Christmas is just around the corner, or that's what they keep saying anyway. Nevertheless, Christmas is not too far away. And along with Christmas comes the joy of giving gifts to the ones you love.
This often involves heading to the shops to do your Christmas shopping. This can be fun but it can also become a bit of a chore, especially when you have a long list of people to get things for and the shops become so crowded with people doing the same thing.
So, here's a suggestion to make your gift giving a little easier or at least a little different: edible gifts!
Yes, it's not a new concept and not an unfamiliar one, but it has its perks. Here are some: The only store you really need to go to is the supermarket You can create many gifts in one go People love getting food
Now, I know there may be some of you who don't like cooking or baking and may not be so fond of the idea of edible gifts, but there are ways to avoid the cooking and the baking bits. But more on that later.
So, what can you give? Pretty much anything that's edible. Your only limit is your imagination.
Here are some things you can buy:
Chocolate is always a good place to start. The vast majority of people love chocolate and would be pretty happy if they received it as a gift.
Jams and preserves. Farmers' markets would be a good place to go for some special jams and preserves and even sauces.
Chocolate bouquets. (The best kind of bouquet in my opinion).
Booze. 'Nuff said.
Here are some things you can make:
Biscuits. Now, this is a brilliant and easy idea. You make a big batch of biscuits, and divide it into however many you want to give people, put it into pretty packaging and you're sorted.
Slices and brownies. Same thing as with biscuits, you divide into portions, wrap and gift.
Cakes and loaves. Fruit cake and stollen are good festive ideas for this one.
Jams and preserves. Make a large batch and gift a jar to each person/family.
Confectionery. Marshmallows, toffee, caramels, honeycomb, truffles, fudge…I could go on, but I think you get the idea.
Cookie mix in a jar. I would liken this to a kind of homemade packet mix. You put all the dry ingredients for your cookie mix (or brownie, or whatever you can think of) in a jar, layering them to create a nice visual effect. You then attach a label with required wet ingredients and instructions for making and baking. You could go even further with this gift and attach a wooden spoon to the jar, or anything baking related.