Homemade Christmas presents.....yes or no?

(66 Posts)
DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 19:33:07

Was only thinking for family, not friends or children.

And was thinking lemonade and a Christmas goodie to eat or soap.

Naff or not?

BackforGood Sun 01-Sep-13 19:37:12

honestly ? I'd not be too chuffed with someone's handmade soap.
Lemonade - I guess it depended what it tastes like grin
When we were younger and struggling for cash, we just agreed amongst ourselves to only buy for the dc in the family and not the parents. I've seen other suggestions where the family does a sort of secret santa, so everyone gets one nice present. Would something like that work for you ? smile

KhloeKardashian Sun 01-Sep-13 19:39:49

I am not keen on people's food/drink homemade gifts, unless I know them well enough to know they are clean. As it is family then go for it.

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 19:40:53

Isn't that funny, I thought the soap might be better than homemade edibles! Just goes to show!

It's not so much that we are strapped for cash, (we are not flush) it's that they have everything they need and buy anything they want, so I am all out of ideas! Especially DHs family, they are quite well off.

We only really buy for a couple of friends kids and I enjoy getting them something they will love to open, so definitely no homemade lemonade for them!

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 19:41:50

X post Khloe!

enderwoman Sun 01-Sep-13 19:41:52

I think it depends.
If you're a decent cook with a clean house then I would happily accept edible treats but your post reminded me of a family member with a mingling kitchen and I wouldn't want a food gift from them.
I fancy some lemonade now.

enderwoman Sun 01-Sep-13 19:42:30

X-post Khloe gringrin

GeppaGip Sun 01-Sep-13 19:43:29

I think naff but some people like that kind of thing. If you were my family and struggling for cash I would want you not to buy for me. Home made can be sweet but not sure I would find lemonade and soap either christmassy or thoughtful.

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 19:43:42

Ha! Bit of a running joke that I am a clean freak...so hopefully no worries there...

MamaChubbyLegs Sun 01-Sep-13 19:44:21

This year, on maternity leave and poor as. Hopefully, everyone likes fudge!

I'd love some homemade soap smile

BackforGood Sun 01-Sep-13 19:44:25

Oh, right, sorry! Jumped to a conclusion blush

What about vouchers for somewhere to go - be it theatre, GoApe, cinema, a meal, or bowling ? But something they can go and 'do' as a treat one evening / day. Maybe a voucher for afternoon tea at a local hotel or NT property - something they perhaps wouldn't treat themselves to ?
A friend once gave my dc a voucher for our local cinema wrapped up with a big bag of popcorn - it was a great present IMO

Onesleeptillwembley Sun 01-Sep-13 19:45:27

Honestly? No. Apart from the mince pies (which we don't actually eat) with grubby finger marks and possibly bogies from the little kids two doors away. Love receiving those. smile

MamaChubbyLegs Sun 01-Sep-13 19:45:41

Could you make christmas scented soap, like cinnamon or almond?

GeppaGip Sun 01-Sep-13 19:46:28

If cash is not the issue what about wine/champers and some truffles. or nice toiletries. that's what we buy for the 'people who have everything'

SarahAndFuck Sun 01-Sep-13 19:47:56

I'd be really pleased.

I was seriously considering buying some tins in TK Maxx earlier, and then just baking lots of biscuits to put in them at Christmas.

SIL made some kind of chutney a couple of Christmases back and we were actually fighting over who had more when we opened it.

AnneUulmelmahay Sun 01-Sep-13 19:48:14

Julia in the christmas topic there is a fab home made gifts thread with heaps of links to how to make things like mincemeat, flavoured vodkas, bauble wreaths, dry orange slices, oh loads. Do have a look.

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 19:48:46

I could make Christmassy soap! You know, cloves cinnamon and red/ green packaging?

Tbh,deep down I think it's a bit naff, but I'm properly stumped and I would LOVE to have a bash at soap making! And I saw the bottles in Lakeland today to make your own beer. They also had a proper tool to put proper caps on! And I made my own lemonade the other day and it was awesome!

Wallison Sun 01-Sep-13 19:48:53

To be honest, I'm not keen on homemade presents, especially of the crafty/fucking bunting type. Food is better because at least it will get eaten rather than lying around cluttering the place up and making me cross. Having said that, I've had some minging home-made food presents from people over the years as well, so I probably wouldn't be happy with that either.

revolvenotevolve Sun 01-Sep-13 19:48:55

Edible gifts all lovely and shows thought and effort. A nice chutney or jam particularly good especially if using home grown produce. Potential cleanliness of givers house wouldn't even enter my mind unless they'd obviously be a candidate for worlds biggest hoarder or Kim and aggie.

LauraChant Sun 01-Sep-13 19:49:50

I think homemade is lovely. DSis made me a beautiful quilt last year which I love. A friend once made a gorgeous gingerbread house. I have also had lovely chutney.

I am not sure I would get that excited by lemonade though to be honest.

bolshieoldcow Sun 01-Sep-13 19:50:05

Well I'd be really pleased if you'd gone to the effort of making something for me rather than just going to the shop and buying something - anything - with the right price tag. And I don't care if your kitchen isn't totally aseptic either.

LadyMilfordHaven Sun 01-Sep-13 19:50:08



LoganMummy Sun 01-Sep-13 19:50:38

I loved getting a handmade hamper one year! It had Christmas decorations (wooden and decorated by kids), mince pies, chutney, cake, gingerbread men, candles and chocolates. Really thoughtful and useful!

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 19:52:22

Oh, I didn't know...I'm coming Anne!

AnneUulmelmahay Sun 01-Sep-13 19:53:49

Good gal.

Cant link on stoopid crap phone. Pah.

I'd be happy enough with the homemade things, so long as they were well made and presented.

To be honest, I like nothing better than gift vouchers for my favourite shops, but definitely not for experiences of any description, I have had those once or twice in the past and ended up not using them.

Therealamandaclarke Sun 01-Sep-13 19:56:59

Yes please. May I be added to your Christmas list?
Assuming you aren't known for having a revolting kitchen.
I would particularly like anything edible.
I wish everyone would do this because i'd have extra treats to eat and less shit for landfill.

Therealamandaclarke Sun 01-Sep-13 20:00:10

And I'm a bit funny about Christmas tbh. I think birthdays are the time to spoil a person with a voucher/clothes/ jewellery/ whatever (all depending on budget of course) but Christmas is not the time to be making sure everyone you know has everything they want or need.
It's all too much stress. I would be very happy with some fudge or jam or chutney or stuffed dates or something. <hungry now>

Catnap26 Sun 01-Sep-13 20:02:05

I think it is a great idea and I would love it.my mum makes us all handmade presents now that we r grown up and don't really need anything.she knits so makes us throws and cushion covers,scarfs,hats etc and makes our children clothes-they are actually quite modern designs as well.this year she is doing embroidery christmas cards,soap and always gives us a bottle of homemade sloe gin and jars of jam or pesto.i love it and I've started to make jewellery for friends and my friend has started to make picture frames.its a great hobby and all year round project.lets you develop new skills and is great money saving idea.

Therealamandaclarke Sun 01-Sep-13 20:02:48

Ooh. Or biscuits, or honeycomb..........l

Yes! It's naff, but in a good way. I would love it, but then I'm the type to make homemade gifts so perhaps I'm not the best judge.

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 20:18:41

HONEYCOMB! Yes! Lemonade and honeycomb....I'd like that!

SarahAndFuck Sun 01-Sep-13 20:37:04

Is it naff? I thought it was really nice of SIL.

Still, I've always wanted someone to send us one of those round robin things and nobody ever has. I must like naff. But then, I tend to like what I like and not worry what people think, so perhaps that's why I didn't notice. Happy in oblivion grin

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 20:41:10

Do you know, I'm tempted to stick a round robin letter in too! Maybe a spoof one!

SarahAndFuck Sun 01-Sep-13 20:46:30

Do it! I wouldn't care if ours was a spoof one. Any one would be hilarious. Go for it. grin

LadyMilfordHaven Sun 01-Sep-13 20:47:12


DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 20:49:37

LadyMilford, I think I've been swayed. By homemade limoncello instead! Yum!

LadyMilfordHaven Sun 01-Sep-13 20:50:08

same diff really

that all in a snazzy looking bottle in a fake wine box thing

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 20:51:35

Bingo! Don't forget the round robin!

chillinwithmyyonis Sun 01-Sep-13 21:10:28

I wouldnt say no to homemade fudge or cake, I'd take the risk re hygiene! I'd say toffee too but wouldnt want to lose me fillings!

happybubblebrain Sun 01-Sep-13 21:18:44

I would prefer something handmade to something bought in the shops. I always prefer original stuff to mass produced. I think you need to present what you make really well though.

It's just as likely that shop made stuff could have questionable hygiene. I don't worry about things like that.

AcceptableSchoolTrousers Sun 01-Sep-13 21:29:14

I ADORE round robin letters. ADORE THEM. The more showy-offy the better. And a bottle of limoncello or sloe gin to sip whilst reading said missive would pretty much make my Christmas.

miemohrs Sun 01-Sep-13 21:30:39

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chillinwithmyyonis Sun 01-Sep-13 21:39:49

happy that's true, you don't question the hygiene of the handmade type stuff you buy from these Christmas markets. Go for it op, sounds like fun.

ENormaSnob Sun 01-Sep-13 21:42:22

I would be thrilled with home made foody stuff. Esp cakes or truffles.

And home made voddy.


NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 01-Sep-13 21:42:48

I made all DDs nursery teachers handmade keyrings and lavender bags. They SAID they loved them!

LegoCaltrops Sun 01-Sep-13 21:43:10

Hi Amanda <waves> grin fancy seeing you here!

I did a massive batch of pickled shallots last week (home grown, natch) & some of those are for family. Not all though as I am a vinegar addict.
Last year, still on maternity leave & very broke, I made knitted doll clothes for niece, scarf for mum, some chutney & jam for the rest. Also about 8lb of fudge, & some boozy truffles. In previous years we've done raspberry vodka, sloe gin & damson gin. (using bought booze, we just added the fruit.) I may make mead this year. Or biscuits.

I'm off to find that thread someone mentioned. Sounds right up my street!

Umlauf Sun 01-Sep-13 21:45:32

I love receiving home made stuff, my brother is amazing at this. He loves working with wood and has made me an earring tree, a table lamp, a jewellery box and beautiful photo frame for the past 4 years (he's only 21)! My grandad works with silver and I often get little silver pieces. My artist friend gave me a picture and it is the best present I've ever been given!

Food and drink, I'm not so bothered by but I do give a homemade panne tone and limoncello to both sets of parents each year. I think homemade presents work really well if you have a real skill and could sell what you make, they are nicely packaged, and you know the recipient very well.

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 22:00:23

Now, homemade panettone is a fab idea.

Ok, I'm warming to my theme. Limoncello, honeycomb and panettone it is I reckon. And a round robin!

Funghoul Sun 01-Sep-13 22:27:52

Honeycomb is difficult, goes soggy quickly. I do gingerbread biscuits each year and everyone goes mad for them. My grandparents for example, they would rather I baked some scones and buns for them as they enjoy them, rather than get them something they don't actually need. I bought some moulds and do chocolate lollipops for the kids in the family too.

2kidsintow Sun 01-Sep-13 23:05:07

Home made foodstuffs. No thanks. I'm ridiculously fussy about eating things that have been made by other people.

Home made smellies/crafts etc. Lovely.

LegoCaltrops Mon 02-Sep-13 06:14:20

I do sell my knitting. but not the rest of it. can't be bothered as I'd need a food hygiene certification, - no way with a job as well and a toddler.

Mojavewonderer Mon 02-Sep-13 09:09:35

I love homemade stuff! I especially loved the homemade stuff my friend did for me because I am shabby chic mad and she makes gorgeous cake stands out of old plates with chrome fittings and beautiful bunting that will have pride and place in my new country house styled kitchen. My mum loves receiving homemade jams and chutneys. I think there are some amazing things you can make that aren't tacky! I have made my mum a cross stitch picture of dolphins and framed it before which she loves. I am about to start making my own shabby chic cushions and will be wrapping some up for my mum for Christmas. So yes I think if you can make soap that looks and smells amazing then why not wrap up for presents. The stuff in my local garden centre is home made and they make loads of money from it.

yellowballoons Mon 02-Sep-13 09:17:26

Wrap and present it well.
then at least people will like the wrapping, even if they dont appreciate the actual gift

DoItTooJulia Mon 02-Sep-13 09:22:26

Ah, thanks all. It seems it's not naff!

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Mon 02-Sep-13 09:47:05

Food, drink and soap would be a no for me but anything crafty or jewelry etc would be most welcome.

misskatamari Mon 02-Sep-13 10:11:11

I personally love handmade things but I'm a craftaholic. If you thought people might be a bit worried about home made edible things (as some posters seem to be) you could do something like this perhaps...


Although I would probably go with the
homemade - you know your family best and how they would respond.

Ooooh I have also seen lovely looking homemade vanilla extract - loads of tutorials online and is apparently yummy smile

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Mon 02-Sep-13 10:14:33

The Sundae idea is great. Children would love that.

misskatamari Mon 02-Sep-13 10:37:53

I know, I so want to do it property grin

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Sep-13 15:51:04

Hullo all, some great ideas here - we're just going to move it to the Christmas topic so it can inspire others.

Therealamandaclarke Mon 02-Sep-13 18:49:34

In Nigella's Christmas book she has some fab (IMO) recipes for edible Christmas gifts. Combined with a batch of cinder toffee or some homemade cheese biscuits - superb.

Therealamandaclarke Mon 02-Sep-13 18:50:34

And that sundae thing looks gorgeous.

Zeeky Thu 05-Sep-13 17:53:35

A word of warning though - I've found from previous years' experience, it's best not to put too much fresh stuff/perishable food in a hamper, as there is often so much food around at Christmas anyway, that your lovingly made gift can get forgotten (as happened 2 years ago, when PIL "forgot" about the hamper full of truffles, mince pies, fudge, lemon curd etc, despite having been given it a week before Christmas, thus giving them ample time to eat the fresh bits before the rush of Christmas. They "found" it after New Year and gasps to bin half of it. Needless to say, they didn't get one last year!)

I would agree with that, the rush of Christmas starts about a week before here and goes on for a few days after, we have a very fully stocked up and menu planned house in that period to save too many shopping trips and extra perishable stuff really isn't going to get much of a look in. Something you can save like chutney or jam is much better. We found cream truffles buried in a hamper a couple of years ago when we got back from being away for New Year, felt bad about it.

Zeeky Thu 05-Sep-13 18:12:56

Yes, chutney, jam, flavoured spirits etc seem to work better in my family as they are enjoyed when all the Christmas glut of chocs, nuts, cake etc is gone.

Saying that, I love getting the annual hamper from my sister with bags of fudge and coconut ice in, and eat that in favour of the tins of quality street and roses that are knocking around. I guess it depends on your recipients!

dementedma Fri 06-Sep-13 21:30:34

Home made from the kids is lovely, otherwise I'm not that keen tbh.

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