Something that I’ve always loved receiving is a homemade gift. When it comes to Christmastime I find that making a gift for someone can actually be more fulfilling than buying a gift. Plus if, like me, you’re a student it can often be a lot more budget-friendly to make something yourself. I had a browse through Pinterest for some ideas about gifts that you can make yourself as well as thinking of a few ideas of my own and put together a list of a few of my favourites. I’ve also got an exciting DIY gift idea for the whole family to get involved in to share with you.
You might see this title and think well a Kilner Jar isn’t homemade is it Faye? But give me a second to make my case as to why they’re a worthwhile gift. It’s all about what you put inside them! Surely I’m not the only person that thinks that putting pretty much anything into a glass jar makes it look adorable. Say, for example, that your friend is a massive chocolate fan. Collect a selection of their favourite chocolates, put them inside a jar and add a homemade label or tag to it. Minimal effort and a great gift, what more could you want? You can adjust what’s inside the jar for each gift you make as well. There’s so much you could fill them with; homemade biscuits, jam, sweets, coffee beans, anything! Plus, when the contents of the jar are gone they’re left with a practical piece of kitchenware.
Continuing on with this theme of food you could simply just bake a cake or biscuits for someone. Everyone loves a treat around Christmastime so why not have a go at baking? Once you’ve made the treats it’s all about the way you gift them. One of my favourite ways to wrap biscuits is in a clear bag with a bit of a ribbon around the top. I recently gave someone a bag of homemade biscotti (I know I still need to get around to sharing this recipe with you!) and I wrapped them in a bag and ribbon combo.
A card isn’t exactly something that is considered a gift in itself. However, if you’re looking to give someone money for Christmas then making your own card could add that little bit extra to the whole gift. I absolutely love making cards for friends and family and it’s something I do almost every year. Of course I won’t give everyone a homemade card (who has time for that!?). Although when I do make someone a card they always treasure it. If you’re worried that you aren’t creative enough to think of your own design then just browse through Pinterest for inspiration. There are some really simple but lovely card designs on there. So, there’s no excuse not to make one!
I first heard of Home Brewtique a few months ago when they reached out to me about gift ideas. At the time I was thinking about different gifts that I could buy my dad for Christmas this year so when they got in touch I was interested in finding out more. Slightly different to the usual DIY gift idea, Home Brewtique allows you to make craft beer in your own home. You simply go onto their site and choose the type of beer you want to make (I went for a Pale Ale because I know how much of a fan my dad is of it.)
There are a few different kits to choose from such as the complete, starter and ultimate brewing kit. I went with the complete brewing kit as it came with everything to make my beer (other than a brewing pot as I already had one big enough). When it arrived I followed the detailed step-by-step guide to make my own craft beer. There’s about a week left until they’ll be ready to drink and I can’t wait to see how they turned out! What I love so much about this gift idea is that it’s something that you can make as a group. You could choose to get the person who’s gift it is involved in the making of it or make it yourself beforehand and give it to them when it’s ready. Either way, it’s a really interesting take on the DIY gift.
I’ll be sharing a follow-up post to this with my experience in brewing my own beer. If anyone is interested in finding out a bit more about Home Brewtique then keep an eye out!
Thanks for reading! Hopefully I’ve managed to give you a bit of DIY inspiration this Christmas. Do you ever make your own Christmas gifts? Let me know in the comments.