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The Best Last-Minute DIY Holiday Gifts

With the holiday clock ticking down and shipping delays running rampant, you may need to whip up a do-it-yourself holiday gift to place under the tree. Skip the bedazzled jacket, and try a thoughtful homemade gift for your someone special. 

Best DIY Holiday Gifts
Here are some creative holiday gift ideas to bring some cheer to your loved ones' lives.

Bubble Bath Gift Box
In the age of self-care, a curated gift packed with cleansing and calming products will be a huge hit. Gather these necessities for some soothing relaxation right at home:  
  • Mini candle and matches
  • High-end chocolate bar
  • Demii bottle of wine
  • Bath salts or bath bombs
Collect your treasures in a craft store box, use a loofah as a bow, and ta-da - you have your very own personal spa night in a box. Add some rose petals for romance, or a rubber ducky for a little humor. 

Personalized Ceramics
Thanks to a wide variety of porcelain fine-point markers, you can now turn your kitchen into your very own ceramics studio. Customize your blank canvas (think mugs, plates, or vases) with your own custom designs. Worried about messing up? The ink from these handy pens wipes off in 72 hours.  

Depending on the type of porcelain marker you use, after drying for 24 hours, bake items for 30+ minutes in a 300°F oven. Let cool completely and then wash before using. The ink is dishwasher and microwave safe - the gift that keeps on giving! 

You can find porcelain markers at any craft store. 

Peppermint Fudge
A delicious batch of Peppermint Fudge can be made from start to finish in under 4 hours, with only 15 minutes of prep. Each batch yields 36 pieces - enough for you to treat yourself and a friend.  

To get started, you'll need:
  • A food processor
  • 9-inch square baking pan
  • Non-stick spray
  • Parchment paper
  • Mixing bowl
  • A whisk
  • A medium saucepan
  • A strainer
The ingredient list:
  • 2 ¼ cups of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of flat round peppermint candies (Grab at least the 2 lb bag. You'll use the extras to decorate!)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 ½ cups mini marshmallows
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
Lightly apply the non-stick spray to the pan. Cut two pieces of parchment paper to allow two inches of over hang on either side of the pan, place them crisscrossed in either direction, and spray. Put chocolate into a mixing bowl and set aside. Put peppermint candies in a food processor until finely chopped. Toss candies, cream, marshmallows, butter, sugar, and salt into the saucepan and whisk over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until smooth.

Transfer the mixture through a strainer into the bowl over the chocolate. Let stand one minute and then stir until smooth. Pour into your baking pan and pop it in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

Once set, cut into 1 ½ square. Use a kitchen knife, cut some extra leftover candies in half, and press into each fudge square with a half circle peppermint garnish.

Package with parchment paper and adorable ribbon!

What are your holiday gift-aways? Shared your parcels and presents under the tree with us @prometheus_apartments