Christmas Gift Ideas….Get Creative!

Please note this competition is now closed – thank you to all who entered and congratulations to our winner Sue Munn!

If you are struggling to find the right gifts for friends or family then why not take a look at our fantastic creative ranges! Whether your loved one has been crafting for years or wants to take up a new hobby, we are sure to have something to inspire.

CraftBooks

Our collection of craft books cover all manner of creative interests, from paper quilling and felting techniques to crochet and quilting! Whether a beginner or seasoned crafter, these books are ideal, packed full of techniques, tips, advice and gorgeous projects for you to try!

Storage

Our selection of hobby storage includes sewing workbaskets and boxes, crochet and knitting holders, craft bags and more. From practical plastic click boxes to pretty patterns, there is a style and size to suit any taste!

Kits

Our kits are an ideal introduction to different crafts, from woodcraft and cross stitch to felted creations and toy making! With something to satisfy all abilities, ages and interests, our kits are well worth a look!

SewingMachine

To really get someone started with their new hobby, why not browse our range of sewing machines – we stock both Silver and Toyota brands with machines that are perfect for beginners, right up to more advanced sewing enthusiasts! We also offer a fun machine for kids which is sure to inspire! The Great British Sewing Bee Studio comes complete with a starter machine, sewing kit tin, project materials and more.

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C&H are offering you the chance to win a Creative Gift Bundle worth over £50 which includes a gorgeous spotty workbasket, fat quarter pack, Quilting for the Absolute Beginner by Cheryl Owens and a starter sewing kit.

To enter, just tell us about a Christmas gift you have made!

The competition closes at midnight on 5th December and the winner will be notified on the 7th December. Please note this giveaway is open to UK entrants only. Only one entry per person and the winner will be picked at random.

 

 

69 Comments

  • J A Taylor

    I made an Advent calendar in the shape of a house, using red, green & white felt – the windows & door were the numbered pockets

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Julie, Thanks for reading and commenting – a fantastic Christmas project! Good luck!

  • Emma Hill

    I enjoyed making a “pet” for each of my twin daughters. As I am allergic to animal fur, this was a crafty substitute! I sewed a small dog and a cat using a felt kit. I hope this will inspire them to sew themselves one day.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Emma, Thanks for reading and commenting – what thoughtful gifts! Good luck!

  • I am busy making Christmas gifts right now – I make silver jewellery and am currently making a circles pendant for my friend.

    Lovely giveaway! 🙂

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Caroline, Thanks for reading and commenting – I can imagine you must be busy at this time of year! Good luck!

  • Harriet Richardson

    I am making microwaveable hand warmers this year for my nieces and nephews’ next skiing holiday (there are 7 of them!) Hoping to personalize them with initials if I had time.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Harriet, Thanks for reading and commenting – what a great home made gift idea! Good luck!

      • Sharon Leahy

        I’m into applique & freehand embroidery at the moment so have been busy making cards for family & friends

        • Sarah Stephens

          Hi Sharon, Thanks for reading and commenting – hand made cards are so thoughtful and unique! Good luck!

  • Anne

    I’ve crocheted handy storage baskets for friends. I once surprised my husband with a shirt, it fit beautifully, which surprised me!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Anne, Thanks for reading and commenting – lovely and very thoughtful gifts! Good luck!

  • Christine Williams

    I use Fimo modelling clay that baked in the oven. I know it’s meant for kids but it is great for making heads for models like Santa or Angels, then the soft body is made of fabric. I just hate it when I have to share the fun with my Grandson!!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Christine, Thanks for reading and commenting – what wonderful things to make! Good luck!

  • Barb Rooker

    I have just finished my very first project and feel so proud – An Advent Calendar for my 3 Grandchildren. I’ve recently retired from work and started sewing for the first time since I left school!! I’m now addicted and can’t wait for my next projects.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Barb, Thanks for reading and commenting – well done on your first project, I’m sure your grand children will love it! Good luck!

  • Beverley Davis

    I have just made a gorgeous cloth baby doll for my granddaughter. I have never been able to master quilting, so your prize would be a perfect for me to try out in the new year. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck to everyone.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Beverley, Thanks for reading and commenting – what a lovely gift for your grandaughter! Good luck!

  • Collette Reid

    I have made a sea-life patchwork quilt for my grandson who wants to a marine biologist ! It looks fab!!!!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Collette, Thanks for reading and commenting – the quilt sounds amazing and I’m sure your grandson will love it! Good luck!

  • Collette Reid

    I have made a sea-life patchwork quilt for my grandson, for Christmas. He wants to be a marine biologist. It looks fab!!!

  • chris

    I have made a cardigan for my daughter, but it will be the New Year before we see her.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Chris, Thanks for reading and commenting – a thoughtful gift and I’m sure it will be appreciated! Good luck!

  • One year everything I have was handmade. I did pajamas, scarfs, bags, ties, and stockings. This year I made two babies matching advent calendars that I got the templates for from c&h. I’ve got some more stuff to make but mainly for baby friends (my daughter is just over 1 so a few of them)

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Annabelle, Thanks for reading and commenting – what a busy time you must have in the run up to Christmas!! Good luck!

  • Anne Bone

    Last year I made Christmas table runners for my friends with insulted wadding – one in Scandi fabrics and one in Lewis and Irene’s nativity fabric. Now I must finish the ones I was making for us!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Anne, Thanks for reading and commenting – hand made table runners are a lovely gift idea! Good luck!

  • Pam Shipp

    I made a cosy jacket for my dog who has IBD to keep her belly warm.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Pam, Thanks for reading and commenting – what a fantastic thing to have made for your dog! Good luck!

  • Hilary Ashton

    A food hamper for an elderly neighbour – Seville orange marmalade and blackberry jelly with tops covered in festive material, plus a light fruit cake made from the National Trust recipe, called Uppark Cake.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Hilary, Thanks for reading and commenting – such a thoughtful gift and a classic! Good luck!

  • Susan Rigg

    I have made a chicken door stop for my grandson, and hope to do another for a friend

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Susan, Thanks for reading and commenting – what a brilliant hand made gift idea which I’m sure your grandson will love! Good luck!

  • Lucia

    I’ve been busy making Christmas trees decorations covering polly balls with Christmas fabric and Ric Rac from C&H they really look fab on the tree and are so safe. I’ve also made a Father Christmas door stop.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Lucia, Thanks for reading and commenting – the decorations sound fantastic and we love the Father Christmas door stop! Good luck!

  • Tina hall

    Im knitting little rabbits with scarfs to put in my grandchildrens stockings

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Tina, Thanks for reading and commenting – wonderful knitted gifts and I’m sure your grandchildren will love them! Good luck!

  • Sheena

    Biscuits and sweets mostly for Christmas but also hats, scarfs and jumpers. One year, I saw a program on TV in the Shetland Isles and they had these wonderful hats. I search high and low for a pattern but had no luck so I studied Fair Isle knitting and worked out a pattern. When my brother, sister in law and nephews saw it, they all said the wanted one for Christmas so I was very busy that year! Oh and my husband wanted one as well.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Sheena, Thanks for reading and commenting – it sounds like you are extremely busy at this time of year but all the gifts sound lovely! Good luck!

  • Karen Tayler

    A friend gave me a scarf this year and got me back into knitting after 25 years so I am knitting holiday trees with poinsettia and reindeer patterns in red and green wool.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Karen, Thanks for reading and commenting – it’s lovely to hear you are getting back to knitting and the trees sound amazing! Good luck!

  • Liz Edmunds

    I’ve made a wreath using long strips of Christmas fabric cut with pinking shears which are tied in bows all around a metal ring base. In between the material bows I have added highlights of brightly coloured ribbon, sparkly thread, and gold strips; then wrapped fairy lights round the whole thing to illuminate it. It looks brilliant and welcoming on my front door…….and all thanks to the basic idea for this from my local C and H who had made a Christmas tree out of fabric strips. I’m now doing one in blues as a birthday present for a friend – they take a while but the finished product is just so satisfying!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Liz, Thanks for reading and commenting – the wreath sounds absolutely gorgeous (and I’m glad C&H could inspire you)! Good luck!

  • Anamaria

    I am now knitting a pair of mittens for my office Secret Santa and I am also in the middle of knitting a pair of slippers for my son which will be felted soon with items that i will buy at C&H.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Anamaria, Thanks for reading and commenting – brilliant hand made gift ideas! Good luck!

  • Wendy Davis

    I love sewing and have just made me 8 year old son some lovely Christmas pyjamas, he loves them and wants another pair in some fluffy fabric too!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Wendy, Thanks for reading and commenting – a very thoughtful gift idea and it’s lovely to hear they are appreciated! Good luck!

  • Susanna Parker

    I bought some lovely scandi Christmas fabric in your shop and made it into Christmas gift bags. The recipients will have a handy shopping bag to use afterwards! Saves on plastic!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Susanna, Thanks for reading and commenting – what a fantastic gift idea – stylish and practical! Good luck!

  • Margaret Langridge

    Margaret Langridge
    I have made Christmas table runners for my three sisters. They are a patchwork of different silver and grey fabrics with intricate stars down the centre in red and a narrow red border. My family are receiving Christmas table centres, three dimensional 12 pointed circular mats with a space in the middle for a candle. My granddaughter has a hexagonal sewing box which I made out of thick card and covered in pretty fabric. Inside lined with pockets for sewing items. No harm in hoping she will enjoy sewing as much as I do.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Margaret, Thanks for reading and commenting – they all sound amazing and full of lovely intricate details! Good luck!

  • Anne Dyson

    A xmas wreath for my grandson, made with felt snowman, reindeer, penguin, robin, candy canes, xmas stocking and star. Fun to make!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Anne, Thanks for reading and commenting – the wreath sounds lovely and I’m sure your grandson will treasure it! Good luck!

  • Alison Grace

    i knitted my son a load of Dr Who stuff. A dalek, tardis, weeping Angel and K-9.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Alison, Thanks for reading and commenting – the Dr Who knits sound fantastic and I’m sure your son will love them! Good luck!

  • Linda Keller

    I have made an Advent calendar from the printed material available in store and sewn on the number pockets. Unfortunately my grandaughter is a bit too young this year for it, but will be prepared early for next year! I propose to put in the pockets the letters that spell her name available in store, along with hair clips and ribbons and add a ribbon to hang it from.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Linda, Thanks for reading and commenting – hand made advent calendars are such lovely gifts and so personal! Good luck!

  • Veronica Walton

    I have just finished knitting lots of beanie hats for the homeless. I have made heart shape lavender bags in red and white Scandinavian fabric for the church fair. I am now attempting a patchwork quilt for a friend but sadly I don’t think it will be finished by this Christmas but hopefully it will be ready for next Christmas. Finally I am making my own Christmas cards and decorations this year. The one good thing about retiring is being able to have the time to try many different crafts.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Veronica, Thanks for reading and commenting – with all those lovely hand made items, you must be busy! Good luck!

  • Deborah

    I have made a yoga mat cover using squares knitted from the left over wool from various projects. I try to use up spar wool as I go along so had a mix of squares to choose from.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Deborah, what a good idea to use up left over wool! Thank you for commenting and good luck.

  • ann ryan

    I am making a lovely zippy bag for my daughter. It is a labour of love as I hate putting in zips and this pattern includes five zips so it’s quite taxing! She’ll love it though as she has seen mine which is a different fabric and she loved that!

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Anne, Thanks for reading and commenting – zips are one of my downfalls so well done for perservering and I’m sure your daughter will love the bag! Thank you for commenting and good luck.

  • Susan Dorsett

    I made a set of contrasting Swedish Heart basket ornaments as a gift to hang on the Christmas tree with chocolate coins inside them. They are 3D, in red and cream and green and cream. I used my Sizzix die set I bought in C&H to cut out the card shapes for weaving.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Susan, Thanks for reading and commenting – the decorations sound absolutely amazing! Thank you for commenting and good luck.

  • Amanda Rayner

    I made Christmas trees from green felt with brown felt trunks to hang on my sons’ bedroom doors. I decorated the trees with snow flake bobbles. The felt and trimmings were from C & H. I also sewed felt squirrel and fox finger puppets and attached them to the trees with poppers so that my boys can take them off and play with them.

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Amanda, Thanks for reading and commenting – these sound wonderful and so creative! Thank you for commenting and good luck.

  • Sue Munn

    I made a red work Christmas Heart to hang up at Christmas, my family and friends loved it, so I have made four more as surprise Christmas gifts for them !

    • Sarah Stephens

      Hi Sue, Thanks for reading and commenting – it’s always lovely when hand makes are appreciated! Thank you for commenting and good luck.