I'm planning already, and for once I think I'll manage a home made christmas!!! I've had great ideas in the past few years but only got them in november so didnt have enough time.....
so here's my plans.
so. I have 23 people to buy for. some re couples who will be getting joint gifts... and so far I have ideas for 21 of them!!
brother (18)hidden storage book
brother (16, passionate about cooking) Takeaway Secret book and some cooking gubbins.
Sister (14) a handbag (handmade) or hidden storage book.
maternal aunt and uncle #1 curry set. Takeaway Secret book, cheap balti dishes (x3), spices in little jars all in a cheap wicker basket with a liner made from sari fabric.
cousin (18) hidden storage
maternal aunt+uncle #2 cupcake kit: cheap icing set, paper cases, silicone bun tin, recipe book.
cousin (2 I think, could be 3...oops) hand made teddy, scrap patchwork style. already started
mum in law and step-father-in-law (hippies): plate from hailand found in jumble for 20p, insence, candles all in sari fabric wicker basket
father in law and his girlfriend: chocolates and hot choc set mugs; mug with some sachets of hot choc, baggies of mini marshmallows and a nice spoon in. x 1 each.
brother and sister in law #1 same as aunt and uncle #1
brother and sister in law #2 (vegans) vegan cookie and cake mixes in jars, decorated with ribbon. this is more a gift for sis in law but bro in law will benefit lol.
friends (x3) dry jar brownies mix. they all raved about my brownies at a recent party!
daughter's best friends (children of my friends conveniently! all 5/6): hot choc kits OR desk tidy art kit.
siblings of daughter's friends: age appropriate little gift bags; sweets, jewellry, makeup etc. small and less than £2 each.
so what I need to buy:
books for hidden storage will come from the local council's free book shop.
cheap cutlery trays to build storage, about £2
wicker boxes and celophane (online so has p+p too) £16.58
balti dishes (£1 each, "Kam's" basildon)
bamboo spoon sets x 3, £1.50 each home bargains.
already got 3 copies of Takeaway Secret for £1.99 each from The Works so £5.97
icing kit, £1.50 home bargains
cupcake papers 72p/100 home bargains
jars and bottles (online), lids and corks... 10 15ml jars, 10 100ml jars, 20 lids, 5 x 720ml jars, 5 lids, 3 100ml botles, 6 50ml bottles, corks... £32.05 (p+p included)
silicon bun tin £1 £land
hot chocolate sachets x10
mini marshmallows x massive bag, Kam's.
cardboard luggage labels (ebay)£3.58 x 100
p. flour x about 2kg
sugar x 1-2kg
plain chocolate 500g ish
small metal spoons x10 ish
I am hoping to not go much over £80 for all 21 of them. fingers crossed. I am confident I can do this.... but already spent £58 on the stuff to make them all with!
I'm also heading to the jumble tomorrow to have a dig through lol.
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very