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7 Super Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

Well, it’s now T-minus 5 days until the big day…do you have all your stockings stuffed?

If not, no worries! Here are 7 SUUUUPER last-minute stocking stuffers you can make and gift this weekend!

7 Super Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Cubes
Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Cubes

These scrubbie cubes make a great gift for anyone on your list. Refreshing and soft on the skin, these scrub cubes are sure to become holiday favorites in everyone’s stocking.

Grinch Bath Bomb Ornament
Grinch Bath Bomb Ornaments

This is like two gifts in one! Presented as an ornament, this gift can then be opened and used as a bath bomb for after the holidays. I mean, let’s be real, we’re all gonna need to relax after this one, right? 😉

Handmade Sushi Roll SocksDIY Sushi Socks

Simply roll and pin some socks and you’ve got yourself a gift! Gift or “serve” them in a little bento box for a fun presentation.

Popcorn Ball KitsPopcorn Ball Kits

Filled with everything you need to make your own popcorn balls, these kits are super easy to make and great for gifting to cousins, co-workers and neighbors.

DIY Jewelry DishDIY Clay Jewelry Dish

Moms, grandmas, sisters, aunts and friends will love this beautiful clay dish…and you’ll love how easy (and fast!) these are to make! Don’t forget to make one for yourself, too!

DIY Grippy Socks10 DIY Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Turn plain ol’ socks into cozy grippers with a little fabric paint. Create a cute snowflake or star design, or let your imagination run wild!

DIY Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

A few ingredients come together to create this delicious scrub that will help get anyone through the winter. You can make one huge batch or several small ones. Step aside, Santa…gift-giving just got real…

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16 Last-Minute Candy Barks You Can Make for Christmas

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for friends and family? Forget the cookies and go for the candy bark!

Easy and quick to make, these candy bark recipes make a great gift for anyone on your list. Use the recipes below or mix and match your favorite holiday flavors to create your own unique creations!

16 Last-Minute Candy Barks You Can Make for Christmas

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  1. Rocky Road Chocolate Bark
  2. Candied Orange Peel Bark
  3. Chocolate Cherry Bark
  4. Candied Bacon Bark
  5. Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark
  6. Swirled Peppermint Bark
  7. Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  8. Snowman Bark
  9. Oreo Cookie Bark
  10. Pomegranate Bark
  11. Gingerbread Bark
  12. Pretzel Bark Bites
  13. Quick and Easy Holiday Bark
  14. Cherry Cashew Bark
  15. Super Nutty Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  16. Salted Caramel Chocolate Bark

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10 Jellies, Jams and Other Canned Creations

Canning isn’t just for pickling…you can make delicious jams, jellies, butters and even salsas using the ol’ trusty mason jar.

Not only is this a great way to use fruits and veggies that are nearing season’s end, but these canned creations make great gifts for the holidays.

Surprise the hostess with the mostess with some homemade apple butter, or fill holiday stockings with a can of homemade salsa. Thrifty and fun to assemble, these canned jellies, jams and butters will help you clean out your produce stash in no time!

10 Jellies, Jams and Other Canned Creations

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  1. Canned Apple Pie Filling
  2. Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles
  3. Old Fashioned Apple Butter
  4. Homemade Salsa
  5. Bourbon Soaked Cherries
  6. Pumpkin Ginger Jam
  7. 5-Minute Lime Curd
  8. Blackberry Jam
  9. Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
  10. Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter

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12 Scent-sational Soaps for Fall

Fill your house (or at least your bathroom) with the scents of fall. With these handmade soap recipes, you can create a fall oasis right in the comfort of your own home.

Combining favorite fall ingredients, like oatmeal, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and coffee, these 12 handmade soaps also make wonderful hostess gifts for Thanksgiving or any other fall family gathering!

12 Scent-sational Soaps for Fall

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  1. DIY Pumpkin Soap
  2. Orange and Comfrey Shey Butter Soap
  3. Melt and Pour Cinnamon Soap
  4. Apple Cinnamon Soap
  5. Easy Pumpkin Spice Soap
  6. Apple Cinnamon Goat’s Milk Soap
  7. Melt and Pour Orange Soap
  8. Melt and Pour Coffee Soap
  9. Green Apple Soap
  10. Honey and Oatmeal Soap
  11. Orange Soap
  12. Oatmeal Raisin Soap

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The Road to Anywhere Key Chain

The first time I read The Phantom Tollbooth was right before my 31st birthday. Crazy, I know! I received the book from my aunt as a gift and tore through it in one sitting. I loved the messages about the importance of the journey, as that’s something that’s been drilled into my head by my parents since I was a little girl.

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One of my favorite parts of the book was this quote: “There are no wrong roads to anywhere.” I thought it so perfectly summed up everything we were taught about exploring every possibility, whether that be metaphorical or literal. I actually loved it so much that I turned it into this cute little key chain!

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Complete with a key charm to better convince you to hop in the car and just see where it takes you, this key chain makes a great gift for a graduate or someone about to embark on a new life-changing journey.

Made using polymer clay, this charm is surprisingly light-weight, durable, and super easy to make!

The Road to Anywhere Key Chain

Materials:

  • Polymer clay in desired colors (I used two shades of purple clay)
  • Small rubber letter stamps (I found mine in the dollar bin at Michaels)
  • Pen or toothpick
  • White paint
  • Key charm
  • Key ring
  • Paper towel
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush

Instructions:

  1. To create the clay circle, I marbleized two purple clay colors together. Once marbleized, form into a circle, measuring about 2 in. across and 1/4 in. thick.
  2. Use your rubber letter stamps to stamp in your message.
  3. Using a pen or a toothpick, create the hole at the top of your charm for the key ring.
  4. Bake your clay charm following the directions for whatever clay you’re using.
  5. Once cooled, place a small amount of white paint on your paper towel. Quickly rub it over the letters, then rub as much of the paint off as you can, leaving the paint to sink into the stamped letters. This takes some practice, but if you mess up, you can use nail polish remover to take the paint off and try again.
  6. Let your paint dry, then seal it in with a coat of Mod Podge.
  7. Add your key charm, if desired, and your key ring and you’re ready to hit the road!
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9 Photo Gifts for Mom

Word to the wise – Mother’s Day is this Sunday! If you’re still looking for a fun gift for mom, check out these adorable photo-themed gifts that mom is sure to love (I’m not even a mom and I’m looking at making some of these for myself!).

Great for last-minute gifts for moms, grandmas, sisters and friends, these photo gifts are sure to be well-loved and appreciated for years to come!

9 Photo Gifts for Mom

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  1. Wacky Planters
  2. Crazy Kids Bookmarks
  3. DIY Luminaries
  4. Modern Photo Wall Art
  5. Homemade MOM Sign
  6. Lavender Sachets
  7. Silhouette Pillow
  8. Easy Cut-Out Canvas
  9. Generational Photo

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14 Inspiring Journals and Doodle Books

I never thought I would be the type of person who loved writing in books. I keep my books in the best condition I can…I never fold down pages or remove jacket covers…my dad would make fun of me, saying I should “live in the books” like he did (his were always filled with food crumbs and had water damage from reading in the tub), but I couldn’t do it.

But it wasn’t until I tried actually doodling and journaling in a book that I found that I actually loved it. It’s a great way to keep your brain active and is sure to be a fun memento for my kids and grandkids to find!

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If you’re looking for a way to relax and recenter, here are 14 awesome journals that are great motivators for getting more creative in your down time.

14 Inspiring Journals and Doodle Books

Wreck This Journal: Now in Color

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Rip it! Write it! Draw it!

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Doodle Diary: Art Journaling for Girls

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You’re Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs and Anyone Else Who’s Uniquely Awesome

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Create This Book!

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My Life in Color: Inspirational Coloring Journal

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Write it Down, Let it Go

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Finish this Book

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Listography Journal

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642 Things to Write About

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Start Where You Are

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Good Days Start with Gratitude

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It’s Gonna Be Okay

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Present, Not Perfect

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