10 Last Minute Holiday Gifts You Can DIY

The best gifts are always homemade! I've compiled some of my favorite easy DIY recipes from the blog - both edible and not! - into one convenient space. You could literally make any of these the day before Christmas, if you wanted. I recommend looking through them in advance, to at least make sure you have all the ingredients and supplies on hand!


1. Chai Spice Tea
This flavorful blend of tea and spices is super easy and the recipe is flexible. Gift with a reusable tea infuser.

2. Vanilla Extract
Although the vanilla beans need to infuse for about 8 weeks for optimum flavor, you can gift this extract with the beans still in the bottle. It looks really pretty. I actually leave mine in until I've used the last drop - and that's why I have the most flavorful vanilla extract I've ever tasted! Just let your recipient know to hold off for a few weeks. Give in a pretty swing-top glass bottle and they will forgive you for having to wait.

3. Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar
This gift is simple but I can't imagine anyone who won't love it! If you're feeling extra fancy, sub dried organic rose petals for the vanilla bean.

4. Crunchy Pecan Butter
Sub any nuts you wish (at our old house we had a pecan tree, so they were easily accessible). Of course, be aware of any nut allergies your recipients may have.

5. Real Food Fudge with Homemade Marshmallow Fluff
The perfect gift for chocolate lovers! This fudge needs to be refrigerated so if your recipient lives a good distance away, send home with an ice pack.

6. Dog Treats
Did you know you can make your own dog treats with just a few ingredients? The pet lover in your life will be so impressed! Use mini holiday cookie cutters to make them extra fun.

7. Whipped Tallow Body Lotion
This luxurious lotion is good for most skin types and it feels ah-mazing!

8. Perfume
Make a custom perfume for the special person in your life! This is a great gift if you're an essential oil user and have a variety to choose from.

9. Lip Balm
If perfume is a little too personal, give lip balm! It's easy to make and yes, this recipe also works in empty chapstick tubes.

10. All-Purpose Healing Salve
A great gift for your natural-minded friends. Store in a decorative mason jar and tie a ribbon around the lid.


I'm also going to take this opportunity to tell you that I am selling homemade extracts! Whenever I have citrus peels leftover at my bakery, I use them to make extracts. This helps me to maintain a minimal waste bakery. This year I have Lemon, Lime, Orange, and Lavender Extracts. The only ingredients are organic citrus peels or herbs and grain-distilled vodka. They are packaged in 4 oz. glass jars. They are $8 each and I can ship up to 3 in the United States for $8. If you would like some, please contact me here.





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