With the cost of living increasing, this Christmas many of us may be thinking about how we can make our festive spending go that little bit further.
Homemade gifts or decorations are a great way of adding a personal touch to your festive celebrations, but could also help keep costs down… it’ll mean starting early and planning ahead, but if you like the idea of getting crafty this Christmas, read on…
Handmade gifts and stocking fillers can be a unique and thoughtful way to wish someone a Merry Christmas, plus you can often make these types of gifts in batches to save yourself time. Whether it’s handcrafted toiletries made of natural ingredients or festive foodie treats, like homemade condiments, chocolate truffles or biscuits, there are loads of ideas and tutorials online, so you’ll be sure to find something for everyone – and it could also be a fun festive activity to share with family and friends during the run up to Christmas.
Alternatively, you could gift a shared experience or memory – simply choose a picture of a favourite moment and pop it in a frame – you could also add a handwritten message to add that extra personal touch.
If your Christmas decorations have seen better days or you just fancy freshening things up a little, there are lots of great DIY crafting ideas online, including from the National Trust. Check out how to make a natural Christmas wreath for your door or some traditional paperchains to hang on your walls.
And if you’re fed up with the same old tree decorations, why not set up a bauble exchange with friends or work colleagues? It’s a simple and cheap way of getting a whole new set of Christmas decorations for free – and you can just swap back again for next year!
Cards and wrapping
Have a look around for offers on cards and wrapping paper. You could even reuse some wrapping from previous years (if you’ve kept it) or see if you have any other reusable materials at home.
The festive feast
Christmas dinner is a big part of Christmas celebrations for many, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to save by making small changes.
For example, if it’s your turn to host family and friends, why not ask each household to bring a different dish to add to the table? It’ll save you money and means everyone’s involved in creating the best menu possible!
You could also start shopping early to spread the cost. Why not set up a Christmas cupboard and buy a couple of non-perishable items each week?
Looking for more ways to save this Christmas? Check out our article on Christmas budgeting tips.