Last Minute Gifts Worth Making and Giving

Worthy gifts for any occasion are often beautifully  hand made with love!
Worthy gifts for any occasion are often beautifully hand made with love! | Source

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!

The giving season isn't just for Christmas!
The giving season isn't just for Christmas! | Source

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!

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The first candy trains included Ferrero Rocher® chocolates.Four candy trains bound for a new home!My little grandson also received an extra kit bag complete with glue stick because he is old enough (with supervision) to put one of these trains together.Trains coming and going!Milk Duds boxes work well for these trains.Side views of a new version.Rear views of choo-choos.  Gold coin wheels go fast!Candy varieties change up the treat.
The first candy trains included Ferrero Rocher® chocolates.
The first candy trains included Ferrero Rocher® chocolates. | Source
Four candy trains bound for a new home!
Four candy trains bound for a new home! | Source
My little grandson also received an extra kit bag complete with glue stick because he is old enough (with supervision) to put one of these trains together.
My little grandson also received an extra kit bag complete with glue stick because he is old enough (with supervision) to put one of these trains together. | Source
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Trains coming and going!
Trains coming and going! | Source
Milk Duds boxes work well for these trains.
Milk Duds boxes work well for these trains. | Source
Side views of a new version.
Side views of a new version. | Source
Rear views of choo-choos.
Rear views of choo-choos. | Source
Gold coin wheels go fast!
Gold coin wheels go fast! | Source
Candy varieties change up the treat.
Candy varieties change up the treat. | Source

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

Wrap Up Quality Chocolate Bars in Pretty Paper
Wrap Up Quality Chocolate Bars in Pretty Paper | Source

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!


Grow Ginger Chews into a Christmas tree!
Grow Ginger Chews into a Christmas tree! | Source

Ginger Trees


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.



Fruits wrapped and ready to be arranged!
Fruits wrapped and ready to be arranged! | Source

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!


Paint your jar label!
Paint your jar label! | Source

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!


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A transfer for big sister and one for little sister!It was a mistake to cut the shape of the design out, and even after redoing the transfer I discovered that the filled in designs tend to steam out the edges.  The simple designs work best, and of course, are quicker.This shirt needed extra embellishment to help cover my iron-on fail.A second iron on worked fairly well (sorry for the not so good photo) but the iron print left it looking a bit like the aura borealis had visited the design.  Adding the outer dots helped the error in my iron-on process.A second try worked better for I learned to put an additional paper between the iron and the transfer pattern when using filled in designs.Simple snowman and tree transfer.This transfer shows how dotting the design allows for some shading.This close up of the ironed on transfer shows how dense the dotting becomes.Sorry about the low-quality photo of this Onesie.  Scaling the design small enough took some thought.  :)
A transfer for big sister and one for little sister!
A transfer for big sister and one for little sister! | Source
It was a mistake to cut the shape of the design out, and even after redoing the transfer I discovered that the filled in designs tend to steam out the edges.  The simple designs work best, and of course, are quicker.
It was a mistake to cut the shape of the design out, and even after redoing the transfer I discovered that the filled in designs tend to steam out the edges. The simple designs work best, and of course, are quicker. | Source
This shirt needed extra embellishment to help cover my iron-on fail.
This shirt needed extra embellishment to help cover my iron-on fail. | Source
A second iron on worked fairly well (sorry for the not so good photo) but the iron print left it looking a bit like the aura borealis had visited the design.
A second iron on worked fairly well (sorry for the not so good photo) but the iron print left it looking a bit like the aura borealis had visited the design. | Source
Adding the outer dots helped the error in my iron-on process.
Adding the outer dots helped the error in my iron-on process. | Source
A second try worked better for I learned to put an additional paper between the iron and the transfer pattern when using filled in designs.
A second try worked better for I learned to put an additional paper between the iron and the transfer pattern when using filled in designs. | Source
Simple snowman and tree transfer.
Simple snowman and tree transfer. | Source
This transfer shows how dotting the design allows for some shading.
This transfer shows how dotting the design allows for some shading. | Source
This close up of the ironed on transfer shows how dense the dotting becomes.
This close up of the ironed on transfer shows how dense the dotting becomes. | Source
Sorry about the low-quality photo of this Onesie.  Scaling the design small enough took some thought.  :)
Sorry about the low-quality photo of this Onesie. Scaling the design small enough took some thought. :) | Source

Transfer T-Shirts


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!


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Another super simple way to turn paint stirrers into garden plant markers with paint and creativity!
Another super simple way to turn paint stirrers into garden plant markers with paint and creativity! | Source

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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Do you have ideas for making easy gifts? 72 comments

Justsilvie 3 years ago

Some lovely and creative ideas. Voted up and shared!


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KDeus 3 years ago from Florida

These are excellent suggestions! I love the candy train idea - how unique!


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Really cool fun hub. Thanks


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love the candy train idea; great suggestions here!


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

Justsilvie:

Thanks so much for your feedback on these gifts that are easy to make!


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