Micro-Gifting: How to Get Fantastic Treats for Your Besties

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Carrie: @eBay_UK_Carrie

eBay elf-ette, who loves a Christmas party. If it's sparkly I want it :) Making toys between 9am-6pm.

Who doesn't love Christmas time? The perfect excuse to go all out with the decs, throw a few parties and finally forget about that diet you've been doing on and off all year. But we can all admit it - the best bit is giving the presents! 

Finding gifts your friends will love is easy, but making them unique is when it can get pricey. The finishing touches really can make the difference, so here are some low cost ideas to turn a simple present into something that extra bit special.

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Insta-Inspired Prints


The memories you post on Instagram are the ones you want to remember (well, most of the time!) And if you're like me, your feed will be full of fun times with your best friends. Go to Polargram.com to turn these Instagram shots into Polaroid prints and use them as cute gift-tags. They can brighten up any simple brown paper parcel with a little bit  of ribbon. And don't forget to get a pic when they open it! Happy reminiscing! 

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Heavenly Bakes


Impress everybody with your baking skills by making gift tags that double as yummy gingerbread treats! Grab a star-shaped cutter and get creative with the icing when you write your message. When I did this, my kitchen smelt like Christmas for days! 

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Sweet Treats


My friends know that festive finishing touches are my thing. Wrapping up lots of small presents can be a chore, so why not make a glitzy gift box? Swap boring Styrofoam for stripy sweets to line your gift box, then colour co-ordinate your wrapping paper. Once it's ready, use twine to tie a bow on top then thread a candy cane through the middle loop. They're always easy to find in December, and ones left over can brighten up the tree! 

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Get Crafty


Why buy wrapping paper when you can make your own? eBay sells brown paper by the roll, Christmassy rubber stamps and ink. It’s as easy as rolling out the paper, rolling up your sleeves and getting creative! Sometimes I accidentally overcomplicate my pattern, so keep it chic by opting for something simple. If ink sounds too messy, go freehand by drawing gold or silver stars on black paper.

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Brain Teaser


Puzzles literally puzzle me, but even I can do a word search. If  you want to give one to your friends on Christmas Day, you can make word search wrapping paper by finding a free generator online. Surprise them by putting in a few inside jokes!

Get Personal


A bauble as a gift tag? Why not! Especially when it has their name carefully written on with glitter! Just get a tube of glitter glue and a plain bauble, write on their name or initials and attach it to their present. Then they can hang it on the tree as a decoration too! If you've already got the gift tags covered, go for a funny quote or Beyonce lyrics and give it as a gift. Surfboard. 

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Colour Me Beautiful


Colouring has really taken off in my circle of friends this year – we’ve all been buying colouring books to relax and unwind. I’ll be giving them more to colour in by wrapping their presents in brown paper, drawing (or printing!) an intricate pattern and attaching a mini pack of crayons or colouring pencils with instructions to “Colour me”. Cute, eh?

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The Holly and the Ivy


A Christmassy wreath is the perfect accessory to any front door in winter time, and I always make it myself. The leftover materials are perfect to make mini versions to give to my friends as a gift tag! All you need is a shower-curtain ring, length of tartan ribbon to wrap around and to tie a bow. Add sprigs of mistletoe, holly, ivy or a small pinecone then attach it to your gift with a handwritten tag.


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The Ultimate Wrapping Hack


Wrapping bottles can be a pain, and if you have friends like mine, it's quite unavoidable this year! So keep it simple with that trusty brown wrapping paper you've been making. I usually roll my famous homemade sloe gin inside and secure it at the neck with coloured twine, then glue on some  Scrabble tiles to spell out their name to matching coloured cardboard. Easy! 

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