What's more, where possible I will be doing it myself. I always end up buying lots of chocolates and treats for people and this year they will be getting a (probably slightly special looking) hand decorated box of handmade goodies. I'm thinking shortbread, peanut butter fudge, treacle toffee and maybe some handmade crackers. After all, what better time for crackers and cheese than Christmas? There are a whole host of recipe ideas on the BBC and Good Food, which is great as baking is something I can actually do.
My first attempt at shortbread using this recipe and sprinkled with caster sugar when still warm.
The rather rustic look is due to the fact they were cut with a glass due to the absence of a cutter.
Yes, I'm coming over all Kirstie Allsopp and whilst the media tries to portray her as some out of date anti-feminist. I think she's an inspiration for keeping crafts alive and giving them a go and sometimes failing. There are tonnes of craft ideas on Channel 4 and HobbyCraft's Ideas Library but I think I'll be sticking to baking this year. I may not be a dab hand on a sewing machine or with a flower arrangement but it's not about being amazing at everything, it's about putting your thought and time into what you give and making a box of chocolate mean more than you were running low on time and decided to pick up a box of Thorntons in the supermarket. (As lovely as Thorntons chocolate is!)
Kirstie herself says she "can't stand the idea of anyone feeling pressured to homemake, it's supposed to be fun and therapeutic!" I don't see this as being cheap/what I should be doing, but I like the idea of making the most of what I can do and still giving those around me gifts they will (hopefully) love. At the minute I have bags of time as I am one of the many recent graduates looking for a job. If you just aren't into DIY/don't have time/just love unique handmade goods by independent designers then this is the perfect time to browse Etsy, Folky or Not on the High Street (which is my favourite at the moment) for some unique handmade gifts.