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Take the pressure out of the last-minute holiday shopping frenzy and make one of these easy handmade treasures

Jessica Mordo  – December 16, 2019 | Updated December 17, 2019

Well, it’s official—December 17 is the point of no return for retailers. After that date, they won’t be able to ship holiday gift items in time for the Big Day. Deadlines can be a good thing, but they can also be a source of stress. If you just cannot meet tomorrow’s holiday shipping deadline, there’s still hope. Using items you can likely source from around the house or on a trip to the grocery or general store, here are a few truly easy (we promise!) last-minute DIY projects that make for excellent gifts.

Salt-Preserved Herbs

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Chop up the fresh herbs of your choice, blend with sea salt, and package in a giftable jar. It’ll last up to a year in the fridge, which truly makes it the gift that keeps on giving.

Get the DIY: How to Make Salt-Preserved Herbs

Caramel Bourbon Sauce

Jeffery Cross

This sauce provides an instant wow factor when drizzled on top of ice cream. Making it requires a considerable amount of active stirring time, but it’s deceptively easy.

Get the DIY: How to Make Caramel Bourbon Sauce

Dried Floral Bath Salts

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The perfect winter self-care treat can be made from just a few simple ingredients and looks so pretty packaged in a small jar.

Get the DIY: How to Make Dried Floral Bath Salts

Avocado-Dyed Bandana

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Transform grocery store produce into something beautiful with this easy DIY using the pit of a humble avocado.

Get the DIY: How to Make an Avocado-Dyed Bandana

Tea-Dyed Tote Bag

Thomas J. Story

Upgrade a plain canvas bag into a one-of-a-kind accessory using black tea, sunblock, and a potato.

Get the DIY: How to Make a Tea-Dyed Tote Bag

Marbled Journal

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Food dye and shaving cream are all that it takes to create a vibrant pattern on a cardstock cover for a simple hand-bound journal of paper and twine. The project is so easy, even young kids can get in on the DIY action.

Get the DIY: How to Make a Marbled Journal