As the time to get everything done for the Holidays winds down are you feeling excited or unprepared? Truthfully without a pretty solid action plan in place, I am the ULTIMATE procrastinator. I will WAIT until the last minute and then scramble to get everything done. With something like Christmas, that is not really the best idea….says the woman who has been known to be wrapping all her gifts at Midnight Christmas Eve.

Even though it may be the 11th hour, you can still make some awesome homemade gifts for your friends, neighbors, and family. There is still time to get all your gifts done and you are in the right place. So, if you are looking for a few ideas for easy last-minute DIY gifts for the holidays? Look no further!

What is even better is that they do not take up much time. No more than an hour of actual work time for each gift. In some cases you can easily make a large batch of 5 or 10 gifts in that amount of time. Which is totally awesome for a repressed procrastinator like me. As an added bonus none of these homemade gifts will break the bank or your Christmas budget! Which is good news, because while I love giving gifts, I also love staying out of debt.

These gift ideas are sure to work for almost anyone on your list and are pretty practical. Read: these homemade gift are things people would love to and will use them. Those are the best gifts to give in my book.

While these gifts are great for the holidays, you could easily make any of these for a birthday, mothers day, fathers day, or just because!!

10 Great Last Minute Homemade Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Idea #1

Peppermint and Rosemary Bath (or Foot Soak)

This gift is awesome to give with gift idea number 4 – Peppermint & Rosemary Scrub Cubes. The foot soak smells amazing and work for almost anyone on your list! The best part is that you can use your favorite essential oil combinations if you do not want to use peppermint and rosemary.

Other great combos could be:

  • Grapefruit and Peppermint
  • Orange, frankincense, and cinnamon.
  • Peppermint and Eucalyptus
  • Lavender and Bergamot

The sky is the limit with scent combos. That makes this such a versatile gift to give and very little time to make!

Wonderful Peppermint & Rosemary Bath Soak is sure to be a hit this holiday season.


Gift Idea #2

DIY Peppermint Air Freshener

This simple but elegant air freshener makes the perfect gift. Put it in a cute mason jar and gift it to friends, family or neighbors. It is a great idea for a workmate who needs a little pick me up. Work time is minimal so you can make a bunch in very little time!! Pair it with scrub cubes and bath soak and you have a great spa gift combo.

Gift this easy to make gel air freshener with only a few minutes work time.


Last Minute Gift Idea #3

Homemade Vanilla Extract

For the bakers in your life, vanilla extract is a must. Even if you make it today and it takes a few weeks to cure, you can let them know when it will be ready for use!


Gift Idea #4

Peppermint and Rosemary Scrub Cubes

I adore the smell of these peppermint and rosemary sugar scrub cubes. They take a few simple ingredients and very little time to make. The ladies in your life are sure to delight in this gift!

Luxurious homemade gift that takes less than 20 minutes to make!


Last Minute Gift Idea #5

DIY Wool Dryer Balls

with a few days to go, this is really a simple, but really useful gift. Just need a few items to get it done. What is better you can do it while watching TV!

EASY DIY- Homemade Dryer Balls (1)

Gift Idea #6

DIY Vanilla or Hazelnut Syrups

This DIY is for your coffee lovers! Making a few different coffee syrups make for a great gift!Easy DIY homemade coffee syrups. Simple way to save money by skipping the coffee shop.

Last Minute Gift Idea #7

Homemade Candied Almonds

Baking these is more than half the fun! It takes less than a few minutes to put the almonds together and into the over they go. While they are baking your whole house will smell like cinnamon sugar and vanilla. It is so delicious and makes your mouth water. Homemade Candied Almonds taste as good as they smell. These cinnamon sugar almonds are sure to be a hit with neighbors, family and friends! Just make sure you make an extra jar or two for yourself to snack on.

Easy to make homemade candied almonds are the perfect holiday gift.


Gift Idea #8

Homemade Cranberry and Lime Infused Vodka

This is such an easy but awesome gift to make. Jazz it up by providing your favorite recipe with cranberry lime vodka.

need a simple last minute gift? Make homemade cranberry lime vodka for your neighbors, friends and family.

Last Minute Gift Idea #9

Homemade Bergamot, Lemongrass, and Blood Orange Loo Pouri

I don’t know about you but I love this stuff! It makes a quick and easy gift to make for friends and family.

Make this simple and useful holiday gift in a few minutes. Your girlfriends will thank you


Gift Idea #10

DIY Simmer Pot Gift Jar

Easy to make Simmer Pot Gift Jar


With these simple to make homemade gift ideas you are sure to get your Christmas list knocked out. Then you can move to something else on your long to do list, like snuggling with the kiddos on the couch, drinking hot cocoa and watching holiday classics.


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10 awesome last minute homemade gift ideas that will not break your budget.

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