I made fudge this year and gave it out as gifts (stocking fillers). So far my mother has asked me to make more for a work function, my BIL has asked me to make more and bring it with me when I see them next and my friend has asked me for more ASAP .
This is the first year I gave home made food out and I've already got people asking me for more
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27-12-2011 21:42 #11
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I can see where you are coming from, it can sometimes feel a bit of a token gift when someone bakes a huge batch of something and just gives it out to everyone.
On the other hand it can be very flattering to receive a gift someone has made and i love when an effort has been made. It depends on how it's done i guess.
I made truffles and gingerbread last year, i only made it for a small group of people and made flavours tailored to them. The packaging i chose was different for everyone too - it was a thought out gift not just a 'slap together some simple biscuits so i have heaps of easy gifts to give out' type thing. I don't do it anymore as i've come to realise homemade isn't always appreciated. I do still sew things for people - seems a bit better received.
I don't like too much food related gifts as it gets a bit much - we have so much chocolate/biscuits from Christmas etc it's ridiculous. Some is good, heaps is not so great.
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27-12-2011 21:44 #13Senior Member
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Gee, I hope not everyone feels the way most of the posters in this thread do, because I am one of those people who gave homemade food gifts to my DD's medical specialists, therapists and kinder teachers.
I made Rocky Road and bagged it in cellophane bags and then put each bag in to a beautiful red and white Christmas gift box. I then put the boxes in to white bags from Riot Art and tagged them with red ribbon and gorgeous tags from 'Provincial'. They looked so lovely and I'd like to think the recipients were happy to receive them.
For the kinder teacher, assistant and aide, I made batches of Pistachio, Pecan and Maple Muesli. I put it in to 2 litre jars that I bought from 'General Trader', typed out the ingredients and pasted them on to the 'Provincial' tags and tied them on with red ribbon. They looked gorgeous!
All this was far more time consuming and labour intensive than buying something from a shop, but it was all genuinely made with love and appreciation for all that has been done for my Special Needs daughter, by her doctors, therapists and teachers. I'd be crushed to think that they hated their gifts
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27-12-2011 21:46 #14
sians mum. I received gingerbread men from my friend and her daughter, I got some delicious home made Christmas Bark from my mum (dark chocolate and white chocolate with cranberries and pistachio nuts) and another friend baked some delicious christmas cookies.
I love getting home made presents - food or not. Your rocky road sounds divine!! I know the fudge I made and packaged very nicely was a hit and I'm sure yours was too
27-12-2011 21:49 #15
27-12-2011 21:50 #16
I like homemade if they are well made and thoughtful. I like to add to presents by homemaking things.
Eg I gave my bro who was moving out of home Tupperware with his fav homemade lasagna in one and diabetic cookies in another. I also made my dad his fav mince pies in a tardis and my uncle his white Christmas packaged up and with a t shirt.
I agree about the kids making homemade for teachers, not great unless it is craft.
27-12-2011 21:56 #17
In case I accidentally offended, homemade food gifts for teachers are good when made with care by the parent. Especially when well presented. It's the ones that have clearly been assisted that I don't eat due to possible kiddy contaminants. I do love the thought though. I also acknowledge the possible contaminants in adult made goodies but try not to think about it.
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28-12-2011 18:11 #18
My DP makes the best biscuits and anybody that receives these should be privileged as they are so good. It's a home made gift anybody would love.
28-12-2011 18:22 #19
I did home made presents this year, but tried to steer clear of a lot of food based prezzies. The bulk of what I did was tea towels, pillow cases or childrens clothes with their names or something pretty on them in fabric paint. It worked out really well
I don't mind recieving food as a present, as long as the giver is someone I know and trust.
28-12-2011 18:25 #20
I am on the fence with home made food gifts. At Christmas, there is tons of biscuits, chocolates and left overs. I really don't need more food. However I would have loved to recieve the muesli made by siansmum. I would swap one jar of that for the 3 boxes of Ferreros, 2 boxes of shortbread and the Christmas cake I was given. I am not big on biscuits, chocolate and cakes.
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