{simple & inexpensive last minute gifts}

Are you looking for a last minute gift that won’t break the bank?  I’m here to help!  Here are a few projects I’ve done over the years that are easy to make, darling when they’re finished, and are pretty inexpensive.

{Family Lacing Cards}


I made these lacing cards for my kids for Christmas last year, and they have been a HUGE hit.  We use them at church every single week, and since we live far away from our family, I love that they see pictures of them so often.  This is a set of four cards, and cost right around $5 to make. The most expensive part was the lamination, but the cardstock was very inexpensive, which made up for it.  I did use pictures I already had, but to save money (and time) you could even just print the pictures on the card stock instead of prints.  This is a fantastic gift for your own children, or a family member with children!


{Soap…all dressed up!}

This project utilized generic soap bottles, a little primer and paint, along with some ribbon and vinyl (or stickers).  The soap was $1 each, and when you factor in the other supplies, the more you make the cheaper it is!  These can be personalized for Christmas, made to match home decor, or anything you like!


{Chalkboard Coasters}

Aren’t these SO cute?  Tiles can be painted any color you choose, fun scrapbook paper added, or chalkboard spray paint (or both!) to create a really fun and personalized gift.  The tiles can be purchased individually, or in a pack (which I’ve found to be less expensive).  These also make great hostess gifts!


{Monogrammed Tea Towel Aprons}

My cutey cute friend first made these a couple of years ago as a gift, and I love how simple and darling they are. Find a cute tea towel on sale or at discount store (Marshall’s, Ross, TJ Maxx, etc.), and you’ll have a great start.  To minimize the cost of ribbon, buy it by the yard, and use a 40% off coupon (JoAnn Fabrics, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby all have these!).


{Calendar Blocks}

Scrap wood, scrapbook paper, a little mod podge, and some vinyl numbers all come together to make these darling calendar blocks!  I made these a few years ago as a spin-off of the countdown blocks, but these can be used all year long. !These would make great teacher gifts…or really for anyone :)


{Fancied-up Flour Sack Dishtowels}


I adore f lour sack dish towels, and use them almost exclusively in my kitchen. They are also pretty inexpensive, and are SO fun to dress up! Add some glitter heat transfer like I did on these, add a few ruffles like I did on this one, or add stitching or paint & stencils like these!


{3×5 card address book}

I love this address book!  I know life has gone digital and technology crazy, but there is still something to be said about a handwritten address book.  I still have mine, use, and love it!  The pages are super easy to change out, making it a snap to add or remove addresses.  Plus, it’s just darn cute!!!


Hopefully these will help you on your last minute gift journey, and keep you on budget at the same time!


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