Homemade Christmas Food Gift Guide

For the last few years I’ve been making food gifts to give to family and friends for Christmas. I love baking and cooking and as I don’t have a regular 9-5 job I have plenty of time to spend cooking up a storm during the festive period. Part of my plan to get through this Christmas as best I can is to continue with this tradition for a few reasons. Partly because it keeps me busy and gives me something to do and also because as I’ve mentioned before I find creating and making things very healing. There’s something really enriching about providing people with good, homemade food. I’ve always loved it and it feels extra special at Christmas.

I’d like to say that giving homemade gifts saves me tonnes of money but the reality is that making homemade food gifts can be quite costly. However, with a little forethought and preparation you can save a few pennies.

1. Collect containers throughout the year. Buying empty jars and bottle can get very pricey at around 50p each so every time you finish a jar of jam or one of those tasty little GU desserts (don’t pretend you don’t know the ones I mean…), pop them in the dishwasher and stash them away.
2. Get creative! Don’t waste money on those albeit beautiful but overpriced packs of pretty material covers and labels for jam jars. Make your own covers with scraps of fabric and pinking shears and print off your own labels. I’ve listed five of my favourite free printable Christmas labels below.
3. Never throw away gift bags and boxes you’re given at Christmas. As lovely as it is to give food gifts in beautiful wicker hampers those can be really expensive and a nice gift bag or box looks just as lovely. I pop some festive tissue paper in the bottom and keep my printed labels themed so everything matches.
4. Buy in bulk. If you’re going to be making something like 10 jars of tomato and chilli jam you’re going to need a LOT of tomatoes. Try negotiating a deal with a local farm shop or buy from a cash and carry.
5. If you do need to buy jars, bottles, gift bags etc. have a look in bargain type shops. Some of my favourite gift bags and boxes have come from Wilko over the last few years (they also do some fab cheapy decorations!). Other places to check out are B&M Stores, Homesense and Home Bargains.

Marmalade (I like to put a big glug of whiskey in mine!)
Oaty cheese biscuits (these are delicious on their own with a little swipe of butter)
Cherry and coconut florentines (my mama’s favourite!)

Do you make any Christmas gifts? Would you ever consider it? 
Mrs D x

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  1. Anonymous
    December 13, 2015 / 10:16 am

    I'm so dull, I always make jam time after time, this has given me some new ideas, thank you!

  2. December 13, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    I have made cranberry and orange vodka and wurthers vodka, I tried to make bacon bourbon but that wasn't a success. I also have made fudge, but all of these things depends on how organised I am and how busy I am at work.

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