Dreaming of a home-made Christmas

By Santa's Little Helper: Hayley Brennan 'Christmas time, edible gifts are just fine' Okay, so these festive lyrics are a bit different to the Christmas song we all know and love (Thank you Sir Cliff!) But it’s very true: edible, home-made Christmas gifts are fine. In fact, they’re more than fine. They are thoughtful, they show effort, talent and skill and you can personalise them. Just for you If your friend has a dietary requirement, simply adjust your recipe. If your mum loves chocolate but your sister loves festive spices, just whack their favourite ingredient into the mix! You can even get creative with how you choose to decorate your gift. And the best bit?... As the chief creator, you’ll just have to taste them as you go along! Mmmm, presents that can be eaten! What’s not to love? But…what if you’re not used to channelling your inner Nigella in the kitchen?! Well, that’s not a problem. There are so many simple, easy to access recipes online with step by step instructions, you can’t go wrong. Here are some of our faves! Gingerbread stained-glass biscuits ● Simple and beautiful! And a great idea for a fun and festive afternoon with the children. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/gingerbread-stained-glass-biscuits S'mores and more ● There are some great ideas on Delish.com. The ‘s’mores in a jar’ gift looks great! You could customise it to feature favourite sweets and flavour combinations - or make it vegan, using vegan marshmallows and dairy free chocolate. https://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/christmas/g3162/mason-jar-food-gifts/?slide=13 Delightful ● So many lovely ideas and recipes on here, I couldn’t choose just one! From homemade Turkish Delight, to delicious chutney and savoury biscuits, to some seriously cute elf and robin cupcakes! There’s definitely something for everyone! https://www.waitrose.com/home/recipes/christmas_recipes/christmas_gifts_to_make.html Chocolate Truffles ● Chocolate truffles are simple, delicious and great for experimenting with flavour combinations. (Peppermint, gingerbread, pistachio, cherry, double chocolate, coffee, salted caramel) Just take note of your friends’ favourite flavours and get creative! They would look gorgeous wrapped in tissue paper in a gift box, as pictured. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/christmas-truffles Sweet Treats ● If you're still not sold on the whole idea of baking... then this is the idea for you! It’s a case of assembling confectionery (chocolate bars, candy canes, chocolate coins) to make Santa’s sleigh and it looks so effective you’ll want one of your own! https://pin.it/1pRkdrH It's a Wrap! ● Once your edible gifts are made, you’ll just need to decide on how to display or wrap them. Homeware and craft stores (such as Hobbycraft) have hampers, baskets, cupcake boxes, ribbon, bells, edible glitter! (The sky’s the limit here!) For an eco and purse friendly option use Kraft paper, string and washi tape. Simple, minimalist and good for the environment. https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/occasions/gift-wrapping/wicker-baskets-and-hampers Mmm, yum... off to bake some gingerbread cookies now! This post is a part of our ‘The 2020 Quarantine Christmas’ series! You can have a look at the previous articles on our blog and keep a lookout for more articles to make this festive season as special and safe as possible.

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