I thought it appropriate for me to write on this topic considering the fact that A) I procrastinated most of my gift list, and B) I waited until the last minute to write this post. Winning! I hope this helps inspire my fellow procrastinating cheap-skates. =)
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1. Tote Bags (made from scratch, repurposed, or simply decorated)
Remember when we did our Christmas in July? Charlie wrote a post with a variety of DIY gift ideas, including her t-shirt tote bag. Hers is one of the simpler, quicker versions of the t-shirt to tote bag projects, and could be done in no time. I plan on making one for my son out of one of his favorite shirts that no longer fits him. It says, “Hiya! Nice to meet you,” and has one guy karate chopping another. (Get it?)
I made some Mr. Tickle character totes out of felt for my kids earlier in the year that were a quick, cheap project. By using felt, you can skip finishing edges, and the straps are single pieces of fabric.
Another option is to buy a plain canvas tote and paint it.
Do a search for “bottle cap ornaments,” and you’ll see a fun variety. I love the snowmen.
We’ve done a few tutorials for ornaments on our blog. Charlie recently posted 3 ornaments she did for swaps.
Lara shared some images from her Christmas Through the Years Photobook. I just love the idea of adding a new page every year. I think it would make a great gift for parents and grandparents especially.
Who doesn’t like food, right? Bake, make an old fashioned berry jam, or do something unique like hot chocolate on a stick. I got a cookie platter once from a neighbor with a couple each of really interesting cookies. It was awesome.
You can make some great jewelry and accessories for super cheap and with very little time. Bobby pins with buttons, t-shirt bracelets, and paperclip earrings can all be made with stuff that you probably already have around the house. They really do make great gifts, ’cause they are cute and totally wearable.
What are you making last minute? I’d love to see pics. Feel free to share in the comments.