Thanks to a late Thanksgiving, this year’s Christmas shopping season is especially short so you may still have a bunch of people to shop for. You could turn to the internet to complete your gift list, but unless you are willing to pay a premium for guaranteed delivery, your packages may arrive after Santa does. Why not channel your inner Martha and make something yourself? Here’s some DIY gifts that are fun and easy to make, but fancy enough that no one will know you waited until the last minute.

1. Candy Cane Striped Bath Salts

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These look so fancy, but Kayla Aimee at keeps it super easy with just four simple ingredients and a container- there’s no messy food coloring to deal with. Plus, all that Sand Art you did as a kid will pay off to make those pretty candy cane-ish layers.

2. Painted Mug


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A mug personalized with your bestie’s first initial or an inside joke is a great, thoughtful gift. Personally, I would adore a “Z” one, because the Target gods don’t make things for the last letter of the alphabet. And unlike other tutorials with plain old sharpie markers, Stacey at has a method that wont’t wash away.

3. Jack Daniel’s Bottle Soap Dispenser


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We all use hand soap, so why not make it fancy? This would be a great gift for a dad or brother, and you could do any type of bottle to personalize it. Finally, a eco-friendly way to re-purpose those empty wine bottles in the garage, and the perfect excuse to finish up that bottle of gin.


4. Ribbon and Pearl Bracelet

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Rebekah at has directions to make a gorgeous ribbon and pearl bracelet that looks a lot like one I saw at the mall the other day, only hers is nicer. This stock photo doesn’t look half as good as hers does, so check them out if you’re in for some jewelry making.These are really cute and don’t look at all homemade, but the instructions seem easy enough that you could make these while catching up on Scandal.

5. Travel Chalk and Magnet Board


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Chelsea at came up with this easy way to keep kids occupied on road trips without killing the battery of your iPad. Check out her blog for instructions and pictures for this super easy DIY gift. My toddlers would love this, although since they are toddler terrors I might just skip the chalk, lest they try to eat it. This could also be a good gift for the foodie in your life who likes to serve fancy cheeses, so they can label them right on the platter.

6. Candy Tree

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A tree of candy will make your tween’s wildest Willy Wonka dreams come true. Missy at has a great tutorial for making a Christmas tree out of candy bars. Her magnificent creation is made of fun-sized bars, and I think young or old, it would be a hit.

7. Scrabble art


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I know the holidays are not a competition to see who can give the best gifts, but if it was, you would hands down win when your mom opens a college made of the family’s names. Sheri at has easy to follow steps. Christmas- crushed it.