A few weeks ago, my friend Lauren and I were discussing the challenge of buying good Christmas presents for friends and family, and how it feels more and more difficult every year. “Everyone has already got everything!” we grumbled. A ridiculous grumble, but a grumble nonetheless.
We didn’t feel very inclined to spend money on things that people won’t really use and don’t really want, so instead we decided to knock our heads together and get creative. Homemade presents are always well received, and often more meaningful than shop bought gifts, so we opted to spend a couple of days in the kitchen doing some festive baking. After all, aren’t baking days one of the primary joys of the Christmas season? Classic Yuletide songs in the background, delicious smells wafting throughout the house…it’s all so cosy and restful. And it’s even better when shared with a friend! There are thousands of incredible recipes on the internet these days so we hunted around and eventually settled on making a few jars of Christmas chutney and ten little bags of Cranberry and Ginger fudge…
The chutney cauldron.
Of course, we had to allow ourselves a teeny taste of the fudge – it was all buttery and crumbly and looked so festive, dotted with the little red cranberries. I had intended to keep a bag for Danny’s stocking but he already found it and ate it. An annual problem.
I’m in love with red and white baker’s twine this year. Lauren and I used it to tie up our bags of fudge but I have also wrapped all my other Christmas presents in simple brown wrapping paper and then tied them with the twine! It looks lovely and old fashioned and costs next to nothing compared to normal Christmas wrapping paper.
We decorated our chutney jars with simple brown paper designs and tartan coverings on the lids.
Now I just need to decide who to give them to! And find a better hiding place for them!
Danny and I are going to get our Christmas tree tomorrow which I am so excited about. I love this time of the year.