Monday, 23 November 2015
When it comes to Christmas, I can honestly say I love giving presents more than anything else. That's not to say I don't like receiving presents, it's just that picking presents involves shopping, and we all know that I love shopping. I love to buy a gift with a lot of thought behind it, something really special and personal. I also like to try and give something unexpected - it's all about the surprise!

One of my favourite gifts to give is a home-made hamper. The idea is growing in popularity (thanks to pinterest!) and you can buy create-your-own hamper kits for around £5 in a lot of places. Today I thought I'd share some ideas for DIY hampers that you could put together for your loved ones this year. 

1. The Cosy Night In Hamper
Cosy Night in Hampers

This is for the friend who prefers a night in over a night out. I'd put in something to wear like these pjyamas and these cute bunny ear slippers (if you want to keep the price down - head to Primark!). Next you need something to keep warm, like a hot water bottle or this cute little microwavable owl. A cosy night needs candles, so I've picked this cherry woodwick candle. Again, if you're sticking to a budget - you could throw in some Yankee wax tarts instead. Next you need some drinks and snacks. I've picked this ready made cookie mix which would be such a good thing to make on a night in. I've also added in some shloer (my favourite, but you could add wine!) and the prettiest gold star wine glass to complete it. Everything you need for Boxing day!

2. The Cocktail Hamper 
Make your own hamper

This idea is my absolute favourite and would be so fun to put together. If you know what their favourite cocktail is, google the ingredients and put together a hamper with everything they need to make it. Above is everything you need for a french martini. Another good one would be a Moscow Mule hamper, which are normally served in these copper mugs. I love this copper barware set and copper strainer from Drink Stuff - this site has a huge range of cocktail accessories so check it out if you want to make one of these! To continue the copper theme, I found these copper cocktail picks too! This would be a good gift for a couple, just make sure you have two glasses and you're sorted.  

3. The Pamper Hamper
This hamper covers everything you need for a pamper night, from head to toe. I've picked this peppermint foot soaklush face mask and the Soap & Glory Righteous Butter and added in some accessories like this nail buffer and exfoliating gloves.This is the perfect idea if you're on a lower budget. If you're only putting in a few items, go for a smaller hamper like this one and bulk it out with inexpensive items like nail files, loofahs and travel size products so it still has that typical stacked-up look of a hamper. Another thing you could do if you're on a budget, is concentrate on one area eg. a nail hamper (nail polish, buffers, cuticle oil, top coat). This one's so much fun to put together and it's a fool-proof gift for a beauty lover. 

What do you think of these ideas? 


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  1. I am the same I find it exciting to pick and give gifts actually haha, I have never done a hamper idea but I like it and might try for the gifts I have left to give xxx


  2. Absolutely brilliant ideas! Hopefully this post will inspire me to come up with some inspiration of my own <3

    Gisforgingers xx

  3. Congratulations on the only gift guide worth reading this winter! Some really excellent inspiration here and what a wonderful idea.

    Lis / last year's girl x

  4. all of these are such great ideas:) I love creating hampers, feels so personal!

    Eilidh from Velvet Winter

  5. Fun post and you have come up with some lovely ideas. I like the night in and beauty hamper idea the best. I love a pamper night in on Boxing Day too! That wine glass is so pretty with the stars, perfect for the festive season! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog


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