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what do you think of this 'token' gift idea?

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surprisenumber3 Thu 09-Oct-08 09:58:08

Trying to do Christmas on a budget this year.

Usually end up spending loads on aunts, cousins, elderly family friends, teachers, teaching assistants etc etc, getting them boxes of chocs/biscuits - usually Boots 3 of 2 though!

Anyway, am thinking of using a chocolate mould to make christmas tree shaped chocs etc and then putting in cellophane bags (1.99 for 50) and tying gold ribbon round them and presenting them from the kids.

Does this sound okay?

mumblechum Thu 09-Oct-08 09:59:32

That sounds like a fab idea!

bonkerz Thu 09-Oct-08 09:59:59

sounds great!!!! may give it a go too!!!!!!

flowerybeanbag Thu 09-Oct-08 10:00:01

I think that sounds lovely!

surprisenumber3 Thu 09-Oct-08 10:00:21

Thanks - don't want to look mean!

wuzzlefraggle Thu 09-Oct-08 11:03:30

That sounds great!

lucysmam Thu 09-Oct-08 11:33:43

I think home made gifts always look better than bought! You've taken the time to make it rather than just pop to Boots for it.

Could I be cheeky and ask where you got the 50 cellophane bags for £1.99?

surprisenumber3 Thu 09-Oct-08 12:08:56

yes, Lakeland! They do 30 Christmas ones for £1.99 or 50 clear ones for £1.99.

littlestrawberry Thu 09-Oct-08 12:42:27

I've got the lakeland bags, they are fab. I make alot of homemade gifts, I think people really appreciate the effort.

Overmydeadbody Thu 09-Oct-08 12:46:41

Won't the chocolate cost a lot though? <dim>

surprisenumber3 Thu 09-Oct-08 12:58:03

I don't know about that bit!

Anyone??!!

tassisssss Thu 09-Oct-08 13:01:24

I use the lakeland bags too for chutney etc.

I also get ds to make shortbread stars and bag them in pretty bags - have done this for nursery teachers, toddler helpers, creche ladies etc etc. This is very cheap.

surprisenumber3 Thu 09-Oct-08 13:02:04

Asda do milk chocolate for home baking priced at 83p for 150g.

Supercook chocolate is the same price.

surprisenumber3 Thu 09-Oct-08 13:02:45

could I have your recipe please tassis?

Am a newby to this home baking malarky but loving it!

SmugColditz Thu 09-Oct-08 13:06:02

make semi coated shortbread

tassisssss Thu 09-Oct-08 13:12:20

8oz butter (not marg!)
cup icing sugar
2cups plain flour
1 cup cornflour

bung all into food pro and whizz

cook at 160 for 15-30 mins depending on the thickness!

lovely on its own or can be iced by small people! (if iced don't do too far in advance or they go soggy!)

surprisenumber3 Thu 09-Oct-08 13:20:09

lovely, thank you!

Can't wait til Christmas now! Or maybe I should do some Halloween chocs and shortbread...just to test!

Mammina Thu 09-Oct-08 13:49:21

I've been thinking of doing this too - if I made chocolates how long would they last? i.e. when is the earliest I could make them?
Was thinking of just melting chocolate and putting in raisins & nuts..?

Mammina Thu 09-Oct-08 13:54:55

1.99 is good value but they charge £3.95 for delivery... anyone know of any shops that sell them?

surprisenumber3 Thu 09-Oct-08 14:05:38

I'm not sure on that Migola, I will just make them a few days before Christmas. I was put off making truffles because apparently they have to be eaten within 2-3 days.

I went to my local Lakeland - which area are you in?

Mammina Thu 09-Oct-08 14:08:56

truffles? that sounds very professional!
I'm in north london, don't think i've seen a lakeland in ldn but maybe I just haven't been looking out for one

surprisenumber3 Thu 09-Oct-08 14:10:48

yeah, I would have been asking on here for a recipe for them What would I do without mumsnet?!

There is a Lakeland at Brent Cross if that's any good!

Mammina Thu 09-Oct-08 14:11:52

brent cross is really close to me, perfect - thanks

surprisenumber3 Thu 09-Oct-08 14:13:30

Brill - it's on Brent South Retail Park.

Happy shopping!

cupsoftea Thu 09-Oct-08 14:17:27

Great idea - thanks! - I might do this as well

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