With more people stretching themselves to get onto the property ladder, many people will find themselves ‘house poor’ this festive season. So we’ve come up 10 homemade gift ideas to ease the burden of present exchanging this festive period
If all your cash is tied up in your property, and you’re worried about how you’ll afford to celebrate with your loved ones this Christmas, you’ll love our top tips for inexpensive homemade gifts!
Personalised Sharpie mugs:
Did you know you can design your own personalised mug with just a Sharpie pen and an oven?
Simply take a white or light-coloured mug, customise it by drawing or writing on it with a Sharpie pen, and then pop it in the own on 180 degrees celsius (gas mark 4) for 30 minutes to set the ink. Once it’s cooled, your mug will be waterproof and even dishwasher-proof!
Homemade skin products:
Everyone’s skin needs a bit of extra pampering in the harsh winter months, and this homemade sugar scrub is the perfect solution! Easy to make in bulk, this luxurious skin-conditioning scrub will bring a smile to any face this Christmas.
Or, if you’re feeling super-crafty, and fancy something a bit more advanced, you could try you hand at these homemade soaps. You can make them any shape and add any scent according to the recipients’ personal taste.
Super simple stationery:
If you’ve got a stationery lover or bookworm in your life, these cute, simple personalised paperclips/bookmarks make a brilliant yet inexpensive gift.
Another great gift is this lovely menu planner. The same idea could easily be used for a message board or ‘to do list’ board as well.
We all need a little ‘pick me up’ sometimes, and with this next gift idea you can support your friends and family even when you’re not able to be with them, but supplying them with homemade cookies whenever they need them. These great cookie dough gift packs are a heart-felt gesture that will make your friends and family feel cared for this Christmas.
Continuing the baking theme, ready-to-make gifts are great for children (and the young at heart). We love this peppermint brownie idea, but it would work with most ‘all in one’ bake recipes or a festive hot chocolate mix.
Had enough of sweet treats? How about these lovely flavoured butters? Perfect for spreading on bread, croissants, pancakes…you name it!
Simple purse or make-up bag:
If you’ve got a little time and a sewing machine handy, this great tutorial will teach you everything you need to know to make a great homemade purse or make-up bag.
Gift for the teacher:
If you’ve got children, you’ll know how quickly the cost of presents for teachers adds up! These great, free, printable labels can turn an inexpensive box of sweets or a simple candy cane into a fabulous festive gift for your child’s teacher.