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11 Last Minute Crafts That Make Great DIY Christmas Gifts

Christmas is only a few days away now and it's too late to order anything but overnight shipping from most websites if you want to get gifts. If you still haven't marked some people off of your list and don't want to experience the madness at the malls or just don't think they'll have the perfect gift for the people on your list, consider crafting some handmade gifts instead. Here are some great gifts your friends and family members are sure to love.

Custom Photo Ornaments

If you have a laser printer (or can get to a FED EX/Kinkos location), you can easily make these cool photo transfer ornaments. Landeelu has a handy tutorial that requires a surprisingly small number of components.

Mint Sugar Scrub

Who doesn't love great bath products? This mint sugar scrub recipe from Love Grows Wild is a festive and elegant gift that costs practically nothing.

Engraved and Illuminated Ornaments

These ornaments take a little practice, but the only tools you need are cheap plastic ball ornaments, tiny lights and a dremel. The Kim Six Fix has the full video tutorial to make these yourself.

Handmade Soaps

Making soap from scratch can be a nightmare, but with glycerin soap bases available at craft stores like Michaels, it's never been easier to make your own soaps at home. I Heart Naptime has a few handy tips for what to mix with your soaps to make something truly memorable (and giftable).

Peppermint Brownie Mix

There are tons of mason jar mix recipes out there, but this peppermint brownie recipe by I Heart Naptime sounds particularly delicious and seasonal. She even provides downloads so you can package them with the same adorable labels.

Scrabble Tile Ornament

This Crafts By Amanda tutorial shows how to make a cute Let it Snow ornament with scrabble tiles, but you could easily make an ornament that says just about anything, which makes this a great customizable gift.

Custom Christmas Poster

Homemade Gifts Made Easy offers a simple tool to make your own custom word posters like the ones seen here. Just select your colors, choose your own words to display, buy the high-res download and then print out the resulting masterpiece.

Felt Holly Corsage

This quick Martha Stewart craft is festively fabulous. Perfect for ladies of any ages, you can even customize the look of your corsage to match the personality of the person receiving the gift.

Mitten and Santa Hat Ornaments

It's a little late to knit anything major like a sweater, but these cute ornaments by Milk Shed are a perfect last minute addition to any gift.

Gum Drop Pops

There are tons of instructions online to create your own snow globes, but these festive gumdrop displays look just as cool and are a lot sweeter too. Just be sure not to shake the jars up too much or it might look like your snowman survived an avalanche.

Let It Snow Ornament

Spread a little holiday cheer with this fun snowball ornament by Creative Green Living that is not only adorable, but also incredibly inexpensive to make.

Now that you've got your presents covered, it's time to think about decorating. Here are some great last minute Christmas decorating ideas and here are a few fun Christmas decorations you can make with your kids.

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