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Your Christmas handmade gift guide

You know how, every Christmas, we all do this oh-shit-what-will-I-buy-my-mother/ daughter/ best-mate panic dance? Well I’m putting an end to it. I’ve come up with a pile of gift solutions that are either already available on this website or can be commissioned in any fabric from my online directory. Consider it your chance for extra smugness when you tell everyone that you’ve started your Crimbo shopping and, even better, they’ll NEVER guess what you’ve got them this year. Ready? Got your festive, er, sack open? Here we go then…

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. You could get them 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 get through the day.

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-life 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 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 in their garden out of toilet roll holders. I can make an accessory for them. From my yarny travel bags  and project cases thorough to my 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. Whatever your crafty friend needs, I’ll rustle it up in my shed.

Gifts for the unapologetic. We all know someone who makes our jaw drop with the things they say or do. What you need is a gift that will make THEIR jaw drop on Christmas Day. You could give them a brooch, a bundle or just a filthy 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 pride of place on a piece of textile art to a sneaky secret label on the inside of a bag. Let you 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. I mean, who needs a plain black Samsonite when you could have a weekend bag in twelve different prints. These duffel bags are perfect for campers, my buckets are ideal for people who spend hours in the car with their kids and pets and my beach bags will carry everything from mahoosive towels through to sunblock and flip-flops.

Gifts for people who have everything. You do know that you can commission any item you like, even if you can’t see it in my shop, don’t you? If you have an idea for a gift, however unique it is, I can make it for you. Whether it’s a hand-embroidered hoop with a particular message on it, an oversized backpack, personalised indoor bunting or a cover for a special book leave it to me. You can choose the colour or fabrics and it will be made to your exact spec. Just message me at cath@krakenkreations.co.uk.

Oh, and don’t go thinking that I’m up to my neck in Crimbo orders and unable to fit you in. That’s madness talking! I have bags of space on my festive order list and I’m ready to make anything you like. Just tell me what you want as soon as you can at cath@krakenkreations.co.uk. We’ll chat about your wishes, I’ll give you a price and then you can order if it all sounds good. Easy!