Three last-minute holiday gift ideas!

Three last minute holiday gift ideas! (click through for the tutorials!)I can't believe how quickly this month is passing by. I started off totally ahead of the game, I had tons of holiday shopping completed before Thanksgiving, but now I'm somehow running behind again. This always happens. I end up with those last five people on my list, and I cannot for the life of me figure out what to buy for them.

If you relate with my situation, maybe the answer isn't buying? Maybe the answer is making your last few gifts? Here are three last-minute gift ideas easy enough to complete in an evening! 0I0B0435You'll notice all three of these ideas need some sort of printed photo, so it was another great fit for our Canon USA collaboration. All the photos used here were actually printed out on our PRO-100 on Canon's semi-gloss photo paper.Three last minute holiday gift ideas! (click through for the tutorials!)     First up, a custom wine label! Wine is my favorite foodie gift because it's the one I like to receive. Plus with all the cookies and candy everywhere during the holidays it's nice to give a gift that can be saved and enjoyed until the holidays are over. This gift can be inexpensive or a splurge, and it's a great gift to make multiples of, like if you wanted to give something to all of your friends at work.Making a custom wine label!This is SUPER simple to make! Step 1. Use photoshop to create a new canvas 5 inches tall x 10 inches wide and 300 dpi. Next, crop 10 photos from your year into squares (2×2 inches, also 300 dpi). Copy and paste all of the little squares into a collage filling the top of your rectangle. You could actually pull something like this off in PowerPoint or Word too, if you don't have Photoshop. Type a personalized message at the bottom. I like to sign our names with ink after it's printed. 2. Print and cut out your label. You'll also need some scotch tape. 3. Wrap the label around the bottle and tape it together in the back. 4. Done! Now add a pretty ribbon and it's ready to gift.Three last minute holiday gift ideas! (click through for the tutorials!)   Next up, silhouette mugs! These are a great gift for a newlywed couple or a family! Think outside the box, because you can do pet silhouettes too.Canon mug step photoPrint a small profile photo of someone special. The print size should be 3×4 inches or smaller, depending on your mug size. Trace the outline of the silhouette with a thin marker. Cut the silhouette out with scissors, creating a stencil. Use a piece of tape to tape your silhouette onto the mug and use an ink pen to trace around the photo. Trace over your pen outline with your porcelain marker and follow the instructions listed on the package to set the ink (some pens require baking while others air dry). When it's completed your design will be permanent!Three last minute holiday gift ideas! (click through for the tutorials!)  Last but not least, cookie and brownie mixes! These are great gifts! You'll need a 38 ounce jar for each mix. 

Here are the recipes, in case you're curious. 😉

Mint Brownies

1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup flour
1 cup mint M&Ms
1/2 cup softened butter*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract*
2 eggs*
*Items that are in addition to the ingredients in the jar.
Blend together the softened butter and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla extract. Now stir in the cocoa powder, salt and flour. Spread the batter into a greased 8×8 square baking pan. Sprinkle on the M&Ms. Bake at 325°F for 35-38 minutes.
Cranberry & Chocolate Cookies, makes one dozen
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup oats
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup craisins
1/2 cup softened butter*
1 egg*
*Items that are in addition to the ingredients in the jar.
Blend together the softened butter and sugar. Stir in the egg. Now stir in the remaining ingredients so everything is well blended. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough on the baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes.Cookies + BrowniesThe first step to making your delicious baking mix gifts is to make the recipe yourself and take photos of the finished product. I've seen these jars without the photo and I think it adds so much! Of course, with these recipes you can skip that step and use our photos if you want to! Download Cookie + Brownie Photos (If for any reason this download doesn't work for you we'd be happy to e-mail you the photos support AT redvelvetart DOT com)

After you have your photos, use Photoshop (or like program) to add the name of the recipe to each one and print them out leaving space on the left side of the photo so that it can be folded in half (see below). Making cookie treat tagsUse scrapbook paper to line the inside of the card and provide them with baking instructions. Fold the card in half so the recipe is enclosed and only the photo is showing on the front. Last, use some string to tie your card to your jar! Three last minute holiday gift ideas! (click through for the tutorials!) Which gift idea is your favorite? Do you still have a long list of gifts to buy or make? xo. Elsie (Emma + Laura too!)

Credits // Authors and Photography: Elsie Larson, Emma Chapman, Laura Gummerman

  • I really love the mix-in-a-jar, but I am still puzzled about the way you keep the ingredients seperate from one another, especially the ones that are added at the very beginning or end. What is your special trick?

  • Wonderful little ideas, I may be making up some very last minute brownie jars

  • You saved the day! We had a small Xmas party last night for some friends & last minute one friend asked if she could bring her sister. Which was fine, the more the merrier, but I felt bad because I had gifts for everybody else. So, in my party dress, I made one of your cookie mix jars for her. Perfect! She was very touched & I looked like the best host ever. Thanks ladies!

  • These look great – especially loving the silhouette mugs!

  • Love the custom wine label. What a great idea, and so easy!
    Claire xx

  • Couldnt agree more Carina!!, thinking i might have to “borrow” some of these ideas!
    Mary | Strikeapose

  • This is so great. Love all of them. Also, you guys are so lucky to have different Canon printers, I asked Santa for one. Fingers crossed I get it. HA!

  • You are so creative, I am not sure I can do all this. i love the ideas though, maybe next year with time I will try 😉

  • I love these ideas! I do a few more gifts to do (honestly, where does the time go??) and I really wanted to do handmade gifts because they’re so much more special. I might try these ideas out!


  • lovely, lovely gifts! i’m pretty much done with my holiday shopping, all though i would’ve loved making some homemade gifts..but i’m a bit late for that though, seeing as i still have a million other things to do before christmas! but definitely keeping these in mind for next time 🙂
    xo, cheyenne

  • Lovely ideas, not only for christmas 🙂
    xx from Germany

  • love the printed labels! so personal and so cute.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • I love these ideas & I’m sill missing gifts for a couple people, so I may “borrow” one of these from you!

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ M

  • I love this! I wanted to make personalized wine labels for different people, but having it as a greeting card is a much easier way to go and so cute! I have been posting a craft a day from December 1-24 for homemade gift ideas! If anyone needs anymore last minute suggestions check it out. Some are even inspired by a Beautiful mess!

  • so i’m making these today. what a great idea…. i am so far behind on our holiday shopping… this is perfect!!!!
    thanks thanks thanks!!!

  • Very cute ideas! The mugs could be kids or anything, really. And i love the wine label — makes its own gift tag:)

  • silhouette mugs – what a great idea! I will definitly do this for the next birthday in our family.

    Have a nice day!

  • Mmmm mint brownies!!!! I hope someone will offer this to me!!! 😉

    xoxo PARIS BEE

  • Just curious on how you would keep the ingredients separate to the person making them can blend the sugar and butter in the first step? Love love love this idea though!

  • mint brownies! I love it. You always see chocolate chip cookie jars, but I would be much more excited to get a mint brownie mix 🙂 great gift ideas!

  • This is *exactly* the sort of thing I have been looking for! I’ve gone homemade present daft this year and needed one more idea – sorted! Love all your ideas ABM – have already used a few in years gone by. Oh, and Merry Christmas!

  • The cookies hahaha and the wine. It’s Christmas after all.

  • I love the idea with the cookies and brownies on jar, but cant seem to figure out how you split the sugar from the other ingredients.. For example.. I mean, you have to mix it with the butter – but without the other ingredients??

  • I really like the wine label and the brownie mixes is as well a very wonderful idea as a gift.



  • wow – thanks for these good ideas. i love them. and i need them this year 😉

    vreeni from freak in you

  • Love these great DIY gift ideas, especially the mug one!


  • The mugs are too cute! I just made sharpie mugs for my boyfriend & I love the blue handles of yours 🙂

  • Love the ideas and the website thanks!! But on a side note, what’s up with the Aveeno pop-up ad??

  • Great ideas! Especially love the silhouette mugs, just brilliant!

  • These are such great and fun gift ideas! Great post.

    xoxo Zoe

  • Gaaah you beat me to it, once again! I was going to post a cookie mix recipe in a jar as they’re quite popular this season. I know I didn’t come up with the idea, but now I just feel everyone will think I got the idea from ABM.

    Good ideas anyways!

  • I love the idea of those mix jars! Such a good idea and they look amazing xo

  • These ideas are seriously sweet! Love all of em. I can’t wait to try at least one for a gift.
    xoxo Aimee

  • Maybe I’m missing something, but how do people cream just the sugar together with butter if the sugar is layered in the jar with all the other ingredients? Also, do they have to pick out the m & ms in order to sprinkle them on top??

  • This is such a sweet collection! Those mugs are darling! How fun!

  • I do love the cookie mixes! I work at a vintage store and I swear with every day closer to Christmas I have more frantic people coming in buying gifts for people… my brain hurts from helping them pick, and my hands hurt from wrapping so many presents! Haha, but I love it of course.

  • A question about the mix in a jar- how exactly do you separate the flour/sugar/m&ms etc to follow the recipe step by step?

  • Omg! I’m so in love with the mugs and the cookie/brownie mix jars! Too cute!!

    Lulu xx

  • Those are really, really beautiful!

    Here my perfect gift for this year (out in stores now!):

    Love from Germany,


  • I love the cookie and brownie mixes idea! I think I will opt for it!

  • Love the DIY gifts, especially the mugs. What a great idea for a unique gift.

  • Mix in a jar is always my go-to last minute! Mmmm! Love all of these though!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • Great ideas! I’ve still got so much shopping to do!!


  • I love the mug silhouette idea, but I don’t think I have any profile pictures of people I’d give gifts to….hmm.

  • Christmas it’s crazy, such a lot of things to do!! Anyway I love yours ideas! The mugs are amazing!! Thank you

  • Ooh! I’m loving the DIY silhouette mugs! I want to make one for me and my husband with a silhouette of our pug Otis! I made hot chocolate mixes a couple years ago, so I totally agree that brownie & cookie mixes are awesome gifts!

  • Love these ideas. What are some of your fave wines to give and to receive? I’m always stumped as to which wine labels are good. Thanks!

  • Great ideas as usual! I’m making hot chocolate gift jars as my last minute presents this weekend (I hope!) Xox

  • These are beautiful last minute ideas, I have been thinking about my last 4 gifts and I REALLY like the cups, such a fun idea!


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