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Handmade Christmas | Presenting presents

You might well remember that last year I did a series of posts on handmade Christmas, where I showed you my efforts at making handmade presents for friends and family, along with lots of brown paper, ribbon and personalised gift tags.  I know that it's still six weeks until Christmas Eve and for a lot of people that's too early to be thinking about Christmas, but I tend to start thinking about it now for three reasons - firstly I like to spread the cost of Christmas presents and paraphernalia across two months to make it easier financially, secondly I like to avoid the stress of last minute panics about presents, and thirdly, I LOVE CHRISTMAS and can't help getting excited!

You might remember my post recently about feeling a bit disheartened about my lack of craftiness and aptitude for sewing, and for this reason I'll be concentrating more on handmade treats that don't require needle and thread, including making more teacup candles (I use kits from here) and kitchen treats for food hampers such as fudge, peppermint bark, chutneys, jams and biscuits.

The one thing I enjoy over everything every year however is anything paper-based; from making Christmas cards, to personalised gift tags, to brown paper packages tied up with string (and ribbon!)  You may remember that I personalised my gift tags last year by ordering business cards from Vistaprint and then holepunching them and threading them with ribbon.


I buy my rolls of brown paper from Ikea, though you can also get brown kraft paper from craft stores, the Post Office, eBay, anywhere really! I've also picked up this roll from Matalan, I love the idea of mixing classic brown paper with a printed design.

Here are some more ideas for decorating your gifts this Christmas...(as always, links are below the images).


1. I love the idea of giving Christmas decorations as gifts as it's something someone can treasure and remember for years to come.  This year I'm going to thread some decorations through ribbon and attach them to the front of presents - love these pine cone decorations in particular // Lisa Angel -- £3.00

2. Washi tape that looks like Christmas cross stitch? Yes please! // Papermash -- £3.75

3. I think these ivy post it notes, also Papermash, would look perfect as labels for presents. // Papermash -- £5.99

4. This pack of four festive themed tapes would be perfect for decorating or even as a present for a crafty type // Kiki's Boutique -- £4.95

5. No Christmas wrapping is complete without red and white bakers' twine // Papermash -- £4.50

6. I always love a bit of East of India at Christmas, as items 8-10 show! These luggage tags in particular are lovely! // Daisy Park -- £3.60

7. Sass and Belle pom poms, perfect for jazzing up or edging gift wrap or other crafty projects // Corvette Silo -- £3.30

8. More East of India - some gorgeous Merry Christmas ribbon! // Daisy Park -- £3.00

9. Another wooden decoration that could be attached to a present and hung for the whole year (yes, it's East of India again!) // Daisy Park -- £1.50

10. I love this East of India Merry Christmas tape - even the least crafty of all of us could make a present look lovely with brown paper and this Christmas tape! // Corvette Silo -- £3.00

Just looking at all of those ideas is making me feel all festive, I need to snap some up myself! Have you started thinking about Christmas or do you prefer to wait until December to start thinking about presents (and what you might wrap them in!)?  I will try and space out my Christmas posts for all you non 'Christmas in November' types, promise.

24 comments

  1. I wrap everything in brown paper, it's brilliant. I found the Ikea stuff a little thin, but it's so inexpensive. WH Smith do a nice big roll of it and it's sometimes on 3 for 2.

    I'm making my own pom poms this year and thought some smaller ones would look nice on pressies.

    Never too early for Crimbo blogging :)

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  2. YYYYAAAAAAY to christmas!!! I agree, NEVER TOO EARLY! I have been listening to Chrismas CHOOONS since September and complying Christmas "To Make" spreadsheets even earlier. One of the things on that list is a link to Cow biscuit's peppermint bark recipe! TWINS! Ive already bought my brown paper and twine and green tags! Ive decided to keep it simple and dymo messages on my tags, love all the ideas above too tho. xxx

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  3. So lovely! I start really early too and I love it. It means a longer Christmas time for me (:

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  4. The ivy post it notes are just lovely! I love an excuse to plan a good party, so as soon as Hallowe'en is over, I'm thinking about my birthday (the end of November) and Christmas! I've been getting all excited, looking at the decorations in John Lewis... This year I've only got half of my Christmas shopping done so far, must pick up the pace - I like to get it done early! xoxo

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  5. I love brown paper for wrapping! I used brown paper with red spots last year and am after something similar - the roll you got from Matalan looks lovely, maybe I will head there! Would also love to print my own paper.
    I love the look of that peppermint bark! Must make some. I really like the idea of making treats like that and popping them in jars for gifts, but then again they would have to be made a day or so before and I think I'd get a bit stressed incase they weren't all ready in time haha. I like to be organised, just like you! xxx

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  6. lovely post! amazing blog!

    theistyleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. your post has definitely gotten me all christmassy! normally i'm just a plain jane (I'm nearly as bad as james corden in gavin and stacey where he wraps everything up with tin foil!) but maybe I shall branch out this year and make it all pretty!xx

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  8. I am in love with the no opening till december 25th. They are actually the cutest. I did loads of baking last year. Repeat effort this year. Rocky road, peanut butter fudge, peppermint creams and gingerbread loaves. YUMYUMYUM. xx

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  9. I wish I had the talent and patients to make such gorgeous handmade extras! Sadly most of my wrapping comes from card factory - tight tara!

    xx

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  10. They are beautiful, I don't think it's too early, I am already stressing about everyone's presents, so its nice to see something original :)
    theorytwentyone.blogspot.com x

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  11. As a massive stationery and paper geek, I absolutely love your Vista Print business cards gift tags! Amazing idea! I’m excited to see your handmade gifts. I made Christmas rocky road for gifts last year which went down a treat but I can’t re-create it this year as we’re moving house 3 days before Christmas so I’m going to have to think of other ideas. Good luck with your Christmas crafting :) x

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  12. I have definitely started thinking about Christmas, currently on the hunt for the perfect christmas jumper :-) I think handmade gifts are a lovely idea, so might try some this year especially making food for hampers. Really like the luggage tag labels - think they could make even my bad wrapping look nice!
    Lianne x
    rubyrubyslippers.blogspot.com

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  13. Yay great post, I am going to be making all my Christmas presents this year, it's funny you should be making teacup candles as that's one of the things I am doing too! In fact I really need to get searching out some nice china. :D

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  14. Such gorgeous ideas! You lifesaver,

    Rosie x

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  15. If you wrapped my prezzie with this stuff I'd never want to open it! xx

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  16. I like this ideas, i'm short of cash this year so i might give it a go. Thank you.

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  17. Hey Rosie! Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog : )! All of these crafty ideas have me jumping right on board with your festive bandwagon! Gorgeous! And brown paper is one of my faves too - so simple but it always looks the right amount of rustic and cute!

    Hope you are having a good week!

    Love, MB x

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  18. I'm sooo not a crafter, i wish i was though!
    these are just awesome

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  19. Lovely ideas, I'm definitely going to try and get a bit more crafty this christmas xx

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  20. Oooh you've got me all excited. I used to do my xmas shopping on Christmas Eve but now I have a daughter I'm getting prepared earlier each year ...leaving time to chill out and enjoy it with her ...lovely post, I think we'll have a go at making some stuff this year ...she's 5 now and very creative. :)

    Jackie @ Minerva Collection UK Handbags&Jewellery

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  21. This post made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Then it made my heart cold because I panicked, realising that Christmas is very bloody soon. But I looked at the cute ribbons again and have that fuzzy feeling once more. Can you tell I love Christmas? xxx

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  23. Paper craft counts as crafting! Get into that more!

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