I thought it would be good to have a page which links to all the handmade present posts, so if you’re looking for inspiration you can quickly scroll through here. I will split it into gender/age sections to make it easier.
- Colouring tote-this could be for a girl or a boy, depending on your fabric choice!
- Beanbags and games to play with them-here is the post, and here is the link to the tutorial I did over at Shouty Cat Makes
- All Things Lego (this could easily be a girl’s thing too, obviously)
- This is a quick and easy present idea if you have friends who like to bake
- Re-purpose one old woolly jumper into a hat, mittens and a scarf! Takes less than an hour (without decorations)
- Cufflinks-these ones are made from old sixpences from the year the recipient was born, but you can use anything you like-scrabble pieces, lego bricks, vintage buttons….
- Another bigger magnetic memo board!
- Vinyl LP clock-if you can find one that was the number one single on their day of birth, then so much the better!
- Personalised mugs
- Hyacinths in Jars
Gift wrapping and cards
- Button Christmas trees
- Mother’s Day flowery cards
- Christmas Cards
- Jam Jars as receptacles for gifts…!
Anniversaries and things
- Not really a present, but this is what I made for my Brother and his wife on their 1st anniversary
- Homemade flavoured oils
- Hot Chocolate on a Stick
- Christmas Pudding Fudge
- Preserved Lemons
hello i have been following your make do and mend blog for a while i love it i have got loads of ideas from it as we are quite a crafty family and love making things i have wrote down loads of things you have made and me and my little girl are going to make them in the school holidays well done to you and your family keep going ,
That’s really kind, thanks Ann-Marie. So glad to be be providing some inspiration! Enjoy your crafty holidays 🙂
some great ideas
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Wow! I’m really impressed. It obviously takes so much more time, thought and planning to make a home made gift. I’d be delighted and really appreciative of any of those.
Thanks Cara. It does take a bit more thought, but is probably also the area that has saved us the most money so far. I think we probably saved £3-400 over Christmas alone 🙂
The cushion with the Lucy letters on it was fabric that was given to me when I was still at home in the 70’s. My Mum did a lot of sewing (she ran a sewing business, I used to do the pressing/ironing for her) and she ran up a quilt cover and used the trimmings to make a frill round my pillow cases! It’s a design I will always spot and love. Thanks for bringing back a happy memory!
I LOVE that fabric-as you will see if you browse through some of the other makes! Have managed to find it in yellow too!
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