Last-minute Foodie Gift Ideas

Eeek, only two days left until Christmas – and oh no, you’ve just remembered a family member or friend that you’ve neglected to buy a gift for.

Don’t panic; you can still give them something extremely thoughtful – and you don’t have to make a dash to the high street or spend a fortune on next day delivery while you bite your fingernails and wait to see if the presents you ordered arrive on time. Instead, try one of these ideas.

Great for foodies (actually, who ISN’T a foodie?!), the following suggestions make great gifts. Read on…

Homemade Mince Pies

Head to your nearest supermarket and buy the ingredients you need to whip up some mince pies. The great news is they don’t take long to make at home. You’ll also want to purchase a large glass Kilner jar to pop the pies in – and then finish with some rustic-looking twine or a bright red ribbon.

A gift like that certainly won’t look like an afterthought – and you can have them in and out of the oven in no time at all. We like this recipe from BBC Good Food, and we think you will too.

Christmas Chutney

Christmas is a time for cheese – and plenty of it! So what better accompaniment than chutney? And a festive one at that. Thankfully, Mary Berry has a great recipe here you can try – and once you’ve made it, pack it into some old, but freshly-washed jam jars, buy a couple of nice slabs of cheese and a wooden serving board (all things you can pick up easily at your local supermarket) and give as a gift.

Combining tomato, red peppers, onion, garlic cloves, sugar, malt vinegar and more, this is a delicious chutney that will pair perfectly with crackers and cheese. Make some for a friend or family member – and some for yourself.

DIY Hot Chocolate Gift

Now, here’s a really easy one! Buy a festive mug and a sachet or two of hot chocolate, before adding it to a gift bag with a variety of festive sprinkles, some marshmallows, a few candy canes and maybe even a tub of cinnamon. You could also add a can of cream, that your recipient can squirt straight onto their hot chocolate when it’s ready – perfect! Just make sure you keep the cream in the fridge for as long as possible before you hand over the gift.

Chestnut Christmas Truffles

A lovely, edible gift for the festive season, these chestnut Christmas truffles are easy to make and look great. Buy a festive tin and add them to it – just make sure you give them to someone before you tuck into them all yourself.

Chocolate Honeycomb

Another treat for those who have a sweet tooth, take a look at this chocolate covered honeycomb recipe. Again, once you’ve made it, you can add it to a festive tin and give it to someone special this Christmas. You could pop it into a rustic cardboard box and tie with festive red string.

Will you be giving any of these gift ideas a try today? Let us know in the comments below.

Until next time…