‘Til the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. More like stressed! With just over a week to go until Santa visits us and most of us running around like headless chickens trying to sort Christmas gifts out. Just in case you don’t have time, accidentally forget closer to the day, OR, fancy making something yourself, below are a few ideas that you can make easily and at little expense.


Mug & Hot Drinks

Who doesn’t love a hot drink in this chilly winter weather to warm you up!? Simply fill a mug or box with the recipients fave teas/coffee or hot chocolate and marshmallows and wrap it up all pretty! For extra indulgence you could even add their favourite chocolates or biscuits. Why not try a faluda mix one? You could even personalise the mug if you’re feeling adventurous with some ceramic pens or paint. Head over to Pinterest where you’ll find plenty of ideas and inspiration.


Shower / Bath Gifts

Christmas is the time of smellies and we all love a good long hot shower or relaxing bath. Whichever your recipient’s preference, bath bombs, bath salts, scrubs or jellies there are plenty of recipes floating about on the internet and they’re easy enough to make, especially in bulk for all the family and friends. It just takes time and a bit of patience to make but the outcome is always beautiful. Check out this recipe of bath bomb with hidden toy, ideal for kids, these stunning gemstone soaps, these sparkly jellies and finally these colourful scrubs.

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Plant Lover (But not green-fingered enough to keep them alive)

Terrariums are for even super cool and super easy to maintain. For someone like myself that loves plants, but can’t seem to keep them alive, it’s a great way of adding interest and a big of greenery to an office or ling space. What would make a terrarium unique is what you place everything in. Take a peek at this article which shows some unique things they’ve built a terrarium in.

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Food Gifts

If you know someone who is a foodie like me, you will know that they will totally appreciate a food gift! Anything from handmade chocolate and nankhatai with a festive twist to mulled gin or chai spices! Of course you need to make sure it’s something that will keep for a while although if they’re good I doubt they’d last longer than Christmas day. If it’s for someone who loves food but not very good at cooking, you could make them their own spice mixes ready to add to curries and make them a little recipe booklet.



You don’t have to spend a tonne of money for a pretty jewellery, why not make your own. Fimo clay is an inexpensive way to make all sorts just as this tutorial by The Lovely Drawer shows. You could apply the same technique to a bracelet or earrings to make a whole set.

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Fill A Box

Get yourself a box with a lid or large jar and fill it with little things that whoever you are giving this to will love. Things like socks, chocolate, mini smellies or whatever else you think they’ll like. You could customise it to their favourite things such as movies, so fill it with popcorn, mini drinks, cinema ticket etc. Take a look at these tins for some inspiration.



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