Last Minute Family Gift Exchanges on a Budget

It’s t-minus three days to Christmas, do you have all your gifts in order?! If you hurry (read: do it this morning!) you might be able to get in some Amazon Prime gifts under the wire. But, if that ship has sailed and you’re still grasping for straws at what to give your sister who has everything or your father who is very hard to buy for, we’ve got three DIY/easy to throw together gift ideas.

DIY Body/Lip Scrub

diy_bodyscrubWe have a few recipes for DIY body and lip scrub that we like, all of which can usually be sourced from items that are already in your pantry [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6]. We love keeping tiny jars on hand for a variety of reasons (DIY candle containers; perfect for sauce gifts or displaying mustards and jams on a cheese board; great storage option for workshop items like screws and drill bits!), one of which is gifting these scrubs! Fill it up, tie a festive ribbon around the neck, add a tag, and you’re good to go!

Your Three Favorite Books from Your Bookshelf

diy_booksLaura is a huge fan of decluttering, and this is the gift that benefits both the giver and the receiver! If your bookshelves look like any of the ones at either Laura or Stella’s house, you definitely could use some offloading, so here’s a great excuse to send some of the books you’re finished with off to better homes. Step 1: Pick three (or four! or five!) that you really enjoyed, but don’t think you’ll end up reading. Step 2: Tie everything together with a ribbon, or if you’re feeling extra adventurous in your wrapping techniques, first wrap each book individually in different papers for a fun look. Step 3: Add a bow and gift tag and you’ve got both a thoughtful and useful present!

Recipe Cards with Pre-portioned Dry Ingredients

diy_dryingredientsThis one might take just a little bit more forethought, and time at the grocery store. Pull together a favorite recipe or two and pre-portion out all the dry ingredients into a large mason jar. Then print or write out the recipe instructions on a card to attach to the jar with a ribbon. Some of our favorite recipes for this kind of gift are for cookies and brownies, or soups and dips. You could even pair appetizer, meal, and dessert jars for a complete “meal in a bag” gift!

Do you and your family do a holiday gift exchange? Are you gifting anything special while still on a budget this year? Let us know in the comments!

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