Saturday, 14 November 2015

Ideas for Home-Made Christmas Gifts

If you're planning to make home-made gifts for Christmas, now is the time to start.  Even if you're 'start' only involves planning what to make and buying the necessary ingredients/components, it is a start.  Add any long-life food ingredients to your next shopping list and put them to one side for when you have the time to make your gifts.  Here are some of our ideas for home-made gifts, both edible and not:


  • Jam or marmalade
  • Chutneys and pickles
  • Flavoured oils
  • Biscuits, cookies, or shortbread
  • Cookie or brownie layered in a jar (dry mix)
  • Chocolates
  • Truffles
  • Deluxe hot chocolate gift set
  • Flavoured vodkas
  • Rainbow jars – layers of brightly coloured sweets
  • Food hamper
  • Peppermint creams

One of our favourites is making cookies for local friends and neighbours, and these Gingerbread House and The Ginger Boys (cool name!) cookie cutters are brilliant fun and so easy to use.  Just make your dough, roll and cut out using these great shape cutters.  Then, the best bit for grown-ups and children alike, decorate them with icing, melted chocolate and sweeties!  We'll also be having a go at making a Santa's Workshop model this year, the question is do we make it in gingerbread or chocolate...  (All available from Lakeland.)

Crafts & Non-edibles

  • Knitted scarf, hat or gloves
  • Soap
  • Bath bombs
  • Baby blanket or comforter
  • Dressing up capes or costumes
  • Recycle an old pair of jeans or cushion cover into a bag
  • Make your own photo calendar
  • A painting, framed photo or framed child's drawing
  • Apron
  • Embroider a design, name or initial onto some plain hankies, face cloths, pyjamas, napkins or pillowcases
  • Bookmark
  • Handpainted terracotta pot with bulb
  • Handcrafted notelets
  • Knitted dolly
  • Ragdolls
  • Sock monkey
  • Homemade candle

  • Pretty candle in a decorated jar
  • Wooden toys
  • Puppet theatre and puppets
  • Embroidered or appliqued cushions
  • Recycle old jumpers into cushion covers
  • Handpainted box
  • Homemade Jewellery
  • Bug explorer kit in a jar
  • A decorated journal or notebook
  • Painted pebble paperweight/doorstop
  • Fabric covered notebook
  • Scrapbook of their life so far
  • Photo collage
  • Hand/Footprint canvas
  • A birdhouse or garden crate decorated by the children
  • A gardening essentials hamper
  • A bird lover's hamper

Enjoy making your Christmas gifts!

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