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Aibu to make all my Christmas presents this year?!

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cloudnews · 23/11/2019 17:02

Aibu to make all my Christmas presents this year?! I feel it’d be reasonable if they are lovely, tips please!

So things are tight! So I plan to make all my own gifts, I’m thinking fudge, peppermint creams, chocolate bark - decorated Christmassy and maybe soft caramels covered in chocolate!

I’ve made fudge before, and believe the others are fairly easy but please can anyone give tips on how best to make these or other yummy treats I can gift!?

Thank you Smile

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StillCoughingandLaughing · 23/11/2019 17:07

I’ve got into making chutney and pickles recently - it’s surprisingly simple and you can make a lot at once.

BringOnTheScience · 23/11/2019 17:10

Chocolate is surprisingly hard to get right at home. Temperature and 'tempering' are critical. Practice before you commit cash to large quantities!

Pilipilihoho · 23/11/2019 17:12

Cost it out first - it won't necessarily be cheaper if you want them to taste decent.

Unshriven · 23/11/2019 17:12

You might be throwing your money away, lots of people will just bin home made food gifts unless you have a reputation for great culinary skills, have no pets, and have exemplary hygiene .

Lovemenorca · 23/11/2019 17:12

Nice idea but the reality is that this time of year is full to the brim with sweet indulgence that a gift of one not quite as nice as had it been for a birthday for example

Lovemenorca · 23/11/2019 17:13

I would Op
I suspect wasted

Lovemenorca · 23/11/2019 17:14

Oh and just seen you’re not actually an experienced sweet baker!

CAG12 · 23/11/2019 17:16

If it was for family or very very good friends and you're good at it id go for it!

AuntieMarys · 23/11/2019 17:16

Please don't. It will end up in the bin.

OrangeZog · 23/11/2019 17:16

You might be throwing your money away, lots of people will just bin home made food gifts unless you have a reputation for great culinary skills, have no pets, and have exemplary hygiene .


GooodMythicalMorning · 23/11/2019 17:19

I tried it once and it cost me more than to buy and didn't turn out great but I'm not very crafty.

managedmis · 23/11/2019 17:20

Yeah don't bother

Stompythedinosaur · 23/11/2019 17:21

I think homemade gifts are lovely where people have a skill they are using to make the gift. I think if you are a beginner then you might be able to buy some small gifts for less than the cost of the ingredients and whatever you were going to use to package them in.

AllergicToAMop · 23/11/2019 17:25

We are a homemade jams and stuff for pressies family.
But! Even we understand that only time it's a proper present is when you actually know what you are doing and give people what they like.

For example my mum makes a liquer ever since I can remember. It took her years to get it right. People love it. Every year she gives out bottles for Christmas and still gets requests for more.

But giving something you started to learn month before Christmas? I wouldn't. It would be waste of money and energy. Unless you stick with it for a year or two and perfect it and only then start giving it as presents.

AlpacaGoodnight · 23/11/2019 17:25

It depends on your receipients. I love fudge but if I got given peppeemint creams I would suspect you hated me!

Preggosaurus9 · 23/11/2019 17:26

Going off the recent thread about home made gifts YABU.

Also sweet treats are dead cheap. Poundland will do it all for you and in a nice box too..

Namechangeforthiscancershit · 23/11/2019 17:29

I think it's probably worth reading through the homemade gifts thread before you spent a fortune on ingredients (which probably will come to a lot)

Gingerkittykat · 23/11/2019 17:34

I make Scottish tablet which goes down well.

Oysterbabe · 23/11/2019 17:36

I would like them but at least half of mumsnet bin any homemade food incase it has bits of child and pet in it.

Chocolatemouse84 · 23/11/2019 17:38

I personally love homemade gifts, I appreciate them more than generic, shop bought gifts (eg bath sets). Even if they aren't the best quality, I love the time someone has put into the gift

However, there was a very long thread on here about a week ago where many people were saying they did not like homemade gifts, especially edibles so be aware, some people may not appreciate it.

Bluntness100 · 23/11/2019 17:38

Op, before deciding this is your plan have a crack at making them. If they look and taste good gift them in lovely packaging, if they don't, then don't.

These things last so no issues in making some.

What you can't be doing is handing over something that tastes poor or looks like it's a teenagers first shot at school cookery class.

Then it's better to say to folks let's not do presents this year.

Woeisme99 · 23/11/2019 17:39

OP don't bother wasting your time and money, no one wants home made peppermint creams. Keep your money and just do a no gifts Christmas.

WaterSheep · 23/11/2019 17:40

I would be very surprised if you could make them for less than it costs to buy similar items.

If money is tight this year just be honest. I'm sure most people would much rather you save the little money you have, than receive food they may not even enjoy.

LadyMacbethWasMisunderstood · 23/11/2019 17:42

Unless for grandparents don’t bother.

PorpentinaScamander · 23/11/2019 17:42

I'm seemingly completely unusual (by mumsnet standards at least) in that I love homemade gifts. Especially edibles!

I really fancy peppermint creams now.

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