So, we’re onto our third tip from –
12 Tips for a gorgeous, no fuss, foodie Christmas
Tip #1 was all about the cake.
Tip #2 was about making a few meals to stash in the freezer for over Christmas, and now here’s the next one –
Tip #3 – Handmade food gifts are the ultimate gorgeous, no fuss presents this festive season …
In my dream life, I’ve finished the Christmas shopping when December has barely started… There’s been no frantic rushing round the shops and I’ve been inspired and able to come up with perfect gifts for all my nearest and dearest. The wrapping paper hasn’t run out when I’ve only got one more present to deal with and I’m not still wrapping into the wee small hours of Christmas morning.
But, needless to say, in the most part it is just that – a dream. The fact is, we are a week away from December and I’ve been full of good intentions but this hasn’t translated into any serious action yet.
Things have moved on though over the last few years. That Christmas morning when my lovely husband and I sat on the floor on either side of our bed (because then you can’t see what each other is wrapping!) until 3am wrapping each other’s gifts, we swore it would never come to this again. Travelling certainly gets the mind focussed. If I know that we are flying on 20 December, then miraculously I can get everything bought, wrapped and packed in plenty of time – but leaving home for Christmas just so I’m more organised? Extreme.
And even if I’ve got my head around the mechanics of buying, wrapping and stashing away in secret hiding places, sometimes it’s the ‘working out what to buy’ part that’s the problem and nothing’s going to get started until I’ve got that one sorted.
With some targeted questions, a good rummage around the shops and an attempt to put myself into the heads of an 8 Year old, and a 12 year old, and a 14 year old … presents for children are almost always do-able and enjoyable to buy too. But presents for adults are another challenge altogether. Teachers, work colleagues, neighbours, friends, swim coaches … the gift is a token – it’s saying thank you, it’s saying enjoy the holidays, it’s saying your’e special to me. These are important gifts but sometimes they are the hardest to find.
I’m a huge fan of foodie gifts – especially homemade food for gifts. But let’s get this straight – it’s not my fall back; it’s more like my go-to. Handmaking a gift with love feels like the ultimate in thoughtful gifting, but if you like the concept and are struggling for inspiration for gorgeous, no fuss foodie gifts, here’s a few to whet your appetite ……