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Christmas shortages 2021: homemade Christmas gift ideas


With Christmas shortage warnings due to supply chain issues and delivery delays, you might be thinking about gifting some homemade gifts this year.

Covid-19 and Brexit are among the contributing factors, while a growing dispute over fishing rights has led French fisheries officials to threaten a blockade in Calais to stop exports to the UK.

The current problems have been attributed to a “transition period” by Boris Johnson’s administration, which they say will not cause “much risk” over Christmas.

However, as industry experts take Christmas shortages “for sure,” making your own gifts could help you avoid potential delays or disappointments.

Not only that, but family and friends will surely appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating a handcrafted gift.

Here are some ideas for homemade gifts for Christmas …

1. Homemade jam and chutney

The holiday season is a time to eat, so what better way than to whip up a big batch of homemade jam or chutney for your loved ones.

Start saving your jars now and by Christmas you’ll have plenty to fill.

Hundreds of recipes are available online and if you cook in large quantities it doesn’t have to be that expensive!

Another plus point is the long shelf life of these products, which means people can enjoy them until 2022.

2. Christmas decorations

Christmas tree decorations are an underrated gift – with people using the same items year after year, and even generation after generation, this could be your opportunity to leave your mark on the celebrations for decades to come.

There are plenty of ideas online, but why not buy some inexpensive clear plastic or glass balls that you can decorate with permanent markers, tippex pens, or paint, before you tie them with ribbon.

Baked salt dough can work just as well, while simple origami folding techniques can be used to turn a piece of paper into something special.

3. Photo albums

A photo album filled with memories could be the best gift someone can receive.

It may take a little while, but a collection of photos reminding loved ones of a special moment in their lives is a timeless classic that will never get old.

Photo albums can be bought inexpensively online or in stores – charity stores are a good place to start – and companies like Free Prints let you order photos for free from your phone.

4. Knitted socks

If you love to knit, homemade socks are guaranteed to please and keep people warm during the cold winter months.

5. Sloe gin

Sloe gin is synonymous with a Christmas drink, and it turns out it’s pretty easy to make yourself, with some recipes requiring just three ingredients.

Again, start saving on bottles and in December you’ll be ready to decant.

6. Christmas pastry

You can’t go wrong with a Christmas pastry, whether it’s tarts, Yule logs or mini Christmas puddings.

Put it in a box and tie it with a ribbon and you yourself have the perfect gift that will be a treat while people are waiting for Christmas dinner.

7. Vouchers

If you don’t want to give physical gifts, you can create an experience voucher to take your loved one for coffee or dinner after the holiday season is over.

It’s something to look forward to once Christmas is over, and gives you a chance to catch up with each other after the busy holiday season.


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