Christmas can quickly become a competition of who’s spent the most or thought up the biggest, most extravagant gift when really it should simply be about showing your loved ones just how much you care (as corny as that sounds.)
So put down your catalogue, (leaving it open at your favourite page of the “gift ideas for her” section for others to find), and try out some of these DIY Christmas presents you can create at home:
The usual offenders:
1. Baked goods
Nothing says Christmas like some yummy cakes to scoff on Christmas Eve with plenty of Baileys. Put together a batch of mini Christmas puddings, mince pies or chocolate rolls as a gift for everyone.
2. Homemade body scrubs
These are super easy to create yourself and can even be popped into leftover jars and pots you have in the cupboard and decorated with ribbon or wrapped. Here’s a great how to guide for a delicious smelling coffee body scrub to wake the recipient up in the morning.
3. Hand poured candles
Creating your own candles is super easy and you can pour them into everything from teacups to mason jars to tiny tealight holders and create them in all sorts of scents and colours. Here’s a great step by step guide on how to make your own.
4. Sharpie mug
Simply grab a permanent marker, draw a cute design on a plain mug and pop in the oven on a high setting to make it stay on the ceramic.
5. Chocolate bouquet
This one is so easy, simply take a plant pot and wrap it in fun Christmas wrapping then fill it with chocolate bars to create a bouquet effect and wrap up in clear cellophane with a ribbon.
DIY Christmas presents that require preparation:
1. Infused vodka
We all love a tipple at Christmas and you can create a new fruit flavoured beverage simply with some strong vodka and ripe fruit, pop it all in a bottle for a few days then once you like the flavour, simply pour out the liquid through a sieve and dish out to friends and family in pretty bottles.
This requires preparation simply because you need to get your hands on the things to fill it. Whether you’re making its contents by hand or picking them up from the supermarket be sure to leave yourself enough time to get everything.
1. Make up/wash bag
If you own a sewing machine now is the time to get hands on with it and create a personalised make up/wash bag for a loved one. Choose a material you think they will like and then put it together with a zipper fastening or a button close if you’re feeling less ambitious. Here are some great tutorials to test out.
2. Tile photo coaster
Fancy adorning coasters with yours and your sibling’s faces for your parents this Christmas? Then it couldn’t be easier. With some plain tiles, some mod podge and cute pictures you can create a gift they’ll cherish forever more, here’s how.
3. A family recipe preserved forever
This is a really tricky idea and will take some practice beforehand, as well as the requirement to purchase a new tool. Take a wooden chopping board and with a soldering iron (you can pick a soldering iron kit up for around £15) carefully burn into the wood an old family recipe, if there is one that everyone makes and has been handed down from kitchen to kitchen.
So if you are cash poor but time rich this Christmas, you can soon rustle up some really special DIY Christmas presents, that are bound to be cherished and remembered, long after the last of the turkey has been eaten.