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.
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.