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Easy Last Minute Gift Ideas for Anyone

Easy Last Minute Gift Ideas for ANYONE on Your List!

Need a last minute gift? A list of last minute items you can get for anyone on your list.

If you’ve ever found yourself in need of a last minute gift idea, look no further than this list! I’ve got your back with a list of ideas that have universal appeal.

Any of these last minute gifts are perfect for Christmas gifts, hostess gifts, Mother’s day, teacher’s gifts or housewarmings. You could probably find something on this list to bring as an office gift too.

Presentation is everything. Take the time to properly wrap your gift. Ribbons, baskets, boxes, and even a bit of cellophane will keep your recipient from ever guessing that your gift was a last minute purchase.

Easy Last Minute Gifts

Gift from the Grocery Store

A Little Sparkle!

Pick up a 6-pack of your favorite sparkling water, a few limes and some striped paper straws. Tie up with bow!

Sparkling Water Gift: An easy last minute gift you can pick up at the grocery store.

Luxury Cleaning Items

Any person who has to clean would love a basket of good smelling, high-end natural cleaning products. Many aren’t willing to spend the money for themselves.

This is a particularly great last minute gift for a housewarming.

Luxury Cleaning Items: An easy last minute gift you can pick up at the grocery store.

Afternoon Tea

Who wouldn’t love an at-home afternoon tea basket? Pick up a box of tea, some honey, scones or biscuits and some lemon curd or jam.

Tea and Biscuits Basket: An easy last minute gift you can pick up at the grocery store.

Wassail In a Jar

All the ingredients for wassail can be packaged up in a jar and given as a gift. Get the complete instructions for my easy wassail recipe for gift giving.

Need a last minute gift? Anyone on your list would love to get an easy wassail recipe packaged up in a jar.

Entertainment Gifts

Everyone likes to be entertained but not everyone likes the expense. I know the young people in my life have all requested help offsetting the expense of items like streaming music or tv.

Concert or Event Tickets

In an effort to give our girls less stuff, we have started to give them concert/event tickets for their Christmas gift. We use Ticket Network  because it covers local (read less expensive) events and is easily searchable.

Miranda Lambert Tickets

 

Gift Cards for Their Favorite Entertainment Binges

Does your gift recipient love tv, music or the movies? Why not pick up a gift card for Netflix, Spotify or the movie theater?

Need a last minute gift? A list of last minute items you can get for anyone on your list.

Gift Subscriptions

Talk about easy! A gift subscription can be purchased online and in most cases, they will notify the recipient by email.

You can purchase these very last minute, but they get delivered for months! So no one will ever suspect you bought it at the last second. All they will know is that you care about them month after month.

Book of the Month

I love the Book of the Month! Here’s what makes it a great gift: you can buy someone a subscription, and each month, they will get to pick the book they want to read from 5 carefully curated books!

book-of-the-month

If this sounds like a great gift for someone you know, get the first month of BOTM for $5 with code FIVE!

Green Kids Crafts

I don’t know of a single mom who doesn’t love a gift that will help keep her kiddo busy and engaged. Green Kids Crafts do just that!

green-kids-craft

When you give a Green Kid Crafts subscription, each month a box filled with everything needed to complete 8 different activities is delivered. PLUS, you can tack on a sibling so the gift boxes can be used by more than one kid!

Don’t wait a minute longer! Get shopping!

Easy Wassail Recipe: A Homemade Holiday Gift

This easy wassail recipe makes a thoughtful homemade holiday gift.

This easy wassail recipe makes a thoughtful homemade holiday gift. This traditional drink can be spiked and heated on the stove or in a crockpot.

Sometimes you just strike idea gold! That’s how I feel about this wassail in a gift jar.

We have several Christmas parties and open houses we’ll be attending, and I’ve been looking for a homemade holiday gift idea that was out of the ordinary.

I gotta tell you, I’m so over bringing a bottle of wine. Unless you know someone’s favorite, it can be a real shot in the dark to match the right wine with a person’s taste. Am I right?

So I started looking for a gift that was relatively inexpensive. I also wanted it to be a consumable so I wasn’t adding to anyone’s clutter.

Above all, I was looking for a gift that was festive!

What could be more festive this time of year than wassail? So I decided to tuck all the ingredients into a large jar for gift giving.

I went to Target and I found:

1.5 gallon jar (If not in your Target, you can get it here.)
1 Tea Ball
Ribbon

Wassail in a jar gift supplies.

Y’all – this jar is just $15! All in, I spent a little over $27.

Then I went to my grocery store to pick up wassail ingredients.

Apple cider makes the base of any wassail recipe. You will frequently find orange juice or cranberry juice in a wassail recipe.

To give this as a gift, I couldn’t do orange juice because it needs refrigerated. I didn’t do cranberry juice because of it’s taste. (Have you ever tasted plain cranberry juice? So sour! I would have needed sugar, and I don’t really do excess sugar.)

Pomegranate juice is 100% juice, tastes great with apple cider, PLUS it fit in the jar. 😉 So my wassail is made with pomegranate juice!

Easy wassail recipe ingredients.

The traditional ingredient to spike wassail is bourbon, so I bought a small bottle of that too. You’ll see on the instructions I made the brandy optional.

The last things to go in your gift jar are the fresh ingredients.

Traditional wassail spices.

I put the spices in the tea ball and tied it on to the jar. The cinnamon sticks I dropped in the jar. They’d probably be really cute tied to the ribbon, but I’m just now thinking of it. Oh well. An idea for you.

All of these ingredients do fit in the jar, but you have to put the pomegranate juice and the brandy in BEFORE you add the apple cider. It’s a bit like a puzzle but I promise it all works!

Easy Wassail Recipe

1 32-ounce bottle apple cider
1 16-ounce bottle 100% pomegranate juice
1 200-ml bottle brandy
2 lemons
1 orange
12 whole cloves
1 whole nutmeg, smashed with a hammer
5 3-inch cinnamon sticks

INSTRUCTIONS:

This easy wassail recipe makes a thoughtful homemade holiday gift. This traditional drink can be spiked and heated on the stove or in a crockpot. FREE printable instructions.

You can download and print these instructions on card stock to include with your gift.

If you don’t think your recipient will want their Wassail spiked, you can choose to leave the brandy out of the gift. However, you don’t want your bottles to slide inside the glass jar. To prevent glass clanking on glass, you could add an extra orange, or you could pick up some festive holiday napkins to tuck in to your gift jar.

This easy wassail recipe makes a thoughtful homemade holiday gift. This traditional drink can be spiked and heated on the stove or in a crockpot.

Can you think of someone who would like Wassail in a jar?

Cranberry Orange Granola

My favorite cranberry orange granola recipe.
cranberry-orange-granola
I’m sure you have your own favorite granola recipe. However, I wanted to share mine.

Because 9 out of 10 people who were never asked said this was the best granola recipe for the holidays.

I love the cranberry orange flavor combination as well as the fact that this quick and healthy recipe uses whole food ingredients like coconut oil and maple syrup.

You may want to double this recipe – some for you and some for gift giving!

Cranberry Orange Granola

Cranberry Orange Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
  • 1 C unsweetened large flake coconut (optional)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • Grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (may substitute butter)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300.
  2. Combine the oats, nuts, coconut (if using), salt, cranberries, and orange zest in a large bowl.
  3. Heat the coconut oil (or butter) and maple syrup over low flame, just until butter melts.
  4. Pour over the dry mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into a jelly roll pan.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/cranberry-orange-granola/

Granola Breakfast for Two

This is how I like to package mine:

Buy a milk bottle shaped bottles from here or you may be able to find them at a local craft store.

Paint a four pack box white.

To one bottle add coffee beans. To a second bottle add milk. To a third bottle add yogurt. To the last bottle add some cranberry orange granola.

You’ve got a darling package with breakfast for two!

This makes an amazing hostess gift, or it would be the perfect gift to bring if you are staying as someone’s house guest.

Homemade Holidays

Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

A mug cake made from almond flour and chocolate hazelnut spread.
Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Have you ever had a craving for something chocolatey and warm?

I don’t keep a lot of sweets in the house, so when those cravings hit, there isn’t much to grab.

That’s why I love this mug cake.

With just a few ingredients, I can stir everything together in a mug, and after two minutes in the microwave, I have CAKE!

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Not just cake – but perfectly proportioned cake! A cake for one!

Here’s the best part of this cake: Nutiva came out with an organic chocolate hazelnut spread.

Not only is it organic, but it has 40% less sugar than Nutella.

Did you know Nutella has over 20 grams of sugar? The Nutiva only has 12 grams of sugar. And you don’t miss it. It’s rich and chocolately without all that added yuck.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Instead of flour, I tried using almond meal in this cake. It turned out perfectly! If you are looking for a grain free dessert, try this mug cake.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large microwave safe mug, whisk together the almond flour and baking powder.
  2. Add egg, chocolate hazelnut spread, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
  3. Microwave on high for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/grain-free-chocolate-hazelnut-mug-cake/

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Mmmmmmm. Mug Cake.