Christmas isn’t very far away – and if you are strapped for cash (I am ALWAYS broke this time of year) – then it is time to put your thinking cap on and think outside the square when it comes to gifts for Grandparents, bosses, friends and neighbours.
When I usually think of ‘make your own gifts’ – I’ll admit I think back to the gifts my children lovingly made for me that are really, quite crap. But these are far from crap – in fact – I’d love you all to make something to me – post it to the address listed on the website hahaha. Anyway, we have 11 make or bake Christmas presents here that are not only really yummy but also real easy to make. Let’s get started!
Nuts and Bolts is a traditional savoury snack mix that uses cereals, nuts and curry powder to make a super delicious mix. I make this for my Father every single year – best of all – you can make bulk lots in your slowcooker!
Yes, you can make a gourmet coffee mix at home – and yes they are delicious – and really really easy!!!!
Pickling onions are the smaller type white onions you can buy at your local supermarket. With a bit of vinegar, and spices – you can make delicious, crunchy home made pickled onions that are your very own specialty!!!! I like mine super spicy – so I loads of chili. Luckily, my Dad does too because I also make a batch for him every year!
Toffee or any confectionery for that matter is always a ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ when it comes to Christmas gifts. Because everyone loves something sweet – and nothing comes from the heart more so than home made lollies. Honeycomb is one of my favourite things to make – and if you trust your kids not to touch when it is hot – get them to help you out. Seeing the scientific result of adding the bicarbonate of soda is truly a wonderful mouth-watering sight to see!
Apricot Balls are the most sought after recipe on the entire Stay at Home Mum website. And they are truly a tradition at Christmas time – because seriously – who doesn’t like a nice firm ball in their mouth?
Do you remember Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs from when you were a kid? I’m not sure if they still have them – I certainly could not keep them in my house because I would eat a whole bag in a single sitting. Which is why I encourage you NOT to make this candied popcorn. It is simply too damn delicious to endure.
You can marinate standard Feta Cheese that you get from the supermarket and make it into Super Feta! Try different herbs, spices and oils to get a unique flavour! Add a cute little label – and there you have it!
Think standard fudge – but infused with Bailey’s. Just inject this straight into my veins please!
The ‘Cookie Mix in a Jar’ phase of three years ago is still going strong. What’s not to like? You do all the hard work for someone – make it look pretty – and they get delicious homemade biscuits at the end! Just Brilliant!
Best thing about Lemon Butter? Lemon Meringue Pie!!!!!!!
11. Peanut Brittle
Peanut Brittle is really easy to make – but is a very adaptable recipe too. For something a bit fancier, use cashews or macadamia nuts. You could even add some crushed candy canes for a ‘Christmassy’ feel. To serve, wrap the peanut brittle in brown paper and string – simple, inexpensive and very elegant!