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greenfolder Sat 13-Dec-14 21:02:50

on monday is secret santa with the requirement of a hand made gift. i was well prepared and bought a kit online to make a soft toy. so fine and dandy but have spent the afternoon ripping the sodding house to pieces looking for it and cannot find it. i have cried but that is not solving the problem. i have no time left!!!!

so, what can i make that involves some degree of homemadeness that will not be totally crap and is suitable for an adult woman?

please please help- am fairly crap at creative stuff but can cook.

madsadbad Sat 13-Dec-14 21:03:53


TheSpottedZebra Sat 13-Dec-14 21:04:30

Fudge. Or even better, tablet.
Or a cake.
Coconut ice.?

Bluestocking Sat 13-Dec-14 21:05:00

Totally go with fudge!

TheSpottedZebra Sat 13-Dec-14 21:05:12

Or one of those glasses rolled in glitter.
Do that.
And fill it with fudge.

Essexgirlupnorth Sat 13-Dec-14 21:05:26

Coconut ice, fudge or chocolate truffles are fairly easy

greenfolder Sat 13-Dec-14 21:06:11

fudge? will google- but how can i make it look sort of pretty and festive and not a last minute disaster?

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sat 13-Dec-14 21:07:12

Gingerbread house nicely decorated and wrapped in cellophane with a nice bow?
That can be done in a day easily. (Cellophane can be bought in Hobbycraft)

greenfolder Sat 13-Dec-14 21:07:30

glasses rolled in glitter? and fill with fudge? How does the glitter stay on? or doesnt it? or is that not my issue once handed over?

StilleNachtCarolling Sat 13-Dec-14 21:08:27

Bunting? Do you have any fabric, ribbon/cotton tape and a sewing machine? There are loads of tutorials about if you need help making it.

Bath bombs? They seem to be very popular at the moment

Fingerless gloves or a scarf - can you knit?

StilleNachtCarolling Sat 13-Dec-14 21:08:32

Bunting? Do you have any fabric, ribbon/cotton tape and a sewing machine? There are loads of tutorials about if you need help making it.

Bath bombs? They seem to be very popular at the moment

Fingerless gloves or a scarf - can you knit?

thingamajig Sat 13-Dec-14 21:08:36

Put pieces in petit fours/cupcake cases in a nice box
With festive wrapping paper/napkins to line.

greenfolder Sat 13-Dec-14 21:10:09

gingerbread house looks good? could you make one and transport it without it falling to peices and looking rubbish?

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sat 13-Dec-14 21:10:40

Gingerbread recipe with print out guide for cutting guide. Then buy a cheap cake board (or make one from layers of thick cardboard and silver foil) place house on top, wrap in cellophane and add a festive bow.

PoinsettiaGordino Sat 13-Dec-14 21:12:02

Little felt tree decorations or a felt heart garland like this

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Sat 13-Dec-14 21:12:22

Christmas Bark - get a bar of plain chocolate and some festive looking sprinkles (maybe crushed nuts, dried cranberries, silver balls, coloured sprinkles, crushed candy canes). Melt the chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray to a few mm thick. Quickly sprinkle all the sprinkles on, put it somewhere cold to set, then when it is totally hard break lift it with a knife and break it up into big splinters, and wrap it in some cellophane, or a little box full of tissue or similar.

TheSpottedZebra Sat 13-Dec-14 21:12:36

Oh, the glass rolled in glitter bit was joke - in reference to the glittery shit threads.
The fudge bit was not a joke though. Fudge is never a joke.

I think transport might be an issue with the gingerbread house Tbh - for you then for her. Tricky.

greenfolder Sat 13-Dec-14 21:12:59

sadly my knitting and needlework skills were the reason i went with the kit in the first place (and it was perfect- a highland cow- her favourite animal), so the chances of me turning out anything in that line is minimal

and it was my sodding idea to get everyone to do homemade stuff- bugger!

AdiposeLoveMe Sat 13-Dec-14 21:13:50

Have a looksie on Pinterest. There's some easy and fabulous home made gift ideas.

Mrsgrumble Sat 13-Dec-14 21:13:55

Are there any Christmas markets near you that you could pass off something (or lidl fudge)


TheSpottedZebra Sat 13-Dec-14 21:14:22

You could put fudge in a nice box or tin, reused a vintage one. Or in a cellophane bag if you can be bothered to go to that kind of shop. Or even a kilner jar, bung a bit of ribbon on it...

Chilli jam? Nigella recipe is lovely.

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sat 13-Dec-14 21:14:41

Yes, if you use strong enough icing and leave it to set fully. You could always get a box to transport it in (corner shop may have some from transporting wine bottles that will be tall enough) to be extra safe. Depends what you consider transporting though - in a car from A to B yes easily done, on a train / bus etc. maybe not..

TheSpottedZebra Sat 13-Dec-14 21:15:04

Ooh yes. Lidl fudge, biff it about a bit, put in box.

greenfolder Sat 13-Dec-14 21:16:00

quite like the idea of glittery shit as an homage to mumsnet.

felt heart thing looks good and involves a stapler( have i got a stapler? as ive managed to lose the first thing, cannot bring myself to start looking for anything else)

TheSpottedZebra Sat 13-Dec-14 21:16:08

If she likes Highland cows, make her tablet.

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