By Jessie Moore|
November 26, 2021|
3 min read
We are fast approaching the most magical time of the year. But Christmas is also, unfortunately, the most wasteful time of the year. How can you give thoughtfully, in terms of the recipient and ethics and sustainability? Handmade gifts are the answer.
Here we have a selection of the very best handmade gift ideas for friends, family, co-workers and more. Dive in to find your inspiration.
Our pick of handmade gifts
Proving to be one of the most popular handmade Valentine gifts this year, but we believe is a great choice at any time, is the gorgeous Whale Tail Necklace by Smoke and Ash.
It’s one of our favourite handmade gifts as it’s so unique, as well as being handmade in the southeast by skilled jeweller Sarah Adams. Everything she makes is thoughtfully designed and focuses on sustainability. A wonderful touch with this necklace is that 10% of the sale price goes to the Marine Conservation Society.
When you’re stuck for gift ideas, whoever the recipient, you can’t go wrong with a reed diffuser. It’s one of the best handmade Christmas gift ideas when you’re drawing a blank on inspiration.
The reason we’ve picked this one by Soomish to feature in our pick of handmade Christmas gifts is that the scents are universal and appeal to anyone. You can choose between Lemon & Litsea Cubeba or Clove & Eucalyptus, which makes a particularly wonderful seasonal atmosphere.
These reed diffusers are handmade in the UK using a natural reed base and use a recyclable bottle with simple biodegradable labels. Let your loved ones enjoy cosy winter nights in with this wonderful diffuser.
Undoubtedly one of our favourite handmade gifts for her is this wonderful jar of relaxing and rejuvenating bath salts from The Palm of Feronia. With a mineral-rich combination of Dead Sea salt, Himalayan rock salt and Epsom salts, the gift recipient will feel truly pampered.
Handmade in small batches in London by Sophia Harding, this is a sustainable bath soak which is soothing and revitalising. It contains a blend of essential oils including petitgrain, juniper berry and relaxing lavender.
We adore this natural plant fibre handmade bag, made by Indian artisans and designed by Ellyla. Supporting fair trade and ethical practices, the recipient will adore this bag (not least because the oversized tassel is eminently tactile!).
For bag lovers, this bag will soon become a favourite as it’s so hard-wearing but is highly versatile. Ian & Sarika, who started Ellyla, have definitely showcased their brand values with this piece.
The Botanical Tea Gift set was one of the most-loved handmade Father’s Day gifts this year, and we’re sure it will be a popular option for Christmas too. Environmentally friendly, and definitely luxurious, this ethical set of three loose-leaf teas is sure to put a smile on someone’s face.
The three blends are quirky and delicious: Rhododendron & Basil, Dandelion and Rosehip & Mint. Each cheerful glass tube contains enough loose leaf tea for 6 glasses of naturally caffeine-free tea.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a jigsaw! But they aren’t always the most sustainable gift. The great news is that this hand-crafted 1000 piece jigsaw is eco-friendly, plastic-free and sustainable. All pieces are ultimately recyclable.
With the relaxing and enticing design, giving this jigsaw will be giving the recipient one of the best handmade gifts for Christmas because it’s mindful, enjoyable and will help with the digital detox we all aim for at Christmas time.
A favourite of our handmade birthday gifts all year around, we’re sure these brownie boxes will be hopping off the shelf as gifts for vegan loved ones over the festive season. With tastes such as salted caramel and hazelnut, we’ll forgive the recipient for not wanting to share! Dairy and gluten free and packaged in a compostable gift box, a box of these decadent goodies will fit the bill for even the hardest to buy for.
Give a really cheerful handmade gift to someone you care about with this delightful stoneware clay planter. It’s calling out for a spritely succulent or cactus to make it its home. One of our favourite and most thoughtful handmade gifts in the UK, each pot is hand thrown and glazed by Nicky at home in Dartmoor in Devon.
Are you looking to gift your own easy handmade gifts? If so, it doesn’t get much easier than making your own facemask cubes. If you’re not confident making your own, or simply don’t have the time to plan the ingredients, then this kit makes it easy with all natural, organic, vegan ingredients such as bentonite clay, maca, coconut oil and cacao powder.
The step-by-step guide will mean you can make easy handmade gifts for your friends and give them something memorable and thoughtful. Alternatively, choose to give the whole set to the recipient, in which case you can choose gift wrapping which uses Fruits of the Nut Tree hand-printed kraft paper.
Much-loved as handmade Mother’s Day gifts, but perfect at Christmas and birthdays, an adorable Baby Memory Bear will definitely be a treasured gift for mums. Made using much-loved and memory-focused baby clothes, gifts don’t get any more personalised than this. They can be personalised further with a message on the paws or belly, such as a birth date of the baby.
Sarah Bayly makes these wonderful keepsakes and these are truly special gifts to give and receive.
At Wearth, we have an abundant and varied range of handmade gifts that are suitable at Christmas, for birthdays, or just because.