Like an idiot I have decided to make Christmas gifts for my nearest and dearest this year. Partly, it’s because I thought it would be nice to do something different, but mainly because I am terrified that Christmas is going to bankrupt me!
DIYing Christmas has kept me up at night. To begin with I was worried about what I was going to make. My original thought was Cinder toffee, mints and some chocolate truffles for everyone, with an addition of diabetic biscuits for my Grandma. However, I couldn’t find any way to cheaply package them, I considered hampers. I trawled pInterest for ideas and found a cool folded paper plate thing, which would have been cheap, but no good for anything other than the biscuits. Then I found a pack of 3 masonry jars in Asda, for just under a pound each. Having spent ages searching for nice jars for my own kitchen I knew this was the best value for money, and I hoped that by splitting up the 3 jars, so each recipient only got 2 jars, I could save some cash. But then I worried that two of these jars looked a bit stingy, and also they are a little big and so would take an awful lot of stuff to fill. So I went back to the drawing board…
Then my dad sent me an email, and I had a lightbulb moment. I will make each person their favourite ‘biscuit’. One jar per person and I could stuff the jars full without breaking the bank. I thought with a little tag and some decoration around the neck I could look generous enough and keep my bank balance healthy.
However, this gave rise to problem number two. What do bake? Some people have been so easy to assign a cake too; for Dad, Grandad and Sisters Fella Stolen (yes, I cheered when I realised I could bulk bake!) My mum will get some Caramel Slice, one friend will get the mints mentioned above, another will receive some lovely chocolate digestive gunky cake thing I made a while back which was not only a huge success with everyone who tried it, but I still have all the ingredients for as I massively over bought when I made it previously. All I had to do is find the safe place I put the recipe. So other than a lactose intolerant sister and one Aunty I am about there.
But this then brought up another issue.
I have no idea how long any of this stuff will keep. I want to make sure it is nice and fresh when I gift it and so at the time of writing I have not yet started baking. In fact looking at my diary I have the evening of the 22nd and 23rd to shop and bake and that is it.
Next year I might just abuse my credit card!!