Quick and easy homemade Christmas gifts
This year more people than ever will be making their own Christmas presents and just like last year, I’ll be one of them. The last few days before Christmas, barring Christmas Eve are always quiet ones in our house. I’m going to put on the Christmas carols CD, sip on the sloe gin and get my bake on. Sweet treats are always going to be a winner at Christmas, when in my family at least, we barely stop eating.
The plan is to make presents that don’t require too much time, look great and will be gratefully received. I think packaging is where homemade presents can end up getting quite expensive so I save any leftovers jars and pretty gift bags or boxes throughout the year. If you’re not so well prepared, cellophane bags can be used to package almost anything - tie them with pretty ribbon and print some of our free gift tags to make them look extra special.
Download our gift tags and labels for your edible gifts.
If your friends and family haven’t made their own, a mini Christmas cake would make a sweet present. Bake a Christmas cake in a large square tin, cut into smaller squares to make mini cakes and just cover the top in marzipan and icing (I’ll be making Dan Lepard’s pecan marzipan this year). Dariole moulds also make neat mini-parkins or Christmas puddings.
And I don’t know anyone who could resist these adorable Christmas cupcakes. Either wrap individual cakes in cellophane bags tied with Christmas ribbon or splash out on special cupcake boxes. Don’t forget to get kids, partners and family members involved too. For me, the whole charm of homemade presents is that they don’t look too perfect. These retro peppermint creams are fun to make with children or try Nigel Slater’s grown-up chocolates.
If your family doesn’t have such a sweet tooth, then it’s not too late to cook up a batch of chilli jam - it takes no time to make and is delicious with Christmas leftovers (try it on a turkey sandwich), or as a grown up alternative to ketchup. Remember to include serving suggestions on the labels too. If you’ve got some leftover jars (I’m not sure I would buy new jars to do this, seems to defeat the object), then this homemade beer mustard is a cinch to make, and another great accompaniment to Christmas leftovers. Package it up with a bottle of the beer you use for the mustard and some local cheese and biscuits for a quick and easy hamper.
Homemade beer mustard takes no time to make
For more inspiration, try our collection of homemade Christmas present ideas.
What will you be making this year? Do you have all your chutneys made by September or will you be doing some last-minute baking like me?