23 Thoughtful Last-Minute DIY Gifts

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Wondering what are the best last-minute DIY gifts to give your friends, your mom or others who actually appreciate handmade gifts? I’ve done the work of rounding up this list of easy ideas, so you don’t have to!

There are certain people in my life who I just love to make something special for; for whom I’ll forgo a store-bought gift whenever possible. When I’m under pressure, though, it’s SO hard to think of what to make that is somewhat unique and not beyond my (very mediocre) skill level.

I find it especially hard to come up with a handmade gift that is:

  • Easy to make or arrange
  • Actually useful to the recipient or meaningful in some way
  • Doesn’t cost 10X more to make than to buy

That’s why I decided to scour the internet to create this last-minute DIY gift guide for all the forgetful-yet-well-meaning mamas in the room.

(Solidarity, my friend.)

Below are 23 of my favorite DIY gifts which include a variety of easy-to-make homemade food items, bath and body and household gifts.

Thoughtful last-minute DIY gifts for friends and family who adore homemade gifts!

Several of these are ones I’ve given for birthdays and Christmas, dinner parties, as well as “get well” and housewarming gifts.

You could bundle a few of the related items listed below and arrange a fun gift basket as well!  Be creative, and have fun spoiling your friends and families with a gift you made yourself.

Homemade Bread

There’s nothing like a loaf of fresh bread to say I love you.  😉

I used to think that making bread was complicated and above my skill level.  After making it for several years, I can guarantee that it’s something you can learn quickly!

Here’s a few ideas:

Yeast Breads

Sandwich Loaf:  

This costs us around $0.65/loaf to make.  You could pair this with some homemade jelly or a jar of honey.

Crusty French Bread:

I love to take this as a gift when we’re invited for dinner.  It’s great with soups and Italian meals especially.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are seriously my weakness in life.  This recipe is the one I make every time because it’s quick and they always turn out amazing!

Quick Breads

Dark Chocolate Chip Raspberry Banana Bread

Banana breads are a favorite of many.  Take it to the next level with this dark chocolate and raspberry version.

chocolate raspberry banana bread DIY gift
Photo Credit: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Glazed Lemon Loaf

This Starbucks copycat recipe is really easy to make and sure to impress.

glazed lemon loaf-sweet bread gift
Photo Credit: Ahead of Thyme

Jalapeno Cheddar Bread

For a savory quick bread, try this yummy Jalapeno Cheddar recipe- one of my husband’s favorites.

jalapeno bread DIY gift idea
Photo credit: A Pretty Life

Sweet Treats

Skip the expensive store-bought boxes and try one of these impressive-yet-easy, giftable sweets.

Chocolate Candy Gifts

Five-minute fudge

For the true procrastinator!  But seriously a delicious treat.

Chocolate Turtles  

Simple method for making turtle candy, with only 4 ingredients.

chocolate turtle gift idea
Photo credit: i heart naptime

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Another winner for a treat that’s sure to impress.

diy gift idea-peppermint patties
Photo credit: Kleinworth &Co.

White Chocolate Latte Truffles

A great choice for your coffee-loving friend. (You’ll want to make extra for yourself too 😉 )

Bath and Body Products

Homemade soaps, lotions and the like are super practical and are a hit especially with friends, moms and grandmas.

Foaming hand soap

I’ve given DIY foaming hand soap as a gift several times in the last few years. Fill a nice mason-jar style glass dispenser and include a tag labeling the scent used. 

hand soap DIY gift

Natural Body Lotion

You can quickly assemble this 3-ingredient lotion recipe and put it in a nice jar (like a pint jelly jar for instance).  Use your preferred essential oils for natural fragrance.

homemade lotion example

Body Scrub

This recipe for orange mint sugar scrub also comes with printable labels, making it perfect for gifting.

Shower Melts

There are a ton of recipes you can find, but I like this version because it only requires a few ingredients and can help clear your head during cold season!  (A great get-well gift.)

DIY gift idea-shower melts
Photo Credit: Busy Bliss

Also read: Gifts for practical women who don’t want gifts

Homemaking and Housewarming

Gifts for the home are a great option for newlyweds, a friend buying their first home, Mother’s Day and really for any occasion.

Smell-good gifts

Potpourri mix

Although you can’t make this at the last minute exactly, you could make it just a few days in advance.

homemade potpourri mix gift idea
Photo credit: Hearth & Vine

Simmer Pot recipe

Similar to potpourri but even easier.  Smell-good ingredients you can gift along with instructions for simmering on the stovetop.

Room spray

I like to avoid chemical-based fragrance, so natural room sprays are an effortless alternative!

Photo gifts

DIY photo canvas

This project involves minimal supplies and makes a sentimental and personal gift for a close friend or family member.

DIY photo canvas gift idea
Photo credit: My Crazy Good Life

Clip photo board

Simple clip photo frames are a popular decor trend, and you can make them at home in just a few steps.

clip photo board DIY gift idea
Photo Credit: An Oregon Cottage

Photo candle

Love this $5 DIY project!  Grandparents will love this too, and kids can even help make it.

diy photo gift idea
Photo Credit: It’s Always Autumn

DIY household gifts  

Pressed flower art

Botanical prints and pressed flowers go with almost any decor and this one is really special.

Sharpie mugs

My friend Kate at A Hundred Affections shows you how to make beautiful, giftable mugs that don’t require a cricut machine.

sharpie mug gift
Photo credit: A Hundred Affections

Succulent planter

Who doesn’t love succulents, right?  This DIY planter only takes a few materials and would make a great table centerpiece for a friend.

Easy succulent planter gift
Photo credit: Teal Notes

Homemade gifts for the win

Even last-minute, homemade gifts can be special with just a little time and creativity.

DIY gifts are often the most-treasured gifts in my home. I hope you’ll find just the right project for the sentimental gift-recipients on your list!

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