Christmas is approaching, which means late-night shopping, seasonal sales and stretched student overdrafts. Ticking off the presents list is always difficult when your pockets are less than lined and you’re buying for the friends and family who have everything imaginable. So instead of reaching for the house swear jar or skipping the in between classes Tesco meal deal, crafted gifts are the answer.
Being thrifty does not mean you have to compromise on style, nor does it mean you have to know your way around a needle and thread. Making your own Christmas presents can be an achievement in itself, and on all levels of creativity, your enthusiasm will be appreciated. After all, the most thoughtful presents come from your glittered, hot glue-gunned heart.
In one trip to the corner shop you can bulk buy presents for your entire list. Glass jars are easy to find, whether they’re saved from your recycling bin or from a bargain homewares section. Fill the jar with multipacks of miniature chocolates and sweets and decorate as you like. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar and spread mod podge or PVC glue over it before dabbing glitter in your desired shapes.
Sticking with the sweet tooth, a make your-own-sundae-bar present can give as many helpings as you can handle. Provide the recipient with an ice-cream scoop, bowl and all the toppings. Think sprinkles, sauce, marshmallows, wafers and anything you could stick in an ice-cream. Enclose it in a gift bag or cardboard box wrapped in Christmas paper and the portable sundae bar is good to go. This could also be done for friends who love to bake or some on a seasonal health kick, with ingredients boxes and fruit smoothie compositions.