Homemade Gift Ideas
Why not give an experience like a spa day, zoo entry or theatre show, or a subscription to their favourite online magazine or vouchers for an art class? These are thoughtful gifts that are zero-waste and the memories can be treasured forever. Also, sponsoring/adopting an endangered animal in their name is great for little ones, with everything from polar bears to llamas needing a helping hand
Gifts to pamper
Bath salts are super easy to make, and doing it yourself can really add a personal touch. All you need to make them are Epsom salts, sea salt, food colouring and essential oils. You can choose which oils and colours to use to make the perfect combination. Putting the salts in a glass jar with a homemade gift label really adds a personal touch. Click here for more instructions.
Using a homemade body scrub feels wonderful, and has many benefits for your skin and health. It can also make a fantastic gift idea, especially if put into a nice jar or container. You will only need a few ingredients to make a basic scrub - oil of your choice, sugar, and an oil extract to scent your scrub.You can also add different extracts and food colouring to make it extra personalised. For example, here are some instructions on how to make honey sugar body scrub. Coffee grounds mixed with coconut oil also make an excellent face and body scrub!
Infused oil is a lovely gift for a keen chef. It's really simple to make and does not require a lot of time or effort. To infuse, start with a high quality olive oil, spices and dried herbs. Add the herbs and spices into a glass jar or container and then pour the oil over them ensuring that the herbs and spices are covered. Ensure that the bottle is completely sealed and place the jar on a windowsill or sunny spot. Remember to shake the bottle every few days or so.
Big Batch BBQ Rub
This dry rub is really quick to make and uses a lot of ingredients you may already have in your home. Creating the layered effect makes it look really special. The dry rub can be used on a variety of meats including chicken, pork and beef. The perfect gift for any foodie! Find out the recipe here.
Snow Globe Hot Chocolate
Start by skewering 3 large, white marshmallows together with a cocktail stick. Use black and orange icing to dot on the buttons and carrot nose. Stick the snowman onto a cookie using more icing. For the hat take a chocolate like a rolo or reices pieces and stick onto a giant chocolate button. Add 2tbsp horlicks and 2tbsp cocoa powder (or other drinking chocolate) into a glass jar. Add the snowman and cookie on top. Seal the jar and tie a gift lable with the following instructions: Remove the snowman from the jar and add 300ml warm milk. Stir well until smooth and chocolatey and enjoy with your snowman for dunking. (credit: bbcgoodfood)
Chutney is a great way to use up those autumnal veggies instead of going to waste. A variety of vegetables can go in a chutney as well as some fruits. Most recipes have tomato, peppers, onion with sugar, vinegar and seasonings. Then add others like apples, beetroots, carrots and cucumber as per these delicious recipes, leave for at least a month to let the flavour develop and you have a waste free gift perfect for christmas dinner!
Other gift ideas
Tea Cup Candles
These beautiful candles are easy to make and look really special. You can pick up some cute, vintage tea cups and saucers in a charity shop or a recycling centre. Wax and wicks are generally cheap and can be purchased online or in most craft stores. You can add in food colouring and scented oils to make the candles exactly how you want. Find out more here.
Growing Gift Set
A growing gift set is a lovely idea for any plant enthusiast. All you need is a plant pot, ribbon, compost and bulbs/ seeds. You can then pop the bulbs/seeds and the compost in the pot and tie it with the ribbon. If you're feeling extra creative why not add a homemade gift label with instructions? A much greener alternative to giving flowers!
Have a look at our Gift Ideas Pinterest board for some more gift inspiration.