Homemade presents are a great idea – when they’re done well – but then reality sets in and you realise you’ve zero time. That’s where these simple, easy-to-do, quick homemade presents come in. You should be able to get each of these crafts done (excluding buying ingredients / equipment) in 30 minutes or less.
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Above are two little tealights that I made using cups bought in a charity shop and left-over candle wax. Here’s how I did it.
- Melt the wax in a bowl over simmering water.
- Pour melted wax into a jug. If it’s second hand wax, i.e. the ends of used candles, you may need to strain it.
- Slowly pour the wax into the teacup
- Place a new wick into the centre of the cup
- Set aside to set. Easy peasy!
Floating Rose Candles
Haven’t got a tea cup? Worry not, how about these super cute home-made rose candles featured on Fab DIY. I haven’t made these myself yet, but they’re on my to-do list.
Homemade Cookie Dough
If you know someone who would love to bake but has zero baking skills, home-made cookie dough is ideal. All they have to do is slice off pieces with a wet knife, place on a baking tray at 180 degrees Celsius and bake for approx. 12 minutes. What could be easier?
My recipe for cookie dough is as follows;
- 100g butter
- 100g sugar (light muscovado if you have it)
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 150g self-raising flour
- 85g of dark chocolate chopped up into pieces
Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until creamy. Beat in syrup. Work in half the flour. Mix well. Add remaining flour and chocolate pieces. Shape into a sausage and cover with greaseproof paper. Then wrap to look like a cracker!
I’ve made a homemade orange liqueur for-my-father in law one year. It was delicious and so easy to make. I just soaked orange peel in vodka for a couple of weeks then diluted it with sugar syrup (sugar dissolved in water) water and bobs your uncle, homemade (sort of) orange liqueur. If you’re using a litre of vodka, use 10 oranges and make your sugar syrup with 500g sugar and 1 litre of water.
Homemade Non-Greasy Body Moisturiser
My easy 3-ingredient homemade moisturiser is a huge hit with family and friends and doubles up as a great gift at this time of year.
Alternatively you could make homemade lip balm in wee little tins.
Homemade Laptop Case
This tutorial on how to make a felt laptop case is the easiest I’ve come across online and if you’d like to make it even more earth positive use a leftover button and wool felt.
Homemade Gift Bow
And what you need to decorate your fabulous home-made gift? Why a fabulous home-made bow, that’s what. Click the link for the full tutorial.
More Tips & Tricks for a Sustainable Christmas
If you’d like lots of other Tips & Trick for a Sustainable Christmas click on the link
3 thoughts on “30 minute or less Homemade Christmas Gifts”
Love this Elaine. Can’t believe I missed it when you first posted. Great ideas.
Ah thanks. The internet’s a funny place. I miss stuff all time, even your comment! Have a great Christmas.
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