With an increase in presents that look like you have made them yourself available in the shops, many of us are left wondering whether we could have done a better job ourselves. Spurred on by programmes that encourage home crafting, it can seem like a very fun and quirky thing to do – but is it really okay to make your own Christmas presents and will the people you are making them for agree with your decision?
In short, making your own Christmas presents really should be acceptable. It shows that you have put time, love and effort into the gift; showing the recipient that you really do care about them. It allows you to have some time to be creative too, which can be a great stress reliever during the busy Christmas period.
Whether you opt to knit scarves or prefer to bake cakes for your friends and family, you need to ensure that you do it well in advance so that you can get the project finished on time. If making food, make sure you store it correctly and deliver to the recipient quickly so that it doesn’t go stale.
If you’re going to knit a scarf, the earlier you start it the better. It means that you can get it done and out of the way nice and early, giving you one less thing to worry about as the festive season edges closer – your bank balance will also thank you too.
If you’re not a skilled knitter, don’t worry. The skill is easy to learn and there are always alternative homemade gift ideas you can try if you’re creative abilities really aren’t up to it. If you need more inspiration or to find out more about making your own Christmas presents then take a look at http://www.sainsburys-live-well-for-less.co.uk/ on the Sainsbury’s website.
Get the Kids Involved
There is no reason why you can’t involve your children when making Christmas presents. It makes them feel useful and gives them something to do while you’re rushing around trying to get everything sorted for the big day.
Grandparents in particular will love a gift that their grandchildren have made for them – bringing a smile to their faces and keeping everyone happy.
Making your own presents can be great, just remember to start early to avoid unnecessary stress!