A Handmade Christmas

The season of giving is well under way, and so is the pressure to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Even though we live in a world of abundance, each year the challenge becomes harder and harder. With the rise of cheap tat and low-quality gifts, we’re easily overwhelmed with stuff we don't want and things we don't need. Creating a short-lived sense of satisfaction to each receiver, and a consumerism nightmare for our poor environment.

We wonder whether the gesture of giving has lost it’s meaning to popular culture? And are we just giving for the sake of giving these days?

We propose that we put the love, quality and sentiment back into Christmas this year. Through the making and buying of handmade gifts. Allowing you to work within your means, and make your loved ones happy. Ensuring they love and cherish their gifts through the Christmas season, the following year and beyond. Whilst also offering landfill sites a much needed break!

With so many loved ones to cater for, it’s often a daunting task committing to making handmade gifts. But with a little planning and creativity, you can ensure the whole family is catered for. Being creative is a bonus, but even with zero experience you can make something priceless. Pinterest is a great place to start, as they have plenty of visual guides and handmade ‘how to’s’ to choose from.

Here’s a few creative gift ideas to think about; cute handmade candles using old tea cups, stunning jewellery made from beach pebbles, cozy cushion covers or knitted blankets, beautiful plant terrariums in old glass jars, passionate paintings (if you’re handy with a paintbrush), or even a wonky wooden table brimming with character from reclaimed wood. The possibilities are endless, but don’t worry if you’re not crafty, there are plenty of other handmade ideas worth exploring...

Over the past few Christmases, we’ve concentrated on producing handmade gifts and edibles for our friends and family at minimal cost to our pockets. One of our favourites to make is our now infamous ‘Festive Onion Chutney’, which receives a great reaction every year. We use these handmade items to supplement larger gifts to loved ones, keeping costs down and adding a personal touch.

This year we’re taking it one step further, with handmade hampers. Perfect for foodies, and those who seem to already have everything. Our handmade hamper will contain plenty of tasty treats including; beetroot ketchup, vegan salted fudge, sun blushed tomatoes, seeded crackers, gourmet popcorn and of course, our festive onion chutney. By making a selection of things sweet and savoury, you can create a hamper to the size you want and tailor it to each individual person. One important suggestion we definitely recommend, is to give yourself enough time to make each of the items, and to decorate each hamper with as much love and joy as you can for that extra wow factor.

Another fun idea for personalised Christmas presents, is giving time tokens. Whether it’s for a friend or family member, some people simply prefer the gift of quality time with you. Time is a valuable and priceless commodity, and is far better than any tangible object you could ever buy them. A few suggestions for time tokens are; creative sessions, language lessons, a home cooked dinner, an exhibition or museum outing, a trip to the beach, or a day of crafting and making. It’s a time for you to make them feel special, which they will appreciate far more than another bath gift set.

For those with a lack of time, we equally encourage you to support our talented Artisans and their exceptional product collections available from The Creatives Corner Store. Perfect for finding meaningful gifts for your loved ones, or something truly unique for that one family member who’s really difficult to buy for.

Hopefully we’ve opened your eyes to new ideas of how to keep the cost of gift giving low, without losing the essence of Christmas. Leaving you with enough budget to get those who matter most, a gift they will treasure for life, and not just for Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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