5 great handmade gift ideas
Over the last year, I have made a conscious effort to make rather than buy things as much as possible, especially by reusing or upcycling materials.
My friends have started to pick up on this trend and for my birthday recently I was very thoughtfully given a recycled magazine paper photo frame handmade in Indonesia for The Fair Trade Store which I loved. If I could choose another 5 handmade gifts I would love to receive, they would be these:
- Outdoor wall art, especially a mosaic house number plaque. We had a rather failed attempt at making our own version out of a spare bathroom tile and a broken tea cup, but the bits keep falling off. I especially like this one on Folksy (see the number version), although personally would probably choose different colours.
- A hamper full of unusual homemade pickles, chutneys and salad dressings. These are not items I would usually make or buy, but I would probably really enjoy eating.
- A recipe for rosehip syrup and a bottle to try. Our garden is full of roses and I keep thinking I should make some rosehip syrup, but I have no idea if they produce the right kind of rosehips, when to pick them, how to make it, what to use it for or even what rosehip syrup tastes like!
- A beautifully presented family tree – I love the idea for how to make one on Mila’s daydreams.
- A foldaway hardwearing fabric shopping bag or several (preferably made from recycled or upcycled materials) – I have one already, but it is wearing out and they are really handy to have.
Personal handmade presents really show someone how much you care and are far less likely to be regifted – my friend told me she would know if I gave the photo frame to someone else – so I have been warned!
Which handmade presents would you love to receive?
Photography: JustMosaics @Folksy