Making your own gifts (with a little help, of course) is the perfect way to add something extra to your Christmas presents this year
While we’re all busy making and buying our Christmas gift list this year (and hopefully buying local wherever possible), something may still feel like it’s missing from your holiday plans. We’ve all gone through a lot this year, and a little TLC will go a long way this Christmas, especially if you’re in the unfortunate position of not being able to see your loved ones in person.
Opting for a thoughtful and homemade gift at this time of year is one of the most generous and heartwarming things you can do. Not only are you showing someone you’re thinking of them, but you’re also showing that you care enough to put time and love into making something special. But never fear – you don’t have to go scraping the random drawers and under the stairs to find the elements of a great gift. There are lots of helpful sources out there to aid you in your crafting this Christmas, and ensure they don’t end up with another lollipop stick box.
Here are some of our favourites that will really stand out under the tree.
A wreath-making kit
“Classic Christmas” Fresh Wreath Making Kit & Online Video Tutorial, €65 from The Flowersmith Studio
If a special occasion is coming up before Christmas, or just if you like to get in there early with gifts, a beautiful wreath kit is just what you need to spread some cheer and flex your creative muscles. This “Class Christmas” kit from Cork-based Flowersmith Studio includes all the materials you need, in a gorgeous seasonal palette, and a video to help you along.
A great day out (or in) with the kids with a Den Kit
The Original Den Kit, €49 from Kidly.ie
If the kids end up with cabin fever over the Christmas break (God knows we will), this fantastic Den Kit from Kidly.ie really is the perfect day out. Whether you’ve got access to the great outdoors or just a basic back garden, setting up this fort (complete with face paints, of course) is the perfect way to build teamwork and to tire ’em out before dinner.
Baubles embroidery kit
Rico Christmas Bauble Tree Decoration Embroidery Kit – White (8 pcs), now €5.65 from LoveCrafts
Some new Christmas tree decorations are always a failsafe stocking filler, and what could be better than crafting them yourself? This pack of eight stitchable baubles come with everything you need to make some intricate designs, and bonus: it’s a great stress reliever too.
A fabric flower kit
Flower Kit, €32 from Numero 74
Blooming fresh bouquets are hard to come by this time of year, so why not opt for a fabric bunch instead? You can use this exhaustive kit to adorn anything with fabric flowers, from a woolen hat or scarf to a wreath or tree decoration.
An embroidery kit
Permin Christmas Towels Cross Stitch Kit ( 3 pcs) , €14.62 from Lovecrafts
Embroidering, whether it’s on a garment or just to hang on the wall, is the perfect gift for a loved one. I’ve received countless wall hangings and designs over the years from friends and family, and it’s such a lovely touch to add personality to your home. These Christmassy dish towels are a lovely housewarming present for someone who’s just changed their abode, or if you’re looking for something different, Lovecrafts have some fantastic ideas to get your own juices flowing.
A macramé hanger
The Macramé DIY Plant Hanger Kit, £20 (approx. €23) from Astral Fibres
Who hasn’t spotted one of these beautiful plant hangers on Instagram this year? It seems everyone is lending their hand to macramé since lockdown began, and with good reason – it’s very little effort, with a beautiful payoff. This wall hanging is a great addition to any room in the house, and if you’ve got a plant lover in your life, this is a great way to compliment their efforts.
And if all else fails, knit them a jumper
Little Honey Pot knitting kit, from €125.00 from Wool and the Gang
How chuffed would you be to present someone with a handknitted creation on Christmas day? It takes a lot of time, but knitting up a wonder like the jumper above is easier than you think, especially when you’ve got a good pattern to work off. I’ve used Wool and the Gang countless times for knitting patterns and materials, and they’ve never failed me yet. Well worth the investment, whether it’s for a loved one, or to treat yourself.