So in my final part of hand-made gift ideas for Christmas, I’m infusing my own gin, making my own jam and to top it all off, creating hand-made snow globes as gifts for little people! Again it’s all super easy to do, but there are plenty of similar gifts out there too so fear not if you don’t fancy get down and dirty!
Infusing your favourite spirit it very simple! Once made, you can then easily decant it into bottles, like these Kilner Sloe Gin bottles, £24.96 for the set, Lakeland.
Starting with infusing your own spirits, it is literally as simple as choosing your base spirit- in my case I’ve gone for a gin and a rum, then choosing what you’d like to infuse it with (cranberries and oranges for the gin, lime and ginger for the rum) and combining the two together!
Orange & Cranberry infused Gin
For every 500ml of gin, you will need 200g of Cranberries, 200g of caster sugar and the rind of 1 orange. You will also need an airtight container to hold the infusion.
Start by pricking each cranberry and popping them into your container along with the orange rind. In a separate bowl or pan, mix the sugar with the gin and stir until dissolved. Add the gin to the container of cranberries and orange rind leaving at least 2cms at the top. Leave for at least 2 weeks (the longer you leave it, the more infused it will become!) shaking it every 2 days. Once you have the flavour you are happy with, decant into glass bottles, label up with a personalised message, and voila, home-made gin for all the family!!
Making jams and chutneys is great fun and such a nice gift as you can be as experimental as you dare and come up with some really lovely concoctions for each family member. I’m going for a strawberry and champagne combo, plus I’m adding edible glitter to really give it some sparkle! It used to be quite a task to make your own jam, and if you do it the old school way, it can take a full day and while satisfying once completed, if time is not on your side, then this great starter kit from Ball will be your new best friend!
Taking just 40 minutes, this fab new kit allows you to make perfect jam in super quick time, and is ideal for novices! Containing everything you need to turn fresh produce from your garden or the supermarket into your own home-made, vacuum-sealed jams, pickles and chutneys, it will guide you through the batch-making process in three easy steps and its compact size means it’s suitable for even the smallest of kitchens. Once you’ve filled the 4 jars that come with the starter pack, stock up on these fab preserving jars from Hobbycraft to give your jam a real home-spun feel. Add a label with a festive message to the back and your receiver will know just how much they mean to you.
Another great idea for a gift for little ones, is a simple snow globe. All you need is a jam jar, some glitter or fake snow, some mini Christmas trees or figurines and water! Ta-dah and a snow globe is born. Check out the video below so see just has simple it is….
Or if getting crafty ain’t your thing, then check out some great gift ideas below…. Happy Christmas shopping!!!
1.Sipsmith Sloe Gin, £24.95, The Whisky Exchange. 2. Kilner 9 piece preserve start kit, £76, Lakeland. 3. Roots & Wings Organic Apricot Jam, £2.65, Ocado. 4. Gin & Tonic cocktail botanicals, £3.69, Lakeland. 5. Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liquer, £18, John Lewis. 6. Christmas tree snowglobe, £ 15.40, Laura Ashley 7. White Christmas snow globe, £12, BHS. 8. Robin snow globe, £25, Monsoon. 9. The homemade gin kit, £39.99, The Foundry.
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