Traditionally a Christmas hamper shall comprise of a Christmas cake or pudding, a bottle of something to lift the spirits, and luxury or homemade food items, but you can put anything in them really. Hampers are something that can be started in advance, to save you a hectic rush in December and spread the cost and keep it to the most minimum.
- Home baked biscuits make such a lovely gift. Wrap in cellophane bags and add pretty ribbon and a gift tag to complete the gift.
- Making your own chocolates, sweets and truffles and presenting them in a pretty box always makes a fabulous gift. Some truffles and sweets need to be made quite near the time of giving though, so do be aware of how long they will keep fresh.
- Save old jam jars and fill with an array of goodies. You can fill them with sweets, bath bombs, bath salts, spices, peppercorns. Once filled add a circle of pretty fabric to place over the lid and secure with ribbon. You can make pretty labels too if you like.
- Find a plain wooden bangle. Cut pieces of fabric using pinking shears. Glue on to the bangle, overlapping each edge slightly. Use a mix of three thirds of PVA and a quarter of water – glue over the top of the fabric too. To neaten, paint the inside and rim of the bangle.
- Make your own potpourri. Collect pine cones and seeds from the woods or park. Pop them in a sandwich bag and add a few drops of essential oil. They will slowly infuse with the scent. Try adding dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks too for a seasonal touch.
- A Paper Mache bowl is an easy make for children to give as gifts. Take a balloon and blow up. Then Paper Mache around the balloon adding several layers and then final layers of colourful tissue. Leave to dry and then ease off the balloon and trim the edges to neaten. To make smaller bowls turn a kitchen bowl upside down and paper mache in the same way.
These few goodies can help make a wonderful Christmas Hamper!