Making your own Christmas presents can be satisfying and a part of the whole Christmas experience. There are numerous reasons some people choose to give presents they have made themselves read more. The presents one makes will depend on the amount of time available, responsibilities, resources and skills.
Ideas for gifts to make
Baked goods such as cakes and biscuits are popular. Keep in mind any allergies or if the receiver is diabetic or trying to lose weight. Bake shortly before giving the gift so the goods are fresh. Place in a clean recycled jar or tin decorated with a Christmas picture. Almond crisps are quick and easy to make and don't require any special equipment.
Jams, pickled onions and the like make a nice present. These can be made ahead of time so there is no last minute rush. There are many recipes available for gourmet food items on the Internet. Ensure you prepare your gift in accordance with food safety guidelines.
Patchwork, quilted and other sewing projects. Some of these involve lots of time and can be expensive if the item is large so this may be something reserved for special friends. However, a hand towel with an applique of a favourite animal or a Christmas motif can be quickly made if you have the experience and the right attachment for your sewing machine.
A plant grown from a cutting or some seeds will be appreciated by a person who loves their garden. Plants can be presented in a quirky recycled container such as a teapot, canister or basket.
Petunias in a recycled picnic basket. Image by Marie Vonow
Beauty products such as sugar scrub or bath salts
Anything utilising your special hobby skills such as pottery, sketching, decoupage, card making, scrap booking, knitting etc
There are literally thousands of suggestions with instructions and recipes on the internet. The local library will have books and there are plenty of magazines in newsagents. Some of them take lots of time and skill and others are quick and easy. You may be able to involve children in some of the easy projects. There are ideas that are cute or useful and some that are, let's just say, not.
Think carefully about the recipient and their tastes and style. You might think that toilet roll cover is soooo cute, but will your friend?
If the recipient is downsizing they might prefer a consumable present such as food rather than a decorative item
Elderly relatives who receive lots of food items might prefer something different if they tend to accumulate tins of biscuits etc which go stale before they are used up.
Plan ahead. Do you have enough time?
Make sure you have all the materials or ingredients before you start your project.
Think about all the costs involved.
Follow safety instructions carefully so you don't injure yourself or the recipient.
Making your own presents can be fun and rewarding, but don't take on too much. Ensure you aren't adding another stress to what is already a busy season.