Ok let’s face it – you are all too lazy to make my beautifully crafted organic candles, and now you’re in a Christmas planning slump with no way out. Although this Christmas is personally going to be filled with tears and anguish, I want to help you with some last, last-minute ideas for next week’s festivities! I always enjoy giving people homemade gifts, but if you aren’t a crafter like myself, I’ve provided you with some other ideas that will put a smile on your loved ones’ faces.
If you’re even a tad on the crafty side:
- Jar cookies, pie, or bread: this idea seems cliché, but you are in no position to have an opinion since you’ve waited too long to start your Christmas shopping. So, pour some flour, sugar and oats in a mason jar and decorate with some Christmas-themed ribbon and/or paint.
- A kitchen kit, or any kit for that matter: With all my friends in their 20s and moving away from home, kitchen tools are actually quite useful…and cheap. Stop by your local craft store to find utensils up the wazoo… and spend about $5 for a gift that will for sure be used. One year, my friend got me an oven mitt and I seriously use that on the daily to make pounds cornbread muffins. Other kit ideas could be a candle making kit (glass holders, wax, fragrance, wicks), ahem, hot cocoa kit (cute bag/jar, hot cocoa, marshmallows), your favorite alcoholic beverage kit (mixing cup, bottle of booze, mixer), relaxation kit (blanket, tea, candle, book), etc. Get creative people! It’s not that hard to throw some stuff together and give it any angle.
- Sugar/salt scrub: Decorate some jars and mix together sugar or salt, some essential oils, honey, banana, anything really… Google has a lot of recipes. Make a large batch to give away ten jars and keep five for yourself! That’s the win-win DIY’ing brings.
- Reinbeer: Pick up a 6 pack of Spotted Cow, some colored pipe cleaners, googly eyes, glue, red puff balls, and boom. You have a gift that some alchy will enjoy.
- A thoughtful letter: Truly, the key to my heart is a well-crafted letter that gives me the perfect balance of cuteness and confidence boosting. What better way to express to someone you love how you feel about them via writing? Maybe that’s just me…
If you’re extra lazy:
- Books: If you have a friend in your life going through a hard time right now, search ‘best books for sad people’ on Google, and you will discover a plethora of great choices…seriously! Or maybe your friend really wanted that new One Direction book. Instead of purchasing a brand-spanking new book from Amazon, try to find your title on ThriftBooks. They have barely used books at very low prices (each averaging at $3 per book!!!), and all orders include free shipping!
- Booze: You can always skip the reinbeer and just buy one of those already packaged booze sets from Walmart. Easy, affordable, lazy.
- Money/gift cards: You can get pretty creative with money and gift cards. Hell, you can even take 7 different boxes, wrap each of them individually, put all of those in a large box and stick the gift card in the wall of the big box hoping that your gift receiver will never find it. Equally evil and comical.
- And if you’re in a serious rut, hope to God someone at your work brings in some homemade goodies for you to buy. One year my coworkers brought homemade mittens and organic soap bars…I got lucky.
I hope your Christmas shopping this week(end) is a success, similar to mine. If all else fails, just give the people you love a big hug and whisper in their ear, “I’m a broke b*tch.”