Last Minute Handmade Holiday Gifts and Stocking Stuffers – DIY Gifts You Can Craft in a Short Amount of Time with Grocery Store Trip

November 12, 2011
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While the holiday season isn’t quite in full force yet with Black Friday still around the corner, it won’t be long. So while I know we still have time to shop for Christmas gifts now, I also know how time has a way of sneaking up on us and leaving us shopping for gifts at the last minute. Plus, there’s always the possibility of those last minute guests arriving that we need to throw a gift together for. So whether you’re here looking to put together some small gifts or stocking stuffers now for people you know and those who may show up at the last minute without notice – or you just happen to be down to the wire at the last minute on Christmas Eve – here are some gifts you can whip up in a short amount time with ingredients and supplies you can buy at most common grocery stores at the last second. I especially love these diy crafts as handmade stocking stuffers or gifts for co-workers.
Your New Boyfriend Handmade Sticker Set from Nowvember
Perfect for your teen who goes jumps between love and hate on a frighteningly common basis – or a college friend who’s gone through a recent breakup – these handmade boyfriend stickers can be created last minute as a fun, gag gift. They are perfect in a stocking or included inside a Christmas greeting card. Simply find photos you’d like to use online for your “boyfriend faces” – they could be vintage photos of strangers or pictures of people you know – and save the files to your computer. Then open up a program like Word or Open Office – free through – and arrange your photos on the page sizing to yearbook photo size. Then simply print the page of photos out onto a full sized page sticker label. You can leave spaces in between the photos to draw colored hearts or other shapes with a permanent market. Cut out your stickers and package or draw dashes around each sticker so the recipient can cut out the stickers herself. Pre-made boyfriend sticker sets are available for sale through Nowvember.
Gifts for Guy Guests – Handmade BBQ Spice Rubs from kojo designs
The favorite men in my life have always loved to grill, so it’s safe bet that a surprise male guest who shows up for the holidays will also have a penchant for cooking out. Playing off this for gifts is a safe bet and makes gifting in this situation easy. Simply mix up some flavorful, handmade grilling and bbq spice rubs as a stocking stuffer for the man in your life as well as his friends that decide to crash your Christmas party once family has dwindled. You can find the recipes for making Homemade Brown Sugar Rub for Pork or Beef, Homemade Tandoori Rub for Chicken, and Homemade Greek Rub for Chicken or Pork at kojo designs blog. There are also free printable labels that coincide with these recipes. And, you can always do a search for more recipes online. What really makes this a great gift is that if you make too much, you can stock the leftovers in your kitchen for your own use. (If you have time to shop online, Mountain Rose Herbs offers an excellent, quality selection of organic herbs and spices.)
DIY Homemade Rosemary Mint Sugar Scrub from Good Lifestyle
For the ladies I love being able to give gifts that pamper and I know I love to receive them as well. That’s what makes this Homemade Rosemary Mint Sugar Scrub such a great gift! It’s a little winter pampering to soothe the stress from the holidays! It’s simple to make and doesn’t require a preservative as the recipe is oil based. You can find the recipe for this DIY Rosemary Mint Sugar Scrub at Good Lifestyle Blog along with free printable labels for your project. I also like the recipe for an extra festive, DIY Candy Cane Sugar Scrub found at The Craftinomicon and this Delicious, Organic Lavender Sugar Scrub Recipe. For even more handmade sugar scrub recipe ideas, check out these other DIY Sugar Scrub Recipes, from Soap Deli News Blog. (If you have the time to order supplies online, I highly recommend the organic herbs, spices and essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
Homemade Eggnog Cupcakes from Annie’s Eats
More of a baker? Everyone on your list is sure to appreciate the recipe from Annie’s Eats for Homemade Eggnog Cupcakes. The cupcake recipe calls for a flavorful addition of dark rum or bourbon and the icing on top includes a dash of rum, some eggnog, and bit of freshly grated nutmeg.
Homemade Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows from Good Life Eats
Another tasty treat sensation sure to be devoured before your holiday party ends are these Homemade Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows. The recipes can be found at Life Good Eats along with another scrumptious recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Vanilla Bean Marshmallows. Other edible gift ideas I like include: Divine Caramel Sauce Recipe – seal it in a jar with ribbon and jingle bells tied around the lid – and a recipe for Homemade White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge.

Down to just minutes before you’re headed out the door? Print out a holiday wine label onto adhesive sticker paper, cut and go. Simply apply the label to a bottle of wine you have in your cupboard, or pick up a bottle from the store on the way to your destination! Martha Stewart has a nice selection of wine label clip art for Christmas and the New Year.

For even more help with your holiday shopping or DIY gifts, be sure to visit my Pinterest Boards – Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas and Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas. For last minute gift wrap ideas and printable gift tags check out these boards – Pretty Packaging and Printables.
What are some of your ideas for last minute Christmas gifts?


  • Thank You Gifts

    November 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Those cupcakes look so yummy!

  • CereusArt

    November 15, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    fantastic finds!

  • Fliss

    February 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Making me hungry!

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