AD – Collaborative Post // As the countdown to Christmas gets shorter, ticking off your present list can become more stressful than seasonal. Whether you’re a regular crafter or you’ve found a new hobby to enjoy during lockdown, you can avoid endless online shopping by making homemade gifts. Sharing your skills with your loved ones isn’t just a great way to tick off your Christmas checklist; it can have an amazing impact on your mental health, and your friends and families’ happiness on the big day too.

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Make something to remember

Some of the most meaningful gifts are handmade. Sending homemade gifts for Christmas means you’re giving something truly thoughtful and one of a kind. Putting your own spin on your gifts means you can show your present-recipients just how much you appreciate them, along with the knowledge that you’ve spent time and effort putting a crafted masterpiece together.

As well as this, giving gifts you’ve made yourself means you never face the worry of duplicating presents. There’s nothing worse than watching your loved one unwrap the same gift you bought them. By making your own gifts, you’ll remove the pressure of buying similar presents, and give something that’s truly unique instead.

Support local businesses

Many small businesses rely on trade in the run-up to Christmas, and this year, independent retailers need our support more than ever. Luckily, crafting your own gifts gives you the chance to explore the high-quality supplies that independent shops stock, as well as helping you find inspiration for your next crafty project. Whether you’re searching for hand-dyed yarn to give your friends and family cosy knitted socks, hats, scarves or even jumpers, or paints and pencils to design beautiful prints, shopping local will help you do more than one good deed this festive season.

Explore a new hobby

One of the very best things about giving gifts you’ve put your time and care into is that it’s fun! Getting back in touch with your creative side lets you discover a new hobby. Whether you’ve chosen to create unique clay vases, dried flower arrangements or soft knitted socks for your loved ones, sharpening your crafting skills is a great way to spend an evening, and can be very beneficial for your wellbeing too.

If you’re ready for your Christmas crafting to become a regular hobby, The Foundry Works has a wide selection of hand-dyed yarn, knitting patterns and accessories available to help you have fun making beautiful creations all year round.

Streamline your budget

As 2020 draws to a close, more of us than ever are pinching the pennies. When you make your own beautifully crafted gifts, you can often save what you would usually be spending in stores, especially now that online shopping is easier than ever. While the initial materials needed to start your crafty mission will cost, you’re likely to spend less overall. Christmas can be a stressful time when it comes to budgeting. Getting crafty in your spare time will help give you peace of mind that you won’t break the bank, while showing your loved ones just how much you care about them too.

Will you be giving any homemade gifts this Christmas?


  1. This is such a great post. Last year money was tight for us so I decided to make a baking hamper and gift it to everyone, it contained festive fudge, cupcakes, biscuits plus a few extra bits and everyone thought they were so thoughtful and enjoyed them so much.

  2. I made a bunch of home made gifts this year 🙂 I did treat boxes and candles! I think people appreciate it more!

  3. Love this! I love how personal and thoughtful homemade gifts are. I’ve loved buying a lot of homemade gifts from small businesses this year for Christmas. I would like the get more crafty and try and make my own as well though! xx

  4. Such a great idea! I love homemade gifts they’re much more special, budget friendly, and you can always customized it.

  5. I absolutely love handmade gifts! They’re more personal and more appreciated by people. You can pour your heart in it and mostly do something you love 🙂

  6. I am always looking for a new hobby to do. This was a great idea to include to my hobbies list. And don’t everybody love a handmade gift with love. I am planning on making some gifts for my friends. Thanks for the idea.😊

  7. I love homemade and handmade gifts. Having something unique, that everybody else doesn’t have, makes it so special. Unfortunately I’m not very crafty, but I have been trying to shop local and small this year. I’ve asked Santa for some beautiful jewellery from small businesses who hand-make them. It’ll be lovely to receive something that hasn’t just come from a large store.

    The one thing we have done this year is create our own Christmas cards. Our 7 year old son designed and drew a festive picture and we had it scanned and made into loads of Christmas cards. So this year everyone will be getting an extra special card x

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