We’ve said it numerous times in the last few newsletters; the end-of-year madness has begun. School holidays are creeping up, varsity exams are soon to be a thing of the past and every shop and supermarket one enters, engulfs you with glittery baubles, faux Christmas trees and sleigh-bell tringing playlists.
The festive season is a go! I Repeat. It’s safe to haul out the decorations.
One of the many great joys about this time of year, has to be the sharing and giving of gifts. Whether it be for a favourite teacher or coach, a friend who’s helped you through a tough time, or someone less fortunate. And most often, it’s not about the actual gift itself, but the gesture and sentiment it holds.
We are all about edible gifts this year! What could be better than un-wrapping a parcel to find that you can actually eat it?! There are also fantastic and original ways to package edible gifts – use your creativity or gather some inspiration from Pinterest and then let your inner Christmas elf out and go wild prepping your very own foodie treats to give away. You’ll be a huge hit! Plus - making your own gifts is cheaper, which means you'll save a few bob in the process because let's be honest... the festive season does not bode well for many of our bank balances.
Here are a few edible gift ideas to get your started:
Christmas mince pies – the ultimate Christmas-y morsel!
A trio of flavoured festive liqueurs – creamy rooibos, chocolate and salted caramel.
Bacon salt – something a little unconventional for the true bacon lover.
Dark chocolate, peanut butter and pretzel bark – ditch the boring box of chocolates and make this instead.
Candied cherries – if you are looking for something pretty, this is it!
Marshmallow-y nougat – pop it in a colourful box for extra extravagance. Orange and ginger curd
Homemade Turkish Delight – more delicious than store-bought!
– great for baking with or for use as a topping to scones, tarts and toast.
Gluten-free Millionaire’s shortbread – all the indulgence, minus the gluten.
Chocolate date truffles – fill a large jar with these and give it a beautiful label.
Jelly tot fudge – made with just 4 ingredients.
Macarons – these trendy treats are just gorgeous and will entice anyone with a sweet tooth.
Spicy nuts – with a salty, herby flavour. Great to pair with a nice bottle of gin for a DIY cocktail themed gift.
Christmas cookie decorations - hang these on your Christmas tree (that you have hopefully dusted off already!).
Gingerbread men - a classic that still warms the heart of young and old.