Edible gifts for Christmas

@marguicha (81697)
Chile
November 10, 2010 8:36pm CST
Have you ever given anyone an edible gift for Christmas? I have. When my mother in law was alive, we always went shopping for a basket that we would fill with nice food and drinks she liked but felt they were too expensive for her budget. There was always a bottle of sweet wine she loved and some expensive cans and imported sweet breads. Now that I have my budget problems, I still give edible gifts for Christmas. I make apricot jam from my own apricot tree. And this year I will add a yogurt raspberry pie made with my first raspberries. What are your experiences in this? Do you buy or make edoble gifts for Christmas? What kind? Share
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@bing28 (3799)
• Philippines
11 Nov 10
Neighbors give food they prepared for Noche Buena to each other. One of the recipes they prepared, plus salads, leche plan and others. So each one can taste something different from she prepared. It's so nice to look at the table full of different food from the preparation of each neighbor. For friends and relatives however I give mugs or handkies or bags.
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
11 Nov 10
What is leche plan? I{d like to know more about it. It{s nice that neighbors share the Christmas spirit.
@susanana (126)
• Philippines
12 Nov 10
Leche flan is similar to custard. It is made of milk, egg yolks, vanilla and sugar. It is steamed for the flan to form. Its really delicious. One of the famous desserts in the philippines.
@ElicBxn (60073)
• United States
11 Nov 10
No, but my sister used to make a tea cake for people. She would come to town, and start cooking, making this tea cake for mom's neighbors and a few other friends - generally speaking she ended up making 6 or 10 of them depending on who was getting them. I made "spa kits" for people one year. I poured soaps, scented bath salts, made candles, painted ceramic containers and put a few soaps, some bath salts, a candle, a few chocolate candies and a few bags of tea in a container and then wrapped it up prettily. Now, for a few friends, we did make chocolate dipped pretzel sticks. That was a pretty rough Christmas actually, because it took about 6 sessions to get everything made. 2 visits to the ceramic place to paint. 2 sessions of soap and 1 of soap and candles and then it was the putting the gifts together session - and I'm not counting the previous polymer clay sessions to cover the candle holders and cook them because we didn't know we were doing that at the time - and I made a little jewelry box with the clay for my niece. In the end we made... 4 for our friend J to give family, 3 for V to give people/family and 4 for me, then there were the 5 little ones for my co-workers that were just dishes and a couple of soaps. J, V and I all worked on them. I still have what's left if I want to do it again... maybe some day...
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
11 Nov 10
Did you make the soaps and candles or did you buy everything and just put it together? I have been thinking of learning candle making for a long time.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
15 Nov 10
This is Elic answering on Maggie's computer. I bought the glycerin soap that is just melt and pour, not the lye soap you have to take such care of making. I added colors and scents to them and poured them in molds. and I melted and poured the candles too... I had done candles before. The thing you have to remember about candles is the wax cools a lot smaller so you have to pour several times before they are done, and you have to keep the same color/scent if you have done so (and I did.) I would like to do it again, but I have 10 more cats than I did when I did it before, maybe even more, so I would have to be even more careful... I didn't have Oliver or a lot of the younger cats back then, I was still working full time too, I think I only had 12-15 cats back then... and we've lost a few of those cats since then.
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@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
27 Nov 10
This sounds like a good proyect for me for next year!
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• United States
11 Nov 10
My kids and I did that one year. We moved to Louisiana and the family lived in Oklahoma. We made each family a basket filled with Louisiana cuisine! It was really fun to share a little piece of the culture we soon came to love!
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
11 Nov 10
I love that! And you stepped in an interesting cuisine by being in Louisiana. Over dos decades ago I went to New Orleans, fell in love with the city and later on we brought our girls (then teens) to see it.
• United States
11 Nov 10
Yeah, it was great and it was fun for us too. Because I knew my family I knew what they would enjoy. some got community coffee others tea. I think everyone is hooked on Tony's seasoning now! I also knew my brother in law loved tobasco. It's bottled in Avery Island!
@susanana (126)
• Philippines
11 Nov 10
I have given several edible christmas gifts for my friends and relatives. Some are store bought while some I made myself. One of the popular edible gists you could give in my area is the fruit cake. It is a cake made of preserved fruits, nuts and rum. The colors of the preserved fruits express the different christmas colors while the rum makes it festive. Another edible gift I gave was food for the gods. Its like a bar of rich cake. I bought a ready made food for the gods and wrapped them individually on a foil then wrapped it again on a colorful plastic wrapper. Its a big hit for my friends. I have received a hot choco mix as christmas present before. it was repacked in a bag and it was paired with gingerbread cookie. This was like 7 years ago. But nowadays since i moved to a different location these kinds of gifts are not that popular here. I have given a set or a gift basket of edible grocery items for my aunts. Its like a basket full of goodies such as pasta/noodle, tomato sauce, cheese, herbs and spices. Its like giving them all the ingredients they might need for a particular recipe. Then they would usually invite us if she's preparing or cooking the recipe already. Oh Christmas is so near! I'm so excited.
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
11 Nov 10
In my country, this kind of fruit cake is called Pan de Pascua (Christmas bread) and is part of what we like to have for Christmas.
@susanana (126)
• Philippines
12 Nov 10
Oh! Maybe thats the reason why i only see that type of cake during christmas. Thanks for the information.
• United States
14 Nov 10
I think edible gifts would be great. I think if you really put in the time and make them cute, who could possibly resist? I love cute, little adorable things. A present doesn't have to be grand and expensive. Time and love is much better. I think getting some cute treats for Christmas would be awesome. I would totally adore them.
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
27 Nov 10
We also make some hard cookies for the kids┬┤Chrismas socks.
@maezee (27775)
• United States
13 Nov 10
That's a nice gift. I like the personal touch with that. My family loves food..But I just do not know how to cook. Sometimes I think about buying those cookie sets or big things of popcorn for people..But I usually stick to whatever they have on their list; it's easier that way.
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
13 Nov 10
Living with a tight budget helps to learn things. I have learned to make several dips and pickles that can be wrapped up for gits since I became a widow. I used to have a maid to help me, now I do the household chores and the garden. I have learned to have fun doing that.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
12 Nov 10
there is this great website that gives you recipes for a number of food mixes that you put in a jar, like bean soup mix; cookie mix etc but not sure of the name.
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
12 Nov 10
You mean like a can of food of sorts?
• Philippines
11 Nov 10
Such a thoughtful gift to have but I don't know what to give this Christmas since we are saving some money to use for next year but I think edible goods are still okay to gift to people you love. Kids particularly would enjoy a chocolate bar or something sweet rather than toys to play. But anyway, I would also like the idea of creating sweet jams and gift wrapping it for people that is really close to me. Before I used to give bath and toilet items such as soaps with towels and towelettes. I also buy table mats for mom and colorful table runners. But this year, hhmm I am still thinking what to do and what to buy because I'm on a shoestring budget.
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
11 Nov 10
I checked on your profile and decided to give you a tip. Why don{t you make several leche flans and give them to the people you love? Check on the cost and where can you put them. When I give my jams as prsents, I always say that the prsent is the jam but the jar comes back if they want a present the next year.
• United States
11 Nov 10
I make gift baskets which consist of breads (ginger bread and cinnamon raisin), cookies (usually two different kinds),two kinds of fudge and also my special dirty snowballs (melted chocolate candies with powdered sugar). This year I am going to try to make grape jelly. I like making gift baskets for my husband's family.
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
11 Nov 10
I think that homemade edible gifts are very special for everyone. Thanks for sharing!
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@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
11 Nov 10
You forgot to mention one thing about Christmas cookies: kids love to help make them and are the first to eat them. I enjoy making them with my 10 year old grandson.
• Philippines
11 Nov 10
What's important is that we give gifts because we want to and not just because we need to. It is really difficult to earn money these days because of the economic problems all over the world, but the fact that we still want to give gifts to our loved ones makes us feel the true spirit of Christmas.
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
12 Nov 10
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
11 Nov 10
That's very sweet of you making your own edible gifts for Christmas, that's even nice to receive that buying ready made stuff and food in the market. Anyway, i have ones bought a basket full of food to be given to our stay out helper before. Now i think we can't buy it because we really have financial crisis this year. I don't even know what to make edible gifts to give out to others this Christmas..
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
11 Nov 10
You can always buy a goods at the super and wrap a common carboard box in a nice paper. That will be less expensive.
• Philippines
11 Nov 10
My sisters used to give us leche plan and fruit salad. I guess that was her specialty. Some family friends also give baskets of can goods and fruits as well as cake. I think it nice to give food on Christmas as a gift. Who knows this will be their only nuche buena on Christmas eve.
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
11 Nov 10
It{s nice to have a lovely dinner with all the gifts you recieve. It is also like having a mass at home: a place whiere friends gather to celebrate.
@beeh13u (1040)
• Philippines
11 Nov 10
We usually give relatives fruit cake for Christmas. They give us cake or baked macaroni. It's nice to receive food this holiday than receiving re-gifted items. LOL. Sorry for complaining. Other relatives just give me things they don't like. It's like I am a garbage disposal machine. Just because my family is poor, that doesn't mean we are suppose to be treated like garbage. Oh well, I'll just donate it to the church. ;)
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
11 Nov 10
I like to make food and give it. It is made with love. As for wrapping things someone does not like, it is not the best Christmas spirit.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
11 Nov 10
I make a lot of edible christmas gifts each year. it is something that I enjoy doing for others. these gifts are often more appreciated than ones I have bought.
@peavey (15874)
• United States
11 Nov 10
Part of the gifts I give for Christmas include "Chinese" fried walnuts, which are sweet/salty and really good. Other than that, it varies, but sometimes I put in home made candy or nuts, mostly in stockings and combination gifts.