Getting crafty: 4 last-minute Christmas gifts

Home made snowglobe in a mason jar

Are you looking for last-minute Christmas gift ideas? Whether you’re looking for a fun project to do with your grandchildren over the holiday season, or simply looking for quick Christmas gifts on a budget, creating unique handmade gifts can add a personal touch that shows your loved ones how much you care.

If you love to knit, bake, or get stuck into arts and crafts – there’s plenty of festive gifts you can quickly create for your friends and family. Here are 4 crafty, last-minute ideas for inspiration…


 

1. Homemade Christmas Decorations

Homemade decorations are a great way to get creative this Christmas and can be a thoughtful gift for your friends and family. A stunning mason jar snow globe can be created with only a few supplies and any glass jar you have lying around your home. Alternatively, a mini paper wreath is quick to make and can add a bit of Christmas spirit to any home.

There are infinite options when creating festive décor, with so many ideas available online, you’ll have no shortage of inspiration to get you started. 


2. Recipe Mason Jars

If your loved ones tend to enjoy creating delicious treats, a recipe jar may be the perfect last-minute gift idea. All you’ll need is baking ingredients that you’ll most likely already have at home. Simply layer the correct amount of ingredients into a mason jar, decorate, and attach instructions.

You’ll have an attractive gift that’s fun to make! From festive oat cookies to candy cane hot chocolate, there’s a mason jar recipe for anyone to enjoy.


woman making spiced Christmas biscuits

3. Festive Spiced Cookies

Do you love to bake? Why not quickly whip up a batch of delicious festive cookies? With cinnamon and ginger, these seasonal snacks are a fun and delicious way to get into the Christmas spirit. To go the extra mile, poke a hole in the top of the cookie and tie with a ribbon through to make beautiful, edible Christmas tree decorations.

Don’t have time to buy gift wrapping? There are many delightful and creative ways to gift wrap them. From repurposing an empty Pringles can to decorating foil boxes, you can have fun while presenting your baked goods.


4. Cosy Finger-knitted Throw Blankets

Everyone loves to keep warm and get cosy during the holidays. Use your free time this holiday season to create a throw blanket. It is the perfect thoughtful gift for your loved ones this winter and can make stylish addition to your home’s interior. Throw blankets can be made easily with the use of finger knitting and a few balls of yarn. They are cost effective and great fun to make!

Image of a woman hand-knitting a blanket

Whatever you choose to make, there’s a multitude of festive crafts to keep you busy during the holidays. Your friends and family will love the personal touch of a homemade gift and appreciate the time and effort taken make it special.


 We all love to spend time with our friends and family at Christmas, but if you currently live far away or are deciding to keep a safe distance this year, it can be difficult to keep in touch. Keeping connected using a video call service can be a great alternative, especially at Christmas!

Planning to relocate closer to loved ones in the new year? No matter if you are seeing loved ones in person or virtually, Christmas can be a great time to search together and see prospective properties that may be available.


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By Rosie

On 22nd of December 2021

In Retirement Lifestyle