As cynical as I know I sound, its clear that Christmas has become a very commercial holiday. Large businesses begin rubbing their hands together and competing for customers months in advance, as UK consumers alone hand over billions of pounds in exchange for gifts, cards, wrapping paper, food and anything and everything else that businessmen and women label as Christmas essentials. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as guilty as the next person, and if anything, I’m aware that I use Christmas as an excuse to spend, spend and spend some more on treating both myself and my loved ones, as its so easy to do nowadays! Whats not as easy to do though, is to make sure that those gifts have a more personal touch.
I’ve always been someone who appreciates the sentiment behind a gift slightly more than the gift itself. ‘Its the thought that counts’. I think that its really important when giving a gift, to ensure that the recipient knows that you’ve given it with love, that you’ve picked out something especially for them and that thought has gone into it. Theres no better feeling at Christmas than watching someone open their gift from you and knowing that you nailed it.
If you have the time, Christmas crafts can be an amazing way to get into the festive spirit. Not only is making your own cards, gift tags, decorations or even gifts, super fun, but it also makes you feel as though you’ve made so much more effort for a person, and that gives you a lovely warm fuzzy feeling inside!
Here are some of the festive themed things that I like to make at Christmas:
- Gift tags
- Christmas Cards
- Christmas Crackers
- Bauble Wreaths
- Sweet Treats
Hopefully I’ll have a few posts coming up soon with more detail on how I make some of the above so keep an eye out!
I’d love to hear about any homemade Christmas ideas that any of you guys have in the comments!