Last Minute Gifts

Oh no!

It's Christmas Eve and you've just remembered that despite all your careful planning you completely forgot to order so-and-so's gift, or there just aren't quite enough neat little packages in your little one's stocking. Panic not - we've got you covered with some easy and thoughtful last minute gifts.


Reindeer Red

Nothing says last minute gift like a bottle of convenience store red on Christmas Day. However, spice it up and make this adorable gift by adding just a few finishing touches.

What you'll need:
  1. A bottle of your local's finest
  2. Our reindeer template (bottom of the page)
  3. A printer
  4. Sellotape
  5. Scissors
  1. Download and print our reindeer template onto an A4 sheet of paper
  2. Cut around the bold outline
  3. Decorate how you wish. You could use glitter, stickers or marker pens, or even use the reindeer as a template to cut it out of some fancy paper! (PRO TIP! After you have cut out the reindeer, flip the design over to hide the printed lines for a professional finish)
  4. Write your own personal message by hand in the box provided
  5. Place carefully around the bottle and secure with sellotape


Frame a family recipe

This can be an incredibly touching and personal gift for a loved one. Whether it's their favourite recipe or a family specialty, this gift is easy to throw together in a matter of minutes. It might even be a recipe off the internet (we won't tell)!

What you'll need:
  1. A printer
  2. A recipe
  3. A spare frame
  1. Type up and format your recipe. Print on the highest quality paper you have, or you could even write it carefully by hand for a really personal look (and to save yourself from the hassles of technology).
  2. Trim to size and place in your frame.

Easy as that!

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Vanilla sugar scrub

It smells fantastic, and we love it here at Attic! You're almost guaranteed to have all three of the ingredients and it takes mere moments to make. It's almost worth making this ahead of time and keeping it in the cupboard (or for yourself!).

What you'll need:
  1. 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  2. 3 tbsp olive oil
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Place all the ingredients into a glass mixing bowl
  2. Gently stir until all of the ingredients are evenly blended
  3. Decant into airtight glass jars or tins (whatever you have to hand)
  4. For an extra special touch print off some christmassy labels for your last minute creation

Try swapping out the vanilla extract for other sweet smelling products such as peppermint oil or rose water.

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Christmas glitter photo

This is a wonderful way to create a gift that is unique to them and that they will hold onto for years to come. Why not immortalise your favourite moments with them and free your memories from the confines of your phone?

What you'll need:
  1. Your favourite photo of you and the lucky recipient.
  2. Scrap paper (twice the size of your print)
  3. Glue
  4. Glitter
  5. Little stars
  6. A gorgeous picture frame
  1. Print your photo (we recommend a professional printing service but a home printer will do just fine).
  2. Fold the piece of paper in two and place beneath your print. This will catch any runaway glitter.
  3. Apply glue around the areas you wish to highlight (we chose the background and a few special stars).
  4. Pour glitter generously over all the glued areas. Wait a few seconds then gently tap off the excess onto the paper beneath. Fold the paper carefully and pour back into the pot.
  5. Apply any extra decoration you want, for example stickers and sequins.
  6. Gently place into the frame. Add a little message for the recipient and tuck it into the corner before wrapping for that extra special touch.

Mason jar string light lamp

This makes an adorable Christmas decoration and a classy gift. Use battery powered string lights sealed inside for outdoor lighting.

What you'll need:
  1. Spare string lights or Christmas lights (battery powered). Maybe a set where some of the bulbs have gone already?
  2. A mason jar or other glass jar
  1. Ensure your jar is clean and entirely dry
  2. Place your lights inside the jar, ensuring they twist around each other randomly for a sparkly look
  3. Replace your lid, making sure not to crush any wires. Make sure the battery pack is safely inside
  4. OPTIONAL: decorate with permanent marker pens, spray paint or glitter


Best of luck and remember to enjoy yourself! With love from Team Attic xx


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