Ideas for Home Made Gifts

In the last of the Christmas series, I thought I would post about home made gift ideas for Christmas. Money can be quite tight and it’s not easy or possible to splash out on lots for friends and family, so why not get your baking hat on and create a hamper gift.

Cheese Lovers Hamper

If you know someone who just loves cheese then putting together this hamper is sure to light up their faces on Christmas Day. The good thing about this hamper too is that it can be made in advance and the items won’t go off.

Tomato and Chilli Jam
Tomato & Chilli Jam
I can testify that this is an amazing item that needs to be included in your hamper, I had some left over that didn’t make a whole jar and we’ve been using it with cheese and it’s fantastic. The recipe can be found from the BBC Food Website.

sea salt water biscuits
Sea Salt Water Biscuits
These are the perfect accompaniment to a slice of cheese this Christmas. I made some for a hamper a couple of weeks ago and they are so tasty and really really quick and easy to make. They took me half an hour from prep to baking so they’re perfect to make last minute. The recipe I used is here

Fig and Walnut Slice
Fig & Walnut Slice
This sounds odd but believe me it’s tastier than it sounds. Also it’s gluten and dairy free so would be suitable for those with allergies or intolerances. It goes well with cheese or simply on its own. You can find the recipe on the BBC Good Food Website

Savoury Hamper

This hamper would definitely be good for Boxing Day with some cold cuts of Christmas Ham and leftover turkey.

Thai Pickles
Thai Pickles
I was dying to include these in my hamper ever since my mum made these some years ago. They are lovely and spicy and will be perfect for a buffet of cold cuts to wake you up after the indulgence of Christmas Day. The recipe can be found here

beer mustard
Beer Mustard
I thought this recipe sounded really interesting, hence why I included it. It might be difficult finding brown mustard seeds, but I managed to get some big bags of yellow mustard seeds from Holland and Barrett and it doesn’t seem to have made a difference. The recipe can be found here.

Cheese Twists
Cheese Twists
I love cheese twists, and I make them almost every year. They’re so quick to do and you can do different varieties. My favourites are to add a bit of mustard powder to bring out the flavour of the cheese, and some toasted nuts to sprinkle over. I just use ready made puff and go freestyle with the ingredients, so I will post my recipe over the Christmas period but you could find a recipe online.

Sweet Hamper

If you think your recipient has more of a sweet tooth then these ideas would be great. This would have to be done near to the day and assembled at the last minute as the truffles won’t last long out of the fridge.

mince pies
Mince Pies
These seem to be the bane of people’s lives, but I personally love them. They’re really easy to make if you buy ready rolled pastry and you can buy cheap mincemeat and perk it up with some clementine and lemon zest and a dash of alcohol.

Vanilla Fudge
Fudge makes a fabulous gift. I have chosen this recipe for Vanilla fudge, but there’s so many different flavours that could be done.The recipe can be found here.

Salted Caramel Truffles
Salted Caramel is something that shouldn’t work, but does. Truffles are synonymous with Christmas for a perfect indulgent treat so this recipe will be perfect for those who love chocolate. The recipe is here and can be adapted to make salted caramel flavour.

Alcohol Truffles
I am such a sucker for alcohol truffles and you could make so many different varieties to go in your hamper. The recipe for alcohol truffles can be found on Jamie Oliver’s website.

*No pictures for Chocolate Truffles as I haven’t made them yet! πŸ™‚


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