homemade and heartfelt gifts

Call me old fashioned, but I don’t like having to tell people what I want for Christmas. I always hope that people know me enough to pick me surprise gifts. I’m not ungrateful, but as grown ups, we don’t get many (good) surprises do we?

That said, when someone gives me something that shows they get me, well, it makes me crumble. Read on for some things that you can make or buy will hopefully help you give someone that ‘they get me’ crumble.

Make something

If you’re fed up of being sent wish lists from people and want to inject a bit of old school Christmas makery and surprise, then you can’t go wrong with something homemade and edible.

My mum is the queen of the homemade hamper – I guess I’m the princess in training then. Every year she makes homemade chutneys, pickles, biscotti and limoncello or sloe gin to pack up for her friends. She’s the one who gave me the chilli jam recipe below. It is so blummin easy to make. I’d love you to have a bash. Lock yourself in the kitchen for a couple of hours, put on some good music and cook your way through some of these recipes. Most of them are a doddle to make with children too.

Click on the red links to get the recipe for some of the goodies I make to give at Christmas…

Thai tomato and chilli jam

Peppermint bark


Chocolate pretzels and almonds

lemon curd

Lemon or grapefruit curd


A jar of dukkah



Super practical but useful (maybe balance out with something more frivolous)

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