December UFH Challenge #3: Last Minute Pull Togethers that Mean Something

It always happens that I come down to the week before Christmas and realize I have holes in my gift plan. Hostess gifts, neighbors, mailman. Sometimes it’s an even bigger gift that I realize I missed. These are some favorite last minute gifts that you can pull together with not so much know-how,money or time. Remember that when bundled or packaged in a creative way, even tiny gifts can become special.

For the Gardener

Wooden birdhouses fit in to any garden. Make the entrance hole bigger and they can also be a clever place to store garden gloves or shears.
Gift basket with heirloom seeds, new gloves, and a seed saving book (I like Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden
by Bill Thorness.

For Her
Sachets aren’t just for lavender any more. You can find pre-sewn bags at fabric and craft stores and use dried herbs or flowers to fill them. If you are handy you could whip up some really special looking sachet bags on your own.
Tub teas paired with a fragrant candle or neck beanie make a great gift for someone who needs to relax.
Homemade lip balm, a cute hand clutch (my version would be embellished with chickens), and a neck scarf are all thoughtful and fun.

For Him
A shoe shine kit with brush, polish and soap would always come in handy.

For Kids
Monster mittens and felted finger puppets are simple to sew but bring smiles.
Fish (or other small toys) in soap would be fantastic, as would this crocheted hacky sack.
The The Dangerous Book for Boys, it’s predecessor The American Boy’s Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It, Centennial Edition or The Daring Book for Girls.

Enjoyed by All
A basket of scone mix, jam, granola and backyard eggs makes a fun breakfast kit.
Tins of cookies, baked goods, caramel corn or spiced nuts.
Homemade marshmallows in unique flavors
A basket of crackers, cheese and fig or quince jam along with a small cutting board and bottle of wine.
A basket of biscotti and coffee, cocoa or tea

I hope you have fun coming up with your own last minute round up gifts – and I would love to hear what they are!

3 Responses to December UFH Challenge #3: Last Minute Pull Togethers that Mean Something

  1. These crackers are my new favorite to gift (that is, in addition to quince paste!). A bit of work, but always pleases: http://www.simplebites.net/homemade-fruit-nut-crisps/
    Other ideas: I recently received some homemade mustard, and also a gift of herbed salts – with rosemary and Sichuan peppers, so the colors were very seasonal.

  2. Making homemade caramels!! Tried to do biscotti but got biscotti crumbs instead..

  3. I gave homemade vanilla with some baked goods. I also made some homemade Go Fish cards for my nieces & nephews – they had pics of family members instead of numbers!

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