10 DIY Last Minute Christmas Gifts

December 17, 2014 separator DIY Tutorial

Christmas background with three gift boxes wrapped in kraft paper and paper snowflakes

Are you as behind on your Christmas shopping as I am? If so, then you’ll appreciate this list: 10 DIY Last Minute Christmas Gifts. These are ten of my favorite DIY projects for gifting. These are great for a few reasons:

  1. Handmade gifts can be more meaningful than something store-bought.
  2. You can save money by doing it yourself.
  3. Handmade gifts are completely customizable for any recipient.

I’ve included projects for just about everyone, from babies to guys, grandmas, and everyone in between!

DIY Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract with Free Printable Labels

Tutorial: Learn how to make DIY leather tassel shoes, purse, or keyring. These faux leather tassels are perfect for jewelry ideas or to make a vegan leather necklace charm or home decor accessory out of marine vinyl fabric. No sewing required, since you glue instead of sew! They're easy enough to make with kids if you're looking for crafts to make together!

Easy Tassels for Shoes, Keyrings, Jewelry, and More

Pink Himalayan salt bath bomb on a wooden background with an essential oil bottle

Lots of Bath Bomb and Soap Recipes and Tutorials

Are you looking for easy DIY felt food patterns, ideas, and templates for kids? This play food tutorial shows you how to make adorable fruits and vegetables for a play grocery store or kitchen!

How to Make DIY Felt Play Food for Kids

File Cabinet with Free Printable Magnetic Poetry

FREE Printable Magnetic Poetry Set


Color Block Boxes With Leather Handles for Jewelry or Knick Knacks

DIY a half-round straw purse for summer with this adorable rainbow clutch tutorial using regular old acrylic paint! It's ridiculously easy and can be made in a classic bright rainbow or this pretty pastel color palette for spring and summer!

Super Simple Rainbow Purse

Shrimp Salad Circus Bubblegum Necklace Tutorial 008 1

“Vintage” Gumball Machine Necklace

Felt fruit and vegetables and a DIY play grocery bag that looks like a brown paper bag

No-Sew Felt Grocery Bags for Kids Play Store


Monogrammed Metal Collar Stays

Looking for modern DIY painted terra cotta pots ideas? This boho painted pot idea with acrylic paint uses fun, simple geometric design inspired by sashiko embroidery patterns.

Sashiko-Inspired Modern Terra Cotta Planters

Housewarming Gift Mementro Key

House Key Memento Frame

Give New Life to a Thrifted Toy Car or Playhouse

DIY Rope Tassel Keychain 2

Embroidery Thread and Rope Tassel Keychain

Felt doll on a white board

Diverse Doll Felt Play Board


Hammered Copper & Turquoise Bangle


Ombre Front Porch Coffee Set

Santa Margherita Post 2

A Bottle of Bubbly – Just add the free printable “bubbly” gift tag!


Block Printed Neon Onesie

How to Sew and Infinity Scarf

Easy Infinity Scarf

DIY Polymer Clay Earrings With Rainbows

Rainbow and Pearl Cloud Earrings

Frosted Glass French Press Tutorial

Frosted Glass French Press

DIY place card holder at a dinosaur birthday party setup with yellow, coral, and teal accessories

Ridiculously Simple Photo Holders

Confetti Christmas Tea Towel

Christmas Confetti Tea Towel

Faux Easy Embroidery Art Step 5 - Iron-on Letters

No-Sew Embroidered Wall Art

You can check out my full list of tutorials for more ideas. If you’re looking for even more, you can fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole or start browsing through Craftgawker, which is more carefully curated for quality.


  1. I am not very good at DIY projects but love the idea of the hommemade vanilla extract (I am much better when it comes to making things in the kitchen). ANother great idea you cna keep in mind is homemade sugar scrub, really simple to make and different essential oils will work perfectly for different seasons.
    I also really like the idea of making a coffee set for any breakfast or coffee/tea lovers.

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