5 Easy Christmas Gifts You Can Make in the Kitchen
Brown paper packages tied with string are some of nearly everyone’s favourite things, but those boxes and bags under the tree don’t have to contain toys and clothes alone. If you’re searching for a unique and personal gift to give your friends and family this holiday season, why not skip the crowds at the mall and make something from home instead? Here are five fabulously easy Christmas gifts you can make in your own kitchen that are guaranteed to delight your loved ones as much as anything you can buy and wrap up with ribbon. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about anyone requesting a gift receipt.
Photo from Martha Stewart
If you’re short on time but want to offer your people something special, delicious and great paired with everything from morning biscuits to evening pork chops, you definitely need to make up a batch or three of Martha Stewart’s Overnight Apple Butter. Using five pounds of apples and a slow cooker, you can sleep through the cooking process and wake up with a sweet smelling home and Christmas handled. All you have to do is pour the concoction into some keepsake jars and wrap a pretty ribbon around the neck. Make sure you make enough to keep, too.
Bitter Chocolate Truffles
Photo from Good Food
Pumpkin pies and cranberry relishes get a lot of attention in the winter, but the real favourite flavour of the season is chocolate. Offer the hungry crowd growing around your Christmas tree something to go with a hot mug of spiked cider: Chocolate truffles. They only take about 20 minutes of hands-on prep time, and a little time in the chiller, but the result is decadent. There are many variations on the original theme, so why not try a few different recipes?
Sweet treats are the most popular, and chief among these sugary treasures—and the most coveted during Christmastime—is the striped candy cane. Take inspiration from the quintessential stocking stuffer and create some peppermint bark made with crushed up candy canes, white chocolate and rice cereal. They’re quick to cook up and look beautiful packaged in a tin with lovely holiday paper and a personal note. Another bonus: There are only three ingredients!
Adults have different needs than children over the holidays, and you can offer the grownups something to bring a rosy glow to their cheeks without stepping out of doors. Infused vodkas are very simple to make, they just require a little planning in advance, and they look gorgeous outfitted in simple glass bottles and decanters. You can use candy, flowers, herbs and spices to make your specialty liquors, just make sure you include a helpful note to the recipient explaining what’s in that jewel-toned bottle.
Triple-Pepper Hot Sauce
Better Homes and Gardens
If your signature flavour is more spice than nice, you can skip the candies, chocolates and pies and opt for something with a bit more bite. Triple-pepper hot sauce is exactly what it sounds like: a mixture of three chilli peppers that tantalize the tongue. Print out your own vintage-style labels for an added charming flare. Though this recipe takes a few minutes longer than the other ones, you’re almost guaranteed to be the only one offering this savoury treat for Christmas, which may garner you more enticing presents in return.
If the notion of shopping for one more disposable gift basket for a friend or family member leaves you stressed or bored, why not take the homemade route and whip up a batch of chocolates, hot sauce or adult beverages? Your kitchen is the perfect place to make Christmas presents that will delight and satisfy, and you won’t even have to jockey for a parking space at the mall.
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