It’s December! We know what you’re thinking – where did this year go? And not only that – where did your money go? Now you’ve got a Christmas shopping list as long as your Christmas stocking and payday seems ever-further away. What do you do?
Fear not! We’ve got a list of budget Christmas gifts that are big on charm but small on price. Add a personal touch to create presents your friends and family will truly love! No-one has to know that most of these gifts come in well under £5…
So surprise your Secret Santa, give your mum a gift she’ll cherish forever and make your best mate smile with one of these cute gifts!
Christmas Spice Sugar Body Scrub
This is a festive version of Emily’s Cranberry Sugar Scrub over at My Love For Words. It’s really easy to make, and a perfect Christmas luxury!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 4-6 drops of Christmas Spice Fragrance Oil (or any fragrance oil of your choosing). Try Christmas Pudding, Christmas Cookie, Gingerbread…
- Optional: food colouring for a more vibrant finished result.
- Melt the coconut oil in a pan or in the microwave
- Combine the ingredients and stir. You want the sugar to be wet but not too liquid. Ensure not too much coconut oil is used or you’ll end up with a sugar block!
- Pour your sugar scrub into a mason jar and tie with a bow!
We’ve included a printable tag to label your jar in style!
Hot Chocolate Layer Jars
These are the ideal winter treat for a frosty night! You can really put your own stamp on them – choose the flavour hot chocolate and any extras!
Think of your loved one’s favourite desserts and how you can turn that into a hot chocolate.
How about Peppermint Candy Cane? Use mint hot chocolate powder, mini marshmallows and add crushed candy canes!
Rocky Road would be a great choice – hot chocolate powder, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and a dash of cherry flavouring.
Millionaire’s Hot Chocolate – caramel hot chocolate powder, chocolate coins, toffee bits!
Snow Fairy – white hot chocolate powder, hundreds and thousands, mini marshmallows!
Alternatively, you can use 1/4 cup powdered milk, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 cup sugar to make your own hot chocolate powder base.
Layer your ingredients in a mason jar and decorate with a ribbon. A jar with a handle would be perfect, so the gift recipient can sip straight from the container!
Check out the full post at Afternoon Baking With Grandma, for recipes from scratch.
DIY Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are an indulgent treat for a pampering session. They can be pretty expensive though – making one bath cost up to £5! This DIY version will really go off with a bang! Well, technically, more of a fizz…
This one comes from Sunlit Spaces. Although the initial collection of ingredients may seem a bit pricey – if you’re going to make quite a few, the cost per bath bomb will be very low.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons essential oils
- 1 teaspoon water
- food colouring
- bath bomb mould – try this one for 99p, or you can use any cake/ice cube mould.
- Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix with a whisk
- In a separate bowl, mix the oils, water and food colouring
- Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, a spoonful at a time
- Tightly pack the mixture into a bath bomb mould and leave to dry for 24 hours
- Carefully remove and wrap in tissue paper to present!
Painted Plant Pots
This is a cute present for the plant lover in your life. You can use tester paint pots from DIY store to keep the cost down! Simply paint on bright colours or a pattern and present! This makes a great home for a cactus or succulent, and is a lovely way to add a stylish touch to any space.
Don’t go bacon my heart… This bacon jam is salty, sweet and savoury – perfect on sandwiches, crackers, toast, baked potatoes, meat or straight from the jar! This one is relatively expensive when you factor in the cost of bacon, but it’s a great gift for people who are tricky to buy for. Everyone loves bacon!
- 900g (3 packets) bacon, chopped
- 2 large white onions, diced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- pinch cayenne pepper
- Cook the bacon on medium heat in a large pot for 15-20 minutes until crispy
- Drain and remove from pot, leaving it to cool . Retain the drained fat.
- Add 2 teaspoons of bacon fat and butter to the pot and return to a medium heat.
- Add the diced onion and salt and saute for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Cut the cooled bacon into very small pieces
- Add the bacon, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, thyme, black pepper and a pinch of cayenne to the onions in the pot and stir.
- Add water and cook for 10-15 minutes until the mixture is dark brown and thick.
- Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar, stir well.
- Place the mixture in a mason jar for a tasty treat!
Find the full recipe from Blackberry Babe here.
Nail Varnish Marbled Coasters
These coasters look more expensive than they are, and they’re deceptively easy to make, too! Arrange them in a stack and tie with a ribbon for an effortlessly chic homeware gift.
- Nail varnish in 3 different colours (or as many colours as you want)
- Scrap paper
- Disposable gloves
- Disposable container filled with a couple inches of tepid water (a sweet tin is perfect)
- Drop in the first colour – start with a light one. Keep the bottle close to the water so the nail varnish doesn’t sink.
- Continue to drop different colours into the water and swirl with a toothpick.
- Dip your tile face down into the water, covering either the whole surface or angled to cover a section.
- Leave to dry on scrap paper!
Check out Mum in the Madhouse for detailed instructions.
Try the same method on mugs for another stylish gift!
Quick Bread in a Bottle
This is a cute present that will allow the recipient to bake their own creations. It’s a nice way to connect two people – you choose the recipe and source most of the ingredients, they simply need to add the wet ingredients and bake! Hopefully they’ll save you a slice, too. This comes from Sunset.com!
Carefully layer the following:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
Additional Ingredients and Method (for the recipient):
- Beat 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, 2 large eggs and 1/4 cup melted butter in a small bowl
- Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
- Scrape into a buttered and floured loaf pan and bake at 180 for about 50 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
So there you have it – time to get crafting! Which one is your favourite? Are you going to be trying any of these? Don’t forget to tag us!