Hand­made gifts go a long way

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Give the sweater and socks the sack and go DIY this Christ­mas. DIY gifts are thought­ful, fresh and uniquely you. Easy to make presents in­clude bis­cuits, soap, sauces, cal­en­dars, scrubs, recipe books and art. But let’s start with ev­ery­body’s favourite: choco­late. TRUF­FLES Truf­fles are easy to make and wrapped in a cel­lo­phane bag or pre­sented in a tin box with a per­son­alised tag, they’re a great gift for any choco­holic or gour­mand. 100ml milk cup ground cof­fee beans 1kg dark choco­late but­tons 250ml cream 50g but­ter 1 heaped tbsp glu­cose 30ml rum 70g co­coa Bring milk and cof­fee to a sim­mer in a saucepan. Strain through a cof­fee fil­ter or clean tea towel. Melt 500g of choco­late and place in a large bowl. Bring cof­fee-in­fused milk, cream, but­ter and glu­cose to the boil and pour over choco­late. Add rum and stir with a whisk un­til smooth and shiny. Pour into a con­tainer and set in the fridge. Use a tea­spoon to shape into balls and place on a tray. Freeze. Melt re­main­ing choco­late. Cover a tray with the co­coa. Us­ing your fin­gers, coat truf­fles with choco­late and drop onto co­coa so that they don’t touch each other. Ag­i­tate tray so that truf­fles roll around and be­come cov­ered in co­coa. Store in an air­tight con­tainer with ex­cess co­coa on top in the fridge. Makes about 100. SOAP You can make a bunch of bars in one go for use­ful, sweet smelling gifts. You’ll need: Boil­ing pot Mold­ing trays Mix­ing boil Wooden spoon Elec­tric mix­ing wand

Wax pa­per (re­quired if us­ing a wooden mold­ing tray to pre­vent soap from stick­ing when hard­ened) Rub­ber / cook­ing gloves Plus ingredients. Green Or­gan­ics takes you through the process step-bystep. RECIPE BOOK­LET Life­style doyenne Martha Ste­wart sug­gests mak­ing a per­son­alised book­let of your favourite recipes, ac­com­pa­nied by a sweet sam­ple, for a gift that will be ap­pre­ci­ated for years.

CRE­ATE YOUR OWN CAL­EN­DAR

You can buy a blank cal­en­dar (Kikki-k does a smart, plain one) and then per­son­alise it with your own pho­tos, draw­ings, mes­sages or prints.

A sim­ple idea that lasts through­out the year.

Stuff.co.nz

DO IT YOUR­SELF: Try mak­ing gifts this year.

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