With the rush of finals and going home for the holidays it’s easy to forget to buy a gift for someone. It happens. Or maybe, like most college students, you’re broke and trying to put off spending money for as long as possible. Regardless, these five last minute gift ideas are relatively cheap, easy to make, and sure to impress whomever you give them to.
1, Help chapped lips with homemade chapstick
Everyone needs chapstick, especially in the winter. Those small, expensive tubes go missing within minutes of buying them. Made in only fifteen minutes, homemade chapstick is quick to make and perfect to personalize. All you need is beeswax, honey, coconut oil, an essential oil of your choice and a small container. This blog has a great tutorial on it.
2. Make spirits bright with festive, DIY candles
Although a common gift, candles are practical to have during the holidays. What better way to impress your boyfriends mother than with a homemade holiday candle? Homemade mason jar candles are a bit more time consuming than chapstick, but just as easy to make. You will need jars, soy wax flakes, wax colorant, wicks, and a scent oil of your choice. This blog has a step by step guide for making them. It would be easy to give your candles a holiday touch by layering the colors of wax with red and green or using a vanilla scent.
3. A relaxing sugar-scrub in the midst of a crazy holiday season
Homemade sugar scrub is a great gift and is ridiculously easy to make. You only need a container, coconut oil, sugar, and the extract of your choice as well as food coloring. Similar to the previous DIY gifts above, it would be easy to decorate a mason jar with holiday ribbon and match the scent and coloring with your holiday colors. This blog has a great guide on making mint sugar scrubs.
4. A warm, cozy holiday drink
Hot chocolate is a staple during the holiday season, and a cute jar filled with the ingredients for the best cup of cocoa is a winning gift. Simply layer dry milk powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, confectioners sugar, chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, and mini marshmallows into a mason jar and finish off with a ribbon and ingredients tag. This blog has a great guide for this as well as other mason jar gifts. You could even tie a small bottle of Bailey’s to it as well to make this gift even better.
5. A delicious DIY room scent to give any home a holiday feel
Everyone wants their home to be decorated and ready for the holidays. These DIY room scents are both festive and beautiful to look at, and they make great housewarming gifts. This blog gives great tutorials on different recipes and decorating tips.
With these five DIY gifts, you have easy last-minute options for this holiday season. If you are really out of time, you could always gift them with a movie or season of a TV show on iTunes. Although when in doubt, alcohol is always a great bet.