For this month’s column I’ve decided to have a little festive fun by showing you how to create a homemade Christmas cracker filled with beauty treats for your nearest and dearest. You can pick up such fabulous gifts for less than a fiver – a sweet-smelling bar of soap, a pretty lip gloss, a coloured chain for glasses, little perfume, etc – or also opt for items that will work equally well for both men and women, like a comb or a set of tweezers for example. You can also use the crackers as part of your Christmas table seating plan by choosing ribbons to tie in with your colour scheme. You’ll pick up all the supplies from your local stationery shop and this is also a great project to make with children, so have fun. Christmas is a time to cherish loved ones and I’m a big believer that when it comes to gifts, it’s the thought that counts, which is why I love this project and I hope you will too.

Also, I’d like to thank all my readers for their support, emails and letters during the year. They really mean a lot to me and I look forward to writing for you in 2019. Until then, merry Christmas and a happy new year. CL