Not feeling up to tackling the long queue to purchase Christmas gifts for the loved ones? You don’t have to. Making homemade gifts is not only a heartfelt gesture, but it saves a few pretty pennies. Plus, the hustle and bustle of traipsing down the high street in the cold, isn’t that appealing. Don’t worry, we’ll get your thoughts racing at the many handmade gift ideas that you can create for your loved ones.
DIY Hamper – Made with care
Handmade gifts are gifts made with care. Making your own luxury DIY hamper, is easy and inexpensive. This classic wicker hamper, can be purchased for just £5. Just add some of your loved one’s favourite goodies, and make it look personable with tissue paper and ribbons. Have a budget in mind, as you’re more likely to stay in the safe-zone money-wise.
The receiver will most definitely appreciate the considerable thought and effort that has gone into the process of making it. A gift is an expression of love from one person to another. When you choose to give a handmade gift to somebody important to you, you’re sending them the message that they were worth the time that you spent in creating that gift.
Scrapbook – Fun to make
Get your creative juices flowing, by making a memory book. Revive the lost art of printing images. We store so many on our phones (which can be lost) and it’s always lovely having a something you can feel and hold. Your loved ones can look back at all the memories that you’ve shared and feel, hopefully, eternally grateful.
All you need to get started, is a printed selection of some of your favourite snaps, a blank scrapbook, scissors, and some different paper designs. Some people even use wallpaper, as a “backdrop” for their images. It’s a fun process and you can even get the grandkids to stand in as your Christmas elves! It will be a shared bonding experience and can make the process a little quicker with your guidance.
Homemade treats – Yummy to eat
Get your recipe book out from the top shelf, pop your chef hat on, and whip up a few treats. Caramel apple butter is a delicious spread to make for your loved ones. You can spruce it up with cute jars and jazzed up packaging. Head over to Autumn’s blog to check out the mouth-watering recipe.
Another mouth-watering recipe is coconut cookies, that takes just 40 minutes to bake and prep! While the oven is heating up to 180C, mix four, bicarb and salt in a medium sized bowl. Next add cream, butter, brown sugar and caster sugar until it’s nice and smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then mix in the coconut. Place the mixture with a teaspoon onto an ungreased baking tray.
Pop the kettle on, kick back and wait for the cookies to bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
Making an item for someone is an authentic sentimental gesture, and very personal for the person who will be receiving it. It’s an opportunity to completely tailor the gift to their taste, knowing that they will absolutely love the thought of the present.