Whether you want to save some money on Christmas gifts this year, or create something truly unique and personal for your family and friends, there are many fantastic gifts that you and your children can make yourselves:
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Creating a “voucher book” to give to a parent or loved one is a great way to make a gift really personal and heart-felt. Consider vouchers for things like babysitting, nights off from cooking, car washing, breakfast in bed and foot massages.
If you are particularly arty or creative you could use some rectangles cut from coloured cardboard and a series of snazzy markers to create a series of “vouchers”. Then place a hole punch through the top corner of all vouchers and use a pretty ribbon to secure together. For those of us (like myself…) who aren’t so artistic, designing your vouchers electronically in Microsoft Word and printing onto coloured paper is just as effective.
2. Homemade Baked Goods
Another great homemade gift idea would have to be the delicious homemade goodies. Whether it be gingerbread men, shortbread, fruit cake, truffles or an old family recipe these are a great idea for grandparents, school teachers or babysitters etc. It’s also a great way to get your kids involved (if you can stand the mess!)
Here’s a few great recipes to get you started:
- Gingerbread Men
- Christmas Ice
- Individual Christmas Cakes
- White Christmas Bites
- Honey & Cinnamon Christmas Trees
If you’re going to go to the effort to bake your own goodies, make sure you also give some thought to packaging and presentation of the gift. Some ideas include coloured cellophane bags tied with a pretty ribbon, inexpensive Christmas themed plates or miniature noodle boxes – either coloured or decorated in a Christmas theme.
3. Photo Calendar
A great cost-effective and personal gift idea are photo calendars – what better way to make grandma smile than seeing a different beautiful photo of your family on her wall each month?
Go through your stash of photos and select 12 particularly great shots and create your own photo calendar. You can either do this at home by using a Microsoft Word template and printing yourself, or use a professional service like Harvey Norman or Snapfish.
4. Personalised Cookbook
If you have a close friend or family member who loves to cook then a great idea is to create them a personalised cookbook. Include copies of recipes that you know they love and add a few that you think they should try. Design a spiffy cover page, slide everything into a nice folder with plastic sleeves, or laminate all of the pages and bind together to form a book.
5. Decorated Picture Frame
This is a great one to get the kids involved with and can look really effective when finished. Simply take a cheap, unfinished photo frame and have your children decorate the frame with any number of materials, including:
- Beads (Cover frame with craft glue, slowly pour beads over the top. Re-apply any spilt beads until frame is completely covered. This looks best if you use quite small beads in 2 or 3 different colours)
- Seashells (Cover frame quite liberally with craft glue and apply seashells gathered from your last beach trip. This looks best if you apply larger shells in the four corners and smaller shells in between. Go for maximum coverage and use tiny shells to fill in any large gaps).
- Paint (If you have a mini Picasso in the making you could let them loose with the paints and have them create something truly unique.)
- When you are finished with the decorations simply add favourite photo of your family, child or loved one and you’re done!
And if that’s not enough inspiration for you, then head on over to Meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com, a fantastic blog site which has a ton of handmade projects that you could try your hand at.