handmade ChristmasAbout one in three of us will receive a handmade gift this Christmas – join the conversation and get inspired!

From the tastiest mince pies to the sparkliest Christmas tree baubles, chocolate truffles to homemade bags, jam and knitted jumpers, photos you’ve taken or calendars your children have made: receiving a homemade gift at Christmas is a stand out, special experience bringing both the giver and receiver so much more joy for the effort and thought put into it.

A study showed that an average Brit buys 14.8 presents for 8.3 people with an average household spending over £820 on all-things-Christmas so why not save some beans and find a creative way to showcase the Christmas spirit by trying DIY gifts, from shark hoodie towel, to peppermint sugar scrub or comic book coasters?

#lovetoMAKECHRISTMAS is a nationwide campaign to give people a place to swap ideas and experiences, share first glimpses of newly made presents and celebrate ideas and successes throughout the month of December.

Crowd-sourcing your Christmas spirit to share with others busy making gifts, we plan to spread the joy of making something for friends and family this Christmas with people across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Using #lovetoMAKECHRISTMAS across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram share your cracking Christmas creativity through photos, videos, quotes and links, and check out what everyone else is up to.

#buylocal ties in with #lovetoMAKECHRISTMAS highlighting all the wonderful local shops, craft fairs, markets and independent traders who offer something different and special this Christmas. Share your tip offs and local haunts.

#loveto, powered by Voluntary Arts, is a nationwide creative campaign that features and celebrates a different artform each month. Tens of thousands of people have shared their creativity over the last year.

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