Quick, Easy, Cheap, DIY & GREAT Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas (or any occasion, really)

by GfG on December 20, 2012 · 3 comments

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Do you need a last minute gift idea (or a few)?  Let me help!

I am not typically a DIY kind of gal for gifts.  I think some of my creative energy drained a few kiddos back.  I love to share fun crafts and activities here, sure, but I make sure they are easy and require little creative brain power.

So, when I tell you that these gifts are great, I mean it.  I am thrilled to be giving them and happy to have made them.

{If you are one of my in real life friends or family members, please don’t read this blog post until after December 25th.  Seriously.}

All but one of these gifts are for individuals, but one is a terrific little family gift.

#1: For the golfer in your life

My bil is a tough cookie.  He prefers techy items, but those aren’t in our budget.  When I saw this, though, I was happy!  He plays golf with my nephew as a bonding activity, so this fits the bill.  It’s a golf towel.  Don’t know what a golf towel is for?  Neither did I.  Turns out, guys need to wipe their hands or the golf ball every once in awhile.  This has a pocket for dropping the ball in and wiping.  It was super easy to make.

Link for directions here (photo credit to June also: my photos didn’t show the towel in it’s setting).

#2: For fun loving families

This is my second favorite item.  Are you a fan of marshmallow shooters?  Well, this is another great gift like that.  How fun would it be to shoot Q-tips around the house with your very own little bow?  Tons of fun!!

You really can’t get much cheaper than Q-tips, Popsicle sticks, and dental floss, plus you’ll be the hit of your friends if you give these.  Pretty much, all our IRL family friends are getting these because I think family Q-tip battles sound hilarious and memorable.  An added bonus is that they would be fun for long road trips (add this to my other recs: #1 rec here and #2 here) .

Link for directions here.

#3: For spa buffs

Most women love spa treatments of all kinds.  Scrubs are all the rage.  You can make all natural and fabulous scrubs right at home for much less money than buying them.

There are tons of recipes online for making these (just google DIY salt scrub) and cute jars almost anywhere.

I loved the idea of a coffee one because it’s different and  the benefits of coffee add to the gift.

Treat someone with one!

#4: For coffee or hot drink fans

This is my favorite item.  You can personalize a solid white/cream coffee mug!  It’s super duper easy and just as cute.  I love personalized gift ideas and this was simply beyond words for this year.  I have been inducted into hot drinks by my NM friends and wanted to give them something related.

Thank Pinterest for this one too!!

All of these gifts take thirty minutes or less to make, cost less six dollars or less, and are unique: perfect last minute, DIY gifts!

You could buy the materials and make them today in record setting times.  That is what easy and last minute mean to me, but when they are great, perfection!

Not only can these help you for any last minute gifts you need, but these are terrific to make with the kids for people.  I had the kids sign their names on one for their grandpas.  It’s precious.

Which one will you make?

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Junie Moon December 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

A lovely post, Mindy. Thank you for sharing my golf towel project. I also learned some great gift ideas from you. Happy Holidays!


GfG December 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

Thank YOU for an idea that was easy and good for guys (a tall order)! 🙂


Heather Terry December 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

I have to add that I started using a coffee mask a few weeks ago for puffy eyes/face. It’s AWESOME and you smell like chocolate after (unless you wash with face soap after). Your scrub reminded me. It’s 2 Tbs coffee grounds (get them pretty quick after brewing a pot of coffee), 3 Tbs plain yogurt (I used greek for extra goodness) or you can use milk, 1 Tbs honey, 2 Tbs cocoa powder. (got it from crunchybetty.com). It will stay in your fridge for weeks and it actually makes a ton. Don’t use everyday but every few days. Your skin will feel sooooo soft!! I’m thinking you could mix the coffee, cocoa and honey in a jar then give as a gift with instructions to add the yogurt/milk.


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