My family has a long standing tradition of giving homemade presents. My mum would build up our arts and crafts repertoire each year to help us think beyond classics like handprints on mugs and photos in frames. This year we thought it would be funny (and ridiculous) to make mum a photo book, recreating pictures from our childhood.

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But the gift that stole Christmas was this chess set made by my cousin, Carmen. Using black spray paint, particle board and various combinations of nuts, bolts and washers, she made this chess set. Just brilliant.

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