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Three last-minute quick diy gift ideas

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I’ll admit it; I leave gift buying to the last minute, unless I’m buying things online. Everyone who knows me knows this (unfortunately). I’ve been shopping Christmas Eve more years than I can count, as well as buying birthday presents same day. I’m trying to improve on it! One thing I am good at is making presents. I usually make part of everyone’s gift for Christmas and top it up with something else or sometimes it’s the whole present.

Here are three of the ones I make that take the least amount of time if you are a last minute shopper or would like an idea to top up a gift.

DIY at-home spastravaganza

Lemon and honey for one of the spa treatments

This one takes time the day of the spa day, but for the gift giving part, you just have to make a gift card listing the items you want to use for the spa day. To save space, I will link to the post I wrote that gave detailed instructions for each item. The main spa menu treatments include:

  • Facial steam
  • Body and face scrub
  • Hair mask
  • Spa lunch
  • Bath or steam shower
  • Facial mask
  • Massage

You can do all for of them or pick and choose the ones you’d think the person would like. For details read, “Feel like a million bucks with this all natural DIY Spastravaganza.”

Get them glowing with this homemade skin care product basket

Basket wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon and bow

This is all natural and quick and easy to make! Bonus if you include the spa day! The basket includes:


250ml jars
  • 1 small gift basket
  • Ribbon
  • Tissue paper
  • Cellophane paper
  • 3 x 250ml clear jars
  • 3 labels for the jars
  • A marker to write on the labels


Olive oil and sugar body and face scrub

Bath oil: 250ml coconut milk, 4 tablespoons of almond oil, and eight sprigs of fresh mint, blended until smooth.

Body and face scrub: Mix a cup of white or brown sugar with enough olive oil to make it into a paste.

Face mask: If you know their skin type, choose the right one from the lists below. If you don’t, go with the one for normal skin.

  • For acne or discoloration: Make a lemon and honey mask. Cut 10 lemons in half, squeeze the juice, and add a 10 teaspoons of honey.
  • For oily skin: Blend 3 fully ripe bananas, 3 tablespoons of honey and juice from 3 oranges or lemons.
  • For dry skin, also for anti-aging:  Blend 3 ripe avocados, 6 tablespoons of honey and 3 teaspoons coconut oil
  • For combination skin: Blend 3 ripe bananas, 3 tablespoons honey and 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • For normal skin: Blend 3 apples and 6 tablespoons honey


tissue paper
Tissue paper for the inside of the basket
  • Label the jars
  • Make your products
  • Fill the jars
  • Decorate the inside of the basket with tissue paper and put in your jars
  • Wrap with cellophane and tie a ribbon around it

3-course tasting lunch

Quinoa tabouleh
Quinoa tabbouleh

To save space I’m going to link to the post I wrote that gave the recipes and nutrition and health benefits, but the main items include:

  • First course: Chorbat el ads (lentil soup or dhal) – vegan
  • Second course: Harissa chicken or tofu on quinoa tabbouleh – meat or vegan
  • Optional third course: Salted almond butter fudge – vegan

For the details read, “Middle Eastern inspired meat or vegan spastravaganza menu.



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