There are two days left until Christmas and I’ve been so wrapped up (pun intended) in online shopping and shipping deadlines, that I almost forgot to share my favorite last-minute homemade Christmas gifts.These gifts are easy to make, come from the heart, and are perfect for local friends and family. Check out all the last-minute gift goodness, as well as the provided recipes, tutorials, and links that go with them.
1. Homemade Vanilla Extract
I’ve been making and gifting homemade vanilla extract for years. It’s relatively inexpensive and can even be made in the instant pot. All you’ll need is mason jars, vodka, and vanilla beans. I store my vanilla in a 64 oz La Parfait jar and decant it into labeled 5 oz bottles for gifting. When my vanilla supply gets low, I add more vodka and a few vanilla beans so I never run out.
2. Custom Herbes de Provence
This seasoning blend is one my favorites. I use it for almost everything from soup to pork tenderloin. It’s guaranteed to add depth of flavor and richness to any dish.
Herbes de Provence recipe
- 2 Tbsp dried rosemary
- 2 Tbsp dried savory
- 2 Tbsp dried Thyme
- 2 Tbsp dried basil
- 2 Tbsp dried Parsley
- 1 Tbsp dried Oregano
- 1/2 Tbsp dried Marjoram
- 1/2 Tbsp dried tarragon
- 1/2 Tbsp ground sage
- 1 tsp ground Bay Powder (optional; if you can’t find it you an make your own with a bay leaf, mortar and pestle)
- 1/2 tsp dried Lavender (optional)
Blend in a spice grinder, mini food processor or with a mortar and pestle. Place in an airtight container.
3. Homemade candles
I LOVE candles. They brighten any room and smell great. A homemade candle is perfect for the coffee table, kitchen counter, by the bathtub, anywhere really. And because it’s homemade, you get to personalize the scent and choose the jar.
4. Healthy Dog Treats
These Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats are my dog’s favorite and they’re easy for anyone to make, requiring just 4 simple ingredients – oats, PB, coconut oil and ripe bananas. Your dog and dog-lover friends will thank you!
5. Soothing Peppermint Foot Soak
This gift is great for anyone who loves to pamper their feet. Epsom salt softens dry skin while baking soda helps kill bacteria. Combine 2 cups epsom salt with 3 tablespoons baking soda and 10 drops peppermint essential oil in a medium (20 oz.) mason jar. Shake well to combine ingredients then distribute into smaller containers for gifting.
6. Custom Craft Beer 4-Pack
This genius idea belongs to my husband. He purchased four different 4-packs of craft beer for his friends to try out. He removed the beers from the 4-packs, then reassembled them with four different beers to create a custom 4-pack. Simple, thoughtful and delicious.
7. Tongue-in-Cheek Wine labels
I bought several cute wine labels from the Meriwether store on Etsy and made a few personalized wine labels for our hiking buddies (because there’s wine on every hike with this group). It’s an easy DIY that only requires labels and a printer. Just add wine and you’re done!
8. Conversation Starter Candles
You might be familiar with the provocative candles from Gwyneth Paltrow’s company, Goop. One night after a few cocktails and the ensuing hilarious discussion about the Goop candles, an idea was born to make a personalized version of these candles for our friends. I used these Chesapeake Bay Candles because the black jar is similar to the Goop candle and square labels. An appropriate gift considering the dumpster fire that is 2020.