Each year I try to make gifts for grandparents instead of buying things. Be it for Birthdays or Christmas, one of our favourites is personalised ceramics. For Christmas we did the obligatory bauble with Monkey’s footprint for his first Christmas, we have done handprint wall art turned into holly leaves with glitter berries and salt dough ornaments. This year I wanted to try something a little different and decided to compile hampers.

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The contents of our hampers included things we had made through out Autumn, which helped take some of the stress out of the process.


Monkey had great fun adding the shredded foil paper to the little wicker baskets I brought online, before placing the contents into them.


Each one was then wrapped in cellophane, which was a little tricky! I think that round baskets would be easier to wrap so if we did this again then I think this would be my preference. I secured each at the top with a Christmas ribbon and a hand written tag;

To Nannie & Bumps

I picked the blackberries and made the jam, had fun hiding in the quince tree before making the cheese, and reached up high to pick the best sloes for the vodka. My little finger prints have decorated the wreath and I painted the ceramics – although Mummy finished the tea light because I lost interest! I hope you love them as much as the love that went into making them. Monkey xx


They were received very well by all the grandparents (especially the tag!) and I can see us making something similar again. What homemade presents did you give out this year?



  1. Miranda (Myrabev) Reply

    I love homemade and personalised gifts as they are more meaningful I think than store bought, saying that I am the worst at making anything lol.

  2. This is such a wonderful idea and those hampers look particularly festive! I think hampers are quite possibly the best gift you can give to someone, so many lovely treats to enjoy 🙂

  3. What a lovely idea. We did some ceramics when my girl was a baby but nothing much since – she does like to hang on to everything she makes!

  4. I like the idea of creating a handmade hamper for grandparents although I only have one surviving grandparent and she lives abroad. Still I think she would appreciate some blackberry jam!

  5. Those are just lovely! I love the idea of doing hampers filled with homemade goodies! I made lots of Christmas cookies this year to give out as gifts to our friends here, part of my own tradition of Christmas baking (I’m from the US so we don’t really do cakes and puddings for the festive season) and everyone loved them! I might try mini hampers next year for friends! Lovely post! xx

  6. Chris (from Besties Sharing Bites) Reply

    Those are really beautiful presents! If I got one of those, I would be so happy. I haven’t made any homemade presents this year, but I plan on making some next Christmas. I got a dehydrator for Christmas and would love to give some freshly dried fruits, homemade chili powder etc.

  7. How lovely! I bet they were appreciated. Must make some more preserves – it has been a while as we have had a stockpile.

  8. This is so lovely and so thoughtful, I am especially impressed you made all the food and drink yourself! x

  9. This is such a lovely thoughtful gift and wonderful that all the family can be involved with helping to prepare items to go in!

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