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Last Minute Gifts to Give That Are Still Awesome


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Last Minute Gifts to Give That Are Still Awesome

Wow, December really flew by didn’t it? I feel like I was just creating my shopping lists and now I’m scrambling to button everything up. How about you? 

In case you have a few loose ends on your list, here are some of my favorite last minute gifts that still awesome (and won’t make your recipient feel like an after thought) 

People Magazine subscription for 90% OFF the Cover Price (at the last minute!) 



Get a one year subscription to People Magazine (that’s 50 issues!) for just $31.98. No coupon code needed.

Such a rare deal and a fantastic gift idea (or use it to renew your existing subscription!! Hurry though, this offer expires tonight, December 22nd, 2019 and I doubt we’ll see the one again for quite some time. 

If People magazine doesn’t work, consider one of the many other 100s of titles that you can find on sale right now at DiscountMags! DiscountMags even allows you to select a cute e-gift message to send to announce your gift.

In the past, I’ve picked up some cute oven mitts at the Dollar Store and paired them with a cute note announcing the gift subscription to a cooking magazine. 

Oven Mitts at Dollar Tree

With just a little creativity, you can turn a last minute gift into an awesome gift idea!

Amazon Last Minute Deals

Amazon just continues to shock and amaze. They’ve been LIGHTNING fast this year and they have not only provided an awesome selection of products that WILL arrive by Christmas, but they’ve also brought some of the best pricing we’ve seen. (*note: ALWAYS check shipping times before you push your order through to make sure the promised delivery date still stands. If you find that it didn’t, you can easily quickly cancel your order from you Amazon order history.)

This is not only helpful for those last minute gift grabs but it’s also an awesome way to send gifts across the miles – Amazon will even do the wrapping! For a small fee, they’ll put your gift in a lovely gift bag (they are so pretty!) and attach your personalized note.

Amazon Gift Cards

Gift Cards on Amazon

And don’t forget GIFT CARDS!! Amazon has some darling gift card holder and gift card options, but if you are really down to the wire, they also have printable gift cards which are always a GREAT way to save the day! 

Give the Gift of a Family Disney Vacation

Layaway Plan for Disney

How crazy is it that you can actually purchase a last minute gift like a DISNEY VACATION!!? Thanks to the amazing deals and layaway offers from our friends at Get Away Today, you can do just that! For just $99 down, you can hold your Disney vacation plans totally interest-free and need not worry about final payment until 5 days before your vacation. 

If you pull off this last minute gift idea, high five my friend! You just went from zero to hero gift giver!! Find out more details about the Get Away Today Disney Travel deals and layaway plan here

This Shirt Saves Lives

The Gift of St Jude

One commitment that we make as a family is our monthly gift to St. Jude. I’ve shared my love and experiences with St. Jude before but I also wanted to add this as a great last minute gift option – and one that gives all year long. Each month when I go over my credit card statement, this is the one charge that I’m incredibly proud of. 

Find out more about how to donate to St. Jude and the This Shirt Saves Lives campaign here. 

Last Minute Homemade Gift Ideas

And of course, don’t forget that sometimes the very best gifts come from the heart. I think there are always ways to make someone feel like you put a lot of love and care into the gifts you give them – and sometimes that just means taking the time to make something! 

Here are some of our favorite Homemade Gift Ideas that I’ve shared over the years on the blog.

Quilled Ruldolph

My daughter loves paper quilling, so last year we shared quite a few of our favorite quilled paper projects. 

Find the how-to tutorial for this cute Quilled Reindeer craft here. And this Paper Quilled Nativity Scene craft is probably one of the very favorite crafts that we’ve shared over the years, so sweet!

Paper Quilled Nativity Craft

We also shared this cute Nativity craft ornament how-to

DIY Felt Nativity

I’m in love with these DIY Homemade Simmering Jars. Great gift for the person who has everything – super easy to make – and a wondeful way to fill your home with holiday fragrances: 

How to make Simmering Potpourri Jars

Making gifts for littles? This cute Playdough Snowman will be a hit. This would also make a fun activity for a holiday party or gathering: 

snowman playdough

For the movie lover (or a great family gift idea) how about this Holly Jolly Movie Night gift idea (and free printable)

Movie Night Gift

One of my favorite super cute and affordable gift ideas is this We WHISK You a Merry Christmas gift idea

whisk you a merry christmas

Also fun, check out this FREE printable for a Mistle Toes nail polish gift idea

I also love the idea of having kids make gifts for friends and grandparents. Here are some that have been popular with my kiddos over the years: 

Hersheys Kiss Angel

How about this darling Hershey’s Kiss Angel Ornament Craft? And… this merry KISS Mouse Hershey’s Kiss Ornament craft would be a nice companion project to this Angel Kisscraft.

Kiss Mouse

Pipe Cleaner Tree Ornament

If you are up for trying more handcrafted ornaments, make sure to check out this Easy Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree ornament that I recently shared.

Lifesaver Train

Check out this fun handmade Lifesaver Candy Train! We’ve enjoyed making these for years – my kids loved them when they were young, and now they love making them for younger friends and cousins! 

A great companion craft to the candy train is this darling Santa Candy Sleigh Christmas Craft

Santa Sleigh made of candy

One of our very favorites are these fun Reindeer Candy Cane ornaments! Fun to make, hang on the tree and these also make GREAT package toppers!

Candy Cane reindeer

Last Minute Gift Christmas Cookie Recipes and Baking ideas?

Of course, you just can’t go wrong with baked goodies and treats. If I’ve shared a recipe here on the blog, you can count on the fact that it’s tried and tested AND most of the time it’s going to be fairly easy – that’s just how I role. 

Reindeer Chow

One of our very favorites during this holiday is this treat that we call our Reindeer Chow recipe, which is basically a holiday themed version of Muddy Buddies. SO good but warning, it’s addicting – so you might want to double (or triple!) the batch size! 

A super fun Christmas cookie to make, these Reindeer Cookies will be a hit at your holiday party, and this is a great idea for classroom Christmas parties too!

Speaking of reindeer.

How darling are these Reindeer Lofthouse Cupcakes


OR how about these cute (and super easy!) to make Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

Eggnog Cookies anyone? If you have eggnog fans, these are a must make … my family loves these!!

Eggnog enthusiasts will flip over this wonderful eggnog cookie recipe! This eggnog cookie recipe is so easy to whip up, and so yummy when served with milk on a cold winter day!

This Homemade EggNog Frozen Yogurt Recipe is  wonderful addition to your holiday festivities! It is easy to make and delicious, especially when paired with warm cookies or brownies!

Eggnog Yogurt

This Rice Krispie Tree recipe is fun and edible gift that makes a sweet little treat for teachers, neighbors and they look wonderful as the centerpiece on a tray of Christmas cookies!

rice krispie tree

Try these delicious Peppermint Oreo Truffles!

These Cornflake Wreath Cookies are a family favorite around here and I love to use them for cookie exchanges and cookie trays as well because they keep so nicely and they add a lovely touch to a platter of cookies.

Wreath Cookie Recipe

The season of sweets is upon us, so why not head to the kitchen and cook up something tasty? Take a peek at this oh so yummy recipe for white gumdrop fudge, perfect for serving to your holiday guests.

If you are looking to add any FROZEN charm to your holidays, check out these FROZEN Themed Cookies: Snowball Cookies!

Drink mixes also make neat gifts. Especially if you can find unique and pretty jars or containers. Two of our favorites are this Russian Tea Mix recipe and this Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe

To be honest, I can’t believe how many fun Christmas recipes and crafts we’ve shared over the last twelve years! 

SheSaved Gift Guides

Don’t forget about my 2019 Gift Guide along with my super specific Gift Suggestions … literally something for everyone on your list, but you might have to hit the mall – but hey, at least you’ll be armed with ideas!

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