Four Quick Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Every year the deadline strikes and I’m scrambling to pull it all together. Every year I do manage to pull it all together, but sometimes the inspiration doesn’t come until the eleventh hour. In case the eleventh hour finds you in need of a little inspiration, here are some of tried-and-true quick ideas that the creative ladies in my life have come up with recently.

1. This ingenious table was created by my friend and graphic designer Janet Murphy. By combining an inexpensive side table and LEGO base pieces, her kids now have a great play surface for their interlocking block creations!

2. If, like me, you love wool but can’t seem to get the knack of knitting, try hooking! This star was created by Nova Scotia rug hooker Deanne Fitzpatrick, whom I have had the pleasure of getting to know this year. Using remnant wool and yarn, create colourful decorations for your tree. Apply white glue to the back of your finished piece, let dry overnight, and trim the edges of the burlap close to your outside hooked row.

3. Fellow farmer’s market vendor Lindsay “Uncanny” Murray has a gift for preserving the harvest. I’m inspired by her recipes and dedication to being a locavore. Her Prune Plum Preserve is perfect for the holidays and makes a great and tasty addition to the holiday table of any friend or family member!

4. I’ve long admired the work of Natalie Chanin and her design studio, Alabama Chanin. I am currently whipping up one of these bandanas for a friend. For me, nothing is more soothing than hand-stitching.

Before I head back to my own crafting, I think this recipe for Hot Buttered Rum Sauce is definitely in order. Mix with rum and hot water for an instant Hot Toddy. Perfect for cold winter nights!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!


  1. Benny says:

    Yes!! I’ve just recently discovered the phenomena of stacking block tables.. and this version is totally sweet… a great resurfacing idea for our paint-covered little ikea table! Oh man, uncanny’s salted caramel in a jar had me swooning over Facebook this week.

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