With the holidays fast approaching, so too is your list of end-of-year party invitations. While work or social Christmas parties and being Secret Santa can be a whole lot of fun, they can unfortunately also come with a whole lot of expenses (and you can't get a Vuly trampoline for everybody
Don't let the fear of a budget blow-out keep you from spreading joy at the most wonderful time of the year! Whip up one of our fantastic and festive homemade gifts for a personalised, affordable option that comes from the heart.
DIY Secret Santa gift ideas – Chalkboard mugs
A quick and easy gift which is guaranteed to create smiles, a chalkboard mug is completely customisable, which allows it to suit any age or personality. Just purchase a plain mug, some chalkboard paint and a chalkboard pen.
Paint your mug and allowing it to dry. If you want to be a bit more creative, you can cut out a stencil from a large sticker (like a speech bubble), stick it on and paint inside of it.Then, you’re ready to add an inspiring quote, silly drawing or Christmas message. The best part is, the mug design can be washed away and re-applied as often as your gift receiver pleases!
DIY Secret Santa gift ideas – Custom coasters
If you’re racking your brains for a stylish, yet affordable, gift for your colleagues, teachers or family members who love to entertain, then you might be surprised to find the perfect present at your local tile shop!
Collect a set of matte, square tiles in colours and decorative designs that will appeal to your gift recipient. Glue on four small circles of felt to the bottom of each, and you'll have a one-off set of coasters that they won’t find anywhere else. Wrap them up with clear cellophane and ribbon for a beautifully presented gift which will definitely come in handy as party season ramps up.Tip: Ask about sale tiles or vibrant one-offs that would ordinarily be 'too much' for normal tiling. These are ideal as coasters.
DIY Secret Santa gift ideas – Aromatherapy bath salts
There’s nothing better than unwinding with a luxurious aromatherapy bath, and for the hard-working businessperson, a gift of bath salts could be the ideal hint that they need some more chilled out ‘me time’!
Free of preservatives, colourings and chemical fragrances, homemade bath salts are great for those with sensitive skin; plus, they're are a great budget option when made in bulk.Vanilla & lavender bath salts
What you’ll need:
- Coarse sea salt,
- Epsom salts,
- Baking soda,
- Vanilla and lavender aromatherapy oils,
- Dried lavender (an optional finishing touch),
- Air-tight glass jars, with twine and tags for labelling.
- Mix 6 parts coarse sea salt, 3 parts epsom salts and 1 part baking soda. These ingredients work together to relax muscles and soften the skin.
- Add a few drops of the aromatherapy oils and a sprinkling of dried lavender petals. Mix to combine.
- Fill your glass jars with the bath salts, press on the lids and tie your personalised labels around the necks.
DIY Secret Santa gift ideas – Recipe hampersA recipe hamper is one of our favourite personalised gift ideas. Have you cooked snacks or meals for your gift recipient that they've especially loved? Well, now's the perfect time to share those favourite family recipes. Choose a recipe or two that won't require too many additional ingredients to those in your hamper. Think a delicious hot chocolate recipe, your favourite summer cocktail mixer or a sweet biscuit recipe). Package the ingredients and a customised recipe card into a small hamper, decorated with gingham, ribbons or cellophane.
Do you have any of your own ideas for easy homemade Secret Santa presents? We’d love for you to share; we might use them around our office as well!