ok I wasn't first to say the C word here!!
gingerfurball wrote (see)
I saw a really good idea for making lollipops for the kids....make rice krispie squares and cut out shapes (small stars or hearts etc) insert lolli stick and coat the shapes in melted chocolate, let cool and then package.
In the past I've made hampers on a theme, eg:
ChineseChopsticksSmall rice bowlsDried Chinese mushroomsSoya sauceRice winePeanut oilRecipes written on small pieces of paper then rolled upEtc
IndianWhole & ground spicesAsafoetidaGheeLentilsRecipes as aboveEtc
I've done the same for Spanish, Mexican and Thai.
How about some stollen? I've made mini stollen (two-bite sized) before, and they went down really well. I love homemade truffles as well - if you make up a batch of a truffle mix, you can split it into different batches and add all sorts of flavours. Baileys is one of my favourites (has anyone tried the new biscotti flavour?), but rum, whisky, tia maria, cointreau and other alcohols are good. So are spices like cardamon, cinnamon, ginger and chili.
Another idea - spiced nuts. Coat some mixed nuts in melted butter (a couple of tablespoons is usually enough), then roast until toasted (20-30 mins, stirring occasionally). Sprinkle over a mix of spices/herbs of your choice and stir to coat. Garlic salt is nice, so is cayenne pepper, smoked paprika... you can be as imaginative as you like really. You can also add soy sauce, Worcester sauce, Henderson's relish, etc. at the same stage as mixing the butter with the nuts for extra flavour. Once the nuts have cooled, put them in a nice jar and you've got a lovely savoury snack.
That would be one to do to someone you don't like, but feel you HAVE to get a present for!
I'm having a jolly time imagining the look on some people's faces
Womble wrote (see)
Not that I have a vested interest in this or anything but just tell them you've made a donation to charity on their behalf. And do it, of course. Saves all the shopping, wrapping etc and everyone can share the 'feel good' factor. In fact, go one step further and volunteer somewhere over Christmas (it's a great way of avoiding the relatives).
We did something via Oxfam for my parents last year. I did think about it for the MiL the next year as she is a stalwart member of the CofE but OH didn't think she'd like it
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