The Holidays are here, and the gift giving will soon begin! But oh-no, you just remembered a few last minute gifts you need to get, but you're not sure what. If you are looking for clever ideas that won't break the bank, then we have the list for you! Whether you are buying for a close friend or an acquaintance, here are some last minute gifts for those on your list.
Wrap Gift Cards
Starbucks Gift Card
This gift is simple for anyone who loves coffee! At Starbucks, ask for an empty cup when you buy a gift card, place a brown paper bag in the bottom of the cup to look like the coffee, insert the gift card hidden in the middle, and use white tissue paper at the top to look like the whipped cream! For other "Cheap and Creative Gift "Wrapping Ideas" check out the blog post by Single & Saving.
Gift Card Holder
Make a gift card more exciting by wrapping it in a cute gift card sleeve! There are many stores that you can get the simple paper ones, but Shabby Art Boutique has a tutorial on a cute fabric gift card sleeve. You will need fabric, a decorative enhancement such as ribbon, flowers, etc. and sewing supplies.
iTunes Gift Card
This is a cute way to wrap an iTunes gift card. Blue Bird & the Boy gives instructions on how to create this gift card holder. Basically all you need is felt and thread, and of course an iTunes gift card!
Make It Yourself
Homemade Glass Ornament
Repurpose old ornaments or buy clear ones at stores like Hobby Lobby. Use small figurines, rocks, twigs, anything else that helps you create the mini masterpieces for your friends and family. Check it out at Country Living.
Other Homemade Ornaments
For more than 130 Homemade Ornaments ideas, check out Sassy Sites blog post. This compiled list has some adorable ideas!
Hand Painted Wine Glasses
What a great personalized gift to make someone feel special! You could either attempt to paint it yourself, or buy them already premade at Pier1.
Pictures On Vases
You can get basic clear vases at the dollar store, print some vertical facing photos, then use mod podge to apply them to the vases. Find this example at Savvy Living
Sharpie Stenciled Hot Cocoa Mug
Jazz up an average mug, cup, or plate with a sharpie, and then bake in the oven for 30 minutes! Alderberry Hill made two cute hot cocoa mugs for only a few dollars.
Holiday Mix CD
Although mix CDs make me feel like I am in high school again, they are still fun to receive. Compile your favorite Holiday songs like the list on New York Magazine. Be creative; make a cute CD pamphlet including photos.
I’ve seen many different diy coasters on pinterest! It would make a great gift. Purchase ceramic tiles at your local Home Depot, use a pattern or even a photo and mod podge. Check it out at Craft Envy.
Give a Tasty Treat
Your Favorite Cookbook
This is not a treat per say, but why not share your favorite recipes with someone you love. Give a copy of your favorite cookbook, or if you have the time, use your own recipes to build a cookbook online using a photo printing website, such as blurb, used by blogger Memories on Clover Lane to make this lovely example.
Custom Candy Bar Wrappers
Creating candy bar wrappers is a cute idea. Buy candy bars, and wrap them in a printed covering; such as this snowman covering, make a hat and scarf and you’ve got an adorable personalized gift! Great to give as a small gift to an acquaintance! Check out the whole blog post at Kerry’s Craft Blog!
A Box of Truffles
There are tons of recipes for truffles out on the internet! From Oreo Balls to Red Velvet cake balls. Why not make a few different kinds, and then package them up in a cute box, like in this blog post by the Art of Dessert.
Martha Stewart has a recipe for fudge that is foolproof! Use this recipe, or another to give the gift of fudge! I’m not sure about you, but I would love if I was given fudge!
Dipped Oreos Pops
I found this suggestion at Party Frosting, who has a great collection of holiday treats that look delicious! Also, find ideas for many different decorative projects! But the original source for these delectable looking Oreo Snowman Pops comes from The Idea Room. Insert a popsicles into middle of Double Stuff Oreos, melt white chocolate and dip the Oreos, and then dry them on wax paper. Use mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth, and candy corn for the nose. You may need to trim the edges with kitchen scissors when they are dry.
Reindeer Pop Treats
This tasty treat also comes from The Idea Room. To create these use Nutter Butter Cookies, extra peanut butter, popsicle sticks, melted chocolate, and wax paper. For the face use white chocolate chips, a red M&M, and broken pretzels.
Fruit Flavored Popcorn
This simple recipe includes: popcorn, sugar, butter, light corn syrup (or honey), and a box of jello. Sounds delicious, check out the original post at: Our Best Bites
Box of Cookies
The tin box of cookies is a holiday tradition for many families, how about change it up and use a clear plastic box! The picture was obtained from Party City’s website.
Southern Living suggests for an easy holiday gift: mix up a batch of your favorite cookies and then wrap them in parchment paper and freeze. Include the recipe on the outside wrapping if you like!
Your Favorite Cookie Dough (2)
Mel’s Kitchen Cafe uses another approach. She instead shapes them into balls on wax paper and freeze. Use deli containers or Tupperware to stack them neatly for a gift!
Clever Candy and Snacks
Swing on over to The Dating Divas Blog post for inexpensive ideas of giving small snacks with creative cards.
Gifts in a Jar
Hot Chocolate in a Jar
Who doesn't love hot chocolate during the holiday season? How about giving it as a gift? How Does She has an adorable hot chocolate in a jar you should check out. Just add hot chocolate mix and your favorite toppings!
Bread in a Bottle
The 36th Avenue blogger shares homemade gifts under $5! There are some really great ideas for homemade gifts on a budget each idea includes a tutorial. My favorite is to use a mason jar and fill it with the ingredients to a recipe. Could be a great gift for just about anyone! Especially if you have a to-die-for recipe that people always enjoy!
Banana Bread in a Jar
This one is from Intimate Weddings as a Wedding favor, but I think it is a neat idea as a small gift that anyone would love!
Homemade Snow Globe
By doing a Google search, you will find many different examples of homemade snow globes; the picture I attached comes from examiner.com. Use a small jar, a small figurine or toy, hot glue, glitter, and mineral or glycerin oil.
Decorate these dollar store candles with a few different colors of enamel acrylic paint. I Gotta Create gives a detailed tutorial.
Pampering DIY Jar
So I’m sure you figured it out, I love the idea of repurposing jars; so here’s another for you! Why not give someone a pampering kit in a jar? Include socks, nail polish, lotion, bubble bath, chapstick, chocolates, etc. Include a cute homemade tag and a bow and Ta-Da! Source: Practically Living
Who doesn’t love to take a relaxing bath? You can find bubble bath at just about any department store like Macy's. Possibly bundle two of them together, or with a bottle of lotion. This Bubble Bath can be purchased from Simpatico
Peppermint Sugar Scrub
This is a pretty cute diy scrub from Tip Junkie, and it’s sure to smell amazing! For this you will need small containers, peppermint oil, white sugar, vegetable oil, red soap colorant, printable tags, and ribbons.
Can’t think of one large thing to give someone? Why not a bunch of small things! Put together a gift basket for them of small things you know they’ll love! Source: Sunset.
Oh the Snuggie, it’s such a simple gift that many love! Pair it with a Holiday DVD and give as a set!
This pampering gift is for a whole family. This is a great gift idea for a family with young to teenage children! This idea comes from Savor the Frosting. Include a board game or two, jigsaw puzzles, deck of cards, popcorn, candy, and one of your favorite family friendly movies!
Custom Pattern Candle
Fun way to give someone a memorable personalized gift that is easy on your wallet! Let your children design a pattern or do it yourself! Use wax paper and permanent markers to make your design, then over the entire candle with a sheet of wax paper and transfer it on with a heat gun. Check out the A Girl In Paradise Blog post for a full tutorial.
Scented Candles are sold in many stores and are always a favorite for ladies and even for men. They are sure not to break your budget. Source: Southern Living.
Here is a nice inexpensive gift a lady in your life might like. The photo here was obtained from Kohls.com.
Get an old frame or one from the Dollar store, use scraps of fabric and brush on glue. Find a cute photo or a quote and have it printed to fit the frame. Use the tutorial from Moda Bakeshop.
Small Tech or Photo Gifts
It’s winter time, and there is nothing I hate more than when I have gloves on and my phone rings. So when I saw these gloves, I had to have them! If you look online and in stores you can find many different types of touchscreen gloves, ranging in price. I bought mine at Walmart for only $3! So whichever pair you choose, touchscreen gloves are the perfect gift for anyone who has a touchscreen phone! The ones in the photo are from Urban Outfitters.
I’m not sure exactly how these work, whether they are rechargeable themselves or if they take a battery. But this seems like it is a neat idea for someone who goes hiking or on long trips. It’s a 2600mAh Aluminum Tubes Cylindrical Mobile Power for iPhone 4/4S, 3GS/3G, iPad, Digital Devices, etc, and you can find it at Everbuying.
Whenever I am listening to music through my headphones, I always find a dilemma of how to store them and they usually get all knotted up. So I personally would love this, and anyone who listens to music on their headphones might as well. dog under my desk shares a great tutorial on how to make these.
Do you have a friend who is always posting photos on Instagram? This gift is a bit more personal, but I love the idea of using instagram photos and creating gifts! There are many sites that feature this idea; The Beginner’s Lens has put together a nice list of sites.
Bottled Wine Toppers
An easy and safe gift is to give someone a bottle of their favorite wine, but to make it unique and special; you could use a wine bottle topper. There are many styles of wine bottle toppers, and it may be a fun craft for you to attempt. Here is an example of one I found online at Garnett Hill.
Beer Reindeer Toppers
This is one of the cheapest, quickest gifts you’re going to find, and it is adorable! Use pipe-cleaner as the antlers, googly eyes and a red pompom for the nose. Use root beer instead of beer, and give it to anyone! Source: Life of a Modern Mom
Hot Chocolate and Baileys
Is there anyone 21+ who does not like Baileys? Why not pair a miniature bottle of it with a jar of hot cocoa mix? Doesn’t it just look delicious in the photo? I found this idea at Heart 2 Heart.
Socks and Wine
Here’s another one found on Heart 2 Home. I love her title “Who doesn’t like socks and wine?!” Well she's right isn't she?
Small gifts & Gag gifts
Your friends will get a kick out of this! JibJab uses photos off your computer or Facebook to create a personalized video.
Here is another packaging idea for hot chocolate, found on My Paper Paradise. Cute and simple for a last minute holiday favor for acquaintances.
These are funny little gifts for coworkers or other acquaintances. Perhaps there is someone who just does not deserve a gift from you because they've been “Naughty,” well you could always give them snowman poop. Buy Freshment Tic Tacs, use the patterns and tutorials at Enchanted Ladybug Creations. Write a silly message on the inside, the one she uses is “Heard you've been Naughty so here’s the scoop-all you get for Christmas is Snowman Poop” There is also a pattern for “Grinch Pills.”
*Image credits go to the creative bloggers posts we mentioned in today's post.