These homemade gifts are a fabulous way to save a little bit of money, but also to offer a really personal gift for your friend or family member…
Biscuits or cookies
Simple cookies or buscuits cut into festive shapes and with great toppings simply put into a plastic bag with a homemade tag. A great personalised present. Here is a simple recipe:
- 100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 100g/3½oz caster sugar
- 1 free-range egg, lightly beaten
- 275g/10oz plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
- 400g/14oz icing sugar
- 3-4 tbsp water
- 2-3 drops food colouring
- Edible glitter
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale, light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combine.
- Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in.
- Using biscuit cutters or a glass, cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray. To make into Christmas tree decorations, carefully make a hole in the top of the biscuit using a straw.
- Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
- For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring.
- Carefully spread the icing onto the biscuits using a knife and sprinkle over the glitter. Set aside until the icing hardens.
If the thought of actually baking the cookies is too much, get the ingredients in the correct quantities put them into bags and then put everything together in a jar or box and give a make your own cookies gift!
Jams, Chutney and Preserves
What ever their favourite (or whatever you can make!) From a simple fruit jam to something more exotic, Save those empty jars, and practise before you give it as a gift! Make your batch of jam or chutney and put into jars, once cool add the lid and then cut a larger circle of material then the lid put on top with an elastic band then tie a ribbon round it and add a label to say who it is for and from. These look lovely and if you are feeling really creative do 2 or 3 jars and put in a basket for a really special gift. You can fill these jars with sweets for children.
You can add your homemade jars to a hamper, with other cakes, bottles and festive fun items into a basket, add lots of goodies to a basket or box, wrap add a bow and make it look great. A fabulous gift and if youi fill with things the recipiant really love nothing will go to waste so a very practical gift too!
Collect cones, twigs and berries from the woods, put them in a clear bag or a hessian type of bag, dry out some orange slices but putting them on a low heat in the oven, add a cinamon stick. Put in a drop of essential oil and low and behold a festive bag of pot pourri.
For a friend you can do a great collage in a frame of great photos either of a special occasion or just a collection of photos you have. This is a really personal gift and you can either use one frame with them all together or a frame with lots of frames within it (however these can be expensive!) For a child you can do this with images of a favourite cartoon character in a picture frame.
A really sinple gift to make, cut out two squares (Or matching shapes) of material. Sow three sides together. Fill with stuffing then sow up the fourth side. Nice and simple and a great gift for a crafty person.
Paint a pot
Take an old flower pot and breath some life into it with some paint, these can look fabulous and also can have personal messages written on them. You can even put a plant in if your budget stretched to it!
Whether you choose finger pupets or sock puppets they are easier to make than you might think, scraps of material a few stitches and some wool for hair and you can create one puppet or a whole family. From animals to monsters you can create lots of different puppets and you can get the kids involved too. Great fun to make and a fun gift.
Instead of paying for a selection box, why not make your own grab a box wrap it up and then fill with the recipiants favourite nibbles, from chocolate bars to lollies and jellies. A personalised and prettier version of a selection box.
We hope we have given you some inspiration, but if you have any other great homemade gift ideas let us know below.