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Re: Christmas presents

Post: #235326 julie_lanteri
Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:21 pm

some brilliant ideas! really jealous of your friends and relatives :p

I got a book from the library about soaps (how to melt a basic bar of soap and add ingredients, also bath salts, bombs, scrubs etc). great ideas without having to make soap from scratch.
Also little pouches for different uses (could have zip closure, drawstring, velcro, buttons): coin purse, mini make up bag, bag for trainers, PE bag, small laundry/underware bag to put in the suitecase etc. You could only do one or make a matching set.

I am always worried about going all handmade for my presents so I always make sure it's something useful/edible. The last thing I want is the "what do you want me to do with that" look! An other option is a personalised gift basket, as Nomada mentioned (I love the baking idea!), it's very easy to adapt and doesn't need to cost a lot of money: gardening set, colouring set, knitting/sewing/crafts set, even a chill out set (a nice mug with hot choc/tea/coffee, biscuits/truffles, appropriate magazine/book, candle) etc...

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Re: Christmas presents

Post: #235338 noplasticbags
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:23 pm

Just as a little extra I knitted a Christmas tree bauble (bought the pattern off e-bay, but I know about ravelry this year!) and gave one with people's bought presents last year. I did knit the what I called the kid's Christmas stockings (they actually turned out bag shaped with a drawstring top) out of old video tapes - plan to make some bigger ones and try them out as shopping bags and give some of those as Christmas presents.

So glad you've started this thread. I was thinking of starting when I come back indoors in October, but maybe I'm leaving it too late :santa:

Look forward to joyfully pinching everyone else's ideas.

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Post: #235342 missy
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:39 pm

i blogged some of the home made things we made last xmas

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Re: Christmas presents

Post: #235367 Susie
Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:39 am

This year I'm making everyone mittens. I'm going to start these ones next when I decide on a colour scheme. Mittens! I'm obsessed.

Also I'm going to make people little boxes of chocolates. I bought this book a while ago in a moment of weakness and I thought it would be full of recipes where you have to use a tiny bit of something that costs £20 + £15 postage, but actually it isn't, there are quite a few recipes in it that look doable with reasonably cheap ingredients, so we will see. I have made some fudge from it already and it worked.

The year of mittens and chocolates. There, that's me sorted out and it's only June. {Dusts lapel, smugly}.
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Post: #235392 red
Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:54 pm

liqueurs are always a hit. as are handmade chocolate selection.. you can make truffles fudge etc
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Re: Christmas presents

Post: #235430 Sally Jane
Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:59 pm

Last year I made lavender bags and herb bags, paired up and attached with ribbon to make them into shoe stuffers.
Also used some pretty fabric to make pocket paper tissue holders. And I mixed up some almond oil/essential oil blends and put into roller-ball bottles and labelled them as shaving oils for the (awkward) men!
My big problem is finding ideas for home-made gifts that don't require immense talent or dexterity, especially this year as I broke my wrist in March and it just isn't quite as mobile as it was. Also, 90% have to be posted, so jars of jams and jellies are out, though it's what all the neighbours will get again this year!
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Re: Christmas presents

Post: #235435 Thomzo
Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:25 pm

Sally Jane wrote:90% have to be posted


Quite a few of my friends also make jams and chutneys. Last year I played around on the computer and generated a sheet of labels that I could give them for their jars. You could make up a pack with personalised jam jar labels, fabric lid covers, elastic bands, ribbon etc.

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Gift Ideas

Post: #267331 Lost-in-the-Day
Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:56 am

I've just had a quick scan of the forum and can't see that anyone else has started this yet so I apologise for being the first, or if I'm not I apologise for not spotting the thread.

One of my "resolutions" back in January was to be more organised about making gifts for my family and friends at xmas time so early October seems a good time to start, the only trouble is I'm wondering what I could make them. Last year was a medley of pots, dream catchers and small sculptures. This year I plan to make some jewellery for my sister but beyond that I am a bit stumped for inspiration. :scratch:

What ideas have people had for this year so far? What's the craziest gift you've ever made? What's the craziest gift you've ever received?
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Re: Gift Ideas

Post: #267339 the.fee.fairy
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:45 pm

for kids - clear M&P soap with a plastic goldfish in it packaged in a plastic bag (like they used to sell them at fairs) or clear M&P coloured blue set in a cupcake cup with a rubber duck on top.

For babies - a quilt/wallhanging for the nursery, a fabric ball with ribbons sticking out from the seams.

For new mums - A pamper pack! (not the nappies - soaps, smellies, face masks etc).

For neighbours - homemade jam/cakes.biscuits all packaged in a little basket.

Haven't got a clue about stuff for men though :(

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Re: Gift Ideas

Post: #267363 prison break fan
Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:36 pm

Really pleased you have started this, as I am always stuck for ideas. My daughter is making rag rugs and cushions and I am rather jealous I didn't think of it first! Please keep the ideas coming! pbf.

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Re: Gift Ideas

Post: #267364 diggernotdreamer
Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:04 pm

I have been thinking about making things like rum truffles and other nice chocolate sweets. Last year, we bought a tin of Roses for the Christmas, I always looked forward to these as a treat but they were such a disappointment, all my favourites gone and the chocolate tasted of soap and it left you with an oily feeling in the mouth, not the same as when it was owned by Cadburys. I think people would really appreciate something chocolately and hand made

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Re: Gift Ideas

Post: #267365 GeorgeSalt
Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:23 pm

the.fee.fairy wrote:Haven't got a clue about stuff for men though :(

Some of us do like jam/marmalade, and some of us have been known to have a bath at least once a year (usually around Christmas).
Curently collecting recipes for The Little Book of Liqueurs..

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Re: Gift Ideas

Post: #267366 marshlander
Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:57 pm

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Re: Christmas presents

Post: #267367 marshlander
Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:04 pm

Just bringing this back to the top as it's topical ;0
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Re: Gift Ideas

Post: #267369 Odsox
Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:43 pm


Sure can, but it takes a modicum of head scratching. :scratch: :iconbiggrin:
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