Last Minute Gifts Worth Making and Giving
Want to Make a Last Minute Gift Worth GIving?
Always. Always, there is that last minute gift needed for the unexpected situation or the forgotten person that you wish you could give a gift to. No matter the reason you couldn't plan ahead, there’s no need to worry when there are plenty of ideas that can help. Let these fun gifts inspire you to change regret to joy!
Make fast, easy, personal gifts that will delight and warm the heart of those you design them for, even if it is at the last minute. These projects range from simple to simplest, yet they will tell the recipient that you gave loving thought to their gift.
As well, they are not just for Christmas. Though many of the design examples are themed for winter, you'll see that its an easy task to change them up for other celebrations. Use these ideas as a springboard and see what comes of them...
Set your creative side free and enjoy the fun of designing, making, then giving a bit of special occasion happiness!
Candy for Kids and Grownups
Don’t just go buy a box of candy to give to a child--anyone can do that! You can step it up by making happy little candy trains that can also be incorporated into bows on large gifts.
I don’t remember where I first saw these, but when I decided to make them I discovered that changing up the candies let me make trains I liked better than the examples I had seen.
To follow my design, begin by using a roll of Life Savers on a pack of gum sticks. Use my photos or others on the web as a guide for forming your trains.
Round wheels are a must, but I discovered that York mint patties do not always come in round wrappers. No problem--I just glued the wrapper into a round shape to match the logo.
Think candy color, relative sizes, and packaging.Using reds, greens, golds, and silvers is a given at Christmas, although other colors in just the right spots can liven up the project for birthdays and other occasions.
Relate candy sizes to their location on the trains you are making. Foil packaging worked great, though other packaging was fine when I used glue dots and a low heat glue gun.
A high heat glue gun is not advisable, but glue dots are not my preferred method of putting these together, either. I found that the low heat glue gun worked best.
It's a Wrap when it Comes to Chocolate Bars
For grownups, personalized chocolate candy bar wrappers make very nice gifts. They are simple to put together, as well as being another craft that will let your creative spirit generate unique designs.
These wrappers with a personal message will meaningfully speak love and care to anyone you give them to. On top of all that, perhaps the best feature of this idea is that chocolate is a seasonless gift!
For the ginger lover a simple tree design is both a decoration and a gift that keeps on giving since after the holidays the candies can be plucked off and enjoyed. They are super simple to make in a couple of ways, but very special to we who love, love, love this spice.
Make a cone shape out of lightweight cardboard (card stock is fine). Either paint it green or cover it in green paper using a low heat glue gun or quality glue dots. Begin by gluing a row of the ginger candies along the bottom edge of the cone. Place them so that the bottom of one end lines up with the bottom of the cone.
Add row after row all the way to the top of the cone. You can fashion a star out of foil or wrapping paper and attach it for a finishing touch. A gift tag with string or ribbon can be looped around the star--that is if you decide to give it away.
Another method is to use a styrofoam cone wrapped in green tissue paper. The candies can then be pinned onto the cone. This idea could be used for other occasions such as Valentine's Day. Chocolates added to a heart shape with a hanger attached to the top (not necessarily the center) would be a neat craft to work on.
This candy gift is fun for children, or to let children make and give away, as long as the pinning method is not used. Check out this version of adorable and unexpected candy cane wreath.
Basket of Citrus and Other Fruits
Sure, you could just dump a load of in-season fruit in a basket and say “Here you go,” but why?
Buy a clear glass or plastic dish (even the Dollar Stores sometimes carry them and thrift stores are a great source) then use outdoor craft paint to add an initial, a flower, or the word Noel, making a personalized gift out of apples and oranges.
Clean the dish first, then dry it well. You can draw a design on or paint it freehand. The craft paints dry quickly, and you are ready to add the fruit.
Cutting small squares of tissue paper and wrapping each piece of fruit about three-quarters of the way around before arranging them makes for a pretty bowl.Simple and quick!
Fill a Jar with Cookie Mix or Soup Mix
Yes, I know that this has been around the block, but have you thought of painting a white label on the jar, then painting or using a marker to add a favorite quote so the jar can be reused as a reminder of your relationship to the recipient?
Though my example is obviously a Christmas design, think outside the box when designing one of these gift jars. Filling one with seed packets and painting a bunny on the outside would be a delightful springtime gift, and filling one with iced tea bags and painting an adirondack chair on the jar would make a fun summer gift.
Craft paints for outdoor items are perfect for this quick project. If the jar contents are wrapped in green tissue paper using an all white outline design is a very festive option. Simple designs work well and obviously make for the fastest gift, but there’s no reason not to paint a small scene on your white label. Be sure to sign and date your artwork!
I’ve used transfers to put designs on T-shirts so I could paint them, but this is the first time I’ve used the transfer pens to make the entire design. Though there was a learning curve, sulky pens made the job a snap! Take a look at the group of photos next door and see the fun I had making holiday designs.
Again--think seasonally! Every holiday deserves its own design, and then there are the other occasions to think about--birthdays, vacations, reunions all provide the chance to design a creative pillow or tote bag. Yes, these transfers are for more than tee shirts!
I learned that the simpler designs work best. Heavier designs were somewhat difficult to iron on correctly. I told my daughter to think aura borealis and let the kids wear them as sleep shirts, but in the future I would like to practice and perfect a process for heavily colored, intense designs.
If you make unique designs for tee shirts let us see them in your own hub. Leave us a note below stating that you've also written on this topic so we can read about how you came up with the ideas and how you pulled them off!
Paint Stirrer Plant Markers
A set of name markers for plants makes a great gift for gardeners. These can be made very inexpensively by using paint stirrers. Once again, that outdoor craft paint comes in handy.
A fast plan is to paint the entire stirrer one color then paint the tip a different color. Use the first color or a black permanent marker to write the name of plants. Of course, stepping up that design with your own creative ideas is what will personalize a set for your special gardener.
If you want to expand this gift, turn your gift tag into a coupon for some potted herbs, include a garden store gift card, or add packets of herb seeds to the gift bag. If you are really brave you might include a coupon for an afternoon of free weeding!
Once you start making these, though, you’ll find they are addictive because they are an easy project causes creative ideas to blossom in your head. Deciding which design to use might be the toughest part of the project!
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Do You Have Any Easy-to-Make Gifts?
If this look at easy gifts to make gets you thinking, let us hear from you. Any ideas you come up with are welcome in the comments.
Remember, gifts like these can be used for many holidays, used as hostess gifts, and they could make delightful birthday gifts. Here's hoping you get to enjoy making and giving your own projects!
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