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A Very Thrifty Thank You

On Monday I wrote about our fabulous neighbours giving us their old bunk beds for the girls. Not only did it save us a fortune, I know all three families involved have enjoyed the fact that the beds have stayed part of our little community.

I can’t imagine these beds came cheap ten years ago, but they are sturdy as anything which is a rarity in this age of throw-away fashion and furniture. Things just aren’t built to last the way they used to be.

20131124-172437.jpgKeeping with the thrifty tradition, my thank you to both families was a decadent box of home made truffles, along with a nice bottle of vino. I always keep gift boxes and recycle them for home made gifts.

I have another friend who does the same and we pass each other pressies in the same packaging for birthdays and Christmas. I get a real kick out of knowing that something that would have gone in the bin has been used over and over again.

Truffles make a beautiful gift, and are lots of fun to make. I followed this simple recipe from the BBC Good Food website, and put them into petit fours cases. I then used a tea strainer to sprinkle over a tsp of lacuma powder, for a fab golden effect. I was really happy with the end results, and the gifts were very well received. These would also make a fabulous home made Christmas pressieΒ πŸ™‚

Do you make gifts with your own fair hands? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments section if you do…


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  1. […] for lunch yesterday and as is our tradition I made desert to take with us. Inspired by my recent truffle making efforts, and a recipe I’d seen on the fab website Gluten Free Gus, I thought I’d do a […]

  2. Alexandra Mercer says:

    I look forward to that one! x

  3. Ahhh thank you! I love the making side of home made gifts, but often fall down in the presentation stakes!! Thank goodness for decorative boxes, recycled or otherwise πŸ˜‰

  4. Totally with you on this one. I’ve got a post in draft about present buying. I’d much rather make things, or pick up original items throughout the year and store them in my present cupboard than go out shopping at the beginning of December!

  5. I know exactly what you mean. Most people love home made gifts, and if the person on the receiving end knows how much time and effort you’ve put in then they’re bound to appreciate it all the more πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks very much for the compliment Cat, keep in touch won’t you xx

  7. I like your idea of reusing gift packaging. It was wonderful of your neighbours to have thought of your girls, and the gift you gave them was equally fitting!

  8. Oh my goodness, I love this post!! I used to make truffles as a child with my mum, they were always our ‘thrifty’ presents to teachers at Christmas but I am sure they liked them more than most other gifts they received! Plus, I love nothing better than being thrifty and I keep chocolate and gift boxes too, and gift bags – totally agree with the joy of knowing they are used over and over again.

    I know we have ‘met’ via Twitter but I haven’t visited your blog before, its fab!

    My latest #pocolo post on Stay Calm and Content is “Dear Cat… what do I do about my step sister’s wedding?…” if you fancy checking if out?

    Take care till next time! Cat xx

  9. I love making homemade presents. I try to do that whenever I can, and especially I like doing it when it’s really important to me to know that someone knows I put a lot of time and effort and thought into their gift.
    I also keep boxes and use them for presents πŸ™‚

  10. Alexandra Mercer says:

    A lovely idea. I like making gifts for people, it means so much more than just going to a shop to buy the same thing thousands of other people have bought too. #PoCoLo

  11. They look lovely! I never used to make gifts, but I now quite often make cupcakes or biscuits πŸ™‚ #PoCoLo

  12. what a fantastic idea!! xx

  13. You are so creative and crafty! And what a lovely way to thank your amazing neighbours! Definitely another thing to put on my to do list (making truffles and homemade gifts, not thanking my neighbours!) once my two have started school! #PoCoLo

  14. What a lovely gift!! They look so yummy x

  15. Ahhh thank you so much xx

  16. Hoping the girls learn to love the beds and enjoy them as much as you did! Right now we’re going through the adjustment period but fingers crossed it won’t last too long!

  17. Thanks hon, we are so lucky to have the fab neighbours that we do! Love making truffles x

  18. Thanks Sarah… house moving always means a big chuck out, you’ll no doubt have a cupboard full of them again soon πŸ˜‰

  19. Thank you!

  20. Love this idea too! I can see why it would be your favourite gift πŸ™‚

  21. That is a lovely idea Kriss, think I’ll be stealing it for my own family. Xmas has become so over commercialised it can take the fun out of it for me, but home made gifts always make me smile πŸ™‚

  22. Thanks Denise, hubby enjoyed the leftovers πŸ˜‰

  23. Thanks Gina! Me too – I keep gift bags, boxes, nice envelopes, ribbons… I’ve even been known to reuse wrapping paper if it’s in fairly good nick πŸ˜‰

  24. Thanks hon x

  25. The truffles look amazing! I ma sure they were delicious too – such a beautiful way to say thank you!

  26. Yay for bunk beds. We had lots of adventures in ours. Those truffles look so yummy, I’ve never made them myself but my cousin does and they’re always lovely.

  27. Brilliant news about the beds πŸ™‚ I always used to make truffles for the whole of my family too – they are such a great present. Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

  28. sarahmo3w says:

    Those truffles look absolutely amazing! I always try to re-use gift bags, but must admit I recently threw a pile out as we were moving house and needed to get rid of stuff.

  29. This is a brilliant idea, will definitely be giving this a go… πŸ™‚

  30. Ps – popped by from #PoCoLo xx

  31. I often reuse boxes and always gift bags, but have never tried to make truffles before, I may try them out this year! We moved here from the West Indies 26 years ago, and every year my mother puts together a gift box for me and my siblings with seasonings that she always uses to cook home food with. It’s one of my favourite gifts! I also always make photo presents each year too, but not sure if that counts, as my main involvement is taking then choosing the piccie and what it will be used for!

  32. I grew up only being allowed to make gifts for my parents until I was earning my own salary and I want my kids to do the same. Now I ‘make’ my Mum photo books and calendars for Christmas using my pix of the kids. …And must try that truffle recipe – looks delish

  33. You can’t go wrong with home made truffles – they are delicious and look so professional.

  34. ginacaro says:

    I reuse gift bags all the time, they hardly get used so there’s no sense in wasting them. Just have to remember to take off any tags on them that have been written on, don’t want to give the game away πŸ˜‰ Thank you for joining in with #ThriftyThursday

  35. What a gorgeous gift and great idea x

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