This time of year buying gifts for friends and family is mandatory. Everyone goes crazy running from mall to mall to find the perfect Christmas gift for our loved ones. I usually like to make my friends and family their gifts. Making something for someone holds so much value especially in todays day and age where everything can be bought in a store or even online.
I get so much pleasure and joy in making some deliciously edible gifts for my peeps which can last them through the holiday season (if they aren’t greedy that is). So I thought it only right for me to share some Edible Gift Ideas for this festive season. Don’t be alarmed about making gifts, it has a lot more meaning and taste (of course it would have better taste) as they are hand made by you!
- Hot Chocolate Mix:
Personalise your hot coco by mixing together coco powder, milk powder, icing sugar, cinnamon and mini marshmallows in a mason jar. I added some chopped up dark chocolate bits just because its the holiday season and why not? Tie a lovely ribbon around the jar with a note on how to prepare it. And you are sorted.
2. Homemade Granola Mix:
My easy to make homemade granola mix is like a trail mix but tastier and healthier. My granola changes just like my closet, you an find everything in there including the kitchen sink (joking)! I use whole rolled oat flakes, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, cashews, golden raisins, prunes, apricot, black raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries and fresh coconut. All of which is tossed with virgin coconut oil and agave syrup, scented with my special Christmas Spice. I personalise these to those I am gifting it to, so it makes it even more special. Transfer to an air tight container/glass jar and add a note with a ribbon/bow and your set!
3. Spiced Honey:
One of my FAVOURITE gifts! I wish I got gifted this, I would be over the moon. Get some good quality honey and warm it lightly in a sauce pan, add a cinnamon stick, star anise, cardamom, vanilla bean pod, clove and stem ginger. Transfer to a glass bottle with the whole spices and add a little sticker or label with the persons name on it.
4. Minced meat:
Make a jar of classic minced meat and add some fresh fruit into it to give it a kick of freshness. Add a mix of flavours of alcohol to give it more depth. Also you could leave the booze out if its for a non alcoholic person. Add a note of how its to be consumed and what it goes best with.
5. Mulled Wine:
Another one of my favourite gifts to make this time of year is mulled wine, this aroma wafts through your house and makes the festive spirit come alive. Warm red wine with some clementine slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and nutmeg. Let it steep and transfer to a glass bottle. The flavor matures with time. Hence makes this ahead and leave to rest until needed. Place a ribbon on the bottle and add a personalised note.
6. Christmas cookies/biscuits:
Make a batch of some cookies/biscuits cut out in Christmas themed cutters and transfer to an air tight glass jar, tie with some festive string and add a small note.
Happy Cooking & Happy Gifting!
Annika’s xmas. Get ur santa on.
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