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Last Minute Gifts Worth Making and Giving

Updated on January 21, 2018
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Robertatalloni means creativity. Whether in writing or in more typical art forms, artistry (and a bit of fun) must be part of the work.

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!

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.

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

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

Paint your jar label!
Paint your jar label! | 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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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

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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!

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

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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Check Out More Crafty Gift Ideas:

Below you will find a sampling of more gift ideas that are easy to make and give. Be sure to check out the links as well the following how-to videos for even more ideas on creative gifts.

Make flax seed warmers and warm the hearts of recipients.

• Learn how to beautifully gift someone with a yum chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Decorate candles with salt and give friends an extra-special glow that will make them smile.

Easy to find gifts are always on our list!

Make soy wax votives and give clean candles.

Switch this project up and make simple scarves to wrap up your gift list.

Gift ideas for crafty kids give them much more than a happy surprise.

Personalizing Christmas cards is easy when you get creative.

Make an easy photo calendar and remind others of your warm wishes throughout the year.

Find last minute christmas gifts when you are in a rush.

Decorative christmas trees for using and giving add beautiful ambiance to a table setting.

Delightful Stamping Project for Greeting Cards and Other Paper Projects:

Easy Tutorial for Woven Headbands

Paint T-Shirts with Bleach!

Do you have ideas for making easy gifts?

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    3 years ago from the short journey

    Payal N Naik:

    So appreciate your visit and feedback!

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    Payal N Naik 

    3 years ago from Mumbai

    Very helpful and fun hub.

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    RTalloni 

    3 years ago from the short journey

    ezzly:

    That's great--I'm doing more and more for grands. Thanks for checking out these gift options.

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    ezzly 

    3 years ago

    These are great ideas and I'm with peach purple on the whole not rushing round a shopping mall ... I did about 90% of my shopping for gifts online ;)

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    RTalloni 

    3 years ago from the short journey

    peachpurple:

    Staying out of shopping malls is indeed just one more great reason to make nice last minute gifts. Thanks for stopping in!

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    peachy 

    3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    i like these last minute gifts ideas, don't have to rush buying in shopping mall

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    RTalloni 

    3 years ago from the short journey

    James Darsh:

    Thanks!

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    RTalloni 

    3 years ago from the short journey

    craftdrawer:

    Thanks for your response to this list of easy gifts to make at the last minute. After recently seeing some great ideas that spurred my creative thinking into action I want to add some new projects to this post soon. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    James Darsh 

    3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    very nice

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    RTalloni 

    3 years ago from the short journey

    pstraubie48:

    Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed seeing these and that the train idea will be a hit for your little one. What a happy thought today! :)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    craftdrawer 

    3 years ago

    Some great last minute ideas!!

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    Patricia Scott 

    3 years ago from sunny Florida

    Not sure if I saw these before but they are so clever. The candy train will make my little grandson's eyes sparkle as he is a huge fan of trains.

    Pinned g+ tweeted and shared

    Many Angels are on the way to you today ps

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    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    dghbrh:

    Thanks kindly, both for your visit and for the positive feedback!

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    deergha 

    4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

    Really very creative ideas you have presented here in a very simple and interesting ways. Thanks for sharing this one. Votes up interesting and sharing as well.

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    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    KoffeeKlatch Gals:

    Thanks much for your visit and feedback here. Those candy trains are loads of fun to make and give!

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    Susan Hazelton 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Great projects. I always need ideas for quick and easy gifts. I love the candy train.

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    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Marsei:

    Thanks so much for letting me know how helpful this hub was to you! Hope you projects turn out better than you expect. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    Sue Pratt 

    4 years ago from New Orleans

    I think these are all marvelous ideas and am going to use two of them tomorrow! I wanted to see what your work was about after you commented on some of mine. What a pleasant surprise. Thanks!

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    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    vespawoolf:

    Thanks for adding your thoughts here. I wouldn't mind being on your list of recipients for food gifts since I've seen your hubs highlighting the work you do with food. :)

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    vespawoolf 

    4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Last minute gift giving can be so stressful, so I find this information very helpful. I´m especially partial to both giving and receiving food gifts: fruit or adult candy. Thank you and I hope to put these suggestions into practice next time I procrastinate!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    DeborahNeyens:

    Thanks much for stopping back by! I'm glad you highlighted what a meaningful Christmas your family will have this year.

    Thanks also for bringing my attention to this hub. I've just enjoyed updating it with more ideas and I've experimented with the newest recommendations from HP (August 2013) re the ads (not a favorite task--I like them at the bottom of my hubs, but interesting to learn about it all and useful to be on board with recommendations...).

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    Deborah Neyens 

    5 years ago from Iowa

    I'm back because my family decided to give only homemade gifts this year so I'm pinning this for future reference. Christmas will be here before we know it!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Au fait:

    There is no end to the gift giving opportunities we have throughout the year and planning ahead to make them cost effective yet thoughtful is important for most people. Thanks much for letting me know which of these ideas were your favorites!

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    C E Clark 

    5 years ago from North Texas

    The gift in a jar, the paint sticks, and the video scarf idea were my favorites. Great ideas that don't have to cost a lot and work well even for that person who has everything.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    KoffeeKlatch Gals:

    Thanks very much! When planning gifts throughout the year it's important to consider handmade presents for they speak special love and care to a recipient.

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    Susan Hazelton 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Great do it yourself gifts. I love the candy train. I like your gift in a jar ideas. Very creative.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Rose Anne Karesh:

    The trick to making time to make gifts is finding the right project, isn't it? Thanks for your feedback here!

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    Rose Anne Karesh 

    5 years ago from Virginia

    I liked the different jar ideas for different seasons, I think I will try that out! I like making gifts for friends but often run out of time. I really appreciate your ideas!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Peggy W:

    Kids and grownups alike seem delighted by them. :)

    Thanks kindly for your visit and feedback.

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    A candy train...how cute is that! Kids would love receiving them. You have certainly given us a number of cute ideas for gift giving purposes. Up and useful votes.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Movie Master:

    Thanks kindly for letting me know you enjoyed seeing these craft projects.

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    Movie Master 

    5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Wow, I love these ideas especially the candy trains!

    Great ideas thank you.

    Voted up

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    L.L. Woodard:

    Thanks very much for letting me know that you enjoyed this hub. Thanks also for adding your ideas with your feedback! Just because gifts may actually be the best ones. :)

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    L.L. Woodard 

    5 years ago from Oklahoma City

    You've certainly inspired me to think creatively in some directions I hadn't considered. I've done the painted/decoupage pots and they've always been well-received. I've also painted/decoupaged ceramic tile and added a plate/frame holder for a display for the mini piece of art.

    Personalized gift-giving is rewarding to the giver and the receiver, for any occasion or even just because.

    Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    DeborahNeyens:

    Thanks bunches for letting me know you stopped by and enjoyed seeing the trains. They are fun stuff, and it's been fun to think through future designs since making these!

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    Deborah Neyens 

    5 years ago from Iowa

    I love the candy trains! I'd like to make those for my nieces and nephews next year. Thanks for sharing the ideas.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    anglnwu:

    It is hard to keep up with the hubs as they come out, isn't it?! I hope you can use these ideas as you say. :) Thanks much for your feedback here!

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    anglnwu 

    5 years ago

    I wish I had seen these stunning examples before Christmas but, no matter, I can still steal these ideas for making gifts. Your creativity is delightful. Thanks for sharing and rate d up.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    teaches12345:

    Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed seeing this gift idea hub. I just updated it to increase the focus on using these ideas to get creative for all the occasions we give gifts for throughout the year. So appreciate your visit!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    phdast7:

    Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed this. I hope the gift ideas will inspire throughout the year! Happy New Year! :)

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    Dianna Mendez 

    5 years ago

    I have used the cookie recipe jar idea before and it does make for a great gift. I am going to keep these in mind for Chrismas 2013. Great post and well done.

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    Theresa Ast 

    5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    What a wonderful Hub. Can't believe I missed it. And such great gift ideas. Have a Blessed New Year. :)

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Glimmer Twin Fan:

    Thank you for letting me know that this hub was inspiring! Happy New Year and happy crafting to you! :)

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    Claudia Mitchell 

    5 years ago

    Those transfer tshirts are great! I am going to have to try this. Love crafts. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Om Paramapoonya:

    Thanks bunches, both for stopping in and for your comment!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    5 years ago

    What a cute hub! I love the candy train idea a lot; it's so easy to make but also very creative.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Paradise7:

    Thanks for stopping in with your feedback!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Fossillady:

    Hi there! I'm not Audrey, but I am glad you let me know that you enjoyed seeing these last minute gift ideas. :)

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas in Michigan!

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    Paradise7 

    5 years ago from Upstate New York

    Those candy trains were really cute! Thanks.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Sunshine625:

    Thanks much for your visit and comments. Designing my own trains was fun stuff. :)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, as well!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    jsovermyer:

    Thank you very much!

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    Kathi 

    5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

    Hi Audrey, I like all these fun ideas and the candy train is adorable! Hope all is well with you and your holidays be merry and bright! Can you tell I'm listeneing to Christmas music right now! Lol .... Kathi xo

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    The christmas train is not only adorable, but edible and easy to make. Very creative! Merry Christmas to you RT!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    bridalletter:

    Thanks kindly! I'm planning to more experiments with the transfer pens and hope to perfect using them this way. They've worked beautifully for painted tee-shirt projects. You might like to see my Sulky Transfer Pens hub.

    All of your projects sound wonderful. Maybe you'll take photos and do a handmade Christmas hub so we can see them? Yes, that's a hint. :)

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    idigwebsites:

    Thanks much for letting me know this will be helpful as you think through your last minute gifts. So appreciate your visit and feedback!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Sunnie Day:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, as well. :) Enjoy your projects!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    vocalcoach:

    Thank you for coming by and for your input. :) Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    jsovermyer 

    5 years ago from Hitchcock, TX

    Really nice hub. You have some great ideas here.

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    Brenda Kyle 

    5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

    love the hub! I want to try those transfer pens. I am making note cards, Christmas cards and food baskets this year. Those baskets will be full of homemade apple chips, cookies, candy and adorable tags. I love making gifts, it just takes a lot of time. Happy Holidays.

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    idigwebsites 

    5 years ago from United States

    I'm glad there's this long weekend so it gives me a lot more time to think of last-minute holiday presents and at the same time stretch out my creativity. Thanks for your wonderful suggestions. Voted up and useful.

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    Sunnie Day 

    5 years ago

    Thank you so much..great ideas! I do have some last minute gifts so I better get busy..Merry Christmas!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    These are marvelous gifts and ideas. Just in the nick of time:) Thank you so much and voted up useful awesome and sharing.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    carol7777:

    Thanks so much--I appreciate both your stopping by and your feedback on these simple projects.

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    carol stanley 

    5 years ago from Arizona

    So really good ideas here and simple enough and economical...Very good

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    billybuc:

    Thanks very much. The candy train seems to be the hit!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Ericdierker:

    Thank you very much! It was a fun hub to put together.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    KDeus:

    Thanks very much for checking out these gift projects. The trains were super easy and a lot of fun to make. Now that I've got some experience I wish I could start all over. :)

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Justsilvie:

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

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I love the candy train idea; great suggestions here!

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    Eric Dierker 

    5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Really cool fun hub. Thanks

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    Keely Deuschle 

    5 years ago from Florida

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

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    Justsilvie 

    5 years ago

    Some lovely and creative ideas. Voted up and shared!

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