Homemade gifts often cost a lot less money than if you were buying shop-bought presents, and despite taking a little longer to prepare, the recipients will appreciate the thought and effort you put into making their gift so special. All of these homemade ideas are simple and easy to re-create, so even if you’re not very creative – don’t worry!
One of the best gifts you could make someone is a Christmas hamper, as you can tailor it to suit the person to include all of their favourite things. You can purchase a wicker basket to present the items in from Amazon for about £10, however if you prefer a more rustic vibe then you can ask in any supermarket to take a vegetable storage box before they break it down for free. Last year I picked up a broccoli box from Lidl, which I chose not to decorate because I thought it added to the fun, however you could easily cover it in wrapping paper if you wanted to. To begin, shred some paper to pad it out a little before filling it with the recipients’ favourite food and drink items. Here are some suggestions of basic items to include if you’re a little stuck for ideas:
- A bottle of their favourite drink – I would recommend a bottle of Baileys for a festive touch.
- Biscuits – These can be shop-bought, but to make it more budget-friendly I would recommend following a simple gingerbread recipe.
- Chutney/jam – Last year I made jars of caramelised red onion chutney and hot sauce.
- Chocolate – Scatter some Quality Street or chocolate coins around the hamper for them to find amongst the tissue paper.
Mug with Hot Chocolate
This gift is perfect if you are looking for something little to treat someone. Simply purchase a festive mug (I like the selection at Asda) and fill a clear cellophane bag with 2 hot chocolate sachets and some chocolates/sweets. You could even include some of the gingerbread biscuits for them to dunk in their hot chocolate. Present these in a clear cellophane bag tied with a ribbon and a label.
If you know someone who loves to fill their home with delicious Christmas scents, then why not give them the gift of some handmade potpourri? This can be done easily by collecting pine cones, cinnamon sticks, star anise, winter berries and dried orange slices and combining them along with some drops of essential oils to deepen the fragrance.
A personalised bauble is something they can treasure year after year. To create this gift, purchase a plain bauble and write a message or their name using glitter glue pens or letter stickers. Alternatively, you could buy some fillable baubles from places such as Hobbycraft and Amazon, and fill them with sequins and glue a miniature Christmas figure inside.