Lets face it – parents often get the worst deal when it comes to presents. At Christmas the focus is usually on the children and grand children, brothers and sisters. Parents will over spend, spoiling everyone in the process, and what do they get in return? £30 in vouchers and a cheap bottle of wine.
When Charlie and I started thinking about buying presents for our parents this year, we hit this ugly brick wall and decided to do something different – we made our own hampers. It’s an ideal gift, and not just for Christmas. You can spend as much or as little as you like (the bonus being that it’ll look more expensive when it’s finished) and you could even give it a theme; just be creative! Here’s how we did it…
The insides. We took a trip to Borough Market to pick some gorgeous unique treats. We also hit up Harrods and Fortnum & Mason for stylish packaging to give the hamper a more luxurious edge.
Our little hampers cost £9.99 for 3 from Argos,
which left us with a bigger budget for the gifts! Shop around for various sizes and shapes to suit your theme.
We filled our baskets with white shredded tissue paper, but there are so many options when it comes to padding out your hamper. Why not try a variety of different colours, packaging peanuts, or even old newspaper for an original crafty look?
Arrange your bits and pieces inside the basket. Then do it again. And again, and again…keep going until you’re completely satisfied! Place larger items at the back and build around them – fill in any nooks with odd shaped packaging to ensure your hamper doesn’t look too flat.
We went for a traditional approach with our wrapping. If you’d like to do the same, wrap the cellophane under the hamper and get someone to hold it tight and in an upright position. Tape the sides to avoid gaping at the next stage.
Twist the cellophane in a high knot, ensuring all of the gifts inside won’t be hidden under the ribbon. Choose your ribbon to match the occasion -we opted for red to achieve a festive finish!