You’ve made your list and checked it twice but somehow every year you end up wishing for an extra stash of last-minute gifts to reciprocate the unexpected generosity of co-workers, neighbours and extended family. Here are some easy, DIY gifts to have on hand this holiday season for those out-of-town guests, neighbourly visits and forgotten Secret Santa obligations.
Beautiful DIY Bottle Stoppers
To create a festive bottle stopper, attach a few glittery pom poms, a string of jingle bells or fun gift topper to a clean cork with a hot glue gun. Cheers to the perfect little hostess gift!
Sweet Treats in a Colourful Tin
Make a big batch of your favourite holiday cookies and have some pretty tins and jars at the ready for a quick and tasty gift. Be sure to include a note card with the ingredients listed, and if you’re feeling extra generous, the recipe, too!
Mix together a cup of coconut sugar with a few tablespoons of molasses, cinnamon, coconut oil and nutmeg for an instant gourmet body scrub that smells good enough to eat. Put it in a gorgeous glass jar with a sweet note and festive ribbon and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful gift that’ll look lovely on any bathroom vanity. And what hostess wouldn’t love a little TLC after the holiday party circuit?
Cute Key Rings
Pick up a jumbo pack of standard silver key rings at any crafts store and tie on an assortment of holiday ornaments, leather gift tags or jingle bells for a useful little stocking stuffer.
When in doubt, grab a bountiful bunch of greens from your backyard or local park and simply tie the branches together with a satin red ribbon or twine. Voila – a winter bouquet at the ready! Friends will love receiving this nod to nature during the chilly winter season.
Fill a few clear plastic ornaments with shiny treasures-think glitter or gold-dipped feathers-for a seasonal memento. Make it extra meaningful with a personalized hidden note!
These gorgeous leather creations can be given as a bookmark, keychain, ornament or luggage tag – or you can choose to use them as a gift topper on your DIY present. With less than 10 supplies needed, you’ll whip them up in no time!
Candy Box Wreath
Calling all chocolate lovers! Tiffany Pratt’s creative and simple candy box wreath repurposes vintage chocolate tins and turns them into a festive holiday wreath. Other than the tins full of sweets and wire wreath frame, all you’ll need is yarn, scissors, ribbon and a hot glue gun.
This whimsical DIY creation is the perfect addition to any mantel or tabletop. Using just Mason jars and a collection of decorative mini trees, tinsel, glitter and lights, you can make these beautiful snow globes to give to family and friends.
Neon Light Sign
Okay, this one is a bit more complicated – but, it’s too fun and colourful to not include on this list. You can make HGTV Canada star Sebastian Clovis’ DIY neon light sign at home at just a fraction of the retail price. And, you can buy most of the supplies you need at your local hardware and party stores.
Tiffany Pratt’s adorable and affordable DIY planter bag
is the perfect gift for any nature lover in your life. You’ll just need a canvas bag, paint, brushes, safety pins and scissors to make this vibrant masterpiece. Gift it with a plant if you’re feeling extra generous.
Of course, there’s always the classic handmade holiday card. If you’re searching for some Christmas card ideas, look no further than Tiffany Pratt’s cute and colourful DIY guide. They’re made with watercolour paint and glitter glue pens!
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