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Gift Ideas

9 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...

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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.

You might want to wait until you go home from Crimbo so you can have unlimited access to household accessories and basic DIY paraphernalia. If you're really pushing it, you could probably even make these on Christmas Day as most of these DIY gifts can be made in under an hour. They make great stocking-fillers too!

Our top nine tried-and-tested ideas are sure to impress, and can also work out a great option for Secret Santa!

Best DIY handmade Christmas presents

  1. Microwave hand warmers

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    It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas... and with that we're beginning to lose the feeling in our fingers every time we leave the house.

    A really neat little homemade gift is a pair of pocket-sized hand warmers that you pop into the microwave before you leave the house to 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.

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  2. DIY cocktail kit

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    This one is great if you've got a whole group of friends you want to get pressies for (and don't want to leave anyone out)!

    Simply buy mini size ingredients to make their favourite drink. Is your BFF a vodka fiend? Then grab a can of coke, a miniature bottle of vodka, a jam jar (if you haven't got any jam jars lying around at home, you can buy them in bulk here), some string and some biodegradable straws. Place the can inside the jar, then attach your alcoholic mini to the side using the string and pop in the straw.

    You can do this with rhum, prosecco, gin and pretty much any alcohol that comes in a mini size version. If you've already got alcohol in your cupboards, you could also buy some small glass bottles and fill those up with their fave poison. Cheers to that!

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  3. Homemade hair and skin beauty treatments

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    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 and 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.

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  4. Personalised Christmas cards

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    You could take the easy route and get some cards made on Moonpig or FunkyPigeon.

    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.

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  5. A baked treat

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    What's the true meaning of Christmas? Eating your body weight in unhealthy foods, of course. So, it follows that baking something as a present is about as Christmassy as it gets.

    The one drawback to baking a gift is that you'll have to do it close to Christmas Day (if that's when you're seeing them), or find the time to do it just before you plan to give the gift. But if you can find the time, it'll be totally worth it.

    If you're a dab hand in the kitchen, you'll no doubt already have your own favourite recipes. But if you struggle a little in that department, worry not – we've got some that are as easy as pie.

    Check out our recipes for chocolate fondant buns and chocolate truffles and have a think about what would be most well-received (or, more importantly, what you think you'd be best at making...).

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  6. A snowglobe

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    If you're a fan of jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread, or pretty much anything else that comes in a jar, you're in luck here. In fact, even if you don't have any jars lying around, you can buy a super cheap one from Wilko that arguably looks better, and doesn't need washing up first.

    When it comes to deciding what you put in the jar, we'd recommend that you go dry. Filling the snowglobe with liquid means extra faff and extra cost, and you can still make an extra special one without it.

    The only thing you definitely need is something to act as the snow – we'd recommend just using some bog-standard table salt, but if you got any better ideas, feel free to get creative!

    Beyond that, it's pretty much up to you how to decorate the scene. You could go for a good old-fashioned tree and reindeer, or you could personalise the scene a little more depending on the interests of whoever's receiving it.

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  7. Photo scrapbook

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    This is the most time-consuming homemade Christmas present, but if done properly, it can be the most effective.

    You can now print a ton of 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!

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  8. A bookmark

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    This is the perfect gift for all your bookworm friends out there and can be done in a jiffy.

    Option number one: Cut out a strip of white cardboard (preferably purchased from your local arts and crafts shop, not from the back of your finished Cheerios packet) and glue on some pressed flowers picked straight from your garden, laminate, and voila!

    Option number two: Still got those tickets from that Ariana Grande concert you both went to? Well, cut off the scraggly edges, add the perfect pic of you two sharing some quality bants (maybe from that very evening), sprinkle some glitter and laminate the end result.

    Stick your bookmark on the inside of your Christmas card and you'll even save yourself the wrapping paper!

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  9. Hot chocolate sticks

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    Chocolate lovers rejoice! Just make sure these actually make it to your friend and don't end up in your stomach.

    Melt the chocolate, pour into an ice cube mould and leave to cool. Then, stick your, errrr, sticks into the chocolate and refrigerate. Simple as!

    To make hot chocolate stir sticks, all you'll need to buy is cooking chocolate and potentially some skewers or wooden teaspoons which you can decorate if you feel so inclined. Metal teaspoons from your own kitchen drawers work a treat too!

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Now that the pressies are sorted, you can get cracking with Christmas dinner!

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