Christmas is around the corner and it’s never too early to start deciding what to give people. If you allow enough time you can craft presents that people will love without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas for homemade presents that will show your nearest and dearest how much you care.
A personalised photo album
This is a great gift for a close friend or family member. You’re bound to have a lot of “remember when” moments so take a look through all the photos you have together and put them into a photo album. You can either buy the album or create your own using a scrapbook and could even write a message to go with each picture. The fact that you have taken time to choose the photos will show what a heartfelt gift this is.
All that this gift will cost you is time. If you know someone who has moved house or is redecorating then a little piece of furniture is a great idea for a present. Take a look on sites like Gumtree, Freecyle or EBay and you’ll be able to pick up a coffee table or an old lamp for next to nothing, or better yet – free. Then the rest is up to you; with a bit of sanding, polishing and painting you can create something that they will love that will fit in with the rest of their possessions. They’ll get a unique gift and you will get the satisfaction of seeing something wonderful come from nothing.
Edible treats are a great present idea for any food-loving friend or family member. Make a batch of brownies, cupcakes or whatever it is they like, and take care with the presentation – ice them a message or add an impressive topping. Buy a nice tin or box to arrange them in and you’ve got a professional looking present made at home. Jams and chutneys are even easier, especially if you have saved nice jars throughout the year. Make whatever batches you know they love and print off some personalised labels; you can get templates for these online, these are a great example, then add a bit of ribbon and you’re done. These delicious homemade treats are sure to trump any shop bought ones.
Homemade Bathroom Products
You’ll be amazed at the incredible body scrubs, face masks and bath salts you can make using just what’s in your cupboards. If you know someone that loves a bit of pampering then this is a great gift idea. Google some recipes and get creating – Pinterest is a great place to start! Present them in a nice bottle or jar and add homemade labels, ribbons and tags to give it a more luxurious feel. This is a quick and easy present that people will love – you might even start making them for yourself to save money on toiletries.