Last Minute Homemade Gift Guide

Christmas is, very quickly, sneaking up on us once again. How it manages to do this every year we’ll never know!

If you are like us and prefer to gift homemade goodies, planning is key. Let’s be honest though, some of us have every intention of being prepared but then adulting gets in the way. That shouldn’t mean we miss out on gifting homemade treasures.

There are a lot of homemade gift suggestions out there but many of them take preparation and planning; in some cases,  needing to be made months ahead. So we’re sharing our 8 favourite last minute homemade gifts. 4 edible and 4 non edible, because not everybody likes receiving edible gifts.

Flavoured Salts 

Quick, simple and deliciously effective. You can personalise your salts to match your receivers taste buds and they are a great gift for BBQ lovers. For the safer options, and to accommodate for the wider variety of taste buds, we use these recipes from BBC Good Food. If you’re looking for something more sophisticated or for a more mature palate, try these combinations from Country Living.

Source: Country Living

Gluten free gingerbread cookies

These are a great gift for those friends and family members who are hard to cater for. They are delicious and also gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and vegan friendly. You can find the recipe here.


Vanilla extract

Most people make theirs months ahead so that it is ready to use  when gifted but that doesn’t mean you have to. Last year we gifted a batch to our friends and family and had a cute little message on it telling the receiver to shake it every couple of days and it will be ready… and listed the date. There are countless recipes on the net for Vanilla extract but we follow the one from Natasha’s Kitchen.

Source: Natasha’s Kitchen

Chai essence

Enough said. This is for any chai lover. It can even be made the day before if you’re really stretched for time. Check out our post, Chai Essence, and make your own!


Stove top potpourri

Another great homemade gift for the time poor. Select your preferred combination and couple it with the directions and voila you’re done. DIY Natural has some great suggestions.

Source: North Carolina Charm

Air dry clay

This is a great one to get the kids involved, and as you can see from our post the creative options are endless. Don’t worry, us big kids enjoy it too. Check out our post on Gifting Air Dry Clay.


Bath salts

The great thing about this gift is that you can really add any combination you want. Brit + Co have some great suggestions. One of our favourites, and a great gift for men, is the combination of Wintergreen, Chamomile, Clove, Marjoram and Fir, which helps tired and sore muscles.

Source: Brit+Co

Shaving cream

This is a perfect Kris Kringle gift or for the person in your life that has it all. We follow MommyPotamus’ recipe and have found that you can omit the Castile soap and it instantly becomes an everyday moisturiser.

Source: Mommypotamus

We hope you have as much fun as we did making our little hampers 🙂


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