Some of the best gifts you can receive are those heartfelt, handmade treats - so why not surprise your friends and family with something extra special this Christmas?

We've put together a few of our favourite festive ideas that you can easily make with a few arts and crafts around your home...

Click on the titles below to find out more!

Christmas Scent Jars

Christmas is a sensory experience and nothing says December quite like an unmistakable festive fragrance. Turn your home into a winter wonderland with a scattering of Christmas scent jars! All you need are cinnamon sticks, dried oranges, allspice, cloves, star anise, a small mason jar, cardboard and a decorative bow - simply drop into simmering hot water and you're on your way to creating the perfect yuletide atmosphere.

Personalised Handkerchiefs

Give a unique touch to a set of simple cotton hankies and customise them with a name or phrase in the bottom corner. Begin with a water-soluble marker pen, write your thoughtful message as a guide and then embroider over the letters with a stem stitch technique - we've included a link in the title!

Painted Candle Holders

High street-bought candle holders can lack a certain individuality and charm... But a simple coating of chalk paint can give your candle holder a pretty makeover in no time at all! Begin with some of our Autentico Versante Matt Chalk Paint and use masking tape to mark off where you want your chalk paint to end. Use paper to outline a heart shape or similar design, paint over the candle holder, and finally, pull off the tape and paper stencil to reveal your pretty new gift, ready for that special someone to receive!

Art Lovers Phone Stand

Whether at work or home, we often need to prop up our phones so we can keep up-to-date with incoming notifications - this is where the iphone easel comes in handy! Made to fit any type of phone you've got, this gorgeous DIY phone case is a cute and quirky gift that any phone user will love.

Pom Pom Keyring 

A pom pom keyring is lovely little accessory that you'll get loads of use out of. Simply attach to your favourite backpack, pencil case or purse and you'll never forget your keys! Perfect for school or work, this cute and creative idea only requires 5 simple things; yarn, cardboard pieces, scissors and a keychain ring.

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Post By Ed Mason