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Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

By December 24, 2013

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Sometimes, I run out of cash before I run out of gifts I need to buy. Happens more often than I'd like to admit.

If crafting has taught me anything at all over the years, it's this: if I have supplies left in my craft supplies stash, and a few hours left before I have to present the gift to its recipient, I'll never be empty-handed in the gift department. I'll always have a gift worth giving, and it will be a gift created exclusively with the recipient in mind. (Except, I also have to admit that I sometimes make a few extra give-to-anybody-type-gifts ahead of any gift-giving occasion, in case somebody unexpected drops by for a visit.)

Gift-Worthy Projects You Can Whip Up in a Hurry:

If you need to crank out a quick gift, hurry up and grab any of these free patterns from our website. Then raid your supplies stash and get busy!

Christmas Tree Ornament

Christmas Tree Ornament - Photo  Amy Solovay Christmas Tree Ornament - Photo Amy Solovay

This is a pretty safe idea for a gift, considering that anyone who celebrates Christmas could probably use an ornament.

You also don't need much of anything fancy to make this -- a little green yarn, a little brown or tan yarn, some stuffing material, and a few buttons or doodads for decorations. If you're missing the doodads, no problem. You can just get creative with embroidering some baubles right onto the surface of the ornament using scraps of yarn, embroidery floss or thread.


Pouches make quick gifts (or fun giftwrap substitutes, if you run out of actual giftwrap.) The only potential problem with that idea is, you might not have short pouch-friendly zippers in your supplies stash. If you do, this idea is definitely a keeper.

You can give pouches to people of either gender and any age; just customize the pouch accordingly. Bonus points if you can add a few goodies to the pouch, like pencils or wrapped candies, to "sweeten" the gift.


For the ladies on your gift list, jewelry makes a great gift. Bracelets, especially, are pretty quick to make, and don't use up many supplies.

Get More Great Gift Ideas Here.

Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate it! I hope you will enjoy every minute of your holiday.


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