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With Christmas on its way, you’re probably feeling the pressure to get your friends and family the perfect gift. But instead of rushing around the shops in a mad dash, have you ever considered making them a present?

Giving someone a handmade gift can often show more thought and care than simply picking up the first thing you see in the shops – it can be much cheaper as well! To help give you a little inspiration of what to make for a loved one this Christmas, here’s a few quick and easy ideas to get you started:

Memory Keepsake Jar

Do you and a friend always reminisce about that amazing concert you went to? Or find yourself in fits of laughter remembering that trip abroad? If so, you could find some personal mementos from those times and put them in a memory keepsake jar for your friend.

How you go about this depends on what you want the jar to remind them of. You could simply include pictures from the day or trip as well as a few mementos – this could include things like a map of your holiday destination.

Or you could use the jar to catalogue your friendship throughout the years, we’re sure a few cringe-worthy pictures will go down a treat in this case!

Bath Fizzies Jar

Know someone that’s fond of treating themselves to a pampering session? We’re sure they’ll love the bath fizzies jar, especially when they know you made the bath bombs yourself. But wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves – let’s take a look at everything you’re going to need to make the bath bombs (most of it you’ll probably already have):

• 1 cup of baking soda

• 2 cups of cornflour

• 1 cup of citric acid

• 7 drops food colouring

• 10 drips of essential oil

The bath bombs aren’t too tricky to make and they’ll only take a couple of hours! For the full instructions, click here.

Once you’ve got your bath bombs at the ready, simply fill a jam jar with them and decorate accordingly. You could order personalised ribbon like this to wrap around the jar and finish off with a DIY festive name tag.

Hot Chocolate Jar

Nothing quite signals winter like a big mug of hot chocolate, so why not give someone you know a tasty confectionary gift this Christmas?

All you have to do is fill a jam jar with all the hot chocolate supplies they’ll need. Put some cocoa powder, brown and white sugar, chocolate drops and marshmallows in, then finish off with some instructions on the front and decorate to give a festive feel!

Why jam jars?

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that all of our DIY Christmas gifts features jam jars – and that’s no coincidence. Here at thinkmoney, we recognise the importance of the humble jam jar as they describe how our thinkmoney Current Account works.

The thinkmoney Current Account has two distinct parts – or virtual jam jars – and these help to separate the money that you need for your regular bills from your everyday spending money. This set up gives you peace of mind that you can’t accidentally spend the money that you need to cover the regular bills that you’ve told us about.

If you’d like to know a little more information about the account – which comes with a monthly management fee of £10 – click here.

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