DIY Christmas Gifts
During the challenging months during lock-down, there was a world-wide return to simple pleasures and traditional pastimes. Many of us made lasagne and sourdough, we took up knitting and we actually completed the 500 piece jigsaw puzzles we started!
Many of these habits will hopefully continue long after the impact of the pandemic subsides and this Christmas, why not continue to embrace the traditions of days gone by. Try making your own gifts this year – the joy is in the making as well as in the giving.
Here are a few DIY gift ideas to delight your family and friends.
There is nothing more personal than your memories. Create a photo-gift for your loved ones – a framed print, a mug or a canvas print. Hand-made photo albums also make great gifts. Buy a plain-page album from Whitcoulls to display your photos, decorate with stickers and stamps and write in personalised captions and comments by hand. Get the kids involved to make it even more special!
DIY Christmas Baubles
As well as making lovely gifts, decorating Christmas baubles will keep your little ones busy for hours. Firstly, make sure you have a variety of baubles or polystyrene balls in different colours, textures and sizes, available from New World and Bed Bath N' Table. Then assemble your decorating tools – paints, markers, glitter, glue, adhesive jewels, stickers, available from Whitcoulls. Personalising them with names and even photographs make them even more special.
You can also create Christmas characters such as Santa, Rudolf or a snowman with cotton wool. Finish it off with a beautiful ribbon so it can be placed on the Christmas tree.
Time for tea
Visit the tea aisle at New World and buy a variety of loose leaf tea and mix two or three flavours together to create some stylish tea packages for a creative and cost-effective gift. Why not try mixing blueberry with ginger or peppermint with strawberry to make new and exciting flavour combinations.
Place the loose leaf tea mix onto a cellophane or muslin bag and tie it up with a piece of string or place into jars with Christmas ribbon. Finish with a Christmas bauble and a tag labelled with your special, hand-made blend.
Everyone knows how complex macarons are to make so it’s great to find out that they are now available in most supermarkets. For a premium DIY Christmas gift, buy some ready-made from New World and transform them into beautiful festive treats.
If possible, buy them in a Christmas colour – red, green or gold. Make little Santa suits by piping on white buttons and a black belt or decorate them with delicate snowflakes. Create Christmas baubles by piping macarons with icing stripes and scattering them with coloured sugar. Gift your Christmas macarons in a small white box with a beautiful red ribbon...voila!
Remember, as well as being truly unique, hand-made gifts and personalised presents can never be regifted!