Everybody loves to receive a gift. It makes us feel appreciated and cared for. The beauty of giving food gifts is that you know an element of time and love has also gone into your gift. A well chosen gift shows that you have taken a moment to step into someone else’s shoes to consider what they like, such acts of kindness can’t help but make you both feel good.
In today’s blog post I thought I would offer my top 10 suggestions for Christmas food gifts.
This year more than most we have seen our health & social care key workers put themselves out there to protect, support and educate our families. If you are anything like me, it gets to the end of the school term and the kids want to take presents in for the teacher and nothing quite seems appropriate. This is where food gifts are great. This year think about making a cake that the staff team can share where they collectively feel valued. A great way to start their festive holidays.
2. Lockdown food hampers:
Even if we are fortunate enough to get out of lockdown this December there are many people who will spend the festive season alone, feeling too vulnerable to leave. Think about the difference you could bring to someone’s Christmas by putting together a little food hamper of goodies especially if they are ones you have made for yourself.
3. Celebrate Christmas with your customers:
All year long your customers show up to give you their support. Show your appreciation for them by offering a simple food gift when they come to visit. Whether is a glass of bubbly whilst having your hair washed or a rum truffle during your pedicure it all enhances the experience for the customer and shows you care.
4. Gifts for the kids:
We all like our money to go that little bit further and Children’s food gifts can be the perfect. Try creating a cake jar with the ingredients for your perfect bake, wrap it nice, add decorative utensils and you have the perfect stocking filler. Later in the holidays when the kids start complaining of being bored you can help them create the goodies in the jar. (See tomorrows blog for the ingredients and instructions for making gingerbread families from creating the jar to decorating the Gingerbread).
5. Christmas Pudding for Christmas Dinner:
No one likes to turn up for Christmas Dinner empty handed. This year why not make a Christmas pudding to present to your host. If you take the time to discover their table colour scheme you could present them with a decorated pudding perfect for their Christmas Table Centre piece.
6. Nothing sense romance more than chocolate:
There are so many gifts you can make with chocolate from brownies to chocolate cake. For that romantic evening in, why not prepare some chocolate covered strawberries after all Casanova believed chocolate to be the “elixir of Love”.
7. Cookies for that Christmas Movie:
There is nothing like a Christmas movie with the family for that feel good factor but a Christmas movie whilst sharing a box of homemade cookies, now that’s a feel good factor. Get your timings right and you can be taking them straight from the oven to the settee. The beauty of homemade cookies is they are quick and easy to make and each one can be adapted to individual tastes, choc chip, raisin, reeses the list is endless.
8. Trip down memory lane
This year why not take an elderly relative on a trip down memory lane. Take the time to make them a traditional fruit cake. Bring out the piping bag and see is you can copy some of the royal icing designs of days gone by.
Ooh nearly forgot don’t forget to gift Santa a mince pie.
With another six weeks to go until Christmas there is still plenty of time to make some of these gifts, check in with the blog each day for some festive recipes. Tomorrow I am going to share with you my recipe for Gingerbread family, including how to create the gift jar for Children.
Until tomorrow have a pleasant evening x