I love giving gifts. It really is one of my favourite things about Christmas. But sometimes there is one person that we struggle to buy for. Why not try your hand at a bit of DIY? DIY gifts are such a good idea. Its so fun to get creative and you can really put some thought into the gift and make them completely personal to the recipient! I have three gift ideas to show you and I hope you love them as much as I do.
Christmas-themed Sweet Jar
The first DIY gift idea I wanted to share with you was this Christmas themed sweet jar. I was actually gifted one of these last year, and I thought it was really clever. I’m going to be showing you how to make a Reindeer one, but you could choose to do something different if you wanted. I think a snowman or a Santa would also be a great choice!
The first thing you will need is an empty jar. A jam jar would do fine for this, but nothing that’s too small.
To make the reindeer face, I just used some brown card, which you can pick up from any craft shop. I cut off a strip of the paper, roughly about 6cm width and wrapped it all the way around the jar. You can adjust the measurements accordingly dependant on the size of the jar you use. Once you’re happy, stick it on. You can use PVA glue if you’re feeling brave…. But if like me, you’re feeling a little lazy or just want to save time, you can just use sellotape. I wanted to add something extra, so I’m using festive washi tape. How cute is that?!
I then stuck some googly eyes and a red pom pom for the nose onto the front of the jar. I used a glittery one, just to add a little sparkle!
Now for the antlers! To start with, you will need to make holes in the lid. Then you can put the pipe cleaners inside. You can also bend the pipe cleaners to make them more detailed. I’m using these gold ones. Again sparkly… I just loved them!
The rest is up to you! You could leave it as it is, like I did, or you could add some little extras. Finally, fill the jar with sweets! You could fill it with anything you like, or you could make it more personal by adding the recipient’s favourite sweets! For the reindeer, I think chocolate works quite well, so I added some Maltesers.
And voila, a Christmas themed sweet jar! I love the 3D effect of the whole thing and I think this is such a cute gift idea for any age! Its a great kids craft idea too. Its so fun and really simple, you can pretty much make it using things around your home.
‘Cosy Night In’ Basket
I love a cosy night in. PJ’s, dressing gowns, blankets and the warm glow of a Winter fire is totally my vibe. If you have a family member or friend who loves them too, then hopefully this will be right up their street! You could even make this for yourself, because if I’m being honest, thats what I did!
The first thing you’ll need is a basket, or box if you prefer. The size is totally up to you, it depends how much you want to include. Then you can just go out and buy some little things to go inside. If you’re feeling super creative you could always make some pieces, but I found some lovey bits in the shops that I wanted to put in.
The first thing I added in was a pair of fluffy socks. My feet are always cold, so these are an essential part of a cosy night. A cute alternative could be a pair of slippers, or soft PJs. Anything that gives that cosy or relaxed feeling would be perfect!
Then I added in some travel size goodies. This is a great way to add a personal touch as you can add some of the recipients’ favourites. The small sizes are really convenient for so many things. Plus, they’re super cute. I don’t know what it is, but I just find travel minis so much more exciting than full size. But if you prefer, you could just buy full size pieces to go inside. So, I added some mini Zoella products, specifically, the gingerbread scented hand and body creams. These are my own personal favourites, particularly this time of year. They add a little festive touch. I love them and I think they’re such cute additions!
I also added in a candle because who doesn’t love candles? This one is from Sanctuary, aptly named the ‘Get Cosy’ candle. And it smells so good! Again, if you know what the recipients’ favourite candle is, you can add that instead! An alternative for this one could be a face mask or a shower gel.
Probably one of the most important thing I added was a small bottle of wine. Not sure I need to explain myself on this one. Also, some chocolate, because what is Christmas without chocolate?! Snowman shaped chocolate no less. Its a lovely way to finish it off.
I just love this idea, its really quick and easy to put together if you’re running low on time before Christmas. Its something you can totally personalise. I also think this is a great gift for a loved one if you’re on a budget, because you can add as much or as little as you like.
Hot Chocolate Kit
Ok, unpopular opinion time. I don’t like tea. Yes, I know, how, why and all the rest of it. I don’t like coffee either. I don’t know what it is, I just have never really enjoyed the taste. But one thing I do love is a hot chocolate. Which is why when I discovered this gift idea through Tanya Burr last year, I thought it was a great one. And this year, I just had to give it a try.
The first thing you will need is some hot chocolate. You can use any brand you like, but I think using your loved one’s favourite hot chocolate is a nice touch. I picked up four sachets of hot chocolate (because they all looked so delicious and I couldn’t choose). If you have more time, you don’t have to use sachets. Then I tied them together with some gold ribbon.
Every hot chocolate needs marshmallows on the side. I got some American style mini marshmallows. I wrapped these in a square of cellophane and tied the top with some more gold ribbon. You may want to wrap the hot chocolate in cellophane too, which you could also do.
Then you will need a mug. A festive one is a good idea for this, but if you don’t have one, you can just buy a pretty mug, like I did. Load the mug with your hot chocolate and marshmallows. To make it a little more festive, I added a couple of candy canes. This is a great idea if the person enjoys dipping them in hot chocolate. And as a final touch, you can add any other chocolates they love. I added this white chocolate snowman to give it a Christmassy vibe.
This idea is so simple, but it would be so lovely to receive! You can present it in so many different ways, so if this doesn’t float your boat, just layer the hot chocolate and marshmallows in a jar and decorate. However you present it, the recipient can enjoy a hot chocolate or two (or four in my case) on a cold Winter’s day.
And as quick as that, I’m done! These are my three DIY festive gift ideas. I think they are really versatile and perfect for anyone who likes something a little different. Plus, its a great opportunity for you to get creative. If you happen to recreate any of these ideas, please do let me know in the comments below. What are your favourite DIY gift ideas this Christmas?