Halifax, the bank that likes to give extra, are encouraging us to get more creative this yuletide and give a little something extra with our Christmas gifts.
A few thoughtful touches and DIY extras can really bring a present up a level - even a shop bought gift can be enhanced with a little personal touch to show you care.
I've been scouring the web and bring you my favourite ideas for extra finishing homemade touches...
Lots of us like to give a bottle of wine or maybe a spirit at Christmas. You can easily make it into a much more personal gift by adding your own label to it. There are lots of free printables available online, I particularly like these ones.
Pyjamas and Dressing Gowns
Cosy new PJs are a popular gift at Christmas, but why not try adding a homemade extra like a hot water bottle cover. These are really easy to make from old felted sweaters, so try a little upcycling!
Bubbles and bath items can be presented beautifully as a spa set like this, mixing both shop bought and handmade items. This turns your gift into a really wonderful pampering treat. Have a go at making your own shower scrubs, bath bombs or body oils to give a really personal gift.
Photos and Pictures
We often give family photos as presents to grandparents - particularly school photos. Instead of giving them in the ugly cardboard frames they come it, get your glue gun out, raid the button tin and decorate a frame to turn it into a wonderful keepsake.
These can be very expensive to buy, and let's be honest, nice as a box of chocs is, it can look a bit impersonal. Making your own chocolate gift is not difficult, and you can package them up beautifully. These chocolates by Domestic Goddesque are so pretty. Or if you are feeling a little more adventurous, these stunning truffles by Breakfast by the Sea look to die for.
|photograph copyright © Heather Wilkinson 2012|
A book is a wonderful gift to receive, but why not add an extra special touch by making a bookmark to go with it? I make lots of these and they are very simple to do. You need some velvet ribbon, some ribbon crimp ends (you can source these online or in craft shops), pliers and some old pendants or broken jewellery. Such a pretty and practical upcycling project.
Games and Toys
There are lots of simple games you can make yourself, like these beautiful stone dominoes by Martha Stewart. Red Ted Art has these adorable story cubes which will last as long as your imagination does. Or why not pimp a shop bought toy, like Finley and Oliver does with this fabulous Lego play and carry box.
A highly practical and popular gift, but lets face it, not exactly inspiring to look at! Now that most vouchers come on pre-loaded credit-card sized plastic, making a lovely wallet for one not only makes it look more appealing, but it can be used after to hold business cards or store cards.
You can turn a gift of a DVD into something much more special by creating a movie night hamper. Theme the items around the film and add in packs of popcorn, a mug and some hot chocolate sachets and marshmallows, a homemade face pack, scented candle ... whatever is appropriate.
No matter what you decide to give this Christmas, a little creative extra touch when wrapping it will go down a treat. For children's presents you could add a candy cane; gingerbread man or chocolate tree decoration under the ribbon. Pretty iced biscuits look gorgeous as well as being a tasty treat tied to the front of a gift. Use pretty scarves and vintage brooches to dress up a gift, and the recipient will be sure to want to keep the wrapping. Keen cooks and bakers will appreciate a festive cookie cutter or a sprig of fragrant herbs attached to their gift.
So, those are a few ideas to help you give a little extra this Christmas. But I also want you to share your creative tips. Please complete the rafflecopter below and leave a comment on this blog post with your best DIY tip for making your gifts a little extra special. One contributor will be chosen at random to win a fantastic iPad Air 16gb (Wi-Fi only) worth around £400. Just think of the hours you could spend on that drooling over blogs, Pinterest and Craft Gawker!
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