Inexpensive homemade Christmas gifts that don’t scream disaster

If you want to give your loved ones personal and meaningful presents this year then here are some cracking homemade Christmas gift ideas that don’t require an ounce of PVA glue, glitter or lollipop sticks.

Homemade gifts do have the potential to impress even if you are no culinary genius or a whiz with crafts, so get the images of dodgy knitwear and dried pasta jewellery out of your mind and take a look at these Christmas creations.

Lasting memories

Gather photographs from the past twelve months and display them in an album as a reminder of the year you’ve had. It’s easy to forget some of the occasions that have passed so this is a great way of making a lasting memory for the whole family– particularly if it’s been a big year. Check out Photobox’s photo books to create your personalised album for a loved one. For a truly unique homemade gift for Christmas, with prices starting at £5.99 for a mini album, you’ll be on to a winner. Or even add your photos to mugs, calendars, coasters… the choice is yours.

Spread the joy

Using patterned ribbon and handwritten labels, homemade preserves can make a tempting and impressive personal gift. Stock up on some some jam jars from Lakeland and fill them with festive treats such as spiced chutney, mincemeat and cranberry jelly. You’ll find recipes for these seasonal spreads in abundance online, so put your culinary skills to the test and impress your friends and family. The only problem will be trying to resist them before you give them out as gifts!

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Let there be light

Candles are a symbolic feature of Christmas and can evoke such comforting and magical feelings. They make really great gifts as they’re a ‘one size fits all’ item –which is great if you’ve run out of ideas! Try making your own (with a candle-making kit from Homecrafts Direct for £24.95) to brighten up someone’s Christmas. With different scents, shapes and styles, this gift can be enjoyed well into the New Year - for a relaxing bath or a romantic meal at home, candles will set the scene for your loved ones.

On trend

Follow the growing trend of cake pops and make your own with this quirky kit from Little Cake Pop for £13.99. With everything included you can be on your way to cake pop heaven in no time. Or make your very own stylish and delicious macaroons, also a big trend in the patisserie world. Lakeland has a great fail-safe macaroon making kit for £34.99 with dozens of recipes to try. These French treats are fun and girly, and wrapped in tissue paper they would make the perfect girly homemade Christmas gift. Who says cakes can’t be fashionable? And at least they’re cheaper than a designer handbag!

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