When it comes to Christmas gift shopping, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
But it’s important to remember that old adage, ‘it’s the thought that counts.' And nothing says 'thoughtful' more than homemade Christmas gifts that friends and family can devour over the festive season.
From chocolate shards to gooey peanut butter fudge - we’ve rounded up some edible homemade Christmas gifts that require minimum effort for seriously impressive results.
Packed with cranberries, cherries and almonds these Florentines couldn't be any simpler to make. Once you've whipped up a batch, stack them on top of each other and place in a pretty bag with some string and a name tag. We think they'd make the perfect stocking filler.
Christmas chocolate shards
Made with four different types of chocolate, dried cranberries and crunchy pistachios, these chocolate shards are a real crowd-pleaser. Once you've made them, pack them into a box and tie with a festive ribbon for a deliciously sweet homemade gift.
Bursting with nuts and dried fruit, this rich, sticky cake is traditionally served after a meal with coffee or dessert wine. Once you've made the panforte, cut it into squares and gift to friends and family. You could even include a bottle of wine or a bag of coffee so that they get the full Italian experience.
Peanut butter fudge
This peanut butter fudge recipe only requires six ingredients and most of them, like the butter, milk and sugar, you'll pretty much already have at home. They also take just 30 minutes to cook, so really it couldn't be any simpler. We've packaged ours in a pretty jar and tied some festive string around it to make it look even prettier! Who wouldn't love to see that under their Christmas tree.
Really easy chocolate fudge
Or, if you're a family of chocaholics, try making this extra chocolatey and super easy chocolate fudge recipe. To make, line the base and sides of a shallow 20cm square cake tin with baking paper. Then put the butter, caster sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt in a pan and stir over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and simmer steadily for 6 minutes exactly. Remove from the heat, then add the marshmallows and chocolate straight away. Stir until melted then place in your tin and leave it to cool and set for 2 hours. Simples!
These delectable three-ingredient truffles are a great gift to make with kids. To make, simply mix peanut butter and melted white chocolate until well combined. Cool in the fridge for 10 minutes and then while the mixture is still slightly soft, divide into 24 pieces and shape into balls. Chill for 10 minutes more then roll each ball in chocolate sprinkles and pop into a festive bag like these ones seen below.
Panettone is originally from Milan, and these cake-like fruit breads have a lovely light, airy texture. They're great any time of the year, but if you place the mixture into indiviual muffin cases they make the perfect homemade Christmas gift.