DIY Gifts for Deadline Shoppers

Hilary's DIY Coasters

I give DIY gifts every year, and I’m obsessed with finding fresh ideas that look pretty and polished. This year, try these three easy, meaningful gifts that work alone or as a bundle:


    • Patterned coasters. These coasters are a crafter’s dream. The instructions are clear and simple, you can customize each set with different kinds of paper, and they look professional—yet much more personal than store-bought versions.


    • Wine charms. Dazzle your friends (and class up their next party) with sparkling wine-glass charms. These are easy to make and there are about a billion ways to do them. Check out this video or these ideas from Centsational Girl for how-tos.


    • Fudge squares. It’s not like there’s a shortage of sweet treats this time of year, but skip the bulk-candy aisle and try my favorite lower-cal fudge recipe instead. Wrap up the squares in a pretty gift box lined with wax paper—done. (Keep reading for the fudge recipe.)

Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Fudge
Yields 25 squares

  • 1 14-oz. can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk (divided)
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (divided)
  • ¾ cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • Coarse sea salt to sprinkle on top


  • Line an 8-inch square baking dish with wax paper.
  • Pour 9 tbsp. milk into a bowl. Add chocolate chips, cocoa, and coffee. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until melted.
  • Stir in ½ tsp. vanilla.
  • Spread into prepared pan.
  • Combine the rest of the milk, peanut butter chips, and peanut butter in a bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until melted.
  • Stir in the other ½ teaspoon vanilla.
  • Spread evenly over chocolate layer and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Cover and chill 2+ hours. Cut into 25 squares.
  • Eat to your heart’s content.

From scratch. What’s your favorite DIY treat?

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