The C word is already in the air...
You know the drill. As soon as Halloween is over the shops will be filled with more festive tat than you can swing a reindeer at, and retail staff across the land will be cursing Slade as that Chrimbo compilation CD plays for the 15th time that day. If only the preparation stopped with the gift shopping, but there is as much needed for the cards, decorations and festive treats as the presents. This year why not make life easier for yourself? Pour yourself a mulled wine and enjoy getting a little creative by making some of your festive paraphernalia at home. If you start now you can save yourself several shopping trips caught in the crush of people panic buying eggnog (honestly, who drinks that stuff?) and 4 kilos of Brussels sprouts come December. And probably feel a lot more Christmassy to boot.
Here’s our guide to having a DIY Christmas and saving pennies in the process:
Make Your Cards From Scratch With Our Hobbycraft Discount Codes
Nobody enjoys opening that dodgy sexy Santa card from creepy Barry in accounts, rubbish Christmas cards are just that - rubbish. How about having a go at making your own? It’s a great weekend project and you have plenty of time before the last Christmas post, so why not make something that people will actually appreciate receiving? Plus old Aunty Mabel is far more likely to stick an extra tenner in your card if she’s able to proudly show off one of your masterpieces to her knitting circle the week before.
Get great deals on crafty card making materials at Hobbycraft with our discounts and offers and start making your own seasonal stationery, or even make photo cards with our fantastic photo vouchers at Snapfish and BonusPrint. So much more personal than another cartoon robin chirping ‘Seasons Tweetings’… Maybe even Barry will get the hint.
Jazz Up Those Decorations With Our WH Smiths Promo Codes
Every year my mum brings out those terrible Christmas catastrophes we made at school and hangs them on her tree, and our house is definitely not the only one filled with wonky looking stockings and angels looking like they’ve seen a few too many December 25ths (and bottles of sherry). However, it is actually not rocket science to produce decorations that don’t look like you made them when you were 5 and/or drunk.
Collect some fir cones from your local park or back garden, dry them out and decorate them with glitter and sequins. Stock up on the sparkly stuff and glue at WH Smith as well as your wrapping paper with our WH Smith fab voucher codes and save some money while creating beautiful baubles for your tree. While picking up your fir cones grab a few twigs or small branches and arrange them in a tall vase (removing any leaves and resident wildlife). Pop online to ChristmastimeUK for a 50% discount and buy some fairy lights and twist them around, creating a professional looking decoration for a fraction of the cost of buying it in the shops.
Get The Best Food Crafts Going With Sainsburys and Tesco Voucher Codes
Now I’m not saying go and make your own Christmas cake, some things really are better left to the pros, but mince pies and gingerbread are totally achievable even if you’re more of a Gordon’s gin than Gordon Ramsay kind of person. Making your own is cheaper, healthier for you and a much better way to spend a Saturday morning than trolley rage at your local supermarket.
Avoid unexpected items in the bagging area and use our online voucher codes for Sainsbury’s and Tesco for money off your ingredients, brought to your door. Plus get free delivery on your Rudolph cutters and baking trays at Cargo too.
So this December, enjoy Home Alone and the inevitable James Bond films with your feet up while your friends are out battling crazed shoppers, knowing you’ve put a little less cash and a lot more thought into your Christmas!
by Emily Sims 30th September 2013