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Creating handmade gifts


Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Sadly for many though, the cost of buying gifts for loved ones can put a dampener on the festivities, but there are cheaper alternatives – you can make your own gifts!

Yes, I know, who on earth has time to make gifts these days and what if you can’t knit, build or have absolutely no creativity? Well, it’s easier than you think (especially with help from projects such as Greeniversity) and it’s always nice when you know some thought has gone into a gift.  As a child, I remember getting quite random gifts off my relatives that left me wondering, is this really for me? Having a gift made especially for you shows a lot of thought has gone into it and it doesn’t need to be expensive.

One year, I got my friend a shoe box full of purple things, her favourite colour. Ok, so this ranged from chocolate to cat food but it was all purple, and the thought was most definitely there! Funnily enough, the same year, my friend gave me a shoe box of things that reminded her of me. I can’t remember everything in the box, but there was a wind up mouth that jumped around chattering ….I think she was trying to tell me I talk too much!

There are so many websites now where you can get ideas for handmade gifts and decorations that there really is no excuse to resort to soap or handkerchiefs for relatives or Secret Santas.

Admittedly, it can take time to make a gift, but just think how the recipient will feel knowing you’re investing something way more precious than money in their gift… your time and thought! If hand-made gifts really aren’t an option, then take a moment to source ethical stores or shop locally at one of the many Xmas craft fairs that pop up at this time of year.

Happy ethical Xmas to you all!

This blog was written by Kari-ann Whitbread, Peterborough Environment City Trust's Fundraising Manager.