For the last few years I’ve been making Christmas hampers for the children in our lives. The idea arrived in my head when I remembered that my Great-Aunt used to give me a pair of new pyjamas to wear after church on Christmas Eve. I’d wear them front of the fire or watching a great Christmas film on television following a dunk in the bath. Those moments were always amongst the happiest of my childhood Christmases.
I buy a pair of pyjamas (you can pick them up in a supermarket on the cheap), a bag of popcorn or popcorn kernels, a cheap Christmas DVD, bubble bath and chocolate coins – I buy one item a week, so it doesn’t sting as much price wise. I put the items in a freebie cardboard box from a supermarket and print onto it with Christmas tree shaped stamps (made from potatoes) then tie a huge red bow across the box. These are a great gift to give to children aged around 4-11 and if there’s more than one child you can make just one hamper, adding the appropriate number of pyjamas.
If you buy the DVD early enough in the year you can pick them up in supermarkets and online for as little as £2.99. By the end of October they’re all bumped up to over £10 per piece.