Gift giving is all part of the festive fun at Christmas time! But sometimes it can be tricky to know what to buy your family and friends, especially if you’re racking your brains to think of a special gift that’s a little more unique and original this year.
That’s where creating your own handmade gifts can prove to be beneficial. The first benefit of doing this is that whatever you make will be one of a kind, so you can rest assured that the recipient definitely won’t have such a gift already. Another benefit is that making your own gifts is a whole lot of fun! (You may even save money too!)
Not sure what to make? For inspiration, take a look at these traditional and non-traditional gifts that you could make and give to someone special this Christmas…
1. Christmas Food Gift
Christmas food hampers are often a popular gift, but they can be expensive to buy from retailers. So why not make your own? Arrange a nice basket with Christmas cakes, treats, cheeses, chutneys, wines or whatever you think your recipient will like. Wrap it with cellophane and ribbon to make a gorgeous gift. You could even cook or bake your own homemade Christmas food treats for your hamper too.
2. Gift in a jar
Christmas gifts in a jar often go down really well and they’re so easy to make. You could make a food related jar gift, like this chocolate brownie in a jar, but you can also get really creative and make a skincare jar gift (even for men) or a craft related jar gift like a sewing jar or beading kit jar! All you need is a mason jar and a little imagination when getting your supplies together to make this fun gift.
3. Handmade jewelry or beaded accessories
Jewelry gifts make for great keepsakes so they’re ideal to give as Christmas gifts! You could make all sorts of jewelry and accessories using beads, findings and a few basic tools. Check out our tutorials section on our blog for ideas to get you started!
You could also use beads to create bespoke accessories like this super easy beaded phone case which uses beautiful seed beads!
4. Scented candles
Spiced cranberry, earthy pine, cinnamon and orange… Capture the scents of Christmas in a handmade candle gift! Candles are pretty easy to make and you’ll only need a few materials. You could use shaped candle moulds or simply dig out some glass jars or teacups to create your candle gift. Learn how to make candles here.
5. Homemade salt or sugar scrubs
You could create divine-smelling, skin-softening, luxurious pampering treats using basic cupboard staples as a base! These are great gifts to make because you can whip up a big batch for very little cost and package into tubs or jars for your friends and family. Take a look at this explanation of how to make them.
6. Personalized tableware
Give someone special a gift that they can’t possibly forget! Write a personal lasting message on porcelain mugs, cups, plates or dishes with a permanent porcelain pen. You could write a dedication, a poem or even a joke.
7. Clay fingerprint or handprint gifts
There’s probably nothing more personal than a one of a kind fingerprint or handprint and luckily you can incorporate them into handmade gifts. This type of gift is ideal for parents (you’re never too old to give your parent a fingerprint gift)! Check out this tutorial on how to make a fine silver fingerprint pendant which uses metal clay or if you have kids yourself, you could even get them involved using sand clay.
8. Handmade winter woollies
Winter woollies are a traditional Christmas gift and for good reason during the cold winter months. If you enjoy crochet or knitting, you could make hats, scarves, gloves or even a nice cozy Christmas inspired Granny Afghan blanket like this one!
We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration if you’re thinking about giving a handmade gift this Christmas! Please take a moment to share this post with your followers on social media.