So Christmas is literally a week today and you still have those last minute gifts to get! Oh shit, what do you buy without it looking like you’re literally scraping the barrel of Christmas presents that are left in the shop? Anyway here Nora and me are to the rescue with our homemade gift guide (FYI these are things we have attempted to make and might not necessarily gift because we’ve eaten/drank them all).
I have never been a particularly creative person. The B I got in my art GCSE is probably the highlight of my artistic career so far. So with this in mind, nothing listed below is going to be too strenuous or out there, simply because it would not be realistic for me to do! So this festive season given the fact that I have a lot more time at home than I have ever had before, I thought I would give making some gifts a go. All the while saving a couple of pennies and making something a bit more personal!
Mum’s Special Eggnog
Ok, so I mainly started making this for purely selfish reasons (sorry, not sorry). It’s not really Christmas for me until I’ve had my first eggnog latte from Starbucks. I’ve never actually had eggnog when it’s not in a coffee before so this was a brand new experiment for everyone involved, well Yvo and I mainly. I started on with this recipe as my basis to start with, however as I tasted it I would add things to suit my taste buds, so I used a bit more vanilla and brown sugar to make it sweeter as well as a couple of extra shavings of nutmeg. As this recipe only keeps for 3-4 days, this is a great gift if you’re heading to a little Christmas do at a friends house as it’s a bit of a different gift and you’ll often get other guests asking for a try on the night! Some eggnog recipes call for dark rum or bourbon, I ended up using Bacardi light rum which we bought back from our more recent holiday as well as some whisky we’ve had knocking around for quite some time. And you know what, it tasted great!
As I mentioned this is a pretty boozy version (hence why it’s for Mum’s) but if you’re giving to a tee total friend just skip out the alcohol it will still taste great!
Cookie Dough Truffles
I simply refuse to believe that I am the only person that enjoyed eating raw cake batter or cookie dough as a child. I mean who didn’t love licking the spoon as a child? When I say spoon I mean every utensil that was used during the process of making a cake and sometimes even the surface. Just me? Ok, brill lets continue. These little gems embrace those childhood memories of eating raw batter minus the raw eggs (even better) and attempts to make them a little bit more grown up (please note I say attempts and not achieves). This is a beyond simple recipe and require zero oven or stove time and just the one bowl! To gift these little bits of heaven I roll them to almost golf ball size balls and lightly dust them with cocoa powder. I then place them in a nice little gift box on parchment paper as they are rather sticky! Then if you can face handing them over the your guests watch up in delight as they reminisce about their childhood.
Recipe is as follows:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup chocolate chips of you choice ( I did a combination of milk and white because I’m wild)
Salt Dough Paperweight
What grandparent doesn’t want a permanent reminder of their grandchild’s hand or foot? They all want it lets be honest. And if they don’t, they will at least pretend they do. Anyway not only do these little gems make great little personalised gifts, they also serve as a great reminder of our quickly your baby is growing up. If you want to make these particularly festive you can always poke a hole in the top for some ribbon to turn these into great tree decorations. We’ve been making salt dough blocks to commemorate Nora’s growth on a month by month basis (because I’m soppy like that).
I use this super duper easy recipe that seems to work every time:
1/2 cup of Salt
1/2 cup of Water
1 cup of Flour
So there you have it, three easy peasy (and slightly boozy) homemade Christmas gifts. I would love to know what you guys make/would love to receive this Christmas!