From D.I.Y. TO “I.O.U”, here is a round-up of the best and cheapest gift last-minute ideas out there.
For just about anyone: A “Gift Bucket” with a bit of class…
Stock it with personalised little surprises according to the person’s taste and personality. You can find the lanterns or buckets at most gardening/ homeware stores for as little as 5 bucks.
The recipient will be so impressed with the idea and presentation that they probably won’t even mind if it’s filled with useless crap! Yay!
For the Fashionista’s Boudoir: Designer Flowers
If you can get your hands on some really good fake flowers and add some yellow food coloring to the water, you can get the same effect as the first photograph.
For Family & Friends inviting you over for Christmas Dinner: Bread in a Bottle
Look up a good recipe for bread/ cake or cookies, buy the ingredients and stick ’em in a jar! Voila! Oh, and decorate a sticky label with some hand-drawn doodles. The jar could be a recycled juice bottle! For a little more detail, here are directions.
For your other half: Printable Breakfast in Bed tickets
For the kids: Build them a fort while they’re sleepingimage via here
For the House Proud: DIY Vintage Teacup candles
It takes just a little longer than making a cup of tea but if you have some of granny’s old teacups sitting around gathering dust in a cupboard, this is just perfect. Tutorial this way
For the Rock & Roller: DIY Bottle Lamp
Remember that time you learnt to make an electric circuit in 8th grade science class? This is kinda like that but with whisky bottles. Tutorial here.
For the person that’s pissed off at the world: Personalized Business Cards
We all know how dirt cheap it is to print a hundred business cards at your local printing shop these days or online (we’re talking $5 for 100). Use these examples or come with your own for an original gift that might put a smile on someone’s grumpy face.
For your friend who just moved into a new house: A Housewarming bucket
But please, fill it with useful stuff.
via Just Make Stuff
For the Eco Hipster: DIY Terrarium
This is a terrarium I made for a friends birthday recently. I don’t have green fingers, I’d never made one before and I had a budget of $20. I don’t think it turned out too badly. I found my inspiration and tutorials via Pinterest.
For the liquor connoisseur: Homemade Cranberry and Lime Vodka
Here’s the recipe / tutorial. If you don’t have any bottles like this somewhere in the pantry, they are easy to find at homeware stores.
For the gal pal that always listens to your problems: Hot Chocolate for Adults
Because she deserves it after listening to all your sh*t!
For the wino: Mulled Wine Kit
If they can’t bothered to mull, at least you gave them wine.
(Okay that was the last alcohol one)
Or you could just give them a Special Key…
Here’s what you do. Find an old (preferably antique) key and a small box. Print out this message and fold it inside with the key, tie a bow around the box, and voilà! Your Christmas emergency is sorted!
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Wishing you a delightful Christmas morning filled with friends, family and way too much eggnog.