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Easy Last-Minute DIY GIfts for Christmas

Be a true recessionista and save time and money this year by making your own holiday gifts. 

There are plenty of ideas out there, but we've found success after turning to these three ideas in a pinch!

Easy DIY Gift For the Baker in Your Life

Already affordable, you can often find glass bakeware on sale at the super market or discount store. Using that as a starting point, add one of the following to the gift:

A Fresh Baked Holiday Pie - Don't be afraid of pie - we've got a collection of easy, no-bake holiday recipes like the Gingersnap pie pictured that always impress!)

Assorted holiday spices - Think Nutmeg, Allspice, Clove, Cinnamon, etc. We like the idea of dressing up spice jars and pairing with a whisk or other kitchen utensil tool.

If you bake, your own specialty will be the best gift. Attach a note with the recipe and let your loved one know the dish is their to keep - so they can try to it themselves!

If pies aren't your thing, try brownies, spiced holiday nuts, cupcakes or cookies. Visit our cookie recipes page for tasty treats or check out our dessert in a jar ideas.

Wrap up your dish of goodies in translucent plastic wrap with hand written note of the recipe you used or a great recipe that they should try.

Drinkable DIY Personalized Gift for Anyone

Here are a few quick and easy Christmas gifts that fits any budget and is personalized to each re-sip-pient.

Pick out your recipient's favorite bottle of wine or liquor. Then, just wrap it in a cork sheet for any easy to decorate gift that also doubles as a holder for any bottle of the same size.

If your recipient isn't of the legal drinking age or just isn't a big cocktail fan, you can find inexpensive mugs at a dollar store, craft store or even the local supermarket. If your budget allows get personalized mugs, either with a name, saying, or photo.

Fill the mug with your choice of:

Tea bags with honey sticks or sugar sachets
Hot chocolate mix with mini marshmallows
Coffee beans with a chocolate covered spoon
Mulling spices with a cinnamon stick

And if cork wraps or mugs aren't your cup of tea, get creative and fill a martini glass with powdered sugar and coconut flakes, then attach the recipe for Santa's Hat. For a really special gift, throw in a bottle!

Easy DIY Mason Jar Gift

A rustic and charming gift that is a generous gesture- even if it costs next to nothing to make - a mason jar gift is always a sweet way to wish good cheer during the holiday season. You may have them around the house, but if not, try your local craft store.

Add your choice:

Hot Chocolate Mix complete with mini marshmallows and a dressed up recipe.

Layered dry cake/cookie ingredients with the recipe for the cake attached.

Layered dried beans and soup ingredients (1 cup red kidney beans, 1 cup white beans, 2 tbs salt...) and recipe for the soup

Homemade Facial Scrub: Equal parts white sugar and honey with few squeezes of lemon is a great on all skin types.

Assorted holiday themed treats like peppermints, gingerbread, etc.

Place a small square of funky fabric over the lid and tie tightly with a ribbon, don't forget to attach the recipe!

Check out our free jar printable labels for mason jar gifts, too - there's a selection of holiday labels that will dress up any jar at the last minute!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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