The holiday season is inching closer and with everything going on this year, you may not have thought too much about gifts. Why not give your gifts the personal touch by making them yourself.

Homemade Gifts Article_baking1. Food

Are you an expert in the kitchen or have you discovered a love for baking? Why not whip up some cookies or mince pies to gift to a family or friend? Or for those who like preserves, prepare a jar of fermented vegetables or jam to add to a Christmas hamper. If you’re looking for inspiration check out some of our recent recipes from CAE tutors.

Homemade Gifts Article_Crafts2. Get crafty

Get creative to make a unique gift for someone special! You can create jewellery and other objects from sustainable and recycled materials. Look for the everyday objects you already have. Or if you’re handy with a sewing machine or a needle and thread, why not try your hand at making some simple toys or some fashionable masks for the family with any cloth scraps you have lying around.

Homemade Gifts Article_Artwork3. Artwork

Make a personalised drawing or cartoon for your friend. Great at drawing animals? You could draw pet portraits for that special someone’s furry companion. Add a nice frame to your drawing for a great gift. Or make a personalised greeting card for family and friends with your own artwork on the cover.

Homemade Gifts Article_skills4. Gift your skills

If skills are more your thing, why not offer to fix something or help your family out? Whether it’s jobs around the house or garden, helping them with their computer, painting, shopping, cleaning, etc. You can create a personalised gift card with what you’d like to help them with so they can redeem it when needed.

Become inspired to make your gifts with Fermenting Vegetables, Sustainable Art: Vessels & Objects, Zentangle Poetry, Line Drawing: Christmas Botanicals or Drawing Pet Portraits.

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