Giving gifts at Christmas can be difficult. More often than not, we put things off until the last possible second. Then, as the days of December start to slip by, our panic grows and before you know it, you’re in a full-blown winter meltdown. Well, not this year. Here at SANT, we’ve scoured the internet for the ultimate last-minute gifts so you don’t have to.
- Hot Chocolate Packs
What could be better on a cold winter’s night than a delicious hot chocolate? Fill a glass bauble or jar with some hot chocolate powder, marshmallows, and cinnamon sticks, and wrap the whole thing up with a bow. This gift can easily be customised with white chocolate powder, candy canes, or toffee pieces. It’s a scrumptious treat that any chocolate lover would savour. Learn how to make one here.
- Knitted Scarves
Whether knitted or crocheted, scarves are really easy to make. The great thing about homemade scarves is that they can be personalised with Christmas patterns, letters, or other special motifs. For beginners, this pattern is worth a try or for those feeling a little more ambitious, try this. Don’t worry if knitting isn’t really your thing, as there are plenty of knitted scarves available to purchase including this lovely design.
- Picture Gifts
Picture gifts are a perfect way to remind a loved one of a special moment that you’ve shared together and they can be very simple to make. For a rustic present, you can stick your favourite photos onto the cover of a notebook or arrange them into a collage and frame it. For something more professional, take a look at Photobox. All you have to do is choose a product, input and arrange the images, and Photobox does the rest of the magic for you. The look on your loved one’s face when they open this present on Christmas day will be unforgettable.
- Mason Jar Candles
Mason jars have been trendy for a few years now as a nifty little item with seemingly endless uses. These jars can be purchased cheaply and decorated in a variety of ways. Our personal favourites are these shimmery candle holders which are so easy to make. If glitter and sand aren’t your thing, then try these tutorials that use Sharpies and acrylic paint. Nick White also has some amazing candle jars that you can purchase here.
- Christmas Hampers
Hampers are an old-fashioned gift that are making a comeback. For a traditional hamper, fill a basket with wine, a variety of cheeses, and some crackers. For a modern twist, why not try a cocktail themed hamper filled with gins, spirits, and liqueurs? Or for something non-alcoholic, a chocolate hamper is guaranteed to be a hit. Check out this website for plenty of gift basket inspiration. Alternatively, you can buy a premade hamper here. Take your hamper to the next level by including a trip to a luxury spa, a wine tasting, or afternoon tea.
- Personalised Kitchenware
These gifts are ideal for anyone who needs to do Christmas on a budget and will brighten up any kitchen. And the best part is, all you need are two items. This first tutorial will show you how to create a marbled mug with nail varnish and the second shows you how to customise plates with lyrics or love letters. We are also in love with these personalised wooden boards that are printed using wax paper or can be purchased here.
- Homemade Christmas Treats
Arguably one of the best parts about Christmas is tucking into all those wonderful festive treats. You don’t need to be skilled in the kitchen to execute these recipes and, best of all, you can make enough batches to feed your entire office. Wrap the treats up with tissue paper and ribbon so everyone knows they were made by hand and wait for the compliments to roll in. These are our top picks: gingerbread men, peppermint creams, and chocolate truffles.
- Memory Maps
What better way of showing someone you love them than reminding them of an amazing adventure? Map art is easy to do, and even though this tutorial uses a needle and thread, the same effect can be made using your favourite pens.
Words: Ellie Grant
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