We seem to be heading towards the pointy end of the year and with that usually comes a little gift giving. I love making or giving something that I know can either be consumed, passed on, recycled, is environmentally friendly or upcycled in some way. In giving gifts like this though, you usually have to think a little bit before hand. So no shopping on Christmas Eve for me. (Anyway, I would rather be eating my 10th rum ball and reading Christmas bed time stories to The Monkeys.)
So a few rehashed ideas, in a listy form.
Preserves for everyone. Jams, marmalades, sweet chilli sauce and chutneys. You can make them well ahead of time and easy thing to pop in a little food hamper or given singularly.
Idea: attach an antique teaspoon with some string to the side.
Gnome fairies as a gift or even Christmas decoration. How to make them and where to buy their little wooden bodies here.
A plate of various biscuits for Grandma Esme and Uncle Pollywaffle?
Chocolate Honey Biscuits, Lemon Vanilla Stars, Anzac Biscuits, Chewy Coconut Biscuits, Custard Biscuits the list is endless. Make them crisper and they will keep longer.
Idea: A plate of biscotti and some beautiful fairtrade tea.
Buy a plate or dish second hand from your local op-shop/thrift shop/charity shop. Beautiful one off antique ones can bought for usually just a couple of dollars.
An afternoon outing, exploring your local botanical gardens or national park with a picnic? Make an IOU card. Can be used for any ages.
A visit to the local zoo for your nephew Buster? A present doesn’t have to be a ‘thing’ it can be an experience.
maybe a Keep Cup for the coffee fiend from work? No more annoying mounting up disposable coffee cups in the bin.
Where to buy some Soap Nuts for Aunt Green Pants and what on earth they are?
Some bubbles for the triplet girls- Aoli, Bellini, and Chia and how to make your own.
Lots of scraps of fabric? Get quilting. There is probably a beautiful new baby that could use a little quilted change mat. Or maybe some new oven mits for the kind lady down the road who keeps baking fabulous brownies and leaving them on your door step.
Some different ideas for wrapping some of those gifts. Gift wrapping doesn’t have to be the conventional rip it up kind.
…and perhaps a card to go with it?
Chocolate wrapping cards. There’s a damn good reason to go buy some of that fairtrade chocolate you saw on special.
or maybe just a simple gift tag?…
Gift tags can made from old cards, cereal boxes, biscuit boxes or just a beautiful old photo.
Lots of possibilities… now go have fun creating and giving.