Quick Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

No gift? No problem. These quick and easy crafts are simple and thoughtful.


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Peek-A-Boo Envelope for Cutout Cookies
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Peek-A-Boo Envelope for Cutout Cookies

    A paper CD envelope provides a perfect wrapping (with a window!) for showing off Christmas cookies with character. Line the inside of the CD envelope with a colorful piece of scrapbooking paper. Then, attach a piece of ribbon across the front of the envelope and add a snowflake adornment. When the icing on the cookie is dry, carefully slide it into the envelope for a fun and festive way to individualize treats.

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Inspirational Frame

    Give a friend's or family member's desk a little holiday flair with a framed quote. This one is done with a seasonal motif, but you can adapt the project to fit the recipient's passions or interests. Adorn the frame with scrapbooking stickers, beads, or even glitter to make it just as unique as your family member or friend.

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Pretzel-Toting Food Gift

    Start stockpiling recycled materials to use for wrapping holiday food gifts. Just about any cylindrical container can be reused to hold tasty goodies and more. Fill these creative containers with the recipient's favorite treats: biscotti, candy cane sticks, or the always-enjoyable pretzel sticks perhaps? Use wrapping paper, construction paper, ribbon, or fabric to decorate the outside, then attach a ribbon to the top of the container using a stapler, glue gun, or hole punch for a fast and easy, on-the-go treats.

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Beaded Ornament

    Make plain glass ball ornaments pop with beads and buttons. Place a rubber band around a glass ball ornament slightly below the desired bead and button line. Secure small beads and buttons to the ornament with 5-minute epoxy, using the rubber band as a guide. Let the epoxy set; remove the rubber band. Use a small box to house the ornaments, surrounding the balls with tissue paper to compliment and protect your work of art.

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Red & Green Christmas Tree Wine Label

    A nice bottle of wine is a great go-to gift for the holidays. But this year, turn up your creativity dial a notch with a decorative wine label. This fun label has a graphic Christmas trees on a red background, plus space to write a holiday greeting -- maybe if your note is nice enough the receiver will want to share.

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Monogram Wall Art

    Create a decorative monogram to give as a handcrafted Christmas present. Paint a wood letter a neutral color and decorate with buttons, ribbons, and other embellishments, customized to the recipient's taste and style. To make it say Christmas, use holiday colors and elements.

    Editor's Tip: Use a last initial to serve as a family gift.

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Picture-Perfect Tin for Cookies

    A plain tin becomes pretty enough for a picture when adorned with festive paper, ribbon, and a framed message. Attach decorative wrapping paper to the lid using spray mount, double-sided tape, or glue. Use your calligraphy skills to write a kind note for the inside of the frame, or create and print a greeting using a computer. After you've filled the tin with cookies, fudge, or any other tasty treat, clip the frame to the ribbon and seal the box for the recipient. Not sure what to gift? No worries, we have some sweet and decadent suggestions below.

    Editor's Tip: In lieu of an actual frame, find a fitting border online or create one on your computer to personalize before printing, then paste to the top of the tin.

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Sticker Ornament

    Let it be known that Santa is in the house with this greeting. Paint a ball ornament with red acrylic paint. When the paint dries, apply letter stickers and a snowflake to make Santa's voice ring throughout the holiday season. A bit of holiday ribbon at the top completes the project.

    Editor's Tip: For holiday brownie points use the recipient's initials or an inspirational quote to decorate the ornament. You don't even have to paint the ball if the color is already fitting.

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Holiday Greeting Wine Label

    A striking red label is accented with a petite Christmas tree and a bold holiday message. Friends and family alike will love the gift, as well as the adorable Christmas tree wedged between the letters on this creative label.

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Sweet & Simple Stationery

    Create custom stationery for a friend by embellishing an unfinished wooden or cardboard box and plain-Jane note cards with ribbon and buttons. Attach the ribbon and buttons with double-sided tape or hot glue. Line the inside of the box with brightly colored paper.

    Editor's Tips: No box? No problem. Use extra holiday ribbon to tie the stationery together into one adorable and thoughtful package. To ensure your spot on the good list this holiday season, include a decorative pen with the adorable bundle.

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Serving Tray Food Gift

    Artfully arrange cookies, fudge, or other sweets (such as our Sticky Pecan Upside-Down Baby Cakes) on fancy platters for an elegant Christmas gift. Browse thrift stores for interesting and one-of-a-kind platters to present your delicious homemade gifts. Use two long pieces of sheer, wire-edge ribbon to wrap the platter like a gift, tying the ends together into a delightful bow for an elegant presentation. Personalize with a holiday gift tag.

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Easy Felt Ornament

    Add pop to a papier-mache star by embellishing it with red felt and a swowflake cutout.

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Wreath Wine Label

    This beautiful wreath looks festive and merry around a bottle of wine. Be sure to include a quick holiday greeting along with the beverage.

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