Simple Last Minute Holiday Craft Gift Ideas

Can you believe there are only a few more days until Christmas? I hope you’re all surviving the busy holiday season. In a previous post, we talked about the importance of engaging your participants in holiday giving. If you are looking for any last-minute holiday craft gift ideas, check out these three easy options.

After spending some time researching, I settled on three great ideas based on these requirements:

  • Something your participants would be proud to give to family and friends.
  • Great looking holiday craft gifts without a ton of preparation.
  • Easily adaptable for a variety of populations and skill sets.
  • Require supplies and materials you already have or easily purchased at a local craft store.
  • Can be completed relatively quick since Christmas is almost here.

Check out these 3 great Holiday Craft Gift Ideas

Fill the Ball Christmas Ornaments

Fill The Ball Ornament picture

If you need a great looking holiday craft that just about anyone could do, consider this idea. Decision-making, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, color recognition, and even teamwork could be addressed with this craft.

What You Need:

  • Clear plastic ornaments
  • Christmas color pom poms
  • Colorful sequins
  • Small jingle bells
  • Christmas table scatter
  • Any other small trinkets you or your participants find appropriate
  • Silver or gold Sharpie marker


Allow your participants to fill each clear plastic ornament with the above supplies. It’s that simple. If you want, take a gold or silver marker and write your participant’s name and year on the ornament when it is complete.

Caution: This project uses several small items that could be a choking hazard.

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Easy Dotted Sharpie Mugs

dotted mugs image

During the cold days of winter, who doesn’t like a nice mug of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? Your participants could bring out their inner Impressionist artist with this great holiday craft gift idea. This craft can also help with color recognition, fine motor skills, decision-making, reminiscence (talking about favorite warm drinks), and creative expression.

What You Need:

  • White ceramic mugs
  • Oil-based Sharpie paint pens
  • Craft stickers (letters or whatever design you want to use)
  • An oven
  • Nail Polish Remover and Q-tips for cleaning any mistakes


  • Place a desired sticker on the mug
  • Using the Sharpie paint pens, make dots around the edge of the sticker. As you work farther from the sticker, use less dots.
  • Let the project dry.
  • Peel the sticker off. If any ink has bled under the sticker, clean it with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover.
  • Allow the mugs to “bake” in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. After that time, leave the mugs in the oven as it cools down.

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Christmas Light Chalk Stencil Art

chalk lights craft image

What’s prettier than the glow of Christmas lights during the holiday season? This easy art project can work as a decoration or framed gift. It addresses fine motor skills, creative expression, decision making, hand-eye coordination, and color recognition.

What You Need:

  • Thick paper like card stock, file folders, or even old cereal boxes.
  • Scissors and a pencil
  • Cotton balls
  • Colored chalk
  • Black construction paper
  • Silver Sharpie marker


  • Using the cardboard or card stock, draw and cut out a light bulb shaped stencil.  
  • On the black construction paper, use the silver Sharpie to draw a “wire” and the bases of the bulbs.
  • Put the stencil on top of the first bulb base and outline it with colored chalk.
  • Still keeping the stencil in place, use a cotton ball to gently push the chalk away from the stencil all around the bulb.
  • Remove the stencil and repeat steps until you made the desired amount of Christmas lights.
  • Write the participant’s name in the bulbs or whatever you see fit.
  • If using as a gift, consider getting some dollar store picture frames for the artwork.
  • If desired, try spraying the project with quality hairspray or fixatives to keep the chalk in place.

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Even if you are super-organized and aren’t looking for any last minute ideas, consider saving these holiday craft gift ideas for next year. It is never too early to start planning for the next busy holiday season.


Thanks for being a reader, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

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