DIY Christmas Food Gifts

Food gifts are a great way to reduce the expense and headache of Christmas present purchasing - especially when you have lots of people to buy for.


Mini Christmas Pies


I used a recipe for Mini Mince Pies online from All Recipes. I filled my pies with Robertson Fruit Mince from Coles ($4.80). But if you’re not a fan of fruit mince, you could use a good quality strawberry or raspberry jam. Instead of putting a full lid on my pies, I finished with a little pastry star using a little star cutter from Spotlight Stores (Mondo Star Plunger Cutter $9.50) and dusted with icing sugar.


Packaging:

  • Large Glass Canister Kmart Australia $5.50. There is a smaller jar (half the size) for $4
  • 2 types of Offray ribbon from Spotlight Stores ($10 for large roll)

 

Sea Salted Caramels


These salted caramels are ridiculously tasty and are the perfect gift for neighbours, teachers and friends. The recipe I use makes 120 squares - plenty for several gifts.

You can find this recipe online at ‘Our Salty Kitchen’.

Note that this is an American recipe which uses light corn syrup. As this ingredient isn’t commonly found here in Aus, I substituted this with golden syrup instead. I used an Kmart Australia thermometer ($5), however it would probably be easier to buy a proper candy thermometer ($12 from Spotlight) as these clip to the side of the pan - easier and safer.


Packaging:

  • Large Glass Canister Kmart Australia $5.50. There is a smaller jar (half the size) for $4
  • Silver Shimmer Twine Kmart Australia $6 for 6pk of twine
  • Pastel Labels Kmart Australia $3 for 30pk
  • 57 x 21 mm self inking stamp “With Love from The Browns” Vistaprint $29.99 (my design).
  • Baking paper cut into squares to wrap the caramels.

 

S T E P S  T O  F O L L O W

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