Struggling to find suitable gifts for your friends and family this year? We at Domestico would like to take this opportunity to share with you all some of our great homemade gift ideas this year! Its hard to try and find the perfect gifts for someone in the high street shops, so why not create something unique and quirky for your loved ones this year?

Homemade Christmas Hampers

Christmas hamper
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Christmas is all about delicious food and drink and great company! So why not make Christmas hampers for your loved ones filled with delicious treats this year? Keep reading to see what we recommend to add to your hamper!

Jams and Chutneys: With all the leftovers some delicious homemade jams or chutneys would be a great addition to your hamper. These can be eaten with leftover cheese and crackers, can be added to your turkey and stuffing sandwiches and also make great new years eve party table snacks! Check out this link from the BBC website “Good Foods” for homemade recipes!

Mulled Wine: Another delicious treat which goes hand in hand with your jams and chutneys is homemade mulled wine. A warm delicious drink which smells and tastes of everything related to Christmas! Why not clean out a screw top bottle of wine and create your own personalised label for the bottle. Then try this Jamie Oliver recipe for a yummy mulled wine.

Homemade Truffles: For a sweet treat, why not add some homemade truffles! Delicious and can be tweaked depending on the individual taste and preference. Try this link for easy truffles for beginners which takes 30 minutes from start to finish!

Your hamper can, of course, be personalised to the taste of the individual. If it is for children you may want to try things such as homemade biscuits, candy cane, and ingredients for a delicious hot chocolate not forgetting the marshmallows!

Homemade picture frames

Home made picture frames
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Some members of the family are difficult to buy for and we spend weeks searching the shops and internet for something suitable. Why not make a beautiful homemade picture frame with quotes, and photos close to the individual’s heart.

Our first tip would be to ensure that what you are creating would actually go nicely with the decor of the person’s home.There’ss nothing worse with homemade gifts than it being something you cant place anywhere!

As most of us use our mobile phone camera to take photos, we now mostly don’t have nice printed images. Boots have a device in-store where you can print the photos from your phone as good quality pictures – get them all ready and get printing! If you prefer to print from your home printer, invest in some good quality photo paper to get the best quality image!

Now think of a theme and make sure you are choosing colours that go nicely together. Things like dried flowers, pretty bows and patch work fabric all look cute and quirky in home made photo frames.

Get yourself a photo frame, something plain so you can actually create your own look and design. Then create the look you want. As you can see from the above image, a washing line effect with the photos pegged on looks really cute! Alternatively, organise your photos, flowers and decorations in nicely and slot the glass back over. There you have it, a lovely homemade photo frame. This is also a nice activity to get the children involved in!

Painted Crockery

Painted crockery
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If you have young children or have friends with young children, why not give one of these cute little Santa plates as a pre-Christmas gift this year! This really gets the kids into the Christmas spirit and helps put that extra touch of excitement together when the children wake up on Christmas morning!

What you will need are some plain white plates, ceramic paint and a steady hand! If you are making this as a gift and want it to look really sharp, use tracing paper to sketch your first draft so you can check how the lettering and sizing look on the plate! One good thing with ceramic paint is that if you do something in error you can erase the paint with nail polish remover and a cotton bud!

Once your design is done and you are happy with it, leave it to dry. If your planning on using this plate after you will need to “fire it” in the oven to make it washable and also safe to eat from. As you can see in the photo on Christmas Eve you need to add your mince pie, milk and carrot to fuel Santa on his big run!

If you are looking for other ideas or a fun day out, why pay a visit to Pots of Art and let your little ones make their personalised gifts this year! It is local too!

We hope you have enjoyed reading about our homemade Christmas gift ideas. Please feel free to share any of your own with us! As always, if you liked what you have read here please share with your friends on social media using the buttons below!

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