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20 Super Easy & Fast Last Minute Frugal Gifts

I realize that I have written two posts for you today but I figured some people might need this list just in case. I had a lot of fun compiling it so I hope you enjoy the crafts. Really cool and inexpensive things that should be well received by non materialistic people. :)

Ok so you’re strapped for time, you ran out of  most of your cash but you still have to come up with some thoughtful gifts…for tomorrow!! Don’t despair, I have come up with a list of easy thoughtful gifts for you to make in under an hour (most under 30mins) and for CHEAP!

1. Bath Salts - This takes minutes. Lavender is a great choice and the essential oil is cheap. Try Orange and Lavender or even just Peppermint and make it a foot soak! Like this photo you can also had dried rose or lavender petals too.

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2. Printable Coupons: These are GREAT and free to make. Give a coupon for babysitting, cleaning or anything else you can think of!

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3. No Bake Cookies (the waiting time is in the cooling but not preparing it) Veganize it by using Earth Balance and Non-Dairy Milk. Store in a kraft paper lunch bag and attach a tag to it! Or use a recycled container to store.

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4. Seed Bombs – For the gardener & green thumb on your list! This is an amazing green gift and really cool!

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5. Coconut Molasses Granola - Boy would I love to get this for a gift. Yum! Healthy and tasty.

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6. Homemade Pancake & Waffle Mix – Who needs chemical ridden store-bought mix when you can make them this? mmmm! Store in a jar or plastic bag and label.

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7. Tea Cup Candles – Recycle old wax and head to the thrift store to find a cute vintage tea cup. I’ve seen these for $20 each at an eco store!

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8. Homemade Pesto in recycled jars: This is so easy to make and I can still get fresh basil at the market this time of year myself.

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9. Microwave Peanut Brittle: This is something I make every year and it is a big hit. 10 minutes to make in total and the ingredients are cheap too!

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10. Wine Cork Coasters: These are so cool and would be perfect if you have a lot of wine corks laying around. Might take a bit longer than 1hr to make a whole set though but can be done quicker if you’re crafty or handy. So nice and inexpensive. Perfect for the wine lover.

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11. Button Earrings: I mentioned this before but here it is again. Just too easy! This is a nice short video to show you how. Love these! I will make a pair for myself.

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12. Scented Pine Cone Fire Starters: These are great! Gather some pine cones (I have some in my back yard!) and make these for friends with wood stoves or fireplaces.

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13. Soda Bottle Coin Purse or snack cup: Too cool. Perfect for your greenie friends and family!

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14. Fingerless mittens: I soooo want these! Use an old sweater to make them. YES!

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15. Muffin Tin Crayons: These would be great for kids. Give with a colouring book found at a dollar store. COOL! Try the Heart Shaped Crayons too if you want!

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16. DIY Paper Jewelry: For the fashionista on your list. YES! Paper and a little Modge Podge and you’re ready to go. Drying time is longer than an hur but making this doesn’t take long.

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17. Jewelry Display Board from old frames: These are made out of vintage frames which were spray painted and cork. I’ve seen cork at the dollar store big enough for these frames. I definitely want to make this. Great gift too!

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18. Light Bulb Oil Lamp: These look really groovy. Easy to make and costs pennies or even free!

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19. Peppermint Kiss Pretzels: Not vegan as it uses hershey’s kisses but they would look awesome displayed in a jar or clear bag. Perfect for the holiday season.

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20. Chic Catch All Tray: I need one of these for my perfumes! Use a nice thrift frame and recycled fabric and beads.

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HAVE FUN!!

 

2 Responses to 20 Super Easy & Fast Last Minute Frugal Gifts

  1. Awesome ideas thanks

  2. You’re welcome Melissa! :)

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