Last-minute Christmas gifts you can make

By Megan Stein
December 02, 2016 08:30 AM
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The holiday season might be merry and bright, but it can also be hectic and expensive.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect present for everyone on your list (without spending a small fortune), then these homemade goodies from the December issue of Martha Stewart Living are about to make your day. All easy to craft and even easier on the wallet, these quick crafts will resolve all of your gift-giving woes.


Credit: Kate Mathis

First up: a no-sew napkin with a cute monogram that’s sure to delight any happy hostess. First, find a lightweight, loose-weave linen fabric and cut into 10 ½-inch squares. Use a pin to pull out several threads around the border to create a fringed effect. Use a rubber stamp and a fabric ink pad to add a single letter for a personalized finishing touch.

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Credit: Kate Mathis

These soap sets have a sweet secret: they’re handmade! Martha used a glycerin and goat’s milk soap-making kits and glycerin soap color, all from Michael’s, for the main ingredients, and added pink sea salt and exfoliating oatmeal to amp up the “ahh” factor. After the mixture has time to set in the silicone molds, set them in cupcake wrappers inside metallic boxes for a package that exudes luxury.

Credit: Kate Mathis


Credit: Kate Mathis

Whip up a batch of the nostalgic putty (see Martha’s full recipe here), pack them in individual containers and tuck it inside a cute suitcase, like these colorful options for $6.99 from The Container Store, for a memorable gift that will keep the whole family entertained long after the holidays are over.

For more gift-giving tips and ideas, pick up this issue of Martha Stewart Living, on newsstands now.