Creating brilliant homemade Christmas gifts

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The Christmas season is rapidly getting closer on the horizon and much as we all enjoy this time of year, it inevitably brings with it the question, “what do I buy for people?”

It can be difficult to make our gifts the thoughtful tokens of our affection that we always want them to be. This is particularly true if the person you are buying for is fairly well off in their own right as they are likely to have most of what they want already.

So where does this leave you? Well, rather than leaving you desperately buying just anything, it is actually a great opportunity to do something special. The solution is simple: make them something. Nothing says “I love you” more than investing your time and skills creating homemade Christmas gifts.

Making stunningly beautiful and personal gifts this Christmas

Having decided to give homemade Christmas gifts a go, the next issue to tackle is “what do I make?” Well, traditional Christmas foods are always a winner. Maybe make someone an individual Christmas cake or pudding.

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This can be a great festive family activity over the weeks leading up to Christmas, getting the kids to help you stir fruit and then decorate and package the cake or pudding once it’s been baked. That smell of traditional Christmas spices in the kitchen will help you all get in the mood for the festive season.

Sticking with the food theme, homemade food hampers always go down a storm. Mince pies, fruit, nuts and seasonal pickles all housed in a beautiful basket really evoke the spirit of Christmas and the true nature of gift giving. Authentic wicker baskets are readily available from your local craft centres and some high street stores so you have no excuse not to make it beautiful!

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Another great homemade Christmas gift that the kids cans help you with is making your own crackers. This is a great one to do as you get the chance to fill the crackers with wonderful little gifts and trinkets that are personal to you.

The most straightforward way to make the crackers is by using one of the kits that you can buy online. These come complete with jokes, paper hats and the snaps to ensure they go off with a bang. Add in your thoughtful little presents and you are on to a real winner.

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These are just a few of our ideas to lend a real homemade flavour to your Christmas; hopefully it has inspired you to create fantastic homemade Christmas gifts for your friends and family this year. Trust us, they will love it.

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