Get crafty this Christmas with Katy Winter, Rowcroft Retail Development Officer's, homemade gift ideas
There are so many unique and interesting gifts in our charity shops that would make amazing Christmas presents; but it's not always about what you buy, it's what you can do with your Rowcroft Shops purchases.
Throughout the next six weeks, we're encouraging supporters to think outside the box, and have come up with some suggestions to inspire you!
We've found old crystal glasses turned into beautiful candles; unwanted Christmas jumpers transformed into mittens, slippers and decorations (with just a few simple stitches!); and a variety of things made out of old crockery, including jewellery dishes and pincushions.
In my family we've done the whole 'let's make our Christmas presents this year' thing before - and let me tell you it's more stressful than buying - so I know how daunting it can be when someone suggests 'getting creative'. That's exactly the reason we've carefully selected our ideas so that anyone can get involved. As you'll see below, the gift ideas we're suggesting will suit every budget, but could even make it look you've splashed the cash on pricey custom made items!
Pinterest is a great tool for finding ideas on how to make purse-friendly gift ideas, a lot of them utilising items which can be purchased economically in charity and thrift stores. The beautiful, hand-made mittens we've pinned on our themed Pinterest board are a must have this Christmas - and can't be purchased anywhere! If mittens aren't your thing, then we've pinned tutorials on how to make welly socks, slippers, and yes, even a bag out of those old Christmas jumpers which need a new lease of life. As you might expect, you can find any of the items you'll need readily available in our shops, but you may also have them lying around the house. One of the best ideas we've come across this year is to pick-up a vinyl which has special meaning, and then frame it.
As well as crafty tutorials on our Pinterest board, here are a few images of items that are currently in our sorting office ready to be distributed to our shops. This is great for those of you who don't have time to get crafting - or find the thought of it extremely daunting! The very best gifts are always those with a personal touch, and over the next few weeks our shops will be selling all sorts of unique presents, including vintage jewellery and old books (available in our Vintage Shop in Babbacombe), and one of a kind items like signed autographs (available from our EBay Shop online). We also have boxed new goods which have been donated to us as an unwanted gift so your friends and family need never know you bought second-hand at all!
Good as new
As well as items perfect for up-cycling, and unique secondhand gifts you won't find anywhere else, our shops also stock a number of brand new items. Pop in to any of them (there are 14 across South Devon) for a unique shopping experience not to be missed over the Festive Season!
Examples of what you can buy depending on your budget. Shown here are £0-£10, £10-£30 and £30-£50 gifts which have been sent out to our shops and are available to buy now!
To keep up to date with all the latest ideas and news, like our Rowcroft Hospice Shops Facebook page today. Every penny you spend in store will also support the vital services your local hospice provides across South Devon throughout Christmas and the rest of the year.