I am one of those people who adore shopping and easily spend way too much on lots of little things that do not add up to much by themselves, but which in a hamper can look fabulous. These are a sample of before and after pictures of containers within containers as per today’s photo challenge!
I was introduced to hamper making in 2011 which was a particularly hard year financially. I realised how much of a fritter spender I was when I started to put hampers together and was able to make about three quarters of 10-12 hampers without buying anything extra! Thankfully I have improved somewhat since then and our spending is more under control although I still have my moments of excess!
What started out as a way of making present giving and Christmas more affordable has turned into a beautiful hobby. Most years I even get given the baskets to make the hampers with so I can just focus on the contents. I was going to stop making hampers after the first year as I thought people would be bored of them but I keep getting asked for them again and have also made some on behalf of friends. I think people like the variety and surprise element as well as the lovely presentation.
.Thanks to advice on the forums of MoneySavingExpert.com, I have a new more affordable hobby and an outlet for all those special little things that I buy. Hamper making and being an occasional personal shopper for others helps make retail therapy a little more affordable!
Images and words © Michelle Sherlock 2014