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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.
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 openoffice.org
– 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
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.)
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
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.
What are some of your ideas for last minute Christmas gifts?