Hints & Tips

The Eternal Christmas Battle – Real Tree vs Artificial Tree

The Christmas tree. Every year we are faced with the same dinner table discussion: do we buy a real tree this time round, or would it be best to invest in a plastic one? We discuss which might be the best option for you.

2016-12-02 00:00:18By Natalie Reynolds

Inspiration

11 DIY Toys You Can Make This Christmas

While Christmas is the time of gift giving, it does not necessarily mean gift new, gift plastic, gift expensive. Resourceful parents have populated the internet with an array of DIY toys that keep children entertained. Keep on reading to find out how to make them!

2016-11-30 00:00:01By Natalie Reynolds

Local & Community

Making Your Own Christmas Decorations and Gifts Is Easier Than You Think!

Preloved member Rachael is a keen crafter and loves sharing her tips and creations to anyone who will listen. Today she discusses DIY Christmas decorations and gifts - they are easier than you think!

2016-11-28 00:00:18By Rachael McLaughlin

Inspiration

10 Alternatives to Wrapping Paper

While Christmas is, to many, the most wonderful time of the year, it is also the most wasteful. Do 5 minutes of mystery justify the amount of wrapping paper we use? We don't think so. Here are 10 ways to present a gift without wrapping paper.

2016-11-24 00:00:55By Natalie Reynolds

Inspiration

Consider Eco-friendly and Sustainable Gifts This Christmas

This year has seen a raise in minimalism, zero waste, and a strive towards a more environmentally aware way of life. As we move away from consumerism and get on board with charities, nothing quite beats the excitement of opening a present on Christmas morning. Check out 10 gifts for the environmentally conscious.

2016-11-20 00:00:54By Natalie Reynolds

Quick Reads

Shop Local - Christmas, Artisan and Flea Markets

Visiting your local markets is a great way to get inspired for original gifts. It is unlikely you will find inspiration from looking through the same shops and online stores over and over if you don’t know what you are looking for. By visiting markets you can see the items being put to work, you can pick them up, look at them, and talk to the seller about its provenance.

2016-11-18 00:00:13By Natalie Reynolds

Inspiration

Gifts in a Jar

Repurposing mason jars has become really popular among the creative people on the internet. With Christmas fast approaching, we have collated some great gift ideas to present in a jar.

2016-11-16 00:00:39By Natalie Reynolds

Quick Reads

Get Your Craft on With the National Trust on Black Friday

If you want to stir away from the madness that will be Black Friday weekend, the National Trust have you covered. There are plenty of things to do! We got in touch with the charity to see what they had on, and boy are they keeping busy! Here are some cooking and craft workshops you can get stuck in between the 19th and 27th November.

2016-11-14 00:00:19By National Trust

Inspiration

Repurposing Your Plastic Bags

Let’s admit it, we still have a couple of bags full of (you know it) plastic bags from that time we forgot to take our shoppers. This got us thinking, instead of slinging them all out, could there be another purpose to them? And boy the things we found. Find out what you can make out of plastic bags!

2016-10-08 00:00:16By Natalie Reynolds

Hints & Tips

5 Homemade Beauty Products to Try

Our skin is the biggest organ on our body, so it is time we started thinking about the type of products we put on it. Here at Preloved we’ve taken the natural route and put together 5 homemade beauty products you can try making!

2016-09-25 00:00:35By Natalie Reynolds