29 & September

Best handmade advent calendar gifts....

29&September, DIY, Lifestyle, Styling, ChristmasVicki WallisComment

Can you believe Christmas is almost upon us?! If you've been to my shop lately, or follow me on social media, you might have seen that I've designed some printable advent calendars. They feature cute Christmas graphics, are inexpensive and can be easily printed at home. While it may be easy to choose an advent calendar, it can be hard choosing nice gifts for the calendar, especially ones that are small enough and don't cost the earth. So I've done the hard work for you and found 24 handmade products, perfect for your advent calendar. Best of all (providing the exchange rate behaves and stays the same!) all of the items are under £10.

I think you have to start with something festive on the first day, so I've chosen this adorable postcard from JaCieBrosze. Next up is this gorgeous ring from lovelymusthaves who have a great range of inexpensive jewellery. 

On the 3rd day, it's probably time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. In England stores have stopped providing plastic bags (yay for the environment!), so this shopping tote from ZO-HAN is a perfect pre-Christmas gift. 

If you've ever met me, you'll know I'm totally addicted to tea. So, of course I'm hoping for some tea inspired gifts this year. Two of my favourite picks are this cactus mug from JaCieBrosze and this very usual and festive reindeer tea bag holder by 13gramm.

Around day 6 you might be starting to think about the Christmas tree, so here's a couple of handmade decorations to start you off. This cute wooden cat is by Julia-Wine and the carefully made ceramic Rudolf is by TatjanaCeramics

For day 8, I'm thinking this cushion cover from ZO-HAN is a great choice. There's lots of different prints to choose from - I went for the striking polka dot and gold foil option. 

There were another couple of items I liked for the home. This pretty ring dish is customised with your choice of initial and will be made just for you in Slovenia by TatjanaCeramics. I have to be honest and say I'm not usually a fan of felt, however I loved the modern hexagonal design of these coasters by fmdesign and have put them on my wish list. 

By day 11 things might have become a bit hectic, so I've chosen a make up bag and mirror to get you through all of those Christmas functions. The chevron make up bag is from Loutik in Athens and the pocket mirror with bear illustration is by JaCieBrosze

It's cold outside so a handmade scarf will come in very handy. This option is from Loutik, I love the blue tones together for a modern look. For day 14, I've chosen a phone case, because if you're anything like me and drop your phone a lot, this can be a lifesaver. These pretty combination of pastel colours and marble is from ZO-HAN.

By December 15th, we're already half way through the month, so it's time to get those New Years Eve plans sorted. This digital download can be customised to your party and easily printed at home. While we talk stationary, I've also suggested some thank you cards so you the recipient can show appreciation for the gifts already received. Both digital downloads are my designs from the 29andSeptember shop

By day 17, people start to get a bit stressed and last minute panic sets in. So I've chosen this eye mask from LOVARTI to ensure the recipient can get a good nights rest.

For me, accessories are always a winner, so I've chosen a couple more handmade items. The cat earrings are a double win for me, as I love cats. These are by Julia-Wine in the Ukraine. I also love this simple geometric necklace from lovelymusthaves

By this point, you've probably done so much running around that a new pair of socks feels like an appropriate gift. Many-Mornings have a great range and my favourites were these monochrome 'black maze' ones. For day 21, I've chosen this delicious sounding prosecco lip balm from sheaplus

We're almost there! By day 22 it's time for a well earned pampering, so I've chosen this Dead Sea Mud Soap, for hair, body and face from HelemaalShea in the Netherlands. I also liked these bath bombs that were handmade in Italy by MaisonBlancheneige.

Last but not least, my choice for Christmas eve would be this delicate and detailed tea light holder from 13gramm.

I hope you liked my choices, feel free to add your own ideas in the comments box if you'd like. All of the items I've featured are available on DaWanda, a handmade marketplace and you can shop by clicking on any of the photos. For more Christmas inspiration and DIYs, sign up for the mailing list below to receive ideas straight to your inbox.