Christmas is coming, and fast. But we all know that! Have we all finished Christmas Shopping? A lot of people I have asked have said they have,or that they only need to get the odd thing. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has only started recently.

IΒ  started wondering just how much people spend on Christmas. From my experience, my parents have always gone over the top, and still do even though we’ve all grown up, but then I guess it’s always hard to admit your children are now old enough to cut back. I have always wanted my presents to appear amazing and look like I’ve spent a lot, so perhaps this is from my upbringing; but normally this is still budgetted (with a larger budget for the BF – but no where near as crazy as my friend who is spending over Β£200 on one watch!), I just search for the best options.

This year, things are going to be different. Of course I still want my presents to look amazing, but after 2 months unpaid work experience and living on part time wage, I have little money available for presents so I have decided to MAKE my presents!

My ideas started with sweets and treats which I could wrap, pack into jars or boxes as gifts. With some great recommendations I came up with these ideas:

  • Toffee
  • Peppermint creams
  • Fudge
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Truffles

(Keep an eye out for my post on how my fudge making goes!)

I also decided I was going to use my ‘arty’ side for gifts too. One idea was a collage for my boyfriends mum, along with some other great ideas for certain people who I know read my blog so I have to keep quiet about those!

I used different media, but all were easily accessible, or very cheap! I decided I was going to do one pencil drawing, one with felt tips, one with biro and I really wanted to do a painting (or use paint with a biro outline) but all my paints were at my parents house. Having ventured into a 99p shop (which is amazing!), I found some acrylic paints for 99p which definitely made my mind up.

After getting back I found I didn’t have any paintbrushes (I did think a stray may have been found in one of my boxes – very dissappointing), looking around the house for spares, I realised I could use anything and make it a challenge! I began mixing and painting the one part of my collage with cotton buds, cotton pads and cocktail sticks – so much fun!


I spent the whole day yesterday doing art. I finally finished my 4 parts, putting together my finished work in a photoframe I already had and not used. I also made the most of old magazines, by cutting out peachy colours to use as a background for my collage.

And here is what I made … (Still debating with myself whether to put letters spelling out family in the top corner…)


I have loved my challenge of thinking of cheaper gift ideas, and it is still ongoing as got my family to do now. It feels great when you have made something for a gift, and takes so much effort and thought, I believe it could even make as a better present!