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On a Budget this Christmas? Why not get Crafty with these Homemade Festive Gift Ideas!

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Each and every year, December sees people swarm the streets to search for the perfect presents to gift their friends and family. Some may find Christmas shopping a joy, while others find the whole ordeal rather stressful! For those individuals, we have a great solution to avoid getting chilly in the Christmas craze: homemade, personalised presents!

We have put together some suggestions for you to get creative this Christmas with crafty gifts your loved ones will appreciate, all while staying on a budget!

DIY sweetie jars are a cute and creative gift for all ages!

Keep your jam jars and coffee containers stocked up throughout the year and fill them up with your family and friend’s favourite sugary treats for the perfect personalised present! You could even decorate your jar with festive glitters and tinsels with a matching homemade Christmas card to say something special.

Homemade chocolates

Perhaps your loved one is not a sweetie fan, in which case homemade chocolates could be the perfect present and a fun activity to get you in the Christmas spirit!

There are many easy-to-follow homemade chocolate recipes online, including vegan recipes. Here are just a few examples:

BBC Food Homemade Chocolates

BBC goodfood Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Healthy Recipes Blog: Homemade Chocolate

Crafty Christmas Tree Trinkets

For a very Christmassy craft, why not try creating personalised tree trinkets that your family and friends can display over the festive period and reuse again in Christmas’ to come!

You can craft Christmas tree decorations using just paper and card, or you can pop into craft stores such as Hobbycraft or order plain baubles or blank wooden cut-outs to decorate as you please on Amazon, for example.

Homemade photo frame

Homemade picture frames are the best way to recall the happiest moments of your life with a personal finishing touch of you chosen decorations. DIY Craftsy has 70 DIY picture frame ideas that you can make without tools and using common household items!

Craft something woolly for winter

Are you a keen knitter?

From hats to scarves, blankets to bed socks, you can create personalised knitted gifts for your friends, family and even your co-workers!

Body scrubs

Stick to a beauty budget this Christmas by crafting your family a natural body scrub! Honey-sugar body scrubs are so simple to make and require just three ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen: honey, oil and brown sugar! Simply add two tablespoons of honey, three tablespoons of olive oil and half a cup of sugar to a container and stir! Add the mixture to a cute jar and pop a label on and you have a lovely gift for anyone who would enjoy a pamper this holiday!

Homemade care package

With all the chaos at Christmas, sometimes we forget to schedule in some self-care time. Why not put together a personalised care package for your loved one. Here are some suggestions for items you could either purchase or craft yourself to include in your care package:

  • Sweety jar
  • Chocolates
  • Fluffy socks
  • Lip balm
  • Bubble bath
  • Body scrub
  • Hair mask
  • Handwarmers
  • Books
  • Eye mask
  • Herbal teas

Pop the items in a Christmas bag or box and you have your own handpicked or homemade Christmas care package your friends and family will love!

Happy Christmas crafting everyone!

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