I may have just raided PoundWorld for Christmas supplies, but the ideas I’m about to share are also good for birthdays and other occasions. So even if you’re not as Christmas-obsessed as me, you should still enjoy this post! 😉
- Make sweets: Easiest thing in the world, any food website will tell you the sugar temperatures for hard sweets and caramels. Easier still, melt some chocolate and put it in any mould…I just got some Christmas ones on Amazon for 86p!
- Fill a Jar: You can fill jam/Mason jars with just about anything…hot chocolate, ingredients for a recipe, sweets (bought or homemade) or even a manicure set… search ‘mason jar gifts’ on YouTube and you will have days worth of videos to choose from: Basically, if it fits in a jar, put it in and tie a ribbon around it. I also use mugs to put treats in, just for some variation.
- Candles: In every size, colour, scent you can think of… you can buy little votives and oil burners for £1 in factory/discount stores. Also, the branded ones and their holders can be really pricey, but can often be found in the charity shop; I got a set of 3 Christmas Yankee Candles in June for a fiver! You could even make some…
- Something Practical: Like the mugs and manicure sets, a practical gift doesn’t need to be expensive. You can get decent car-care stuff from discount stores and supermarkets, you can buy wash stuff for kids with their favourite characters on (and they may be more willing to wash then! 😉 ) or you could put together a basket of stuff for a new home like cloths, air freshener and matches from a pound store (dollar store…for our chums across the pond) …..use your imagination and create a useful hamper.
- Handmade decorations: All the cheap stores sell plain baubles you can decorate or clear ones you can fill… glitter, pictures, pompoms, hearts, whatever you fancy. I also saw a couple of people make marble paper using cheap nail varnish drizzled onto warm water and press thick paper/card on top… looks expensive and you can choose the colours! You could even try these:
( See Oh, The Weather Outside Is Frightful… for how to make them)
I’ll leave it there for now, but I’m sure there’ll be a part 2! Have fun, my crafty chums!