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10 Homemade DIY Secret Santa Gifts To Make This Year

DIY Secret Santa Gifts

DIY Secret Santa seems like such a fun idea… until you have to think of something to make. Lucky for you, we’ve done our research and created a list of 10 fabulous DIY Secret Santa gifts you can make this year. Most of these gifts are time and budget-friendly, so you can give a great gift without breaking the bank.

Check out our 10 favourite homemade DIY Secret Santa gifts below.

1. Hot Chocolate Mix

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There are few things more festive than a hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night – so gift your friend their very own hot chocolate mix! Include marshmallows, a chocolate flake, biscuits for dunking, and maybe even a miniature dram of their favourite tipple. Store in this stylish jar for maximum presentation points.

Image & tutorial at The Pioneer Woman.

2. Beard Oil

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Drawn the guy with the world’s bushiest beard? Help him take care of his facial fuzz with a mini bottle of beard oil. It’s mega easy to whip up your own. You’ll need essential oils, a carrier oil, a stylish dropper bottle and a label.

Image & tutorial at The Merry Thought.

3. Coffee Cup Sleeve

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This is the perfect DIY Secret Santa gift for your coffee-fiend colleagues. These cute reusable coffee cup sleeves can be made from whatever fabric you have to hand. They’re easy to make, and great for the environment – no more cardboard sleeves from the coffee shop!

Image & tutorial at Crafty Staci.

4. Citrus Marmalade

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Foodie gifts always go down a treat at Secret Santa, and this delicious marmalade is no exception! Give your classic orange marmalade a spicy citrus twist, with grapefruit, star anise and lime flavours. Store in a budget-friendly jam jar and finish with a festive ribbon!

Image & tutorial at Country Living.

5. Limoncello

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Secret Santa wouldn’t be the same without some boozy ideas, so here’s ours: tangy, fresh limoncello. The recipe is super easy to follow, and it’s something a little different to your usual Christmas tipples (Baileys, we’re looking at you). These handsome Polo bottles are perfect for gifting your homemade limoncello.

Image at Alexandra Cooks.

6. Monogrammed Soap Bottle

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Make the ultimate 2020 gift with this personalised lotion bottle. It’s perfect for teachers, colleagues, classmates, friends and family. Fill your monogrammed bottle with hand sanitiser to make a desk-friendly gift for your Secret Santa recipient. Clear empty soap bottles are available here.

Image & tutorial at The Idea Room.

7. Reindeer Beer Bottles

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Sticking googly eyes and pipe cleaners on a crate of beer definitely counts as DIY in our book. This works best with amber beer bottles (bonus points if it’s homebrew!) but you can use any crate you like. Switch up the beers you choose to make sure they’re your Secret Santa recipient’s ultimate fave.

Image & tutorial at Life Of A Modern Mom.

8. Mason Jar Cocktails

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Know a mixologist in the making? This is the perfect gift for them. Put all the ingredients for your friend’s favourite cocktail in a stylish glass mason jar so they have a delicious festive drink at the ready on Christmas day. Finish with a festive ribbon! Shop all our Le Parfait jars here.

Image & tutorial at Something Turquoise.

9. BBQ Kit

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It may not be BBQ season, but we’re sure the carnivores in your life will appreciate this gift nonetheless. Make your own barbecue sauce and store it in these great value sauce bottles. Add a new chopping board and some tongs, and you’re all set. Level up this gift with a homemade spice rub – food-safe storage jars available here.

Image at Good Housekeeping.

10. Faux Cross Stitch Socks

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This is the perfect budget-friendly DIY Secret Santa gift for anyone in your friendship group. You don’t need any sewing skills – the cross-stitch effect is achieved with fabric paint rather than thread, so just about anyone can make this thrifty, stylish gift.

Image & tutorial at Club Crafted.

Still stuck for ideas? We’ve got tons more handmade Christmas gift ideas this way!

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How To Make Your Own Christmas Hampers

How To Make Your Own Christmas Hamper

Christmas hampers are the ultimate gift. Full of delicious drinks and fabulous festive food, what’s not to love? There’s only one way to improve this most traditional of presents, and that’s to create bespoke hampers based on the things you know your gift recipient absolutely loves. If you won’t be able to spend this Christmas with your nearest and dearest, make your own Christmas hampers especially for them.

Read our handy guide for tips, tricks and treats you can use when making your very own gift baskets this Christmas.

What Hamper Should I Use?

Let’s start with the basics. Traditional Christmas hampers are usually stored in wicker-style baskets that can be reused when all the goodies have been snaffled (typically sometime around Boxing Day breakfast). But if you’re planning to send your hampers by post, or want a sleeker, more sophisticated look to your products, you can also use premium effect recyclable cardboard boxes to store and send your hampers.

What Type Of Christmas Hamper Should I Send?

You know your friends and family best, so go with what you know! If your recipient is a real foodie, make sure you include lots of tasty, high-quality goodies. If you’re making a hamper for kids, you can fill it with toys, sweets and books. Find our favourite homemade hamper varieties below.

Festive Hampers For Foodies

Whether you opt for luxury shop-bought edibles or hearty homemade treats when you make your own Christmas hamper, you’re sure to get tastebuds tingling! If you’re filling your hamper with bought goods, you can’t go wrong with booze, biscuits, cheeses and chocolate. For an extra festive flourish, make sure to toss in some mince pies.

If you’re planning to make your own food gifts to fill your hamper, take a look at these recipes. Carefully curated by the Ampulla Christmas elves, these recipes are sure to tempt even the grinchiest of gift recipients. Choose from eggnog, mince pies, honey roasted nuts and more! Looking for a boozy tip? Try making this homemade sloe gin – then present it in these stunning gin bottles!

Pamper-At-Home Hampers

Eschew tradition and make your own Christmas hampers filled with body, bath & beauty products! These kinds of goodies are sure to be appreciated by everyone. As with food hampers, you can purchase individual items to fill your hamper with – think nail polish, beard oil, bubble bath and scented candles – or make your own cosmetics and fragrances.

Check out our recipe for creating body scrubs as Christmas gifts here. Body scrubs are ideal for giving your whole body that spa-fresh feeling, as they exfoliate and revitalise the skin. Meanwhile, homemade candles are perfect for lighting with a bath and a book for some Christmassy me-time. Here’s our guide to getting creative with candle jars this Christmas.

Mix-and-Match Christmas Hampers

Of course, you don’t need to stick to one particular theme for your hamper. You can go rogue with a mixture of edible treats and cute cosmetics, as well as including games, trinkets and more. Alternatively, you can choose a more specific theme for your hamper. Popular themes include afternoon tea style hampers (think winter spiced teas, coffee syrups, sugary shortbread and fruity homemade jams) and cheese and wine night hampers (no prizes for guessing what to include here).

Have you tried to make your own Christmas hampers before? What tips have we missed? Comment below or tweet us with your favourite hamper fillings for friends and family – and don’t forget to shop the project with Ampulla!

Make Your Own Christmas Hamper

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Homemade Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Instead of resorting to supermarket flowers and box of chocolates again, so why not get a bit more creative this year? Step forward our Mini Red Glass Bottles. They’re perfect for creating your own romantic, homemade Valentine’s Day gifts!

New Reduced Prices!

Our Mini Red Glass Bottles comes in two sizes: 7ml and 15ml. The bottles are made from clear, high quality glass which is then sprayed with a red coating to add a protective layer and also to give the bottles a unique, attractive look. To complete the look, each bottle comes with a waxed cork stopper for a rustic appearance.

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In honour of Valentine’s Day, we have reduced the prices of our Mini Red Glass Bottles. But once they’re gone, they’re gone – so get in there quick!

The 7ml version of the bottle starts at just 12p per unit, but this price goes down the more units you buy! If you buy up to 5,000 units, you can get them for a tiny 8p per bottle! The 15ml version costs exactly the same as the 7ml version, so you can essentially get double the quantity for free!

Homemade Valentine’s Gifts

The possibilities with these bottles are endless! Create your own little love potion labels and fill them with your Valentine’s favourite spirit or drink. You could even use them to decorate a special Valentine’s day themed party you might be having!

You can make personalised bottles of fragrances, place love notes inside, essential oils, beard oils… it’s a great way of showing someone that you care by spending time to craft this small gift. These bottles would be the perfect accompaniment to a bigger gift or experience to add the personal touch or simply as a cost-effective gift if you’re trying to save your money! Whatever the reason, we think that your valentine will love teh gesture.

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