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Perfect handmade gifts (when you’re stuck for ideas)

It’s time for my handmade gifts for Christmas! If you want to gift a Kraken Kreations item this year you need to get on my order list NOW. My order deadline is Monday 9 December and because everything I make is done from scratch, you can’t afford to hang about. Consider yourself warned.

By the way, this gift list first appeared in 2018 but it has been thoroughly updated. Get stuck in and let me know if there’s I anything I can make for you by messaging me directly. Ready?

Gifts for the eco-friendly

All of us are going greener, right? Well, for the committed eco lovers in your life, how about handmade gifts that help them with the basics? My washable facial pads come in sets of ten random prints, although you are welcome to request one particular print or theme. I also make envelopes for them to be easily popped into the wash. And if you really want to get personal, what about my reusable sanitary pads? It’s a bit leftfield for a Crimbo gift but they really are the gift that keeps on giving. You can find out how to commission them here and they are made to order including in your fave prints. And remember that all of these are compostable and if you want me to make items in organic cottons, I’m happy to source them for you.

Gifts for the creative

The perfect gift for anyone who wants to flex their creative muscles is my Easy Embroidery! online course. It’s designed especially for complete beginners and shows them how to do 12 stitches along with design techniques and professional hoop finishing. Each lesson consists of a film and written lesson notes which are packed with hints, tips, practice notes and challenges. Even better, the recipient gets access to my exclusive Easy Embroidery! Facebook group where they’ll receive loads of help and support as well as others on the same journey. They can do the course in their own time too because once it has been bought it is theirs forever. By this time next year they could even be making their own handmade gifts!

Gifts for life jugglers

You know exactly who I’m talking about: they have jobs, kids, pets, hobbies, houses, cars and all of the frantic, bug-eyed chaos that goes with the attendant plate spinning. The chances are that they could do with a spot of colourful organisation in their lives. My handmade gifts include a caddy, a desktop tub or sky pockets for their workspace, a pocket ladder for their bathroom or bedroom, a car bucket for their people carrier or a notice board for the millions reminders they need to call the optician/ plumber/ childminder.

Gifts for bag lovers

Just think about the type of bag you’d like to give someone and I’ll make it. Do you want a reinforced tote for someone who lugs about paperwork and files, a gusseted bag for a shopper, a weekend bag for someone who likes to get away, a mini zipped slouch bag for carrying the bare essentials or a cross body slouch bag for a woman who carries around enough stuff to survive the apocalypse at the drop of a hat? Whatever your, er, baggy problem you have let me find the solution.

Gifts for craft lovers

Look, it doesn’t matter if they sew, crochet, knit, paint, decoupage or assemble giant replicas of the Titanic out of toilet roll holders. I can make an accessory for them. From my yarny travels bags and project cases thorough to my storage pockets, desktop tubs and caddies you can buy one off the shelf or I can make one in any size, shape and colour. I even make cash aprons for people who sell their creations at craft fairs, aprons for crafters and will happily rustle up any handmade gifts that you have too.

Gifts for the unapologetic

We all know someone who makes our jaws drop with the things they say or do. What you need is fun Christmas gift ideas that will make THEIR jaw drop on Christmas Day. You could give them a sweary hoop, a bundle or just a subversive tree hoop, all of which should tickle their shouty-bone. I’ll hand-embroider their fave phrase or an in-joke on anything you like  from on a piece of textile artto a sneaky secret label on the inside of a slouch bag. Let your imagination run amok!

Gifts for gadget lovers

Don’t go buying in a gadget cover from China. I’ll make one for you and it will truly stand out from all the rest. For someone addicted to their phone I can make any phone sleeve you like. As for iPads, tablets and Kindles I can make both sleeves and flip-open covers including with pockets for notes and styluses. Laptop lovers won’t be left out either. I can make sleeves or envelope style covers in any colour or fabrics you like. Every gadget is personal to us so why not make the covers personal too? All you have to do is give me the make and model or the actual measurements and I’ll make it to fit.

Gifts for travel lovers

Forget boring travel cases because who needs a plainck Samsonite when you could have a weekend bag in twelve different prints? These duffel bags (link) are perfect for campers, my car buckets are ideal for people who spend hours in the car with their kids and pets and my bucket bags will carry everything from mahoosive towels through to sunblock and flip-flops. My handmade gifts even include bespoke bum bags for people who travel with their pooches, perfect for carrying keys, phones, tissues, money and poo bags. Yum!

Gifts for colour lovers

If you can’t find the right colour red or blue or the, well, red or blue lover in your life, leave it to me and my handmade gifts. I’ll find it for you and make any item you like in that colour. Most recently I’ve made a notice board in a customer’s footy club colours but I can make any item in my shop (or whatever is in your head) in those colours too. So go on, have a think about which friends and family have a love of a particular colour and I’ll create something to make them light up! 

Gifts for people who have everything

I have four words for you: Joy Division oven gloves. They’re just one example of the left-field things I make for my customers. I genuinely doesn’t matter how out-there are your handmade gifts ideas. If it’s made with fabric I can make it, whether it’s a hand-embroidered hoop with a particular message on it, a backpack, personalised bunting or a cover for a special book. You can choose the colour or fabrics and it will be made to your exact spec. Just message me at cath@krakenkreations.co.uk to chat over what you want.

Oh, and don’t forget…

…if that’s not enough you can find out what you need to know to commission an item here and how I’ve solved the problems of individual customers with my stitching here. I even address your commissioning concerns here. You can also read about why my embroidery hoops are a bargain and why we should gift more sweary textile art.

If you’re inspired by any of the above, let me know NOW so we can chat about it what you want without even a whiff of obligation to you. Just email me at cath@krakenkreations.co.uk with whatever is in your head and together we’ll bag you all the Crimbo brownie points you can stand. Deal? Deal!