Christmas is definitely one of our favourite times of year, which is why we can’t wait to get stuck in to as many festive craft ideas as we can from some of our top small businesses, to help keep all the family busy over the festive season.
Here are just a few of our favourite small businesses, with some beautiful crafts and activities that we know you’ll love this Christmas and beyond!
Catkin & Co. – Christmas Craft Pack
If you have a family who loves nature crafts, look no further than Catkin & Co. We have been repping for the company, but we have also bought many of their nature craft kits and card packs as they are just beautiful, so we can’t wait for our Christmas Craft Box to arrive!
For just £15, your Christmas Craft Pack is the perfect box for eco-friendly, nature activity lovers, with the chance to build your own lantern, wooden stars to decorate, log slices to create your own hanging decorations, as well as pine cones, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and twine for even more natural decoration making.
What’s more, as with all the Catkin & Co activity boxes, they are all eco-friendly, with natural materials and recyclable packaging – they really are beautiful kits to open up, and often smell amazing too!
This kit is very limited this year and is helping to fund raise for The Friends of Rowntree Park in York.
Find out more about their Christmas Craft Pack here – we’ll add some photos when ours arrive too!
You can also currently use discount code LILY10.
My Busy Bots – Christmas Activity Books (gifted)
The My Busy Bots activity books have been with us on MANY adventures and are a beautiful way to give the kids some age-appropriate screen-free fun when out and about, so we were super excited to see this year’s Christmas Activity Book to add to Lily’s Fun Folder.
These would make beautiful gifts, stocking fillers or Christmas Eve box ideas for families, either together with the Fun Folder & Christmas Activity Booklet, or with the Christmas Activity Booklet on its own.
There are 28 pages of activities, printed using vegetable ink and with biodegradable lamination, and packed with all kinds of fun for the kids.
What’s more, as with all of the My Busy Bots activities, there are some educational activities in there too – meaning they’re learning while having fun!
We love how brilliant the quality is with all the My Busy Bots activities and that she is having screen-free time, while still being able to enjoy all the joys of Christmas. Kids can often be quite overwhelmed with all the excitement of Christmas, so this really is a great way to give the little ones some quiet time or even a fun activity to do while dinner is cooking!
Find out more about the Christmas Activity Booklet here
My Busy Bots – Colour-Me-In Christmas Card sets (gifted)
Why not get the kids to make a card that really will be special this Christmas and will be treasured by their friends and family?
The My Busy Bots Colour-Me-In Christmas Card sets are a lovely activity to do in the run-up to Christmas that really will be special!
Lily has already enjoyed sitting in front of the tree, colouring in the cards – and who doesn’t love a festive pun too?!
Each pack comes with 5 cards and are printed on recycled paper with eco-friendly printing.
You can even get both the sets for £7.99! Find out more here
Spotty Dawdlers – Wild Yuletide
Looking to get out for a winter walk with the kids? These Wild Yuletide kits are a lovely way to head out with the little ones and check out what’s around you – and especially useful when they’re maybe not so keen to head out into the cold.
Simply wrap up warm and take along your pocket-sized Spotty Dawdlers Wild Yuletide book, complete with stickers to mark what you find along the way!
These would make lovely little gifts and stocking fillers too!
We have three of these different books from Spotty Dawdlers and they’re fantastic quality and great for little hands too.
Wild Yuletide is full of seasonal things for little eyes to spot… holly, ivy, robins and (if you’re lucky) snow! The design is kept simple so interaction doesn’t rely on reading ability, or become a distraction from the simplicity of spending time together outdoors.
Created responsibly, they are printed in the UK on FSC certified paper and bound with recycled yarn. All packaging is recycled and recyclable.
Find out more here
Button & Squirt – Craft Kits
Last year, we had a chat with the lovely Button & Squirt to help us with our little mission to spread the word about making reindeer food that was glitter-free and eco-friendly.
You can check out the recipe here, however I also want to give a shout to the amazing eco-friendly activities that we absolutely love from Button & Squirt. They may not be festive, but they are our staple stocking-filler each year as we know how much Lily loves them.
From soft toys that are made of recycled plastic through to collectible models and craft kits, you’re never short of ideas to keep all the family busy over Christmas.
We may even be a little obsessed with the Eugy models as we now have 11 of them and really can’t wait to add the hedgehog and chameleon to our collection!
What’s more, 5% of every sale goes to animal conservation charities.
Find out more here
Nurture Collective – Mini Eco Friendly Christmas Crackers
Looking to make your own Christmas Crackers this year, because, be honest, who actually keeps the plastic toys/games in so many crackers? Instead, why not make your own with this amazing Mini Eco Friendly Christmas Cracker set from Nurture Collective.
The pack includes:
- 6 snaps already helpfully attached to the flat cracker,
- 6 party hats, 3 jokes and 3 optical illusions. There are 3 snowflake and 3 holly designs in each pack.
- Size: 16cm long (it is more eco friendly for us to make mini versions and sell them flat packed).
- Materials: Kraft paper, biodegradable tape, compostable and biodegradable packaging.
Catkin & Co. – Christmas Wreath Making Kit & Nature Hunt Cards
Check out this beautiful Christmas Wreath Making Kit with Nature Hunt Cards – it’s a Christmas wreath you can create yourself, where you can the card pack to hunt for items outdoors, bring some home and use them to create your own wreath.
The pack includes a set of 12 seasonal flash cards with facts on the back, a willow wreath base, pine cones, teasel, beech nut cases, orange slices, cinnamon sticks as well as wire and twine for tying.
This is a lovely twist on making a Winter/Christmas wreath, complete with nature hunt cards that mean that as a family you search for items outdoors that you can add to your wreath (and learn some facts at the same time).
The kit provides you with some basic wreath making materials and you scavenge for the rest – it is a lovely, meaningful and creative way to spend time together outdoors this winter too.
As with all the Catkin & co products, they also come in beautiful, eco-friendly packaging.
Make sure you order these in time for arrival before the start of December – find out more here!