Now buying things from ethical brands is all well and good, but even more sustainable is making your own gifts. Plus, these types of gifts often require more thought and are more personal than store bought presents.
I do not consider myself to be artistic in any way! And yet I have made a fair few gifts – many baked goods, a scrapbook a mix CD etc. So I have compiled a few simple, cheap and sustainable gift ideas that you can make yourself!
Photo Letter – I love a good photo gift, but I think they can get a bit same-y (a book, calender or ones in a frame) so I think this is a great alternative. You can buy a 3D letter for around £10 (try ebay) and then it would probably take 1-2 hours to complete the gift. All you need is the letter, glue, (or scotch tape if you prefer), the photos themselves and modge podge. This is great because it could be for anyone – family, friends or a partner!
Sugar Scrub – You would normally pay a lot of money for a body scrub, but this simple (3 ingredient) recipe does the job just as well! I like that you can personalise the fragrance to whatever you think the recipient would like and the fact that the glass container can be reused after it’s been finished (unlike a lot of store bought scrubs). I think this is a great gift idea for anyone who likes a bit of luxury.
CD – I mentioned that I made one before (for my dad for Father’s Day I believe), so you don’t need to be a computer genius to be able to make one! You could choose to make a playlist of their absolute favourite songs, or include some new ones you think they will like. Once you’ve decided the songs you just have to burn it to a disc (or if they are far away and you’re not going to see them, just send them the playlist!). This is a really personal gift so choose the songs ad decorate it from the heart.
Hot Chocolate Melts – these seem to be everywhere at the moment, and I think they’re a great idea! To make them you just need chocolate, mini cupcake cases and decorations. Remember, if you use marshmallows they will not be vegetarian as they contain gelatin. You can make these in batches so you can give one to each family member/friend.
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan) – this recipe looks pretty simple (once you convert the American Cups into grams) and I love the optional cinnamon addition – that just tastes of Christmas to me! The ingredients are simple and if you don’t have the vegan margarine/milk/chocolate chips then you can use ones you already have at home. If you put these in a glass jar with a cute bow, you have a gift that everyone will love!
I hope you enjoyed this – there’s still one more part to come so keep an eye out for that!