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