Food As An Ideal Handmade Gift

When talking about handmade gifts, foods are probably among the top choices. This is because there is no way to prepare them but to use one's hands. Come special seasons such as Christmas, this is the top handmade gift choice for many people

No matter what time of year it is, it’s never too early, or too late to think of the food items you can give out as presents. Even now, you can look for special sweets, tarts, candies, breads and bottled treasures in specialty stores or you can start learning how to make special homemade cookies that you can give to your spouse, friends, relatives, teachers, clients, associates or co-workers.

In past years, possible Christmas food gift ideas or items people gave out included boxes of chocolates in various Christmas shapes like star, snowman, or Christmas tree; a selection of fruits, different arrangements of fruit baskets, traditional Christmas hampers that contain Christmas specialty foods such as ham and cheese, traditional Christmas cakes and puddings, mincemeat tarts in different shapes and sizes, festive shaped shortbreads, fruit cakes, Dundee cakes, and bottles of wine.

But, if you want your Christmas gift giving to be more personalized, you can customize it into different variations such as a gourmet food gift basket that contain gourmet pepper and poppy crackers, pacific smoked salmon with gourmet cheese spread, or a Sesame Crackers food gift which include a selection of garlic and cheese mix and chocolate drizzled almond biscotti and dark chocolate mint sticks with gourmet holiday coffee.

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You may also want to give a Christmas food gift that includes an assortment of various nuts such as almonds, filberts, cashews, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts, and Brazil nuts; a Candy food gift basket that include several variations of Christmas candies and sweets; or a Nutritious Christmas food gift that contains snack boxes such as fruit and nut mixes, maple syrup, jams, and fruit-filled pies.

But, among the many possible Christmas food gift items, cookies, in different shapes, flavors, and sizes, are always on top of the list. Here are some of the cookie basics you need to know before giving out this most popular Christmas food gift.

- Choose your recipient’s favorite cookie. Knowing your recipient’s favorite cookie will make it easier for you to buy or prepare your gift. If not, opt for standard cookies favorites such as fresh ginger cookies, fruitcake cookies, holly Christmas cookies, Christmas tree cookies, and chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies.

- Make the presentation attractive. Be creative in packing your cookies by embossing it with ceramic, metal, or plastic stamps or molds, or by adding special add-ons to the finished product such as colored sugar, finely chopped nuts, or colorful sprinkles. Make sure that you decorate the outside of your cookie container with distinctive labels, unique cards, and colorful stickers or wrapping paper.

- Maximize your effort. In making the handmade gift, try to give all you've got. If you are baking the cookies by yourself, make sure that you prepare to bake a large selection of cookies by freezing several rounds of the dough in advance.

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