Tis the season for giving and it’s not too late to put together some last-minute gift ideas. While online shopping is becoming more and more popular, waiting until the last minute can make this problematic to ensure your gifts arrive on time. Have no fear, craft time is here! While seemingly daunting, homemade gifts can often be a less expensive alternative as well as a more sentimental offering that comes straight form the heart. Below are a few ideas if you’re up for taking on this labor of love.

  1. Cookies in a Jar – This is great for co-workers, teachers, and other associates who you may not know exactly what to get. Let’s face it, who doesn’t like sweets? Once you find your (or their) favorite recipe, layer the ingredients in a jar according to the instructions and seal it with a decorative bow. You can personalize the card and decorate however you’d like. Most comprehensive cooking websites have recipes to peruse until you find the best fit.
  2. Infused Olive Oil – This makes a great gift with an impressive shelf life that can be used throughout the year. Once you locate the sealable containers you’d like to use, simply purchase olive oil and your choice of herbs and spices. Popular concoctions include rosemary garlic oil, chili oil, or lemon tarragon oil. The same concept applies here with the ability to personalize a bow or ribbon and attach a card directly to the bottle.
  3. Coffee Mug Gift Kit – This is great for the winter when it’s cold outside and you need to warm up. It is also very easy to personalize and cater to the recipient. A combination of coffee, tea or hot chocolate can combine with cookies, biscotti, or the snacks of your choosing to create a simple, yet thoughtful holiday snack pack.

No matter what you decide, it truly is the thought that counts when it comes to give giving. Although a little more time consuming, homemade touches can really show that you care and appreciate all the person does for you throughout the year.