas friends!

While this year, and subsequently this Christmas has been anything but normal, and while we weren’t able to be with our extended families this year , I hope you’ve been able to find peace and joy this season, and to enjoy slower, more intimate moments at home with your immediate family.

Now that the big day has come and (almost) gone, it’s time to slow down, to rest deeply and recharge for the year to come. Nobody knows what 2021 will bring, but after the year that was 2020, we’ve proven to ourselves just how resilient we can be. And that is one of the greatest gifts of all. (Well, that and this accidentally inappropriate ornament we got to commemorate a year that will forever live in infamy;)

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Cranberry sauce is a holiday tradition, but if you’ve ever had store-bought cranberry sauce out of a tin, then you probably know how unappetizing it can be.

From the “glurp” sound that it makes as it slides out of the tin and into the bowl, to the way the jelly stays formed in the shape of the tin even after it’s out, to the bland boringness of the flavour.

No offence to anyone who loves commercially canned cranberry sauce, but even if you love the store-bought stuff, then you’re definitely gonna love homemade cranberry sauce!

I know a lot of people put orange juice or orange zest in their cranberry sauce, and you can totally do that too! But I’m actually not a fan of the orange-cranberry mix, so my recipe calls for a little cinnamon and vanilla, as well as some sugar to give it a sweet spiciness that goes oh so well with Christmas dinner.

But perhaps the best part is that you’re able to can this cranberry sauce too, which means you can make a big batch this year and have enough homemade cranberry sauce on your shelves to last you multiple holiday seasons! Or you could even give some away to loved ones with whom you’re not able to spend Christmas with this year.

Whether you want to can it for later or eat it fresh or just refrigerate it until Christmas, this recipe is a must-try this holiday season.

Link in bio @thehouseandhomestead to get my full recipe plus canning instructions:)
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Collagen has so many health and beauty benefits, including healthy skin (and reduced wrinkles), shiny, healthy hair and strong bones, cartilage, joints and muscles.

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I’ll be posting my recipe (and canning instructions) soon. Start saving those scraps!
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After 9 long months of extreme hand washing and sanitizing, the last thing our skin needs right now is the harshness of winter. But winter is here my friends, and that means it’s time to give your skin a little extra TLC.

I make my own body butter every year around this time, and it’s become my favourite way to moisturize my skin during the winter months. Much like a deep conditioner works on your hair, body butter absorbs deeply into your skin to help moisturize, repair and protect it.

While lotions contain water (aqua), they also requires additional preservatives to keep them from going moldy due to the water content. But this homemade whipped body butter doesn’t have this problem because it’s made of nourishing oils and fats like shea butter, sweet almond oil and coconut oil (plus beneficial essential oils for all-natural fragrance). These oils are not only all-natural and highly beneficial for your skin, they’re also easily absorbed, giving your skin a “deep conditioning” rather than just a surface moisturizing.

But the best part of all is how quick and easy this body butter is to make up in your kitchen, and what a nice gift it makes this time of year too! So you can make a jar for yourself and a few jars for the people you love:)

Click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to https://thehouseandhomestead.com/homemade-body-butter/ to get the full recipe and “whip up” a batch today;)
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The holidays are fast approaching, and that means it’s time for my FAVOURITE THINGS!!! 🎉🎁🎄(aka. The modern homesteader’s Christmas wish list;)

I’ve rounded up all of my fave kitchen tools, books and home and body products that I use all the time and could not live without (ok, I could live without them, but I wouldn’t want to!) and I’m sharing them all with you in this week’s YouTube video!

Grab a mug of something warm (or a glass of something chilled) and come on in for a tour of all the goods!

Link in bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to YouTube.com/thehouseandhomestead for all the latest videos:)
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