Easy to make and delicious, handmade truffles make a decadent and charming gift. Simply mix chopped chocolate, double cream and butter (and perhaps a drop of brandy!) in a bowl over boiling water to make a ganache, let cool and then roll into balls and finish by rolling cocoa powder or chopped nuts.
A simple and stunning way to make a jar of ordinary bath salts into fabulous gift. Divide up your Epsom salts and add to each a combination of essential oils (lavender and peppermint work well together), food colouring and some bicarbonate of soda to create a fizz. Layer up the different colours in a jar and for added luxury top with dried lavender or rose petals.
A terrific gift for kids or your quirkier friends, felt cushions are easy to design, sew and stuff, and can be in any shape or style you fancy.
You can’t beat a classic, and nothing says I love you like jewellery. Keep the kids entertained for hours as they get creative and layer up beads on ribbon or elastic. Perhaps they’ll even start a new fashion trend!
Cookie Mix Jars
Also known as deconstructed cookies! Take a basic cookie recipe and instead of mixing, layer them up in a mason jar. Start with flour and baking powder, follow up with brown sugar and spices and top with chocolate chips. Write recipe on a gift tag and finish with a bright ribbon. Who needs Tiffany & Co?
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