Gifts mean sooo much more if there are personal thoughts and touches that go into them. I felt like I’d gone really practical with my gifts this year, which left me thinking if I could make some of the presents a little more thoughtful. I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve!!! Here are two very last minute DIY ideas to save you…
Cookie Mixture in a Jar.
So this one from the title sounds a little weird but trust me I think it’s wonderful. You may have seen these in the shops- they are so easy and simple to make and very cheap.
First, you need a glass jar. The size is up to you. I went for mason jar.
Now all you need to do is to measure out your dry cookie ingredients and layer them into the jar.
(Around 4-8 cookies depending on how big you make them.)
80g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
80g soft brown sugar
30g coco powder
50g milk chocolate chips
50g white chocolate chips
Next, decorate your jar. I then attached a gift tag and wrote the instructions- ‘Just add: 80g butter, 1 egg, and bake at 170 degrees for 6-9 minutes. They also last pretty long as it’s only the dry ingredients.
These are really cute edible gifts.
First of all, preheat your oven to 190 degrees. Next mix together 110g butter 100g soft brown sugar. Add 1/2 cup of golden syrup and mix then add 340g plain flour. Now add, 1 tsp. bicarbonate soda. Then use your hands to form a dough and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Now roll out the dough so it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out your shapes- I used a star cutter of 3 different sizes. Place them on grease proof paper and bake them for 8-10 minutes, until their golden brown. Once they have cooled you can ice them.
Once the icing had dried. I stacked them, wrapped them in cellophane and tied them with a ribbon.
I am without a doubt a scented candle addict, I have been burning festive candles since November but now the season is finally upon us it’s an acceptable time to share them with you! A house isn’t a home without a few candles scattered throughout!
I picked up 2 of the following:
Warm aromas of cinnamon blended with the base note scent of cloves.
A fresh, tangy burst of cranberries with notes of super-sweet oranges.
A lovely combination of apples, spices and vanilla, straight from the oven.
Zesty yet warming, citrus oranges with trails of cinnamon.
Deliciously decadent, a bold pairing of fresh roasted coffee and velvety chocolate.
Pain Au Raisin
Cognac soaked raisins baked in buttery vanilla dough and sprinkled with cinnamon.
A combination of pure indulgence; burnt sugar and cracked sea salt are married with smooth vanilla caramel.
Sweet and smoky, the aroma of toasted marshmallows over an open fire.
These have to be my most favourite, so much so I burned the both in November!
The traditional combination of sugar and spice with maple syrup and vanilla icing on a delicious gingerbread cake.
Topping a hot drink with a layer of thick vanilla cream and a generous splash of bourbon creates a wonderful winter warmer.
What you will need:
2/3 Sheets of paper
200g white chocolate melted
Green food colouring
200g rice krispies
These were SO easy and fun to make! They actually look so realistic and would be perfect for a desert table decoration (which guests can also eat!)
-Fold and tape your paper into cone shapes.
-In a bowel add your melted white chocolate, green food colouring (until the mixture is very green) and rice krispies.
-Mix until the rice krispies are covered.
-Spoon the mixture into the cone shapes.
-Refrigerate for 1 hour.
-Once refrigerated, carefully peel off the paper and stand them up.
-Next, decorate how you like. I dusted icing sugar to look like snow!