Quick and Easy Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

Sometimes the simplest acts of kindness can mean so much in our hustle-and-bustle lives. Like when your neighbor drops off a plate of warm homemade cookies on a chilly eve. Or a co-worker surprises you after a long commute with a morning cup of java. This holiday, let them know how much you appreciate the little things they do to make our lives easier.
These thoughtful gifts are easy to make, and perfect if you need something at the last minute. They’re also just the right size as stocking stuffers. Decorate your gift labels, cards and tags with free designs from our holiday design gallery. Now let’s go gift some good cheer with these dashing DIY ideas.
Ho Ho Dough

Ho ho dough

There’s something about play dough that brings out the kid in everyone. Who can resist the squishy stuff that you can mold into whatever your heart desires? Simply fill round tins with play dough and add festive labels you can create with free templates on Avery Design & Print. This “retro” toy is sure to be a hit with the kiddos and a great throwback gift for your grown-up pals.
Create your own labels with our step-by-step guide: How to Create Holiday Gift Labels
Candy Cane Cards

Candy cane cards

Oops. Your little one suddenly remembers it’s their turn to bring treats to the classroom—by tomorrow. With no time (or energy) to bake, you can still whip up these candy cane cards, personalize the oval labels and have them ready for your kid to hand out the next day. It’s easy to make at the last minute, without that last-minute look.
Make these candy cards with our step-by-step guide: How to Make Your Own Candy Cane Treats
Washi tape gift card holders

Gift cards with handcrafted card holders

Let us break it to you gently—there’s only so many holiday mugs or boxed candy one can take. Before you gift another ceramic wonder or glitzy collection of bite-sized waxy things to your teacher, babysitter or dog walker, think of giving a gift card instead. And with a handmade card holder, you can add some warmth to that cold piece of much-appreciated plastic.
To make the cards shown, add strips of washi tape to the front of blank note cards. Inside, cut small slits to tuck in the corners of the gift card and write your personal message. Avery Note Cards come with their own envelopes, so you’ll have everything you need in each pack.
Goodie Bags

Personalized packs of Santa sacks

The fun part about goody bags is the surprise found inside. When you’re thinking about passing out a bunch of favors at a party or in the classroom or handing out small gifts at your child’s next scout meeting, you can make each goody bag unique with personalized labels on each bag.
Personalize and print your own labels with our step-by-step guide: How to Create Goody Bag Labels
Winter Breath Mints

Winter breath in a box

‘Tis the season for company potlucks, banquets and other social gatherings, where good breath goes a long way, and bad breath drives them all away. Spread some fresh and minty holiday cheer to those near and dear with these boxes of “Winter Breath” mints decorated with fun designs on square labels. It’s the gift everyone—and everyone they talk to—will appreciate.
Make these treats with our step-by-step guide: How to Create Wintery Mint Favors
Homemade Cookies

Delicious homemade goodness

Remember the time you were laid up with the flu and your neighbor drove your kid to school? Show them how grateful you are with delicious treats like homemade cookies or creamy fudge wrapped in cellophane and tied up with a bow. And for the finishing touch, attach a personalized gift tag. (It’s up to you whether you include your special recipe or not.)
Let Avery help you to keep it simple this yuletide season with creative gifts from the heart. Whether it’s your boss or babysitter, show them you appreciate all they do. And, bringing a smile to someone’s face can be the best gift ever.