With just a month until Christmas, I thought it was about time I started the festive posts, starting with a little something about handmade gifts….
Feeling like giving something a little more personal this year? Maybe you’re tired of buying things your loved ones may or may not like and would rather get them something that means more to both of you? Perhaps you just fancy being more creative or green-fingered? There are lots of personal gifts you can make yourself this Christmas to replace expensive shop-bought luxuries. So, here are a few ideas to get your creative gift inspo rolling, perfect for the travel lovers in your life.
Make edible gifts
Not sure what to buy for somebody or would rather give a gift to go with the festive atmosphere? Have a go at creating a mini Christmas hamper. Whether it’s a bottle of homemade mulled wine or a selection of christmassy treats like a mince pie or mini yule log, the thought and effort will go a long way and gives the recipient something festive to enjoy after Christmas day has passed. If you’re baking for the travel lover in your life, why not try and make a hamper of their favourite cakes and pastrys from the places they’ve visited?
If you’re more of a crafter, you might like to hand make an item of clothing or cross stitch a festive image (or even make it into a coaster or bauble for the tree). If you’ve always wanted to have a go at knitting or needlework, Christmas is a great opportunity to try these new things, especially at a time when crafts like this have had a bit of a renaissance with so many modern patterns to choose from. If it’s someone who travels a lot, perhaps you could craft them a new travel wallet or passport holder. If you’re feeling brave you could create a new bag or backpack. If it’s your first try, give yourself plenty of time to get to grips with the technique before committing to an ambitious design. Start simple and keep practicing!
Contribute to the Christmas feast instead
You might prefer to contribute to the meal and help out the host (if it isn’t you anyway!) rather than buy individual gifts. If you decide to bring a dish, make sure you speak to the host first so they know how much food to prepare and ask whether your contribution will actually be helping them out rather than adding extra work or hassle to the day. A great contribution would be a homemade dessert – check what the other guests like to eat and try and cater for the majority. Ideally make something that doesn’t need any cooking on arrival (or only minimal touches before it’s served) so that you’re not encroaching on oven space for the main course which is normally somewhere between scarce and non-existent once the turkey and vegetables are in there! Feel brave? Try a non-traditional dish or something that is traditional in a different country.
If your tool of choice is elbow grease rather than a knitting or sewing needle, then maybe a larger-scale project is more for you. Upcycling furniture is all the rage at the moment, so why not express your creativity with a bit of DIY instead? If you’ve got a piece of furniture that needs a fresh, new look or have found a bargain wardrobe or chair online that could do with a little TLC then have a search for upcycling tutorials and get going! Larger items might need the help of a courier to get them to you, so remember to factor this into your costs and have a plan of action for when it gets to you. Whether it’s just a new lick of paint or more of a deeper restoration job, the recipient will be thrilled with a unique piece of furniture that is functional as well as attractive to look at.
Are you hand making your gifts this year?