Our focus is on a sustainable, handmade Christmas this year – with our merry band of talented Christmas Maker Elves helping visitors make their own special robins, Mrs Christmas inspiring us all to get crafty, and local schoolchildren helping us create a special glade of life-size Christmas Communitrees.
So, with plenty of inspiration at Festival Place shopping centre for you to get your craft on this Christmas, here are a few ideas for you to create your own special handmade gifts.
Paint a picture
Who wouldn’t love a picture you’ve painted yourself? Whether it’s a snowy Christmas scene, a pet portrait, or a funny cartoon, you’ll find everything you need at Flying Tiger, from canvases to paper rolls, acrylic paints and glitter. Pick up this Miniature Wooden Easel with Canvas, £2, to create a mini masterpiece!
Been on holiday with someone special this summer? Bring back sunny memories by putting together a scrapbook of all your photos, train tickets, menus and favourite mementos. This Travel Icons Medium Scrapbook, £12, from Paperchase, contains craft materials and travel icons to bring your memories to life.
Create a personal present by pulling together a few of the recipients favourite things. Just choose a roomy hamper or box, line it with tissue paper, fill with gifts and finish with a big bow or ribbon. This Create Your Own Gift Basket, £3.99, from TK Maxx comes ready filled with shavings ready for you to fill with your selection of presents.
Create a festive garland with a difference by hanging a selection of Christmas cookie cutters on some Christmas ribbon. Foodie friends will love it as a quirky decoration – and they can also use the cutters to make their own festive cookies! You can pick up this Christmas Cookie Cutter Set for just £6 at ProCook.