Homemade Christmas present ideas
If you’re stuck for ideas of what to get your nearest and dearest this year, you can’t go far wrong with some homemade treats. We all know that the taste of something homemade is far superior to anything bought in a shop, plus it really is the thought (and time and effort) that counts.
Why not make them really look the part with our gorgeous labels? Simply print them off and stick onto jars or thread with ribbon. For packaging, I save any pretty boxes, gift bags or bits of ribbon from presents I receive and wash and save jars when I’ve eaten the contents. Plain cellophane bags are also excellent for packaging up biscuits or sweets. Just tie them with some festive ribbon.
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Preparation is key: now is the time to spend a weekend afternoon cooking up quantities of chutney or marmalade. It’s worth baking a batch or two of Sophie Dahl’s wicked peanut butter fudge and stashing it in the freezer - my family can’t get enough of it and have already requested some for Christmas! If you want to go all out, macaroons are sure to impress, try colouring them pretty pastel shades for a rainbow effect. The macaroon shells can be frozen and filled a day or two before Christmas, they actually improve when left to chill in the fridge overnight.
Pretty pastel macaroons are sure to impress
Get the children involved by baking a batch of our easy Christmas biscuits and letting them loose with the icing - they’ll love helping out in the kitchen and grandparents and teachers will appreciate their ‘creations’. Our Christmas baking recipe collection is full of child-friendly recipes.
Our Christmas biscuits are really easy to bake with children
While cakes and biscuits are nearly always a winner, it’s worth thinking about the tastes of your recipients. For cheese lovers, how about a jar of onion marmalade or apple chutney? You can pair it with a wedge of cheese and some oatcakes, or even better, a loaf of homemade bread.
Make homemade chutney look extra special with some ribbon and one of our gift tags
If they enjoy a tipple, how about a mulled wine kit? Package a bottle of red wine, an orange studded with cloves and some cinnamon sticks with a handwritten recipe for mulled (or even better, this mulling syrup from BBC Good Food.)
Or buy the ingredients for a favourite cocktail and wrap them up with a written recipe. (Check out our huge selection of cocktail recipes for inspiration.) Top of my list this year is a batch of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s blackcurrant liqueur (view the recipe here). I’ve successfully made this into a rather delicious blackberry liqueur and now that my stash is gone, I’ll be making it with frozen supermarket fruit (try a summer fruits or fruits of the forest mixture). It makes a lovely fizzy cocktail, so you could pair it with a bottle of champagne for an extra-special present.
For more inspiration, view our collection of homemade Christmas present recipes.
What will you be making this year and which homemade Christmas presents go down a treat in your house?
Rachel Manley works on the BBC Food website and loves giving homemade Christmas presents.