Christmas is just around the corner and I’m almost done with presents for family and friends! I have always been quite organised with buying/making presents: I start preparing a list in September or October at the latest with the aim to have everything ready at the beginning of December. Although it doesn’t always end up that way…!
When I was a kid, my mum would start thinking about presents for the many friends and relatives back in August. She was always looking at something handmade, something that could be done in-house, most of the time with my help - so that it was also a nice mum-daughter activity! I still remember a summer spent cross-stitching little fruits on small pieces of fabric to be used as covers for jars of tasty homemade jams… so nice and delicious, and so appreciated!
Every year, I look for new ideas for gifts that I can make myself, maybe with the help of my kids. These are the 5 top ideas for homemade Christmas gifts that I’ve considered this year – they are from some of my favourite bloggers!
Perfect as a present for the teachers, this gift box contains a homemade bag of mixed granola which is simple to customise with different add-ins, and a jar of honey (maybe sourced from a local farm). Place both in a nice box with some coloured tissue paper and a lovely card from the kids and voilà, job done!
A great blog from a lovely Italian lady, with plenty of amazing recipes. The good thing is that although being Italian, she posts in English! With this recipe you can create a delicious homemade mustard to be placed in little individual jars: a great gift for the men in your life.
Great for mums, grandmas or aunts, but also for your girlfriends, these Exfoliating Oatmeal Soap Bars are easy to make and perfect for a pampering session to start the New Year with the right foot. And they smell delicious too…!
One more beauty gift (because they are easy to make and always appreciated!) that will gently nourish and deeply moisturize your skin and the one of those that will receive these cute little jars!
3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles
These are probably my favourite since I’m definitely a chocoholic! Every year I try a new version, adding liquor, nuts or a different finishing. But the base recipe is always the same and it is super easy: just three simple ingredients for a delightful treat that everyone will be happy to receive (although don’t give the present to early… it may not last until Christmas!).
200 g Dark Chocolate
180 g Double Cream
Pour the double cream in a pot over a medium heat and wait until it starts to boil. In the meantime, cut the dark chocolate in small pieces and set aside in a heatproof bowl. Once the cream starts to boil, turn off the heat and pour the cream over the chocolate. Wait for a couple of minutes, then mix it well until all the chocolate has melted and you get a smooth chocolate cream.
Once the ganache has cool down, place the bowl in the fridge for about 30 minutes. It’s now time to use two spoons to make small piles of ganache that you will place on a tray covered with parchment paper. Place the tray back in the fridge for another 30 minutes so the chocolate doesn’t start to melt.
Now, take the tray out of the fridge, turn each pile into a small ball that you will carefully roll into a bowl with cocoa powder. Done! You can place each truffle into a small paper case (those typically used for chocolates) or place them directly into a nice box (tin boxes are my favourite!) with some tissue paper. In winter, you can keep the truffles at room temperature but if you make them during the summer (who said that you cannot have chocolate truffles all year round?), keep them in the fridge!
Don’t have time to make something yourself? Then have a look at my Christmas specialties including homemade Panettoni, Chocolate Salami, Biscotti, Ricciarelli and more, all perfect as a Christmas Gift, or look at my Box Club and treat someone you care about with a delicious Subscription Box.
Have fun making Xmas gifts!!!