Last-minute gifts can often feel hurried and like a waste of money, since you just KNOW that whatever-it-is is going to be in the markdown bin in just a few days. Instead of spending more money, if you find yourself needing a last-minute gift this year, look no further than your own prepper stockpile. Try one of these three ideas to bless a holiday hostess in your life.
If you have an herb garden, then gifting a friend with some of the fragrant herbs is the perfect gift this Christmas. This is a simple project that you can make several days in advance, or as a last-minute gift.
- Mini jars or small spice bottles
- Customized labels
- Festive ribbon
If you already have some dried herbs on hand, you can use them as the basis for your gift. Otherwise, make some herb cuttings from your garden. Wash the leaves to remove any dirt. Place the herbs on paper towels to dry for at least 24-48 hours.
When the herbs are dry, break off small pieces of leaves and place them in a jar. Label the jar with the name of the herb on your customized labels (there are tons of free make-your-own labels online). Place the label on the jar.
Wrap the herb bottles in colorful ribbon. That’s it! You now have a pretty and thoughtful gift for someone on your list.
Stockpile Gift Baskets
Most people have a stockpile of various goodies in the home. With a little creativity, you can use your stockpile to make amazing last-minute gift baskets.
- Pretty basket
- Raffia or other basket liner
- Various foods and items from the stockpile
- Pretty ribbon
Decide the theme of your basket. This will be determined by what items you have. If you have dried beans, spices, and chicken broth, you could make a soup-themed basket. If you have dried fruits, dried corn, and a variety of other sweets, you could make a snack basket. Use your imagination while compiling your basket.
Line the bottom of the basket with your filler material. Arrange the items in the basket in a pretty way. Stick twigs of holly, pinecones, or other decorations between objects for a more festive flair.
Wrap the basket edges or basket handle with a pretty bow before delivering the basket.
This makes a great last-minute gift for anyone on your list. If you do not have preserves or jelly, you can also use canned fruit or vegetables, or any other homemade goodie in your stockpile.
- Canned jelly, preserves, vegetables, or fruit
- Pretty ribbon
Choose a jar with pretty contents inside. Clear jars are the prettiest. If you do not have a pretty label on the jar, make one on your computer and glue it to the jar.
Wrap the jar lid in a pretty ribbon. You can tie other materials, like a sprig of holly or a small cinnamon stick to the jar as well. Tie the ribbon into a pretty bow. Use one jar for a small gift, or wrap several for a larger gift.
Working with What You Have
It is easy to make simple gifts for preppers, friends, or family members using what you already have on hand. With just a little creativity, you can turn almost anything into a Christmas gift that will be welcomed.