Christmas and the festive season is the obvious time to share special gifts and the traditional foods with your family and friends. It seems to be a time of year that revolves around sweet treats and shared meals, and there seems to be an endless range of options to choose from.
But food gifts don’t need to be limited to the Christmas holiday season – whatever time of year, why not consider some specialist food gifts that you can use to bring some joy to people’s lives, whether it is a birthday or any special occasion.
In this article we share a few hints and tips to give you some ideas on how to choose and present some fantastic food gifts.
Keep it simple
Ideally your food gifts need to look great, be received with gratitude, but also be relatively straightforward to make or create. Keeping it simple does not just apply to the recipes that you choose to bake or create, but also the packaging that you use to present your gifts. Buying packaging from specialist stationery stores can become expensive, so look for packaging items that you can recycle from what you already have in your home. I tend to save and collect leftover jars, bags, and boxes so that these can be easily re-used for homemade gifts. If all else fails, wrapping your gift in a sheet of cellophane and tying it with a brightly colored ribbon can make anything look a bit special.
Cheat a little
Creating a special food gift for family and friends doesn’t necessarily need to involve you spending hours in the kitchen baking or sweating over complicated recipes. A gift that is always well-received is a hamper. Decorate a box or an old wicker basket and then fill it with a few special food items that you have bought from your local deli. Choose things that will have a long shelf life and that you know are not everyday items. Jams, conserves, biscuits, chocolates, or any small and attractively packaged item will add to your hamper and create interest and excitement, as it is unpacked.
Use a specialist supplier
If you need to send a gift to family or friends who do not live close enough for you to see them in person, then there are a lot of specialist food suppliers who can fulfill this service for you. My fallback option is a local cheese deli. They offer a fantastic online service whereby you can choose a range of different cheeses and have them delivered (in a secure cool box). If you are giving a gift to someone that you know loves cheese then they will love you forever as they unpack and discover new styles. If they are not into cheese then the same principle works with wine or other items that can be packed and couriered to their destination.
Remember, it is always better to give than receive. Get your apron on and start planning your next round of gifts now!