A handmade gift always means so much more than something bought in the shops. It really shows you care enough to give up your own precious time to create something just for that special person.
I always remember my Mum telling me this while I secretly hoped she wouldn’t do it for me as I so very much wanted a new outfit for Barbie, forgive me folks, I was only ten at the time.
The gift of food is the most basic we can give, it is the gift of sustenance, so a handmade foodie gift really is the best of all.
Regular readers will know that Larder Love is packed with preseves from jam to seasonings, pickles to salts and curds to jellies. There are also liqueurs, infused oils, biscuits, nibbles and cakes galore. I thought I’d do a wee round-up here of 20 quick and easy fabulous foodie gifts you can make at home.
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Gorgeously colourful and full of flavour, this will add some fruit and fire to your sandwiches, curries, salads and baked potatoes.
Who doesn’t like a little glass of that famous Bailey’s liqueur at Christmas time. This super fast recipe will have you whipping up a batch in a few minutes ready to give right away. Make sure you make this one just before giving as it only lasts 1 1/2 weeks in the fridge, hell, I’ve never known anyone even keep it that long it vanishes in moments!
A real treat for your toast in the morning and also perfect for serving with cheese later in the day.
This light, zingy and refreshing liqueur is like sunshine in a bottle. The true taste of Italy where it is sipped both as an aperitif and a digestif. So easy to make and ready to drink in just 48 hours max!
A great gift for any chocoholic, this is a mixture of rich chocolate, juicy dried fruits and crunchy biscuit, oh so very, very morish!
Bring some summer sunshine into the depths of winter with this stunning liqueur. Drink it seriously chilled as a shot, in a tall glass with tonic or in a fun and fabulous martini.
Nothing beats a good mince pie at Christmas time and this veggie mincemeat is the perfect filling. You can also serve it slightly warmed alongside a really good quality vanilla ice-cream for a super easy festive dessert.
Make these quick and easy flavoured sugars as the perfect gift for any budding baker. Just use to recipes as you would normal sugar and get the heavenly flavour of citrus thrown in, wonderful for shortbread and cookies.
A colourful array of tasty peppers preserved in oil makes a great gift. Serve with sausages, sandwiches, salads and cooked meats, or simply as part of an anti pasti platter.
A wee touch of Scotland here with traditional shortbreads but with the savouriness of cheese. They make a great gift and are a good alternative to crisps/chips with dip at festive parties.
Italian inspired strawberry jam is rich and packed with flavour. The addition of fresh basil and balsamic vinegar makes it just that little bit special.
Warm yourself up on a chilly winters night with this tasty tipple.
Super quick and easy to make, this Hot Salt makes a great gift for those who like to spice up their dishes with a little heat.
Add a little touch of French style to your holiday gift baskets with these delightful cookies. They are light, crisp and with just a hint of heavenly lavender, a true touch of oooh la la!
A really rich and robust jam that tastes just as good with a cheese platter as it does on scones, crumpets or toast.
You may well know these as gingerbread men, but here in Scotland they were traditionally called Gingerbread Husbands. Go grab yourself a mate this Christmas!
Infused hooch is so easy to make and this herb garden vodka can be made with almost any combination of fresh herbs. Serve ice cold on the rocks or as part of a cocktail.
giving a little cake at Christmas is an age old tradition. While most Christmas cakes benefit from a long lead up time, this one is ready in a trice and tastes perfect.
What could be more festive than these beautifully colourful and tasty clementines suspended in brandy infused syrup. Truly a Christmas gift for your favourite foodie friend.
For those who prefer something more savoury in their Christmas stocking try these festive spiced olives, they are sure to tickle the taste buds.
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So there you have it folks, a quick round-up of 20 fabulous foodie gifts to make at home for your family and friends this Christmas. So go on, head for the kitchen and get crafting some festive fun!