December 18, 2008

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Caroline and I brainstormed and came up with a list of FIFTY, yes 50 last minute gifts. Some are scrappy, some are not!

1. Make a Glass Ball Ornament with curled paper and bells and stickers

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2. Put a bottle of wine in a pretty bag

3. Make several kinds of cookies, put them on plates, when you wrap them up include the recipes so that your friends can make their favorites next year.

4. Make a 4x6 Brag Book

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5. Make Salt Dough or Cinnamon Dough Ornaments, paint them, and give them away.

6. Have your kids draw on a T-shirt, or Frame, or Mug for a parent or grandparent.

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7. Make up some easy Mason Jar gifts. Top them with fabric and ribbon for a pretty presentation.

8. Make a Band-Aid Box Gift Card Holder
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9. Make some pom pom barrettes for the little girlies on your list!

10.Make a felt and fabric brooch.

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11. Fill a Gift Bag filled $1 Spot gifties

12. Hot glue cinnamon sticks around a candle. You could embellish it with ribbons and flowers too.

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13. Put a bow on a bag of mixed nuts (my dad's fav!)

14. Give a Paper Bag Card Gift Card Holder

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15. Present a nice mug holding an individual packet of hot chocolate and a chocolate dipped spoon.

16. Make someone a piece of Monogram Wall Art

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17. Make a set of refrigerator magnets out of bottle caps and round magnets

18. Give a Photo Ornament

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19. String a bell or two on a ribbon and tie it to a shepard's hook earring set. Give it to your favorite merry friend! This one you might want to make a few sets at a time, they'll be a crowd favorite!


20. Buy an I Tunes Gift Card

21. Decorate a box or tin filled with homemade cookies

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22. Cover a 2009 Pocket Calendar

23. Decorate a NoteCube

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24. Consider maing a different photo ornament

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25. Find a favorite quote and make a piece of Wall Art


26. Dip Pretzel logs into melted chocolate and then roll immediately in sprinkles. Package 5 together in a lollipop bag and tie with a ribbon, viola, insta gift for your coworkers.

27. Speaking of sprinkles, Fill a restaurant sugar container (I got mine at Big Lots) with Sprinkles and wrap a ribbon around with a tag that says "spread joy"


28. Give a gift subscription to a favorite magazine.

29. Monogram a hand towel.

30. Give some Name Wall Art

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31. Make a fun and bright statement for someone by stringing a button necklace.

32. Give a mix CD of your own making:)

33. Punch butterflies out of different patterned papers and make a butterfly collage.

34. Get a $1 Store big bowl, fill it with Microwave Popcorn, a couple of candy bars or movie candy and a gift card to Netflix or Blockbuster

35. Make a family tree.


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36. Make your own gift bag, decorate the outside, fill it with candy, give away the love:)

37. Cover a Kraft Notebook from Target, wrap a matching pen with it and give it to a special friend.

38. Cover some Letters

39. Decorate a Tin and fill it with candy

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40. Give a "Night Out" to a busy couple of parents. Buy them 2 tickets to the movies, and offer to watch their kids!

41. Make a pillow box Gift Card holder.

42. Make your own Coupons

43. Wrap up a set of matching cards


44. Make a Ribbon Belt

45. Decorate a Candle

46. Make a Felt Tree, or a stuffed tree.

47. Or Make a paper tree, or a different paper tree or a different different paper trees.


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48. Frame some recent photos of your family or kids for a parent or close family member.

49. Make a reusable Coffee Cozy out of Felt and give it with a Starbuck's gift card.

50. Make an Altoid Tin Mini Book


Comment here with any other suggestions or you know, whatever, and on Monday I'll pull a name for a last minute gift or two from Studio Calico :)


Kathy said...

Buy a SC kit as a "gift" for a friend.

Anonymous said...

Oh I was going to say the same thing as Kathy! LOL

Naomi Ockeman said...

I love all the ideas! thank u, just want I needed.

Anonymous said...

Very cool tips--thank you!

Anonymous said...

great ideas thanks. have my kids on note cubes as i type LOL! - hera

Amy Kim said...

the kraft notebooks from target are my favorite. i've used stamps with simple black ink to decorate the covers for a little extra fun and personalization.. i like to keep them in my purse, but i do think they make great little gifts too.

another quick and simple idea is to buy a friend a copy of a recent favorite book. that way when she's done reading, you have someone to talk to about the details. :]

*Paula* said...

Joy, Joy, Joy! You are a genius! I love all the ideas - just what I needed!

Sweet Peripety said...

separate some bulk special tea, and wrap with kraft/shipping paper and bakers twine (did this thing this year for part of teacher gifts).

Hanna Long said...

thanks for all the inspiration Joy - lots of amazing ideas

avidreader said...

Great ideas...Don't forget to give some Starbucks gift cards so you and your friends can go share a cup of coffee! A gift that's always in season!!!

Anonymous said...

wow! such amazing ideas joy! i would have never thought of such wonderful stuff! i do remember as a kid making cute little easy ornaments that would be great to make with little kids now. For example, candy canes made from pipe cleaners, or paint popsicle sticks glued together to make a sled red...


Rachel said...

thanks for taking the time to make that list. some of them will be good gift ideas all year!

Mandy said...

Joy you are awesome! Thanks for these great ideas. I saw another great idea on Stacy Julians Blog the other day too she made a cool little felt purse/bag filled with drawing/coloring goodies. Think I'm going to try to make a few felt purses since you can make a small one with one sheet of felt some buttons and cute embellishments. The purse ans a couple other items on your list violla my gift list will be complete without having to go shopping woohoo. Thanks again.

Chris Dodaj said...

This list is fantastic Joy! So many great ideas here!

Anonymous said...

Very cool!! Thank you!!!

Erin said...

I love these ideas! Thanks!

Heather said...


I got this to download and print. I'm giving it to all my girls' daycare teachers with some twine and mini clothes pins to hang it up.

Also ,this download to print some stationary for teacher gifts.

Anonymous said...

Those a great last minutes presents ideas!! That will be good for me as I'm always a last minute x-mast present shopper!!Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

super ideas- very inspiring! i like to give a "service" gift to my friends with children-- like movie tickets with free babysitting by me! everyone needs a date night, right?

Michelle StClair said...

Great ideas. My fave is the family name wall art! :)

april said...

joy and caroline, thank you so much for this list! I am so inspired to do handmade gifts because of this! thank you thank you thank you!

Emily Pitts said...

i always look for ideas like this and here it is. fab job you!

Kimber-Leigh said...

great list ladies! i think i might just use a few of these in the next couple of days!

make a Christmas wish book...each year, include what was on childrens (and adults!) Christmas to see how they grow and change through the years. (or stay the same--SC has been on my list for the last two years...and i don't see that changing!)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you!!! I'm going to get to work right away.

Anonymous said...

I've made about eight of Kristina Werner's gift card holders for cash, gift cards, and checks. They go together in no time and are so cute.

Anonymous said...

these are amazing!

i have made some ribbon wreaths, framed favorite pictures, printed out calendars, and made note pads for people this year

Erin M said...

I made a bunch of these crayon caddies with leftover fabric and ribbons---

Or make up some scone mix and package in a ziploc bag.
1 3/4 cup flour
2 TB sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Cranberry, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip-- add 1/3 cup of dried fruit or mini choc chips.

The recipient simply adds 1 cup whipping cream and kneads it together.
Make 2, 5-inch flat circles and cut into 6 wedges.
Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes

Jacquie said...

Thanks for the great ideas! I did the #26 one this year, and it is gone over terrific!!

Michelle said...

great ideas... how about take your family or friends holiday pic card & make a holiday scrapbook page out of it as a gift to them.

kathleen said...

What a fantastic list! So much fun eye candy!!!!! Thanks for sharing : )

Britta Swiderski said...

Holy cow! My mind is spinning with wonderful ideas now. Other cute ideas from etsy: scrabble pendant necklaces like the one here (, button bracelets ( or trashfetti earrings (

I need to go start making cute little presents! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Lisa J. said...

I love how you compiled this all together! I definitely am going to do a couple of those! Thanks.

Lauren said...

Buy an gift certificate - you can get an email verison, allowing you to shop right up until and even on Christmas! :)

Angela W said...

These are wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to put it together and share it with us!

Rebecca Keppel said...

I love all the ideas-simple, yet thoughtful and they dont break the bank! I cant think of another right now, you guys really covered all the bases! THanks for so many great ideas!

Oh, we usually give fresh homemade cookies to my husbands co-workers and daughters teachers. They are usually really appreciated these days now that fewer people have time to bake!

Cass said...

I always make a huge batch of choc chip cookies and put them on a nice plate for a last minute present. They are always a big hit!

Laura Gedeon said...

What great ideas!! How about making an advent calendar that a family or someone can use next year!

Unknown said...

Great, great ideas Joy!!! Thanks!

My fav last minute gift is a mug with coffee/tea wrapped in cellophane.

Cynthia Baldwin said...

Awesome ideas - thank you!
A really easy gift that my neighbor did this year was to give out cookie dough - the kind in a tube. She wrapped it up very nicely like a piece of candy, w/ brown kraft package paper, then a piece of patterned paper on top, with ribbon on each end. She also included baking instructions on her little card tied w/ the ribbon at one end...easy and very practical so you can have warm cookies any time you like!

Jennifer Cowan said...

Just this afternoon my daughter and I made candy canes from pipe cleaners and beads. An easy thing for her to do and a great gift for her grandparent.

GiGi said...

Make a button bouquet for someone special. Stack vintage or new buttons and use green florist wire to hold them together and for the stems. A gift of flowers that never dies! :)

Gioconda said...

My favorite gift this year is to give a gratitude journal. I used the Moleskin kraft journal and covered it with punched circles from my scraps. I used Ali Edward's example from her book. Inside I put a quote about gratitude and the rest of the book is for them to fill with daily gratitudes. It's a gift for the whole year long.

ConnieC said...

I like to make small scrapbook ornaments to give. Usually 3x3 minis that have a ribbon to hang it on the tree. Sometimes the photos are from a special event. Sometimes it's just random photos.

Julie Marie said...

Great ideas! I love to make ornaments too.

Anonymous said...

A gift that I like to give is a decorated post it note booklet that comes with a pen/pencil attached. These can be personalised to suit the owner.
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Ms said...

I love the family name art- I am totally going to whip some of those up- those are beautiful!

Your blog is always full of inspiration!

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Tam said...

FANTASTIC ideas - thanks! There are sure to be a couple of last minute gifts I need to get!

*reyanna* said...

Get some Moleskin journals from Borders for Barnes & Noble (a package of three large ones for $10), get your square punch, some Mod-Podge, and some pretty papers and alter it... keeping your background raw/kraft. Looks great and doesn't take very long! :)

Melanie said...

Thanks for all of these great ideas! I'm going to save these so I can make some cute teacher gifts next year. I don't know if anyone else has suggested this already, and it's a variation of your first idea, but you can decorate some glass ornaments with alcohol inks and glitter.

Jenny said...

Thanks for all the gift ideas! I will be using some of those :) Another quick gift idea is to make a bookmark with whatever is in our scrapbook stash and add a Barnes and Noble (or whatever bookstore) gift card.

Stacey said...

Love the ideas. I want to post one, but the things i usually do are already on your list!

Anonymous said...

Love the ideas, especially the magnets!
I really love these kind of things!
I was just at this site where they had all these motivational and inspirational refrigerator magnets and I got a bunch of them. They were really cool with funny original sayings like "obsession is not a hobby" (i got THAT one for sure hahaha) :)
...and stuff about love and friendship too.
I am going to give some to my friends and co-workers:)
Anyway, thanks for sharing the ideas, I loved them!

Anonymous said...

Wow, lots of ideas here. Have to add that the rumballs on are wonderful and make lovely gifts that can be creatively packaged. And they are yummy! I get request for them every year and would never admit how easy they are to make.

Erica Hettwer said...

Great ideas! This year I've been giving homemade Peppermint Cookie Crunch Bark with the recipe attached. Big hit!