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Easy homemade Christmas presents (for non-crafty people!)

29 Nov 2017

Uniquely personalised, homemade gifts are always brilliant to receive at Christmas, but sometimes even the ‘easy’ DIY projects  need a woodcutting studio or advanced sewing skills!
If you want to create a personalised gift this year but you’re not as crafty as you’d like, here are some great gift ideas – no superglue required:

1. Turn their selfies into gifts

polaroid photos

Got a friend who loves to Instagram? There are lots of cute ways you can turn their photos into great personalised gifts. Put their snaps on show in the kitchen with fridge magnets, on display in the living room with coasters or with them at all times with a collage phone case!

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2. Brownie jar

brownie jar

Brownie jars are easy to make – even if you’re rubbish at baking! Simply layer up all the dry ingredients in a glass jar, add a little note with instructions and tie with a ribbon. Then all they need to do is add the wet ingredients and they can have freshly baked brownies in minutes! Plus, you can personalise it so it’s perfect for them -  nuts or no nuts, white chocolate chunks or milk. Not a brownie fan? Try gingerbread mix, chocolate chip cookie mix or whatever their favourite baked treat is. No more sweet-tooth emergencies!

Get the instructions to make yours.

3. Flavoured syrups

Got a fan of flavoured coffees on your Christmas list? It’s easy to make coffee syrup so they can enjoy their favourite coffee without the hefty price tag! Simply simmer sugar, water and flavouring (vanilla, caramel and peppermint are all great!) and decant into a fancy jar. Add a pretty ribbon and a note and you’ve got yourself a simple, tasty personalised gift.

Get recipes and flavour inspiration

4. Personalised hamper

While it’s easy to order a pre-made hamper, there’s nothing like creating a bespoke hamper full of things you know the recipient will love! A food hamper is traditional and always a treat – fill it with tasty cheese, fancy crackers and tangy chutney, plus a box of posh biccies, nice chocolate and a bottle of wine. Why stop there? You can create a hamper for everyone – skincare essentials and tealights for a relaxing spa day hamper; sweets, books and small toys for kids, or a hamper of DVDs, popcorn and sweets for the film lover in your life.

5. Personalised recipe book

cooking

If you’ve got a friend or family member who loves to cook, creating them a personalised recipe book full of their favourite recipes is a truly thoughtful gift. Fill it with their much-loved recipes so they’re all in one place, or use it to document those hand-me-down family recipes that have been passed down through generations!

There are loads of places where you can build and print a personalised recipe book online, or for a handwritten touch, buy a recipe box with cards inside and complete them for each recipe.

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6. Spice mix

Spice mixes are a great gift as they’re an easy way to make a simply meal more interesting – and they’re incredibly easy to make, too! Simply combine the spices in a nice jar, add a pretty bow and label it up. Add these to a hamper, or make a few and create a little spice mix gift set. Favourites include fajita spice, jerk seasoning, Cajun rub and curry spice mix.

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7. Homemade hot sauce

tomato sauce

Homemade jams and chutneys are a popular festive gift, but they’re not always the easiest things to make at home. Homemade hot sauce, however, doesn’t require any special equipment or a jam thermometer, and is perfect if your recipient likes things spicy. Most recipes only require a pan and a blender. Make it as spicy or a mild as the recipient prefers, add garlic or leave it out, use a base of tomatoes or peppers, or add sugar for a sweet chilli-style sauce.

Here are some great recipes to get you started

8. Favourite lyric or quote print

quote print

If they’ve got a favourite lyric or quote, immortalise it as artwork through a free tool like Canva. There are loads of templates you can edit with your chosen words to make it easy if you’re not as creative as you would like. Simply find a local printing shop who can print the size you’d like and scour charity shops for a perfect frame.
 

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