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Holiday Gift Guide: Last-Minute DIY Gifts

Wednesday, November 30th by Junkluggers


Updated October 2022

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Skip the holiday stress with the help of our handy holiday gift guide!

With the holidays and inevitable holiday parties looming, we are all bound to leave some gift shopping to the last minute. But no worries — we are going to be your guide on all things gift-giving this holiday season!

At The Junkluggers, we aim to give gifts that are creative and fun, but also useful. There’s no need to clutter up the home with gag gifts that don’t serve a real purpose! From dinner in a box to re-gifting, we’ve got you covered this year. We can help you pick a DIY present that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

The Junkluggers’ Holiday Gift Guide

Perfect last-minute gift ideas for anyone in your life!

The Junkluggers aims to keep stuff out of landfills whenever possible, so we've included holiday gift ideas that are both functional and thoughtful, even though they may be last minute. We want to make sure your loved ones get gifts they'll love and cherish for a long time!

For the friend who can’t stand the cold

There is nothing more fitting for those of us here in the Great White North than a Winter Survival Kit. We deal with a lot of below-freezing temperatures, wind, rain, and tons of snow. Put together a small kit in a little basket or even a Rubbermaid container with some of our suggested items (many of which you might already have lying around!) to help survive the brutal cold:

  • Small bottle of lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Hot cocoa packets
  • Tissues
  • Cans of soup
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Favorite winter DVD

Bring some warmth to your significant other's winter with these useful gift ideas.

Thank the host of the party with a DIY present they won't forget!

If you’re heading to your first holiday party of the season and need a gift for the host, you can always bring something for them to use or eat later. We recommend bringing a dinner box, including:

  • Dried pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Bottle of wine
  • Kitchen towel
  • Spices of your choice
  • Thoughtful, handwritten card

Not only can this be a great gift for your host(s), but it’s also perfect for parents or the college student in your life!

Best Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Need more inspiration? Check out our additional suggestions below!

  1. Personalized gift certificates Use one of your many talents or skills to create gift certificates offering your services. Are you amazing at organizing, cooking, babysitting, or completing home repairs? Or maybe you’re a blast to go out on the town with! No matter what your skills are, you can put them to good use! Make a gift certificate to organize a family member’s closet or kitchen (a personal favorite of ours here at The Junkluggers), cook them dinner, or even paint a room. This is an inexpensive way to show your loved ones that you care!
  2. Bottle of spirits Chances are, you have a bottle of wine or two in your home that you haven’t gotten around to drinking yet. All you need to do is slap a bow on it and you’ve got yourself an inexpensive gift. A fun variation of this idea is to get a bunch of little airplane bottles (different flavors, of course) and stick them in a stocking or tissue paper filled gift bag.
  3. Picture in a frame Do you have a photo printer and a frame? Perfect! You have the ingredients required to make a fantastic last-minute gift. Just make sure you’ve got a fun photo to print out!
  4. Flowers Simple, but effective. There’s a reason flowers are so popular! They are such an easy grab-and-go gift. They’re beautiful, don’t break the bank, and come pre-wrapped! You might even consider buying a potted flower that will last longer than traditional cut flowers.
  5. Re-gift Though this isn’t our favorite idea, desperate times call for extreme measures! We’ve all received countless scented candles and gift baskets that we haven’t used. You can just take one of those gifts, re-package it festively, and voila, instant gift! We advise you to check expiration dates and make sure you don’t re-gift to the person who gave it to you in the first place.

Sustainable Gift Giving

Junkluggers’ Holiday Gift Guide

Our holiday gift guide helps you focus on what really matters – family, friends, and time spent together!

The Junkluggers’ mission is to enhance lives, our community, and the environment by donating, recycling, and supporting local charities. During the holiday season, we want to give you a gentle reminder to gift as sustainably as possible to protect our planet! There’s no need to reinvent the wheel — if you have something a friend would love, why not gift it to that person?

If you can't find anything in your home that reminds you of your loved one, you can even give them the gift of eco-friendly junk removal by their local Junkluggers company. This is the perfect option for loved ones in your life who are struggling to clean up their home or commercial property. Give them the gift of a tidy space! The Junkluggers can help with appliance removal, furniture removal, e-waste recycling, and entire estate cleanouts if needed. What's better than a clean space to bring in the new year?

Happy Gifting!

Whether you love the holidays or dread them, there’s something to be said for that special time you spend with family, friends, and chosen families. If you’re looking to make a lasting impression on your loved ones, make use of our trusted guide to help you give a gift you’re proud of — even if it is last minute!

We hope some of our suggestions help you find the perfect last-minute gift that will save you some money and brighten up your holiday season!

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