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10 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts That Don’t Cost a Penny!

This year has really given us all a run for our money. And with the holidays quickly approaching there is this sudden pressure to buy. To buy gifts for your loved ones, decorations, food, and the list goes on. Today, I wanted to share a list of 10 last-minute holiday gift ideas that don’t cost a penny and hopefully take some of that financial strain away from you this holiday season!

Let’s get right into it!

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Idea

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1. Make a love jar

Find a mason jar or any jar for that matter that you have around the house and start writing down a list of things you love about the person you are gifting it to. Cut each thing you love about them out, fold it and add it to the jar. Just thinking of them reading each one gives me the warm fuzzies.

Create a personalized playlist as a last-minute holiday gift

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2. Create a playlist

Gather a list of your loved ones favourite songs, artists and albums and create a special playlist for them to listen to. You can even get creative and make a playlist for all of the various things that they like listening to music for like cooking, driving, and working out!

Sourdough Bread Art

3. Bake a loaf of sourdough

If you’ve been following along with my favourite hobbies in 2020 you likely expected baking a loaf of sourdough to make the list. I will forewarn you, do not make this last minute. This gift will not be the quickest to make but it will surely be the most delicious!

4. DIY family game

There’s nothing better than hunkering down during the holidays and playing a game that the whole family can enjoy! The world is your oyster, do some research and create your own!

5. Grow/plant something

Keep in mind this will take some time, but if you are someone who is replanting your plants this would make a perfect gift!

Peggy Harris and Jillian Harris Baking

6. Plan a day of (free) fun

Whether that’s hiking, biking, walking, or going sledding there are so many fun free activities to do! Write out an itinerary, plan a day and wrap it up!

7. Write out your favourite recipes

We all have go-to recipes that we can’t live without! Whether you have nice handwriting or prefer printing it out, this can make the perfect holiday gift for anyone on your list. I made this recipe book for my bestie Shannon when we were younger, and she still uses it to this day! 🥰

8. Chore cards

Treat someone on your list to a chore that they don’t like to do, whether that’s a deep clean of the house, laundry, vacuuming or anything else that comes to mind!

9. “Read this when” letters

Write out a series of letters, add them into an envelope and label them when they should be read. This is the perfect gift to give any family members living away from home or college students!


10. Print out your favourite photos

Last but not least, print out your favourite photos of you and the person on your list! If you have some time on your hands dive deep into those Facebook archives and print some of your favourite ones!

Well, there you have it! A list of 10 last-minute holiday gifts that don’t cost anything you can give to anyone on your list.

Happy holidays!



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  1. These suggestions are great, will definitely try a few of them out over the holidays. I also just want to thank Jillian and her team for their hard work, generosity and how you give back to your community and followers. You are all awesome women and go above and beyond to help others. Thank you so very much!!❤

  2. Great ideas, thank you. I especially love #7 the recipes are a great idea. This year I wasn’t able to have a cookie exchange. I never even thought to just do the recipes. Thank you. BTW your tree is beautiful. I love the simplicity of it and the pops of red. Merry Christmas to you and your team. Please stay safe.

  3. Perfect ideas! With money tight this year we are all looking for ways to give in other ways. I have received home made gifts and will be giving some in return and your ideas have given me some inspiration thank you! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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