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

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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?

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

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

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!

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 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!)

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

And that sundae thing looks gorgeous.

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.

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.

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

I know, I so want to do it property grin

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

The Sundae idea is great. Children would love that.

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 09:47:05

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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

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

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.


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.

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

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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.

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