5 Last Minute Gifts You Can Make at Home

December 23, 2015 by Jason Loper

Procrastinators needs not rely on gift cards and convenience store gifts. Even if you’re scrambling the morning of a big holiday party, you still have time to DIY. Just check out these five quick and easy recipes for some incredible, edible gifts.

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Candy Cane Truffles: These easy and delicious truffles require little more than cookie butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, melted white chocolate, peppermint extract and, of course, candy canes. Pop all the ingredients in your mixer, form into balls, roll in crushed candy canes and you’ll have a delicious gift in no time!

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Holiday Olive Oil: Place some olive oil, peppercorns and herbs in a bottle to create these easy infused oils. You can even reuse a clear wine or liquor bottle.

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Holiday Spiced Nuts: Simply whisk together some salt, cayenne, cinnamon, pepper, cumin, melted butter and maple syrup and then toss in your favorite nuts. Mix it all up, spread the nuts onto a parchment lined baking sheet and then bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for fifteen minutes. Ready, set, go nuts!

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Mint Sugar Scrub: All you need is some granulated sugar, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil to create this all natural body scrub.

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Reindeer Pancake Mix: Give the gift of an easy breakfast. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, chocolate chips and nutmeg. Place in a jar and include a recipe card to let the recipient know how to finish it off. That’s one last thing that Santa’s helpers will have to think about Christmas morning.


Jason Loper

Jason Loper is a self-professed doyen of the domestic arts. In other words, he hasn’t met a household project he hasn’t enjoyed tackling. His latest project is renovating a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed American System-Built Home in Iowa.