So you’ve left things a little bit late for Christmas this year. It’s totally fine. It happens to the best of us. But the thing is, every time you turn on the TV or look at your phone you’re confronted by images of perfectly-planned, efficiently-schedule Christmases, and you can start to feel like you’re the only person in the world who’s slightly messed up. That is never true. People are busy, and loads of people are knocking Christmas out of the park at the last-minute. There’s no reason why you can’t be one of them.

Last-minute Christmas gift ideas:

Personalised mug

This tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body is specifically for a (super-cool) dotted pattern. However once you have a sharpie and a hot oven at the ready you can create pretty much anything. If you’re in a real last-minute panic and using mugs from home, though, don’t forget to make sure they’re plain and available for use.

Personalised tea-towel

There’s a bit of a theme developing here. But guess what? If you’re doing everything last-minute, personalised gifts are a great way to look super-thoughtful regardless of how much planning time you actually had. All you need is some fabric and some fabric paint or pens, as Lana Red Studio demonstrates perfectly. In fact, you could always expand this and create t shirts or cushion covers too. The possibilities are endless.

‘Night in’ set

This post from Smashed Peas and Carrots is actually for an ice cream sundae kit, but why stop there? Add a DVD , or some bubble bath (let’s be honest – we’ve all got unused bubble baths from Christmases past) and you have the makings of the perfect night in.

Other last-minute Christmas things


These great DIY cards from Pinjacolada are super-easy to make if you forgot to buy any. The great thing about making cards instead of picking up the last pack they had available in Paperchase is that (again) you look incredibly thoughtful. Plus, these cards just look great anyway.


This post from DIY Enthusiasts has loads of fantastic ideas for how to create great Christmas decorations and centrepieces. They might not be specifically designed to be created at the last-minute but there are a whole bunch of ideas you can pull off with items you probably already have at home. You’ll look like a domestic goddess in no time.

So there you have it. Unfortunately there’s no way (that we know of at HowNow HQ) to fast-track the cooking of a turkey. However, pretty much everything else Christmassy can definitely be accomplished last-minute. And if all else fails, sprinkle a bit of glitter around and give everybody an extra glass of wine. They’ll never even notice the difference.

Merry Christmas!


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