We hear a lot about how Christmas and family go hand-in-hand, with it being a time that you should spend with loved ones cherishing the rare time you have together with such busy lives to lead. Around the Christmas period, that rare time you have to yourselves is spent queuing in traffic or wandering around crowded high streets and shopping centres looking for some inspiration so you can buy presents for the people you care about.
However, this only makes people tired and tetchy which certainly isn’t good for the Christmas spirit; but taking the time to handcraft your gifts and cards can get everyone into the real spirit of the festive period and in many cases you can use the stationary you have lying around, some materials from Crafty Computer Paper and some creativity!
If you’ve got a friend who likes their home furnishings, then giving them a personally designed cushion cover might be the ideal gift. With tons of great iron-on fabric sheets and transfer papers available, you can get just about any design you can think of from a family photo, snap of the best moment from their sports team’s history or think about the colour of their walls and furniture and come up with something to perfectly coordinate. Again, it’s a blank canvas, so be creative!
Another popular present at Christmas time is a photo frame, giving your loved one somewhere to show off their favourite memory of the year – or you might have chosen to give them the picture in the frame so they always remember who the gift was from. However, a stylish frame can be particularly expensive and you can’t always find the perfect one anyway, but you can spend a little bit of money on 3D frames that will let you put in more than just a picture, you can put in – for example – your favourite snap from the holiday you went on that summer, along with the flight tickets, a menu from the beachside restaurant you loved and even a shell off the beach. It’s the perfect creative gift to help your friend or loved one to look back favourably on the year.
If you know somebody who is always banging on about needing to buy new plates because their partner or children keep breaking them, then how about some ceramic blanks that you can decorate yourself? Given (literally) a blank canvas, the crockery is your oyster and you can turn each mug, plate and bowl into a truly unique item using little more than water-slide decals – ideal when you’re buying for the whole family.