Quick Last-Minute-Yet-Awesome Gifts to Make

December 19, 2011, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark

Have you ever double-checked your gift list only to find that you’ve forgotten Aunt Mamie? Or what about the Secret Santa party at the office? Don’t stress, quickie gift relief is here. There’s some super-duper clever ideas out there and I’ve had a terrific time gathering some of my favorites. You might want to make a couple of them to keep on hand just in case the neighbor down the street suddenly presents you with a surprise pound cake…


(L) Revamp a tee, adding pretty flowers and some ruffles made with gathering stitches and a few strips of tee material. Okay, full disclosure: don’t wait until the very last minute to make this feminine shirt as it does require a bit of time, but is oh so worth it. From Tea Rose Home.

(R) Maggie Weldon presses doilies into air-dry clay to create fanciful dishes and plates. More information about how she does it at Strictly Simple Style.


(L) A mini book, either blank or filled with your prose or sketches will be appreciated by the book-lover on your list. From Ruth Bleakley.

(C) The music lover will appreciate this nifty little case to house their earbuds, keeping them tangle-free. Erin Erickson tells you how at her blog Dog Under My Desk.

(R) How fun are these?! Not only will the sweet tooth on your list be satisfied, but they can use the cookie cutters to create their own tasty treats. From timeless Betty Crocker.

More simple gift ideas after the jump…

(L) These are amazing. They’re luminaries—and get this—you make them using plain ol’ party balloons as the molds! The wax can be tinted to make whatever colors you desire. From the clever folk at Peak Candle Supplies.

(R) Great things can happen when photography meets shrink plastic. Since you use photos, the jewelry you make can be very personalized. How-to at Photojojo.


Specialty soaps make luxurious and pretty little gifts, especially when they’re packaged as attractively as the ones above. These are made from simple ingredients from the cupboard: honey, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, oatmeal, and Chamomile tea. Ahh, what a soothing retreat. Who else but Martha Stewart?



11 Responses

    jennie w. says:

    Ooh, I have those same soap molds Martha used!  What a great last-minute idea!

    Sharon says:

    The Shrinky Dinks are right up my alley – Thanks for sharing all of this!

    Sharon says:

    The Shrinky Dinks are right up my alley – Thanks for sharing all of this!

    Martha Manning says:

    The Diana pattern is not here on your website as stated in a book of yours I purchases yesterday.
    How can I getit?

    jessica garcia says:

    wow these are cool things to do at the last min ute they r really nice

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