Make your own edible Christmas gifts
Homemade food treats make thoughtful presents with a personal touch - and have the added benefit of being light on your wallet (if not your waistline).
These edible gift recipes from Mumsnetters are fun to make and you can rope the kids in for a nice pre-Christmas-y activity (though best to keep the rum truffles and dishwasher vodka for adult cooks only).
|Aphrodisiac chocolate truffles
Refreshing peppermint creams are fun to make and incredibly easy to customise. Just add a few drops of food colour and cut them into shapes or letters to personalise your present.
|Fruit and nut chocolate fudge
Everyone loves a good buttery fudge, and this lovely recipe uses vanilla for an extra depth of flavour. We'd definitely recommend making a second batch as a present to yourself.
|Tangy citrus curd
||Tomato and apple chutney
As a change from sweet treats, give friends a good savoury chutney that will last well into the New Year. This tomato and apple version goes well with a sharp cheddar and some oatcakes.
It might sound peculiar, but this definitely adult-only gift has proven popular with Mumsnetters, and allows you to be as creative as you like. Try using Skittles, After Eights, or any confectionary you like for a unique gift.
|Christmas Day muffins
Cranberries and mixed spice make these muffins perfect for the festive season. Plus, they only take 20 minutes to cook, so are a perfect last-minute gift.