Don’t you just find that heartfelt gifts make the best presents.
These are the gifts where the cost isn’t taken into consideration but rather the love and the time and the thoughtfulness is what excels in these gifts.
As we are now just four weeks away from celebrating Christmas Day, I thought I’d re-post heartfelt gifts I’ve shared with you on my blog. These are all very Christmasy and many are recipes that have been in my family for generations. I hope you find something here you can make for someone you love.
Number 1: Mum’s Christmas Fruit Mince Pies. There is no meat in these pies. They are a fruit pie and in my family, these were eaten every Christmas Eve as we sat in the formal lounge with the Christmas carols belting out from the record player and the lights flickering on the tree.
Number 2: Three-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce – well it’s just not Christmas if there’s not a bowl of cranberry sauce on the table. And homemade cranberry sauce is so much more wonderful than what is bought from the store.
Number 3: Mum’s Christmas Shortbread – I don’t think I’ve ever had a Christmas without shortbread and this recipe has been a favourite for generations.
Number 4: Mum’s Coconut Swirls – these are very easy to make and with their holly topping, look very Christmasy.
Number 5: Mum’s Christmas Whiskey Logs – this has been my most ‘gawked’ recipe on Foodgawker. My mother used to make these every year as a gift for neighbours, friends, and those she appreciated like teachers.
Number 6: Mum’s Christmas Sugar Biscuits – when I was growing up we made these every year. Some were wrapped as gifts and others were served at our Christmas drinks parties.
Number 7: Cherry Chutney – so good to serve with ham. Easy to make but just a little time consuming as you have to remove the stones from all those cherries!
Number 8: Festive Fruit and Nut Cake – really easy to make. You barely need to do any chopping; most ingredients are added whole.
Number 9: Mini Christmas Cakes that can be decorated in a number of ways.
Number 10: A Gingerbread House. Okay, so this is high up there in the ‘labour of love’ category but your efforts won’t go unrewarded – a gift like this will be talked about for years to come.
A lot of the recipes shared here have been in my family for generations and are very well loved. I’d love to hear what special family Christmas recipes you have in your collection.