Last-minute homemade gift ideas to please everyone

We are in the final stretch of holiday gift giving. Are you done with all your shopping? Do you have that certain person in your life that you have no idea what to get? Did you forget to buy a present for a certain relative or friend? No need to fret, we have some last minute homemade gifts that are thoughtful, but quick and easy to make!

Gift that Keeps Giving

Who doesn’t love fresh-baked cookies? If you have a friend who loves sweets, but hates to cook, why not help them by mixing the ingredients together ahead of time. Simply get some Mason jars and fill them with the dry ingredients for your cookie recipes. If you come up with 12 different cookie recipes you can place them in a fun box and each month your friend can enjoy a new type of cookie. Not all cookie recipes work well with this format, so make sure you have cookies that are not too intensive. You can also find many recipes online that do well with this type of gift.

To assemble, layer the dry ingredients into a jar. Tie a tag around the mouth of the jar with the name of the cookie on the front. On the back, write the instructions for making the cookie (i.e. any wet ingredients that need to be added, temperature of the stove, how long to bake, etc.). You can also place a cupcake liner in between the two layers of the lid to add an additional decorative element to each jar. Place all of the jars in a large basket or box and wrap it up for a gift that will continue to give all year long.

Customized Greeting

Who needs a welcome mat at the front door, when you can offer your friends or family a customized chalkboard sign that welcomes guests with a personalized message? Visit your local craft store and purchase a small circular slab of wood and some chalkboard paint. Paint the flat portion of the wood with the chalkboard paint, making sure to leave the bark around the edges alone. Add a second coat of paint, once the first is completely dry. Let this paint cure on the wood for at least 24 hours. Cut a strip of twine or burlap ribbon to use to hang the wood from the door. Using your hot glue gun, place a large dollop of glue onto the backside of the wood. Place one end of the twine into the hot glue. Add addition glue on top of the twine to secure it all in place. Repeat this process with the other end of the twine. Use a piece of chalk or chalkboard pen to write a personalized message onto the chalkboard sign. Now, it is ready to hang up on the door and greet all the holiday guests.

Remember Good Times

Do you have a special someone who has drawers and drawers of old concert or sports t-shirts. Why not take those old shirts out of the drawers and turn them into artwork? Grab a cheap blank canvas from your local craft store. Put the canvas inside the shirt and center the artwork of the shirt onto the canvas. Wrap the excess fabric around the back of the canvas. Eliminate bulkiness by cutting off any extra fabric on the backside. Use a staple gun and secure your shirt to the canvas. Make sure to stretch the shirt tightly against the canvas so that it doesn’t bubble up once you are complete and then staple it into the wood on the back of the canvas. Now, you have customized artwork that clears out some drawer space as well as puts some of those old concert t-shirts to good use.

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Jessica Garringer is a bargain hunter, couponer and DIYer from the Beavercreek area. Contact her by e-mailing