9 Last Minute Creative Gift Ideas for Christmas

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It may feel like Christmas is already here, but there are still a few weeks to go, and that means you’ve still got dozens of hours to come up with creative gift ideas at the last minute.

Let’s face it; there’s always someone who accidentally gets left off your original list. Perhaps you forgot that aunt Carol has a new boyfriend or you hadn’t factored in the likelihood that your nephew would be bringing a friend for Christmas lunch? Whatever the reason, you’re short on Christmas gifts and you need some creative gift ideas – stat!

Fear not – you don’t need to make another mad rush to the shops just before Christmas. We’ve come up with 9 fantastic last-minute creative gift ideas that can be made with items already found around your home.

So, say goodbye to crazy Christmas parking and hello to these creative gift ideas for Christmas Day!

1. Heart Coin Purse

Creative Gift Ideas - Heart Coin Purse

By Fabric Paper Glue

Want to share the love this Christmas? If you’ve got the basic items at home, this creative gift ideas is a project that takes only five minutes to complete. The end result is a unique coin purse that is as practical as it is creative.

2. Painted Plate

Creative Gift Ideas - Painted Plate

By Two Miracles

This one is perfect for the kids. Small children tend to have tiny, adorable hands, so put those hands to good use and create a painted plate as the perfect last-minute gift. It’s even better if your children have learned to write their own names. That kind of cuteness is priceless!

3. Mini Golf in a Jar

Creative Gift Ideas - Mini Golf In A Jar

By Holly Lefevre

Got a golf fanatic at home? It may surprise you to know that these miniature golf clubs were made out of cotton buds! Read the full instructions here, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be surprised at how easy they are to make.

4. Lavender Lemon Soap

Creative Gift Ideas - Lavender Lemon Soap

By A Pumpkin And A Princess

If you’ve ever experimented with soap making and have some basic essential oils on hand, you’ll find the instructions for this lavender lemon soap to be some of the easiest you’ve ever followed. If not, this will still be a fun activity for a gift that everyone loves!

5. Family Recipe with a Twist

Creative Gift Ideas - Family Recipe

By Nutfield Genealogy

Here’s a creative gift idea that will truly tug at your family’s heartstrings. Have you ever had people bugging you to share your secret recipe? Whether you’re a sweet or savoury cook, most people have their signature dish. You’ve probably been asked to share your recipe more than once.

For the ultimate creative gift idea, write out your secret recipe on a wooden chopping board. Make sure to include a note that your gift recipient isn’t allowed to spill the secret recipe to the rest of the family!

6. The Gift of Eternal Memories

Creative Gift Ideas - Canvas Factory Gift Voucher

When it comes to creative gift ideas, nothing beats a high-quality canvas print or a professional quality photo collage. And, if you already have access to the right photos, then you’ll be ready to create the perfect gift! All you need to do is upload your photos using our online tool. Voila! You’ve created a jaw-dropping photo gift.

On the other hand, if you don’t have access to the gift recipient’s photos, the perfect solution is a gift voucher. Then they can use whichever images they like, from pet photos to family photos, or even one of our custom designs, to create their ultimate canvas print or collage.

The beauty of a canvas print gift voucher is that it can be purchased online and printed out immediately. This solves your last-minute gift giving problem immediately. Your loved one is then free to create the canvas art print of their dreams, and you will get all the credit!

7. Morse Code Necklace

Creative Gift Ideas - Morse Code Necklace

By True Blue Me & You

Many people are fascinated by codes, spies, and all things espionage (especially teenagers), so if you are looking for a spur of the moment gift then spell out a secret message using Morse code and create an innocuous looking necklace at the same time.

9. Reading Pillow

Creative Gift Ideas - Reading Pillow

By Polka Dot Chair

Is your loved one a bookworm? The ideal gift for the avid reader in your family, a reading pillow can be customised to suit anyone. Slip in a copy of your favourite book, and you’ve created a wonderfully meaningful gift in just a few minutes.

9. 52 Reasons

Creative Gift Ideas - 52 Reasons

By Visual Heart

In terms of raw materials, you’ll need little more than a deck of cards and a two hole punch to create this gift. On the other hand, though, be prepared to come up with 52 reasons why you love that person. This is the ideal gift when you want to create something truly meaningful.

Hopefully these creative gift ideas have inspired you to realise that you don’t need to brave the shops again this Christmas. After all, the idea of Christmas is to find some time to relax and enjoy yourself, not run yourself ragged – blowing the budget at the same time.

Aim to have a relaxing, meaningful Christmas with those closest to you. And don’t forget to snap some photos of your family and friends enjoying Christmas together. Once you’ve got that perfect family photo, create a canvas print. That way you’ll always remember that one Christmas when you took the time to remember what the holiday was really all about.


Eli is Canvas Factory's resident blogger and social media buff. She has a passion for art, craft, design, fashion and photography. She loves to explore the joys and challenges of family life, relationships, motherhood and pet ownership. Eli finds it's more funny to poke fun at herself than others. She's travelled extensively and considers herself a citizen of the world.

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