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present help - friend has delivered expensive gifts!

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Purplehonesty Wed 09-Dec-15 12:42:03

My friend has delivered her gifts to us early - one each for the children and then one for dh and I.
I can see clearly what it is - a very expensive item (it's in bubble wrap) and candle set.

I have only bought token gifts for her sons. Basically bice gift boxes with lots of wee bits in them. Sweets, toy, craft stuff etc.

We don't usually buy for adults and I have hardly any budget left.

Am struggling to think what I can get for them in return which
A looks great
B doesn't cost much!

Help! Would a nicely decorated Xmas cake be good? I could do that myself. Argh

DonkeyOaty Wed 09-Dec-15 12:42:59

Yes a cake would be perfect.

clarabellap Wed 09-Dec-15 12:46:54

Yes to the cake and even though I don't like xmas cake I would still be thrilled somebody had taken time to make me one and plenty other people in family would eat it smile

Purplehonesty Wed 09-Dec-15 12:59:10

Great! Cake it is then.


superbfairywren Wed 09-Dec-15 14:43:30

A cake is a fab idea if you can bake! I think your presents show imagination, you don't need to spend loads to give really great thoughtful presents.

NeededANameChangeAnyway Wed 09-Dec-15 14:51:24

I second cake! Although are you sure they like fruit cake?

Purplehonesty Wed 09-Dec-15 17:14:30

I don't know if they like fruit cake, no. But I was thinking if they have visitors they can hand it out.

Left it too late to make one from scratch so I thought I'd go to m&s and get a cake then ice it and go to town.

Geepee71 Wed 09-Dec-15 17:17:26

Was going to suggest Hotel Chocolate chocs, but I'd love an iced Christmas cake! Yum.

imsorryiasked Wed 09-Dec-15 17:21:09

How about some home made fudge or truffles or honeycomb?

duckbilled Wed 09-Dec-15 17:23:16

Yes to the Christmas cake fgrin

Tiredoftiredness Wed 09-Dec-15 17:24:14

Can recommend this if you prefer to make your own cake - like Christmas cake but doesn't mind being eaten straight away. It's dead quick and delish!

PunkAssMoFo Wed 09-Dec-15 17:31:49

Chocolate panatone or other Italian Christmas cake. Usually come beautifully wrapped & can be used to make bread & butter pudding after Christmas if they don't get used.

zipzap Thu 10-Dec-15 01:06:24

If you have access to a Costco they sell the big tins of pannetone etc that sell in John Lewis for about £20 for about a fiver so it always looks like a very extravagant present!

janaus Thu 10-Dec-15 03:33:04

Anything home made would be a lovely personal present. Best present I received was from my daughter in laws mother, shortbread in star shapes, different sizes, layered up to look like a xmas tree, some green and white icing drizzled over it. Looked so lovely on a lovely xmas plate and cellopaned up.

Purplehonesty Thu 10-Dec-15 21:45:30

Panetone and shortbread Christmas trees sound appealing!
I've to make gifts for lots of other people this year so am taking note!

Purplehonesty Thu 10-Dec-15 21:47:20

I am rubbish at fudge/truffles etc.
I would like a good very tasty recipe tho if anyone has an easy one?
The only things I can do are
Decorate cakes
Make one type of biscuit(!)
Bargain hunt on eBay ;)

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