I love the idea of a homemade gift its a bit more special knowing that person put in the time and effort to make something themselves. Its also a great way of keeping to a strict budget over the christmas period whilst giving your gifts that personal touch. Thanks to Pinterest there is so much DIY gift inspiration out there here are my top pics:
The Night Before Christmas Box.
This one is brilliant for young children but can be adapted for adults or by adding themes such as a romantic night in box. For the night before Christmas box add some cosy Christmas pyjama's, a Christmas film, hot chocolate, marshmallows and popcorn to a box. This could be any box covered in some left over wrapping paper and could also contain snacks to leave out for Santa and his reindeer.
Salt Dough Decorations.
There are tons of recipies for salt dough on Pinterest and it is so simple to make. Get the children involved and get really creative making your family their own personalised tree ornament all you'll need is some cookie cutters, rubber stamps and some paint.
Fill a recycled jar with everything you will need for the ultimate relaxing night in. Nail varnish, sachet of face mask, small candle, nail file, aromatherapy oils or handcream....the list is endless.
Homemade Chutney or Jam.
Jams and chutneys are simple to make and have a reasonably long shelf life as long as you sterilise your jars. So start collecting any old jars to recycle and get creative with your flavours there are tons of recipes online.
This is an amazing idea that was completely new to me! You literally crush up any bag of hard boiled sweets such as lemon sherbets, skittles or toffies place in a jar with your chosen vodka and leave for a week giving it a good shake every day until most of the sweets have dissolved. You may need to strain the liquid before decanting back into bottles.
Biscuit Mix In A Jar.
Encourage your family and friends to get baking by layering up in a jar the ingredients for their favourite sweet treat whether it be gingerbread, chocolate cookies or muffins.....but don't forget to leave them instructions on what wet ingredients they will need to add and cooking guide lines.
The Ultimate Hot Chocolate Kit.
Choose a mug or even decorate and personalise a mug then fill it with sachets of hot chocolate powder, marshmallows, biscuits and even a little miniature bottle of their favourite tipple such as Baileys (obviously for adults only) this will keep them warm over the festive season.
Thank you for reading, you can find all these DIYs on my Pinterest here.