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Best gifts you can make that look impressive?

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hereidrawtheline Wed 16-Sep-09 22:27:59

Seeing as how so many of us are on a very tight budget this year I thought we could pool some ideas of gifts to make that cost very little but have big impact - i.e. I need ideas!

Last year we did a really fab thing that went down well, we got loads of bottles, clear and green, and lots of super cheap, short fairy lights (lesson learnt, led will work best!) we got them from woolies for £2 each... anyway towards the bottom of the bottle you use a glass appropriate drill bit and drill a small hole, then thread the fairy lights in to it, leaving the bit hanging out for the plug. Wire the plug back on (must admit I got DH to do that bit) and use chop sticks or something to spread the lights out nicely inside the bottle, so they can be used year round really. Different coloured bottles and lights are nice too!

Lio Wed 16-Sep-09 22:29:44

No ideas, just signing up so I can follow the thread and mercilessly pilf all the idea grin

hereidrawtheline Wed 16-Sep-09 22:36:26

clever lio

daffodill6 Wed 16-Sep-09 22:50:01

Still time to make sloe gin - and decant into prettily decorated bottles, along with a bit of homemade shortbread - or cheese straws?
Fruit wine - apples, plum, damson (yum yum!)

We have curly hazel - I cut metre length stems, dry for a week or so and then spray with gold or silver etc. I've also seen them decorated with acorns, baubles, ribbons, etc

I like the thread and will keep thinking!

macherie Thu 17-Sep-09 12:28:03

I am going to have a go at These goegeous sounding candles. I have picked up some v pretty china cups in preparation!

miamla Thu 17-Sep-09 12:33:46

don't mind me, i'm with Lio smile

don't actually know Lio, i'm just here to pilf some ideas!

hereidrawtheline Thu 17-Sep-09 13:43:47

is it a big prep and you have to buy loads of stuff to make candles? I've never done it before.

LaurieFairyCake Thu 17-Sep-09 13:46:33

You need wax (soya best as lower melting point, wicks, fragrance, and a vessel to put it in.

I started that thread macherie linked to and I'm just about to put my new order in for more stuff (got lots of pretty teacups now)

Lio Fri 18-Sep-09 13:24:07

Hee hee. To prove I'm not just a pilfering swine, my idea last year was home-made sweets. Now that I've bought the sugar thermometer and the little plastic bags with snowmen on them, a repeat performance of fudge and possibly honeycomb crunch (basically home-made crunchie bars) might be on the cards.

ja9 Fri 18-Sep-09 21:25:23

I'm into sewing at the mo...

have recently made bunting, personalised cushions, wee drawstring bags... also thinking about children's aprons for this yrs pres.... am a sucker for all things personalised!

Katisha Fri 18-Sep-09 21:30:53

Rum truffles.

LittleMissNosey Fri 18-Sep-09 23:19:43

Lio have you got a recipe for the honeycomb crunch and the fudge. Sounds lovley!

ja9 Sat 19-Sep-09 08:42:58

LMN there is a fab MN recipe for white choc and cranberry fudge. It keeps for ages which makes it great for pressies. I made it last yr and it was a huge hit - cuts up so nicely too....

harrisonnnn Sat 19-Sep-09 08:45:40

<lurks with Lio>

harrisonnnn Sat 19-Sep-09 08:48:02

There's a free bird pattern on the web that you can make lovely soft-toy birds with and then attach them with wire to branches that you have sanded down and softened and then make a lovely mobile with. If anyone is interested I will post the bird pattern, I got it from a link on Decor8.

NormaStanleyFletchachacha Sat 19-Sep-09 08:51:36


katylou25 Sat 19-Sep-09 08:59:25

oooh I'd love that pattern Harrisonnnnn!

LittleMissNosey Sat 19-Sep-09 09:06:58

ja9, sounds like a great recipe, thanks! Off to search for it!

LittleMissNosey Sat 19-Sep-09 09:20:09

It's here for anyone else whose intreseted

Sounds lovely and easy!

comewhinewithme Sat 19-Sep-09 10:04:33

I think I will be making some bath bombs if you pile three up in a cellophane bag tie it with a bit of gold/silver ribbom they look lovely.

I am also thinking about making a bath bag basically a very small drawstring bath filled with oatmeal and essential oils/dried petals.You loop it round the hot tap as the bath is running and it makes the water lovely and soft with a nice smell too.

Going to have a go at the candles too .

LittleMissNosey Sat 19-Sep-09 10:10:24

How do you make bath bombs? It is easy and cheap?

comewhinewithme Sat 19-Sep-09 10:29:32

Quite cheap TBH.
A woman at school made some last year and they looked amazing so I am having a go this year .

comewhinewithme Sat 19-Sep-09 10:30:07

They sound easy to do too.

LittleMissNosey Sat 19-Sep-09 10:52:07

Sound a bit tricky to me! Have you got bath moulds comewhine with me?

BumperliciousVsTheDailyHate Sat 19-Sep-09 10:56:25

Lovely ideas. I might crochet some Christmas tree decs.

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