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Christmas gifts can be fun to get.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Women
Member Name: teafan11
Christmas Gift Ideas for Women
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Who doesn't have a problem finding gifts for people that are both unique and useful?? Well apart from the normal makeup, jewellery, smellies and the useful vouchers, which I think have their merit and are much appreciated, it's nice to give something different, something unique or quirky but still you want it to be practical. Here lies the dilemma. People are different in their own right so gauging whether someone's going to like a gift in advance is tricky.
For the past few years I have been preserving jam and place half my bounty in more elaborate jars. Then come Christmas I wrap gingham fabric and ribbon around the top and make shortbread and buy (yes buy!! Travesty) A small pot of clotted cream and put them in a small wicker basket. They have always been gratefully received. Well they ask for it next year and try to pinch a few extra jars...loll!
Also my friend loves plants and gardening and buying a simple plant seems a little dull, so last year I bought her a fancy pot and bagged her up a small bag of compost and a few bulbs (hyacinth if I recall). This idea is very easily adapted and altered. I have thought about sending her a bag of vegetable seed and a selection of tools and maybe a planter this year as she has been hinting about starting a vegetable garden in the spring.
I have heard of six week cooking courses which my mum has often talked about, they cost around £100 depending on the college and was a little out of my price range so I did knock that on the head for financial reasons but it may help some of you with ideas.
For many I have bought photo frames with captions on the front like "I love my Nanny" and "I love my Auntie" and have put a picture in of my two boys and they are always very popular because many of my family and friends don't often get photos of the boys. I bought the frames from Amazon and the cost between £2.50-£3.95 dependant on style. And simple print the photos from the card.
If you have very tiny babies painting hand and feet prints and framing them for Grandma was a BIG hit and they are still hung on the wall today.
Although I only have one friend who doesn't bake herself, Cookie dough and baked goods like mince pies and cakes are a treat. So I make her up a huge batch and she loves it. She cuts up the dough and bakes it herself and she convinced her mum she had done it herself...cheek...loll!!!
Spa days are another great idea or mother and daughter photo sessions, all popular and then they can choose to buy any additional photos themselves. They usual come with a free8x4 photo then any others need to be purchased separately.
I have in the past made tree decorations using gingham fabric and felt cut into heart shapes and stuffed with wadding and a wooden button sewn on the front which makes a very rustic tree decoration. I have also made personalized tree decorations using X stitch; all have been gratefully received and still enhance their trees today.
If knitting is your thing or crochet then there are absolutely loads of slippers, sock and scarf ideas online. I have only ever made them for household members and although I've been told they are good I'm not confident enough. However if you are good at knitting or crochet go for it. I also crochet hair bobbles and the like if you know anyone who would appreciate anything like this.
Another good idea I have used in the past are gift baskets, coffee ones are popular with a selection of fancy coffees, syrups and toppers you can even add a coffee maker if finances allow. I made a tea box once and I bought a tea set including teapot discounted in the January sales and bought tea accessories like strainer and a selection of teas and biscuits and even cakes. I have made smellies gift packs just buying toiletries when they are on offer and put them in a lovely reduced basket. You could make a basket using anything as a basis. Scented candles and wax tarts and burners are my choice this year and I have made up a tea one for a friend using a tea for one set rather than a tea set. People who enjoy cooking enjoy receiving hampers with maybe spices and a tagine or balti set. Fancy pickles and preserves also go down well.
Home-made wheat bags are great and simple to make but do add essential oils to make them even better. Tea cosies and the like also very popular, these can be homemade or bought in the sales for next to nothing.
Tesco or vista print have loads of personalised gift ideas using photographs. I have given place mats and coaster to my mum one year with a selection of family members including my Nan and my Mum loved it. Photograph calendars or mugs are also good ideas.
This list is not exhaustive but I hope this helps a little
Summary: Christmas gift can be fun to get.