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.
The contents of our hampers included things we had made through out Autumn, which helped take some of the stress out of the process.
- Blackberry Jam – we picked our own blackberries in October and used our Easy Peasy Jam Recipe.
- Sloe Vodka – Monkey loved picking the sloe’s although they were quite high up!
- Quince Cheese – our first ever attempt which has surprisingly turned out edible…
- DIY Painted Tea Lights
- Finger Print Wreath Decorations
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?