Firstly let me just say that I am a massive fan of Christmas and this isn’t at all meant to be a ‘bah humbug’ kind of post but I must admit I have found the run up to the festive period more stressful this year. Now we are the swing of it I don’t feel as bad but a couple of weeks ago the thought of it was making my stomach churn. I think most of it is down to the fact we now have less money coming in since I have chosen to be a stay at home mum. I am loving being home with my little boy and I wouldn’t change it but it does occasionally give us some money worries. Also, the thought of going out Christmas shopping with a toddler fills me with dread and the thought of hunting out Christmas gifts on a budget can be a bit daunting. My family are quite sensible with gifts and we set a limit but even so I do like to put thought into my presents to show my lovely family and friends how much they have been appreciated over the year.
Last year I got some lovely home made presents from friends and to me they mean as much, if not more than a bought gift. Someone has taken the time and care to make something, and more often than not it is a tasty morsel!
Although I have still bought a lot of my presents I also wanted to have a go at including something home made as a little stocking filler. I’ve have already made my own chutney which is merrily maturing in the kitchen cupboard and I also hope to make some Christmassy biscuits and maybe try my hand at some fudge. This is the first year I have given it a go and maybe as the years go on I will get more adventurous. I’m not very crafty (would like to try salt dough decorations though) but I do like to bake and cook so I thought this would be a great way of making my own home made presents and saving a few of those pennies! I hope that people will appreciate a home made gift; I will have put lots of love and effort in, and of course I am giving them in the hopes that they will be very tasty and greatly enjoyed over the Christmas period and it really will be the most wonderful time of the year! Is anyone else giving some home made gifts this year and are you looking forward to receiving any?