5 Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

Can you believe that Christmas is just a few days away? If you’re like me, you probably have a few folks left on your list that could use some holiday cheer. With the clock ticking down, it’s time to get crafty! Here are some gift ideas that are quick, easy, and fun to make!

1. Upcycled Sweater Scarf

No knitting required! Doug at Green Upgrader walks you through creating a simple scarf from old sweaters. The only thing I’d add here is that it would probably be best to work with felted wool sweaters to avoid unraveling, but that’s easy as pie! Just toss those old, ill-fitting wool sweaters in the wash and then into the dryer on high heat, and you’ll have them all felted up in no time.

If you don’t want to felt or your sweaters aren’t wool, you could also use the zig zag stitch on your machine to carefully finish the edges of each piece. (Another option for old sweaters: pillows!)

>>Next: Curried Lentil Soup Mix

lentil soup mix in mason jars

2. Curried Lentil Soup Mix

This curried lentil soup mix went over really well with my friends and family last year. You can layer the ingredients beautifully in a Mason jar for an attractive, simple present. The best part is that the jar stays useful long after the soup is gone!

>>Next: Coffee foot scrub

coffee grounds

3. Coffee Foot Scrub

This would be a perfect present for anyone who’s on their feet all day. Maria at Feelgood Style points you to an all natural foot scrub that you can make using coffee grounds! I love her suggestion to add some peppermint oil for an extra kick! Package it up in a pretty, glass jar, and you’re ready to give. (Another easy DIY beauty/bath gift: scented bath salts)

>>Next: Fabric flower bouquet

fabric flowers

4. Fabric Flower Bouquet

Forever flowers make a lovely hostess gift for Christmas parties. You could also use these as stocking stuffers or even wrap them up and put them under the tree.

All you need are pinking shears, vintage buttons, some pretty fabric scraps, and dry branches. You can check out the fabric flower tutorial over at Green Upgrader.

>>Next: Simple, upcycled sweater capelet

5. Upcycled Sweater Capelet

Capelets are super hip right now, and it turns out it’s really easy to make your own recycled version for the ladies in your life! Threadbanger shows you how. Sure, this video is from Mother’s Day, but this would make a great Christmas gift, too!

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Image Credits:
Christmas Gifts. Creative Commons photo by jimmiehomeschoolmom
Soup Mix. Photo by Becky Striepe
Coffee Grounds. Creative Commons photo by floodkoff
Fabric Flowers. Photo by Becky Striepe


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for posting this informative article.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago


Mable Ecker
Mable Ecker6 years ago

Very inventive ideas! Thank you!

Dragana M.
Dragana M7 years ago

Great stuff, thanks.

Lisa R.
Lisa R7 years ago

Nice, thank you!

Ann P.
A P7 years ago

Thanks for the ideas. Will have to try the curried lentils for myself first. If I really like it, it's a great idea to prep ahead for oneself or for gifts. I guess including the coconut milk would make it even easier for the recipient as it may not be standard in the pantry.

Julie F.
Julie F7 years ago

great post, thanks!

Priscilla G.
Priscilla G7 years ago

Thanks for the great gift ideas.