For some families, Christmas can feel like more of a marathon than a sprint. Let's get real, there are only so many Christmas movies you can watch on the run up to the big day.
Is there a Grinch in the family? (It's okay—we've all got one.) With our range of activities, it'll be difficult for them not to crack a smile. So go on, engage your family and friends with our favourite inexpensive Christmas activities for all ages to starve off the inevitable, "I'm bored!"
DIY Christmas Decorations
From personalised baubles and stockings, to nature inspired decorations, the world is your oyster when it comes to low cost homemade Christmas decorations.
Re-purpose your wine corks and old socks for more inventive Christmas interior design ideas. Whilst adding cheer to lifeless doors with homemade wreaths or bring out those old ice skating boots to keep up the festive theme.
Make Hanging Stockings A Family Affair
Create a tradition by making an event of hanging the stockings.
Unique Christmas Trees
Keep your tree as unique as you are!
Get Cosy By The Fire
No mess necessary, create the effect of a cosy roaring fire at the click of a button.
Make a Holiday Playlist
Music sets the mood, create your very own festive playlist to get you in the mood.
Christmas PJ Party
Press play on your festive playlist, either chuck on the wood burner or fire effect video above, get cosy in your Christmas pyjamas and spill the goss at your pj party!
Festive Candy Jars
Who doesn't like sweeties, especially when incorporated into interior design.
Healthy Advent Calendars
For the health conscious and DIY lovers out there, a homemade advent calendar is a fabulous item you can create as a gift and decoration this Christmas.
Get Groovy With Gingerbread
Up-cycle Your Toilet & Kitchen Roll Tubes Into Wreaths
Can you believe these gorgeous wreaths are made from toilet paper roll tubes? Well they are, so don't be wasteful, start collecting the tubes and get creative.
Donate Toys To Charity Shops
Giving is a gift in itself.
Christmas Tree Picking
Cut Down On Wrapping Paper, Bags & Glitter
More than half of us re-use last year's wrapping paper, according to rubbish clearance specuali Any Junk. What many of us don't realise though is that many rolls contain non-recyclable elements like foil, glitter or plastic.
If you want to know if your wrapping paper can be recycled or not, use the scrunch test. Scrunch up the paper in your hards and then let it go. If the paper stays scrunched up then it can be recycled but, if it unfolds by its own accord, then it likely contains non-recyclable elements.
Opt instead for recycled wrapping paper (website Re-wrapped has plenty of festive designs to choose from), brown paper or tissue.
Store gift bags rather than recycling, they can usually be reused more than once with a new tag. Try knot wraps – colourful fabric squares that can be re-used again and again. And even look at gift your gift in a gift itself, like a faux fur wine holder for example.
P.S. Don't forget to use biodegradable paper tape, it starts from only £2.20 a roll and every little helps our planet!
Ethical Festive Foods
Use the annual gastronomic extravaganza as an opportunity to show your support for some brilliant ethical small-scale producers. Turkey and any other cuts of meat you plan to serve are a good place to start: you’ll use fewer food miles, less packaging and you can feel confident that you haven’t supported any intensive farming practices.
Farmdrop have a list of producers to browse, look out for recipe suggestions for using up leftovers.
Once you have considered the ethical side of the food, obviously we need to make it look pretty, below are a few suggestions to make your food insta worthy!
From cocktails to alcohol fuelled cocktails, here is a link to help you decide on your tipple of choice for the festive period! Recipes
Get creative with a home photoshoot, set your camera on a timer and make those memories last forever.