by Texas Homesteader ~
Do you need a fast, simple but inexpensive gift idea? No worries, I’m sharing a fun list here. Everything from a cute Santa sleigh made completely with candy to a fun way to present cash, and everything in between. Great yet fast & inexpensive for gifts for children, neighbors, co-workers, groups and more.
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Below is a list of quick inexpensive gifts we’ve been able to make give over the years. And they’re easy to multiply for a group such as co-workers, neighbors, clubs, etc.
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Also, there’s a whole list at the bottom of this post for all things holiday. Gift ideas, wrapping ideas, low-waste tips, etc.
Santa Sleigh Made With Candy
This Santa Sleigh is made entirely of candy! It can be put together very quickly. Go ahead & make several!
A few snack-sized candy bars, a couple of candy canes and a chocolate Santa is all you need!
Snowman Made With Candy and Gloves
This cute snowman is a nice gift all by itself using *inexpensive gloves & a bulky candy bar or boxed treat. We purchased ours at a dollar store.
But it can also be a cute and inexpensive way to gift cash or gift cards too.
Snowman Treat Jar
When we gifted Christmas Trail Mix to our grandchildren we presented it in a super-cute way. Using a repurposed jar with a snowman theme.
Just fill the snowman jar with whatever you like. I like sweetened popcorn because it’s so fast & easy. Just pop *Bulk Popcorn and bake it for a few minutes coated a simple syrup made of water/sugar/butter.
Make the popcorn into more colorful Christmas trail mix if you like – tips below.
Christmas Trail Mix
This is a cute and delicious treat. Christmas trail mix!
You can buy *Christmas Trail Mix already prepared. But we wanted to make our own.
The bulk of our sweet trailmix was just Sweetened Popcorn. (Oh so easy, and oh-so-cheap!)
Then we added various other things to add sweet/salty blend and color. For our Christmas trail mix we used:
colorful *sweetened cereal
It all combined perfectly to make the color pop & taste combination we wanted for our Christmas trail mix.
Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans
Sweet, salty, crunchy. These sweet candied pecans have it all and are delicious!
I never knew how easy it was to make candied pecans. But really – coat pecans in:
Whipped egg white,
Slowly roast in an oven for 60 minutes.
Gardener’s Hand Scrub
For those gardeners in your life – Gardener’s Hand Scrub.
I mixed it up & put it all in a repurposed flip-top jar and added a cute label.
This hand scrub is simply made with
I scented my gardener’s hand scrub gift with *Lavender Essential Oil.
Pink Himalayan Mineral Bath Soak Gifts
I made these cute gifts for a ladies group I belonged to.
I used small 1/2-pint mason jars but you can use any repurposed glass jar. Then fill them from a larger bag of inexpensive *Mineral Salt Bath Soak.
You can make a jar for everyone in your office fast & for very little money and almost no time at all.
Repurposed Denim Hand Warmers
We made these for our grandchildren and also a slightly larger set for my dad one year. (Oh, and pairs for ourselves too – we love these!)
Just cut out squares of denim from old worn jeans, fill with cheap *Bulk Rice mixed with a few drops of *Essential oil fragrance.
You can embellish the front by drawing a design using a permanent marker. So fun, so quick & so easy.
Wax-Dipped Pinecone Fire Starters
For someone with a wood-burning fireplace or a camping enthusiast, these waxed pinecone fire starters were a hit.
Simply pick up a few pinecones and gather a few old half-burned scented candles. Melt the wax and roll the pinecone in the wax to coat the tips.
I like to gift them in a large thrift-store basket. It makes a beautiful gift that’s functional too, and it costs almost nothing.
Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Pint Size Jar
I wanted a gift to go with some homemade vanilla I made one year. So I grabbed a clean pint jar and mixed up a chocolate chip cookie recipe in a jar.
I like that I could use a 16-ounce pint jar instead of the larger quart-sized jars.
So you can make lots of these cookie mix jars in minutes with standard pantry ingredients & clean repurposed mason jars.
Cocoa Mix in Big Mugs
Homemade hot cocoa dry Ingredients can be placed in bags and tucked into large coffee mugs.
Add a candy cane stirring stick and you have a gift that comes together in minutes.
You can make this gift even faster using chunky thrift store mugs with packets of *Hot Cocoa Mix inside!
This has always been one of our favorites – experience gifts!
We often get to enjoy the gift right along with the gift recipients. We’ve gifted a ‘dinner with us at a favorite restaurant’ to our parents, and for our grandchildren we’ve gifted several different experience gifts that we enjoyed with them:
Escape Rooms, live plays and MORE!
If you live far away you can still gift experiences such as zoo membership, concert tickets, museum passes, etc
Quick Homemade Food Gifts
Sometimes you want to present a food gift, but still don’t want it to take too much time or money. I’ve gifted Homemade Granola and No-Knead Bread on numerous occasions.
The Pumpkin Granola can be dressed up in a pretty jar. Add a festive ribbon & you’re done.
The No-Knead Skillet Bread can be made & gifted in a brand new *10″ Cast Iron Skillet as part of the gift. Or simply wrap the bread with plastic wrap and embellish with a pretty bow.
These gifts of homemade food have always been very appreciated.
What are your favorite fast last-minute gift ideas?
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