Save money this Christmas with homemade gifts

November 15, 2015


Image by Christina Rutz

Christmas. While it is supposed to be a time of joy and fun, the mere mention of the festive season strikes fear into the hearts of many. With the average Christmas spend at a hefty £414, it can be difficult to make that pay check stretch and some dread the arrival of the credit card bill in January. But it doesn’t have to be this way – with a little bit of careful planning and some financial savvy, you can have a satisfying festive season without breaking the bank. Why not try making your some cute homemade gifts this season?

The idea of a homemade Christmas personally fills me with joy – simply because I love making stuff. Nothing makes me happier than locking myself in the kitchen on a Sunday afternoon and emerging three hours later with various delicious baked goodies. I’m definitely making some presents this year, as I’ve seen so many cute ideas across the internet. Here are a few of my favourites:

Homemade Preserves

Making jams and marmalade is great, because a big batch can take care of 5-10 presents. Here are some tips to get you started.

Source: npr.org via kim on Pinterest


Christmas Cookies

Cookies are incredibly easy to make. Wrap each one individually in a plastic bag and add little ribbon to make a cute little homemade gift.

Chocolate Shapes

Simply melt down a couple of bars of chocolate and pour into fun chocolate moulds, which you can get very cheaply in pretty much any  kitchenware store. Et voila! A bag of posh looking chocolates at a fraction of the price.

Of course, the advantages of homemade gifts are more than just financial. People will see the effort you have put in to your gift and treasure it all the more. Also, making gifts can be a great team sport – so if you have kids, friends or family think about getting them involved for a quality festive get together.

So if your purse strings are a little tighter this year, don’t despair – just get your creative hat on and make some cute homemade gifts.

Do you have any money saving gift ideas? Share them with us in the comments section below!

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