Would you have ever considered buying gifts from your local supermarket? I was forwarded this article from Sainsbury’s the other day, and I really couldn’t agree more with wanting to just skip the madness and chaos that is Christmas gift buying. Give me food gifts any day!
Last year I joked that I was becoming a grinch, a cheapskate or just plain jaded as I got older. This year I’ve noticed my distaste for the gift buying rush is a lot more about the frantic nature of the whole experience. Going to my local shopping center to buy anything is a nightmare lately, I keep getting knocked out of the way by people loaded up like pack-horses with gift bags. I’ve also noticed there is nothing in the shops I don’t have already, or anything I really want to gift to people.
My family’s gifts have become a lot more simple this year – my brother and I swap online vouchers (Tshirts for him, Amazon vouchers for me), Mum & Dad are getting a from-the-heart gift following their amazing holiday in Asia and the dog is getting plenty of stuff to chew on (as she destroys everything). Easy!
My main enjoyment at Christmas now has become the preparing and giving of food gifts. With Christmas spent with Kam’s mum, her partner and his boys, there are certainly a lot of mouths to feed. I’m lucky that I don’t have to be part of the main event of food preparation, my only requirement being to turn up hungry. I like to bring something to the table though, so I make food gift boxes. That desire is where the following article drew me in:
I couldn’t agree more with in this article. I love practicality. I love being inventive and I love giving people something useful, hand-made (or baked) and made with infinite amounts of love. In the weeks coming up to Christmas I’m continually popping in to my local supermarket and health food store to stock up on all my food gift goodies. For me, it has everything I need for the festive season.
Some Food Gift Idea Examples
While I’ve got a couple of posts up my sleeve for Christmas at the moment, I’m also pulling out some old recipes this Christmas for my gifts. I’m spending this weekend making some panforte, my Steamed Banana Pudding and some mini Christmas cakes or Ultra Ginger Sticky Loaves. Next weekend I’m making some coconut milk fudge, Spelt Molasses Gingerbread, nut brittle, chocolate bark, flavoured popcorn and maybe some home-made fruity jube lollies. Then all it takes is some pretty boxes, cellophane, ribbons and a whole lot of love to wrap them all up in. It’s all very satisfying and brings me a lot of joy. I love sharing food and there’s no better time to do this than the holiday period when surrounded by family and friends.
What do you think about shopping at a supermarket for gift ideas?
Do you enjoying giving or receiving home-made food gifts?
Are you a mad shopper, or more laidback about present giving?
What inventive things do you do to enhance everyone’s Christmas spirit?I was compensated for this post by SearchNews Media. Please click here to view my disclosure policy. In presenting this material I was no influenced in any way by the advertiser’s or the material source.
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