Homemade Gifts to Post This Christmas
Sending something you have actually made with your own actual hands is a very good way to connect with people you love. It will also make you feel smug, in a Blue Peter badge mixed with Martha Stewart kind of a way. And that’s how I want to feel 24/7.
If you are nervous of sending food in the post don’t be. Wrapped up well, a cake will survive. I’ve sent countless loaves of banana bread as a hi, sorry, hope you feel better, congrats on the new baby, happy Christmas etc. Just wrap/tape/box well and remember to write fragile on it.
I have baked and wrapped this banana bread in a few layers of brown paper and sent it to friends.
These are my mum’s favourite. If you live somewhere that is usually hot at Christmas, be warned that the chocolate might melt!
I’d never thought of making bitters before, but after a bit of research I couldn’t believe how easy they were – a few flavours left in some alcohol for a few weeks.
The perfect thing for snacking and dipping – you could include a recipe for your favourite dip too.
Rose and cinnamon tea
My favourite warming tea to see you through the winter – weighs very little too, so great for posting.
Apart from being very pretty to look at, it’s soothing, aromatic and really lovely after a meal.
I use a small handful of dried rose petals and a 2 inch piece of crumbled cinnamon stick for a good sized pot – pop them in a paper bag with a nice tag.
A granola worthy of Christmas – born of my childhood obsession with malted milkshakes. Slightly more grown-up but just as enjoyable, this is easy to make big batches of that are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Header image: Kitty Coles for the Rosie Ramsden’s Charcoal Art Club.