For this one, we’re about to get crafty with some DIY Christmas gifts for all the family. This year has been a year for creativity in abundance and Christmas is no exception. We’ve seen people embrace the festivities earlier than ever, with creative window displays, Christmas music and decorations aplenty. So, as the holidays draw closer, if you’re struggling for a few gift ideas, we have the perfect suggestions to keep you busy.
We figure while people are spending time at home, perhaps entertaining kids, and generally spending more time on hobbies and crafts, why not extend this to gifts? We’ve already looked at how to stay connected this Christmas. So, now we want to look at how to enjoy getting into the festive spirit at home by making homemade gifts for your nearest and dearest.
Less is more
Christmas may well be a time for giving and receiving, but it doesn’t come without its pressures. It can be hard to find the right gifts; we all know that one person who has absolutely everything or is completely impossible to please.
However, the one thing we can all take away from this year is the appreciation for the simpler things in life. Understandably, different people have different wants in life. But, ultimately, we all share the same common goals of health and happiness. This year has helped put those two things into perspective and allowed us to focus on what matters.
Making a meaningful gift
We all know that when it comes to gifts, the ones that really mean something, aren’t the ones that cost the most, it’s the ones that are thoughtful and have a personal touch. The presents that someone has clearly taken the time to think about and pick or make just for you.
Now, we appreciate that we may not all be as creative as others, but if a bit of DIY isn’t for you, there are plenty of small businesses and crafters out there on the likes of Etsy, or notonthehighstreet, that have done all the hard work for you, but still provide the personal touch to your gifts.
However, if you are getting on board the craft train, here are a few ideas to help get your creative juices flowing:
DIY: Christmas candle
For an easy natural candle, all you need is soy wax flakes, wicks, essential oils of your choosing and some glass jars. And who doesn’t love a candle? Especially at this time of year, there’s nothing better than getting cosy on the sofa, watching Christmas films, eating snacks and lighting a sweet-smelling candle.
There are a variety of tutorials online, but here is an easy to follow tutorial from Swoon Worthy, that will help you make some lovely orange, cinnamon and clove soy wax candles. Better yet, if you’re up for the challenge, you can make it a gift set, complete with a room spray and bar of soap too!
DIY: Festive treats
If there’s one thing that’s sure to be well-received around Christmas, it’s a sweet treat. Not only will the recipient love it, but you also get to taste the samples!
With a few ingredients, a few hours of your time, and a box and some ribbon, you have the perfect personalised gift for the festive season.
For inspiration we’ve listed some well-rated festive recipes below:
Not a keen baker yourself? What about creating a baking mix in a jar gift, complete with the recipe on the tag. You can find so many of these ideas on Pinterest, and you’ve not had to do any of the hard work yourself!
DIY: Bath in a bottle
Toiletries, pamper products and smellies of any variety, are an easy win when it comes to planning Christmas gifts. So, why not try adding a little twist by making it yourself?
Similar to the baking mix in a jar, instead, why not layer epsom salts, essential oils and dried flowers. There you have your very own bath in a bottle.
Or you could challenge yourself by opting to make natural soap or other homemade beauty or health products. There are creams, lip balms, facemasks and much more that are sure to able to make as well as the next professional.
The best thing about these homemade gift ideas is that you can make them in batches as well, so it’s not just one gift accounted for, but many. And you can have fun doing it, make a day out of it and get the whole family involved.
And if you’re feeling super creative, you could create your own family-branded gifts. Using free label templates and perhaps creating your own on Canva. You may even find a new side project in the making.
For those wanting to show the planet a little more love, here are some eco-friendly gift ideas.
And, if you’re looking to support local businesses, we’ve listed some lovely Nottingham-based quirky companies below.
- The Watered Garden for the plant-lover
- Bread and butterflies for cakes, bakes and crafts
- Dukki for the novelty gifts
- Flying fig studio for something a bit more personal
For more ideas, you can view the Nottinghamshire Christmas gift guide for supporting local businesses here.
If you have any more suggestions for fun DIY Christmas gifts or small local businesses to promote, we’d love to hear them. And if you have any questions or would like to discuss your finances or an existing financial plan, then please get in touch with us and speak to one of our financial advisers.