Creative gift inspiration: a crafty Christmas with the kids
Christmas really is just around the corner, there are long lists of loved ones to buy for and frantic gift shopping will soon become the bane of our lives, thanks to the chaos in the shops.
Make this year different by choosing to get creative with your Christmas gifts, hand-making them yourself, some with the help of your children. Your loved ones will adore the personal touch - plus, it’s a fantastic opportunity to inspire your little ones to get creative.
To make for the kids
Want to present your children with unique gifts homemade with love on Christmas day? Here’s five ideas for personalized presents:
Knitting needles at the ready - it’s time to get creative with wool. From a pair of cozy mittens or a snug scarf, a knitted stocking filler is perfect for keeping little ones warm and toasty on chilly winter days.
Indulge your children’s sweet tooth by baking a batch of their favourite delicious treats. Use festive cutters to add a Christmassy touch and top with decorative icing.
Got too many odd socks to count? Transform a lonely sock into a cute monster, monkey or cat. They are completely adorable for your little ones and totally unique to them.
Source a vintage tin and fill with your kids’ earliest souvenirs - from their first lost tooth to their original sonogram. This memorable gift will soon become a treasured keepsake.
A beaded bracelet makes for a pretty present for your daughter. Choose beads in a variety of shapes and sizes in different shades of her favourite hue - she’ll love that it’s been crafted to her taste.
To make with your kids
Here are five easy gifts to get your children involved with:
Get the arts and crafts box out and let your children’s creativity run wild with paintings and drawings. Transform the end result into a coaster - a practical gift, personalized to the receiver.
Jams and chutneys
Ask the children to choose their favourite preserves and whip up a homemade batch for a delicious Christmas gift for your nearest and dearest. Festive choices could include ginger and apple jam or spiced tangerine marmalade. Add a circle of Christmassy fabric to the jar lid and a handmade gift tag to complete the look.
Hand painted utensils
In need of a little gift inspiration for a domestic god/goddess? Present them with a set of hand-painted utensils in their favourite colors for a cute, quirky gift this Christmas. Either paint them in a solid color or embellish them with dainty patterns such as polka dots.
Did you know that soap is really easy to make at home? Get the kids involved and turn your hands to creating an organic bar for a unique beauty gift. Make the end result look like a million dollars, wrapping it in paper or lace and finishing with twine or ribbon.
Have a book lover in your life? They’ll adore a pretty fabric bookmark, handmade by yourself and the kids - plus it’s the perfect time to teach your children the art of sewing. Let the kids help you choose a vintage fabric and a delicate lace to embellish the ends.