Mince pies being eaten in quantity, mulled wine consumed by the bucket-load and snow is falling, which must mean that, like it or not, Christmas has well and truly arrived! Whether you are a festive fanatic who lives, breathes and sleeps Christmas carols or you’re more of a self-confessed grotto Grinch, it doesn’t change the fact that presents for your nearest and dearest need to bought in time for the big day.

Example of a homemade alternative hamper

In an age where most have all they need and more, and a widespread movement away from consumerism wherever possible, one great present idea for Christmas 2018 is an alternative, homemade hamper. This means you can fill a basket or box with thoughtful gifts that are not only friendlier to the environment, but also truly appreciated by the lucky recipient. Below, we’ve listed just some ideas of what you could put in a homemade hamper for friends and family, for a creative, innovative gift that is a little more planet-friendly:

Seeds

a tray of seedlings

The gift that keeps on giving – quite literally! Whether the recipient is a gardening expert or new to the hobby, by popping a few packs of seeds into the hamper, they will be able to watch them grow in the new year, and reap the benefits of the harvest by the end of it! Try and consider the seeds that can grow during colder conditions to give them something to do straightaway or perhaps some daffodil bulbs to brighten up their springtime.

Homemade Face Masks/Toiletries

homemade soap

Regardless of the gender of the recipient, homemade cosmetics and toiletries will never go amiss. There is an array of natural facemask, moisturiser and body wash ingredients online, meaning the lucky recipient can pamper themselves au natural this December. Give someone the gift of knowing exactly what’s going on their skin by providing homemade labels with a list of the natural ingredients used.

Homemade Preservatives

homemade jam

This cost-effective, thoughtful hamper-filler will transform the breakfasts in households up and down the country – and everyone knows the homemade taste is nicer! Crank up the Christmas songs, find the family recipe or trawl online until you find one that looks tasty, then set to work on jams, chutneys, marmalade and other scrumptious treats!

Homemade Baked Goods

Whilst we’re on the subject of homemade goods, baked sweets and treats will never go a miss. Think about their favourite cakes and ingredients and find a tasty-looking recipe before getting to work on your culinary creations. Brownies, flapjacks, mince pies, fudge and anything else you can think of will always go down a treat, and can be wrapped and decorated festively.

Jar of Joy

Alternatively, you can let them have a little fun in the kitchen themselves by filling a jar with all the dry ingredients required to make a sweet treat, and leave the rest to them! While consumables such as milk, eggs and butter don’t work so well in the jar, you can provide a homemade label with cooking instructions and the other ingredients required to create the tasty joys. A fun, alternative present that allows the recipient to have fun!

Self-brewed Alcohol

In keeping with the homemade theme, why not tap into the popularity of gin, and brew your own this winter (or any other form of alcohol for that matter!)? There are various books and websites that can help you with detailed instructions. An opportunity to make someone’s Christmas very merry indeed!

Cheese

a blue cheese, figs and walnuts

Buying cheese from your local farmer’s market or organic shop not only helps small businesses flourish and supports all things local, but is also somewhat of a tradition for many to indulge in the coming Christmas time. No festive celebration is complete without a token cheese board, and what better way to make sure you are still a part of the festivities around the table, even when you are further afield?

Dietary-Specific Items

The magic of homemade, alternative hampers is that it gives you the opportunity to be considerate towards any intolerances, allergies or dietary requirements that might make enjoying the culinary delights of the festive season more of a challenge for some. There is now a plethora of vegan-friendly brands available, along with many other alternatives and substitutions for a wide range of foods and drinks, meaning even the most limited of individuals can indulge this December.

Glamping Vouchers

gift vouchers Quality Unearthed

In keeping with the eco-friendly focus on experiences and consumables over items, you can also hide an even bigger surprise within the hamper. Purchase some glamping vouchers from Quality Unearthed for a spring getaway, where you can choose a quirky abode together! A cosy, romantic escape that will give them something to look forward to; the only way to cure those pesky January Blues!

We hope this list has provided some inspiration for how you can create a lovely, eco-friendly, alternative Christmas Hamper for someone you love this December. Remember to consider minimum waste wherever possible, recycling jars and using local independent shops and business. Despite all the festive joys of Christmas, this time of year can take its toll on the environment, and playing your part in reducing the impact on the planet wherever possible is always a good idea.

Remember, it’s not too late to organise a Christmas glamping holiday for you and someone who needs to get away from it all this Christmas, just contact Quality Unearthed for more information, or visit our website to browse the properties available.

 

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