Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo

12 Last-Minute DIY Gifts That Literally Anyone Can Make

After conquering finals week, holiday gifts might be the last thing on your mind. So if you’re like us, you’re in desperate need of some quick and easy gifts. Lucky for you, we have 12 last-minute DIY gifts that are perfect for everyone on your list!

1. Ice cream sundae in a box

Who doesn’t need an ice cream pick-me-up every once in a while? Smashed Peas and Carrots put together the cutest ice cream sundae gift box, full of sprinkles, ice cream cones and hot fudge. Pair this gift box with a movie, and you’ve got the perfect girl’s night gift!

2. Hot cocoa mix ornaments

It’s time to cuddle up with a blanket and some hot cocoa, thanks to this cute holiday ornament! Bubbly Nature Creations shows that you can give a practical and cozy gift without breaking the bank.

3. Gifts in a jar

All you really need for this is a cute cup or a jar and miniature knick-knacks that your favorite person will love. My Frugal Adventures is here to help you bring all your “Starbucks lovers” some holiday cheer.

4. Candy bouquet

Funky PolkaDot Giraffe proves that all you really need is about an hour, some of your favorite candies and some glue, in order to give your friend with the biggest sweet tooth a bouquet to cure her winter candy cravings. 

5. Washi votive candles

If your bestie is obsessed with candles but a plain, ole scented candle is too blah a gift, these washi votive candles from Popsugar should do the trick. They’re super easy to customize; just find washi tape you know she’d pick out herself. Wrap the tape around the candles, and you’re done! Quick, easy and adorable. That’s our kind of last-minute gift.

6. Printed hair clips

For these DIY hairclips from The Pretty Life Girls, all you need is some Mod Podge, old hair clips and patterned paper. Voilà—a stylish and easy revamp on a hair necessity.

7. Popcorn snowmen

Popcorn can do no wrong. Wrapping some construction paper around a microwavable batch can transform it into a perfectly festive gift for any movie lover. I Heart Naptime gives you a step-by-step tutorial to make this simple treat a reality.

8. Galaxy necklaces

Why not use some of your dark nail polish to make your own wearable solar system? To create this stylish necklace from Oh The Lovely Things, you’ll need about 20 minutes, some old nail polish, a triangle pendant and an old necklace chain. With this necklace, you’ll be giving your recipient a great statement necklace for every wintery outfit.

9. Washi tape bookmarks

Stuck on what to get the book lover who has everything? Washi tape bookmarks, just like these from Zakka Life, will help them stay on the right page in their latest read. Just grab an old envelope and some washi tape, and you have a sturdy yet pretty placeholder. 

10. S’mores in a bag

Trust us, there’s always room for s’mores. They’re the perfect way to end any party or start any friendship. With unique takes on s’more recipes storming the nation, giving your friends a pre-made s’mores pack, like this one from A Pumpkin and a Princess, will not go unappreciated.

11. Hair bow elastics

These super cute elastic hair bows from It’s Always Autumn can dress up any hairdo. You never know when you’ll need to add some flair to an outfit, making these a wonderful gift for all of your favorite girls!

12. Custom marquee letters

Thankfully, if you head to any well-known craft store (Michaels, A.C. Moore, Jo-Ann Stores, etc.), they most likely have these Heidi Swapp Marquee Letter Kits. In less than ten minutes, you can either decorate the pre-cut sheets included in this set (with glitter, washi tape or anything else you choose), or buy a cute piece of scrapbook paper and trace it to fit the marquee. With lights and sketchable outlines, this DIY is a breeze.

Allie Maniglia served as the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Penn State from 2017-2018. She majored in public relations with minors in international studies and communication arts and sciences. If she's not busy writing away, you can find her planning her next adventure (probably back to the U.K.), feeding an unhealthy addiction to HGTV or watching dog videos on YouTube.