Homemade Christmas Gifts for the Last-Minute Shopper

By now, you probably know that I’m a Christmas super fan. I’m that person listening to carols in July, eating candy canes year-round and starting (and finishing) my shopping by November. Yes, I know it’s crazy.

I’ll assume that you’re nothing like me and that’s why you clicked this post (Or maybe you just love my charming wit).

An instant love factor is added to anything handmade. The sweater your grandmother knitted you hugs you extra tight, the card your kid scribbled for you still sits with your most prized possessions and anything you whip up in your own kitchen tastes that much better when you throw your blood, sweat and tears into it. So, it seems obvious that a handmade last minute gift, is the best kind of last minute gift.

Check out the ideas below and get crafting; Christmas is only TEN DAYS away!

Snow Globe

Handmade snow globes are quite trendy right now. They can be made to match your already existing décor whether it’s whimsical or traditional, or anything in between.

My gal Martha has a few different options which I would highly recommend. You can find them HERE


Handmade Cards

Think Kindergarten art project on steroids.

I scoured Google for something cute and came across THIS ONE from Live Craft Love. Not only can you jot down your sentimental greeting, but the recipient gets a rustic burlap ornament in the process (that’s like 2 gifts in one!)

If you’re looking for more inspiration, just search “DIY Christmas Cards” or “Homemade Christmas cards” on Google and you won’t be disappointed.


Chocolate Christmas Bark

With infinite flavor combinations to please even the most discerning palate, Christmas Bark is the best kind of bark.

I couldn’t pick just one so here are my top 3!

Christmas Chocolate Bark from Baked Bree

This one is made with Rice Krispies, Chocolate, Red and Green M&Ms and Candy Canes. It doesn’t get much more Christmas than that!

Peppermint Bark from A Taste of Koko

White and Milk Chocolate and crushed candy canes, to die for!

Whiskey Marshmallow and Caramel Bacon Bark by Bakers Royale

Yes, you read that right, Whiskey and Bacon with chocolate and caramel. This Bark is sure to impress!


Hot Chocolate in a Jar

This homemade gift is a great option for hostess gifts or small tokens of appreciation for your coworkers or teachers. The layers of cocoa, candy canes and powdered sugar look great in a mason jar and taste even better when whipped up into a tasty holiday treat. I found inspiration from lovegrowswild.com


Christmas Tea Tree

A Christmas Tea Tree like this one from thirstyfortea.com is another option that can also be used as a decoration. Mix and match your recipients favourite tea flavours or pick up some popular flavours at David’s Tea or Teavana.

Happy Christmas crafting!

LifestyleSamantha MacKinnon