It’s that time of year where the days begin by lighting the fire, drinking steaming cups of tea and stomping around in 10 layers or more, just about keeping warm! The advent calendars are up, there is an abundance of fairy lights at every turn and you know it, it’s nearly Christmas!
I love Christmas for being able to spend time with my loved ones and seeing the faces of my family, especially the children wide eyed and full of joy on Christmas Day. And as much as I love this time of the year, many feel the pressures of society to make sure that Christmas is the happiest time of the year, even me sometimes! However, I realise that this is an impossible goal!
I have noticed in the more recent years the crazy amount of materialism and waste that goes on over the Christmas period. Frankly, it doesn’t fit in with the lifestyle that I want to live. So that is why this year, I’ve decided that I am going to do Christmas the way that I want to. I will not fit into societies expectations of a materialistic, frilly, perfect image of what some think it should be.
I’ve decided to start a series on how I’ve been making some changes to my life this Christmas to fit with my personal morals. You can follow my journey and check out my other blogs posts that’ll be appearing over the holiday season!
Thanks for tagging along!
In this blog, I’ll be talking about how to take a more DIY approach this holiday season, rather than rinsing your pockets dry in hopes to find the perfect present for your loved ones. I am on a mission to make my morals and life purpose fit in to this holiday, to be less materialistic, more ethical, creative, self sufficient and do something more meaningful. I’ve put together a list of a few gift ideas, including some things that I’ve personally done this Christmas and will continue to do over the next years. Enjoy!
Here at the Hello Vegan Bee Hub, I’ve been really getting into creating my own natural products, although I can’t say too much about it because it’s a secret (but I wish I could)! However, I will say, with just a few pretty smells, with natural health benefits, you can create some gorgeous smelling products as presents. You can find eco friendly containers that don’t take up a lot of space during the lead-up to Christmas easily on the internet. Some product ideas you could create are room sprays, lip balm, calming gel, body balm & hair conditioner.
Never underestimate the power of making someone a picture. Recently, I’ve gotten very into panting with acrylic, from naturalistic to abstract paintings. Even the most simple of pieces can say so much and friends and family always appreciate the time and energy that you’ve put into creating something for them.
Better still, you can buy postcard sized canvases for the crazy price of £2 for 6 in The Works (!), and they also sell paints for very reasonable prices too. If you are doing Christmas on a budget, I seriously recommend getting your messy clothes on and letting your creativity flow!
One of my favourite DIY’s that I’ve been doing recently has been making jewellery. I started by buying some chains in bulk off of Amazon for a mere £15 and then began drilling holes in things! I started by taking an old penny that we are no longer able to use in the UK and made a necklace out of that with the help of my Grandad, who just so happened to keep jars of these old fashioned pennies! After a good polish, the necklace looked so beautiful and I caught the bug to make more necklaces out of beautiful things.
More recently, I found some old shells that I’d collected whilst walking along a beach in Portugal and saw how they would make beautiful presents for my family if I turned them into necklaces. After drilling them, I could and bring out the colours and shininess in them by spraying them with a polisher.
Creating hanging art is an interesting way to creating some unique, abstract art. You can create some beautiful pieces with a simple piece of drift wood to hang objects on rope off of. Some examples include shells, curled wire, rocks, origami and crystals off of. It’s super easy and they look gorgeous!
Alternatively, I like making other pieces of wall decor such as dream catchers, which have a thoughtful incentive. There are tons of online tutorials on how to make them interesting.
Home made cards
Home made cards are something that you can get super creative with at this time of year and people love them! Get your pots of paint out, stickers, glitter and glue and get creative!