5 easy homemade Christmas present ideas
Struggling for Christmas gift ideas when you're on a tight budget? Don't worry! The festive season doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg…You've probably already had a browse of our ultimate list of Christmas gift ideas, and maybe even our gift ideas for £5 and under (if you haven't, now's your chance!).
But if you're seriously watching the pennies this year, or just fancy getting a bit creative with your gifts, we've got some cracking homemade Christmas present ideas for you to try.
Our top five tried-and-tested ideas are sure to impress, and can also work out a great option for Secret Santa!
Top 5 homemade Christmas presents
Christmas hand warmers
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… and with that we're beginning to lose feeling in our fingers every time we leave the house, right?
A really neat little homemade gift is to make some pocket-sized hand warmers that you pop into the microwave before you leave the house and they'll keep your hands toastie.
All you need is some scraps of material (the more Christmassy the better!), a bag of rice and a needle and thread – we've got full instructions on how to make them in our upcycling guide.
Creating your own music playlist and burning it to CD is easy as pie, but has maximum effect.
Take a bit of time to think about what the person would like, and you can use the opportunity to either introduce them to new music you think they won't know, or get a bit nostalgic by including songs that you and the recipient have shared memories of. D'aaaaaaw.
Most PCs now come with free CD writing software (we've listed the best here) – so you only need to buy some blank CDs and download some tunes.
If you wanted to add that extra personalised touch you could buy a CD pen and use a CD case to add some special album artwork!
Handmade beauty products
You'd be surprised just how easy it is to make really effective beauty products using only natural ingredients.
In fact, we've got a whole guide on how to make beauty products for your hair, face an body entirely from edible stuff you'll find in your fridge and kitchen cupboards – check it out here!
Once you've decided which products to whip up, you can decant them into neat little jars like these ones, and decorate with a nice bit of Christmas ribbon.
Personalised Christmas Card
But making some cards yourself can be good fun, and make for a pretty thoughtful festive gesture!
There are loads of card-making ideas scattered around the web, but the best ideas will always come from your own creative juices!
You could also up your game by adding photos or writing a personalised Christmas poem inside – there's nothing nicer for the card receiver than knowing the thought that went into it!
Whilst the card should cost you next to nothing, to make it you'll need some card making supplies, plus a bit of free time on your hands.
Last but not least – this is the most time consuming homemade Christmas present, but if done properly it can be the most effective.
You can now print up to 300 photos online for free (you just need to pay postage and packaging) if you use up the free prints from each service listed in our guide to free photo printing.
You can obviously approach this one any way you want, but we'd suggest getting a scrapbook to start with and then personalising each page with personal jokes, drawings and memories you share with the person. This could genuinely be the most thoughtful gift they've ever gotten!
Got any great homemade gift ideas you'd be happy to share? Let us know in the comments below!