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51. Try using Washi tape as an alternative to ribbon when wrapping your gifts. This speedy solution will save time spent knotting bows and comes in a wide range of colours and patterns for you to choose from.
52. Stick strips of patterned Washi tape down the fronts of wooden pegs for a quick and festive makeover. Use these to peg up your Christmas cards or as place card holders at the table.
53. For a budget-friendly Christmas feature, draw a star or tree shape onto the wall using strips of Washi tape. This is perfect for decorating bare wall space and injecting some colour.
54. Run a strip or two of Washi tape around napkin rings to spruce them up for Christmas dinner. It comes in different widths so you can pick the closest size to suit your rings.
55. Rather than buying new tealight holders, simply wrap a strip of Washi tape around the metal surrounding an individual tealight for a pretty finish that can be changed in a flash.
56. Try your hand at making DIY gifts this year; whether it’s scented soaps or tasty baked treats, you can keep the costs down by making in bulk and spending an afternoon getting crafty.
57. Raid your local car boot sale or charity shop for vintage frames, which you can spruce up with a lick of paint and fill with a personal touches such as a memorable photo or message.
58. Buy inexpensive mugs or crockery and use an oil-based Sharpie pen to draw on your own designs or write a message to the recipient. Simply bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 mins to set.
59. Upcycle old Christmas jumpers into festive cushions to get your sofa ready for the holidays, or give as beautiful handmade gifts that won’t cost the earth.
60. Customise a plain tote bag with a design or message of your choice by using iron-on transfer paper.
61. Get creative and put together small hampers of homemade chutneys, jams and sweet treats for your friends and family. Make in bulk to help keep costs down and present in a small wicker basket.
62. Get baking in the kitchen for some tasty gift ideas. Present homemade cookies or shortbread in a festive tin for a sweet treat for friends and family.
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63. Fill jam jars with cookie mix for friends and family to bake themselves. Simply layer up the ingredients inside a pretty jar and add a label with cooking ingredients.
64. Have a go at making personalised ‘kits’ as a gift idea this Christmas. For example, if your Mum loves to be pampered, buy or make a toiletries bag and fill with a face mask, a bath bomb, a mini bottle of wine and a small box of chocolates.
65. Make your own gift vouchers to give to friends and family for them to redeem over the coming year. A meal out or trip to the theatre will be easier to pay for once the Christmas period is over.
66. Cover a plain notebook with pretty fabric for a quick and inexpensive gift idea. Simply spray adhesive directly onto the back of the fabric and stick immediately onto the cover of the notebook. Trim the edges and stick a small overlap inside to secure.
67. Use fabric paint pens to draw your own design onto a plain tea towel for a homemade gift idea. Why not write out the recipients favourite recipe for a lovely personal touch?
68. Collect instant hot chocolate sachets and present in a stylish mug with a pack of mini marshmallows and a chocolate stick. The perfect gift idea for any chocolate lover!
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69. Craft mobile phone pouches from scraps of fabric to give as stocking fillers. Cut a length of fabric 0.5cm longer than the phone and 0.5cm wider, place it right side up, then fold in half and stitch the two long sides together. Turn the right way out and push out the corners.
70. Reuse screw-top wine bottles as sweetie jars to give as gifts or dot around the house. Wash out thoroughly and remove any labels, then fill with small sweets and add a festive label.
71. Keep an eye on the budget and be sure to use leftovers to make hearty meals for Boxing Day. Turkey sandwiches or bubble and squeak are much-loved classics and will make your money go that little bit further.
72. Have a go at making mince pie fridge cake to use up any leftover mince pies. Pour melted chocolate into a greaseproof tin and leave to set to form a base. Stir mince pies and chocolate into a pan and pour the mixture over the base, leaving to set and serve chilled.
73. Be clever with storage and hold onto mince pie trays and egg cartons to store fragile baubles when not in use and avoid them breaking against each other.
74. Keep hold of wrapping paper cardboard tubes and use these to wind your fairy lights around when not in use to avoid tangles. This can be handy for tinsel too.
75. Cut a slit lengthways down a cardboard toilet roll tube and use as a cuff around your rolls of wrapping paper to keep them from unrolling when stored.
76. Use wire cutters to snip a wire coat hanger at one end and slide on rolls of Washi tape or ribbon for easy unrolling. Bend the opening back into place to keep them from sliding off.
77. Reuse cupcake wrappers to make your own tree decorations. Fold each wrapper in half, stick back to back to form a sphere shape and add a piece of twine to hang. Pick wrappers with a Christmassy design for a more traditional look.
78. Cut star or reindeer shapes from coloured vinyl and stick to the window to make a mini silhouette display.
79. Before you do the big food shop, write a concise list of everything you need for each meal you’re preparing. Do your best to stick to this list when in the supermarket and don’t get drawn in by unnecessary bulk buy offers!
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80. Online shopping means you’re less likely to get tempted by last minute buys; just be sure to book your delivery slot early as they get snapped up quickly.
81. Christmas is a great time of year to use up your clubcard points at various supermarkets to help slash the cost of the day. If you save up all year you can earn enough points to take a chunk out of the total.
82. Consider buying individual portions of things such as Christmas pudding if only one or two guests like it, rather than forking out on a whole dish for the sake of tradition.
83. Accept offers from guests to bring extras along for the meal. Whether this is a dessert, some canapés or drinks, it will all help when it comes to saving both on your budget and your workload.
How many of these craft ideas will you tick of your list?
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