The Perfect Handmade Christmas Hamper – chosen by Fay Austin from The Poncy Pantry
What better gift could there be than a hamper of handmade?
Christmas is that wonderful time of year where we gather together to celebrate with loved ones and revisit old family traditions. We eat, drink, make merry and we take poor old Michael Bublé out of the freezer and croon along to his dulcet tones. It’s also a time of gift buying, and although by the time the presents are being opened, we do forget that feeling of stress that Christmas shopping often brings, we can’t deny that sometimes the thought of it can fill us with dread and leave us a little uninspired.
At this time of year, my ‘go-to’ present for people who are a little bit more difficult to buy for is a handmade Christmas hamper. Who doesn’t love a basket stuffed full of delicious treats, tempting drinks and carefully selected presents that are personal to the recipient? But once you’ve placed in some edible goods and a bottle of bubbly, what else do you fill it with? You don’t have time to make all of the stuff yourself but you also don’t want the hamper to feel like it’s lacking in personal touches either.
Well, do not fear – this year, I have had the absolute pleasure of arranging the Folksy Christmas Hamper packed full of beautiful, handcrafted gifts made by the very talented makers of Folksy. These precious gifts will add those unique and handmade touches that will bring your festive hamper to life.
Putting together the perfect handmade Christmas hamper
When first putting together a Christmas hamper, my first step is picking out a palette. You obviously don’t want everything in the hamper to be the same colour, but I do find that having a few hues in mind that complement each other really ties things together nicely. This usually starts with me finding one particular gift of a certain colour and then building from there.
This year, for my Folksy Handmade Christmas Hamper, I’ve chosen a natural colour palette, with coastal blues, sand, blush and creamy hues. Pastels aren’t necessarily considered a festive palette but sometimes it’s nice to break away from the tradition of pillar box reds and forest greens.
I also wanted my hamper to have a homespun and rustic feel, so I actively looked for products that fitted that description. The hamper itself is an old recycled wine box from The Wine Society in Hertfordshire. Alternatively, you can hold your hamper gifts in an old-style picnic basket, crate box or a wicker basket.
To pad out the box and elevate the gifts, I used natural raffia. Raffia can be purchased at any local craft store or garden centre. To finish, I completed the look with natural foliage of asparagus fern, thistles and wax flowers to add some greenery. Of course, you can use faux flowers for this but I love the smell of fresh stems. (Just be sure to do this at the last minute so they your fresh greenery doesn’t wilt before you give your hamper!)
Featured in the Folksy Christmas Hamper
Now, let’s have a look at some of the amazing products that are making an appearance in my Handmade Christmas Hamper this year…
Fairytale Mug – The Tree Elf by Zan and Me
The first product I found on Folksy was this absolutely beautiful ceramic mug by Zan and Me, a mother and daughter duo (Mecki and Zanna) who create exquisite decorative ceramics. Mecki’s skilled and aesthetically pleasing pottery is enhanced with Zanna’s delicate illustrations.
I instantly fell in love with their style of work, from the rustic pottery design to the intricate and enchanting artwork. Despite having so many stunning pieces to their name, I ended up choosing this mug from their ‘Fairytale’ collection which was entitled ‘The Tree Elf’. It’s the perfect festive treat to start off my Folksy hamper.
To view Mecki and Zanna’s pieces, visit their Folksy shop here: https://folksy.com/shops/ZANandME
Personalised Christmas Bauble – Made By Shannon
When it comes to Christmas decorations and baubles, I’m a big fan of simplicity. Delicate, elegant and nothing too overcrowded is generally how I roll. When I first saw these beautiful personalised baubles, I just had to get one for my son, Charlie. Fast forward a month and I now have one for the whole family!
These modest and unvarnished ceramic baubles are made by Shannon Murphy, aka Made By Shannon – a designer and maker from West Yorkshire, who creates an array of products that are sustainable, ethically produced and also bring joy to the people who buy and receive them.
This personalised bauble really seals the hamper together for me as there is no need to bother with paper name tags when you have a vintage-inspired gift with their name on it.
To get your hands on these timeless and wonderfully made baubles, visit Shannon over on Folksy: https://folksy.com/items/7213199-Ceramic-Cream-Bauble-
Prosecco and Clementine Hand Soap – by Lovely Soap Company
How pretty is this little Prosecco and Clementine soap from The Lovely Soap Company? No hamper is complete without some sort of festive scent and this heart-shaped soap is making me feel all nostalgic with its fresh clementine aroma.
This artisan soap comes in a ribbon-tied gift box and will make such a delightful present. If you’re a Prosecco lover (like moi) or know someone who is, then this is the perfect little addition to your hamper.
Visit The Lovely Soap Company over at Folksy and explore their adorable range: https://folksy.com/shops/LovelySoapCompany
Beeswax Christmas Tree Candle – By Melted Glass By Steph
Nothing depicts Christmas better than candles and Christmas trees! So why not combine the two?
I was looking around on the Folksy website when I stumbled across these beautiful handcrafted Christmas tree candles made by Stephanie Towell from Devon.
The intricate detail makes this little candle somewhat different from a regular shaped candle that you can purchase just about anywhere. Her lovely products are so special and handcrafted with love. I think this little Christmas tree adds a wonderfully festive touch to the hamper.
To view Steph’s other work, visit her at Folksy: https://folksy.com/shops/meltedglassbysteph
Chunky Knit Bed Socks – by Down to Earth Recycling
If you want to do Christmas right, then you’re not complete without a big pair of chunky bed socks to keep those tinsel toes all cosy and warm.
There are lots of beautifully made knits on Folksy but I personally wanted a pair that, firstly, matched my colour palette for the hamper and, secondly, a pair that the recipient could potentially wear all year round too.
These country-inspired style bed socks made by Elizabeth Marsden from Kent were the perfect find for my rustic hamper. I can imagine it now: lighting the fire, pouring myself a mulled wine and slipping on a pair of these gorgeous chunky socks.
If you would like to purchase a pair too, here is where you can find them on Folksy:
Hand-knitted Bed Socks by Down to Earth Recycling
And, that’s it! A few festive gift ideas on how to fill your Handmade Christmas Hamper after food and drink. I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the products from the Folksy Hamper this year and feel inspired to make one yourself for loved ones.
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