Food Gifts for Christmas
Christmas is expensive for everybody, but there are ways to save money. Presents are by far the biggest cost at Christmas. You can however make some food gifts yourself.
Cooking oils infused with different herbs or spices are an easy gift to make. You just need some food storage jars or bottles filled with olive oil. Put your chosen herbs or spices in the oil. Whole chilli’s are popular to flavor the oil, or if you’re feeling very adventurous you could even add some cocoa beans.
Home-made jam is always a lovely gift. You can buy some pretty food storage jars and make various flavors. It’s a personal gift, and home-made preserves always taste so much better than shop bought.
Sometimes something as simple as some decorated, Christmas themed cookies make a lovely gift. Making and decorating cookies takes a lot of effort after all, and its effort and thought that counts where gifts are concerned. If you buy a nice little box to pop them in, they make a wonderful gift.
Sugar cookie Christmas decorations are easy to make and are very diverse. You simply make whatever shape of cookie you desire, a reindeer or a snowman for example, then pop a hole in the cookie and thread a piece of ribbon through, making a perfect homemade tree decoration.
You can create your very own spice rack. Take normal herbs and spices and place them in some decorative and pretty little food storage jars. Print your own labels for them and place them in a decorative box lined with shredded paper. They will look lovely and come in handy in the kitchen too.
Home-made wines are always going to go down well. You can buy interesting bottles in which to present your alcoholic triumph and add some shiny ribbon to the neck to finish the look.
Infused vodka is a way to give alcohol without having to make it and possibly risk giving friends alcohol poisoning. The vodka can really be infused with anything. You can buy gold leaf glitter, which will float around prettily in the vodka and is completely drinkable. You could add skittles, jelly beans, fruit, chocolate, coffee, liquorice; I’ve even seen marmite once, though it was not pleasant! You can add literally anything you can think of.
If you want to educate your friends and family and give them something a little strange, try bacon salt. It is literally crispy bacon and sea salt finely mixed together in a blender. It acts as a brilliant seasoning for a wide range of foods and is popular with almost everyone. Bacon makes everything taste better after all. Pop it in a food storage jar and it makes an unusual gift.