Although it is well past the festive period and most people don’t even want to utter the C word this could possibly be a Christmassy post. But got to get prepared its only 349 days until the next one… I’m joking! If I could have posted this in the build up to Christmas I would have but I didn’t want my parents or my sister to know part of their Christmas presents. But the ideas in this post aren’t just for Christmas and could be used at any time throughout the year.
This year after becoming a bit of a Pinterest addict I decided to alongside normal presents do a bit of a home made affair. What started as a couple of ideas soon became an obsession and turned into two giant Home-made Hampers; one for my parents to share and one for my sister. There are so many different ways hampers can be done and if I was to do this again which I probably will I would be more specific with a particular theme for each hamper as these ones were lots of odd bits and bobs thrown in together. But it made a really great present and my recipients really loved them!
Something about receiving a home-made gift is just more personable than any amount of money that can be spent. Obviously for the things I made I did need supplies but I sourced everything via local shops and Amazon and though I don’t have exact costs it wasn’t that expensive. I loved doing this having a secret project going on and learnt lots that will help me in the future when I do home-made bits again.
Apologise for the photos they were taken in a rush just after I had given these to my family before they started to get used. Would have loved to have taken better ones but just didn’t have the time but you still get the gist.
These are the two hampers; the cream one was for my sister and the darker brown one was for my parents. I was going to get wicker baskets but decided that these would fit in better for use afterwards. I managed to get these at the Range for a few pounds.
I used lots of jars and cellophane bags to put things in so I began collecting used jars from home and bought a few extras. I covered most of the jars with decorative paper just to give them that extra touch which can be easily done.
This was the contents of the two hampers. Quite a few items overlapped then some were unique to the specific person.
The mugs are my favourite items I made and I’m really happy with the way they turned out. They were just plain mugs bought from a cheap shop that were decorated with nail polish. The lettered ones were for my parents and the two with the hearts on were for my sister. A really simple idea that could stand alone with some goodies inside the mug. There are a tonne of ways to decorate mugs too; Pinterest is filled with lots of sharpie mugs!
The decorative H is for my sister. She is moving house soon and I though that could be a really nice touch on her door or just leaning on her dressing table. Again an easy make; cardboard (I used a nappy box) and wool! I was going to add some flowers to it but liked how it looked without.
Both hampers included a jar of Vanilla Sugar Scrub Bars; might seem a bit more difficult but there are tonnes of simple ways to make beauty products with a few purchased ingredients and items from home. I’ve tried one of these and really liked it. As it is home-made you can put as much or as little scrub in it and they can be done in a variety of scents. I loved how the cubes looked piled up in the jar.
Whipped cocoa butter was in my parents hamper for my Mum and although home-made contains all the good vitamins and essential oils you need for good skin.
The Red Onion Chutney was the first thing I made for the hampers. I made this back in November as the longer you leave it the better it is supposed to taste! Really happy with how this turned out and will definitely be doing more jams and chutneys to follow as who doesn’t love a caramelised chutney!!!
Brownie bites in a jar as a little treat featured in both hampers!
Rosemary infused oil was in my sisters hamper as she loves Rosemary. This could be done as a little gift to someone who has moved house; a selection of flavoured or spiced oils with some ribbon and labels on could look really lovely and slightly different from the usual giving of a plant.
Chocolate bark was in both hampers and although this was nice it was soo sickly so I would definitely make it differently next time but love the idea of really tasty chocolate treats in cellophane bags.
The mixed fruit Granola was for my sister and probably my favourite looking of the foodie items. She is a huge Granola eating fan and this was home-made so contains a tonne of seeds and dried fruits to kick start your day in the right way!
Things that aren’t in individual photos are candles and truffles. These were both made too but the chocolates were soo rich they could only be eaten like one a day! Definitely something I would do again but would tweak the recipe slightly. And who doesn’t love a home-made candle; such an uncomplicated process and can be jazzed up with decorative jars or scents. There was also a ‘Manly Scrub’ for my Dad in the hamper that seems to have missed the photo.
Things that weren’t made my me included some Turkish Delight, Marshmallows and Mint Imperials in a jar. I think you could put anything in a jar and it would look cute.
I might do some individual recipes and how-to’s for some of my favourite things or let me know if there is a specific recipe you are after and I can guide you in the right direction!
Have you ever done anything home-made for Christmas/someones Birthday, would love to know!
Thanks for reading xxx