Christmas On A Budget: Part One // LIFE

Christmas is my favourite time of the year. Nothing makes me happier than forcing my family to listen to Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat, all day everyday for the entirety of December. In my mind, December is a bubble of joy and no Grinch can burst that bubble for me.

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What I do realise, however, is that Christmas can also be a very sad time for your wallet. Presents can be an absolute killer and can really add stress to what should be a time to be enjoyed. Thus, I present to you my gift giving DIY series.

Over the next three weeks I will show you three easy-as gift ideas that will not only save you some dollars, but also look good enough so as to not scream ‘I am poor and am making you a gift instead of buying something’. Even if your budget isn’t particularly low, these gifts are also a great way to add a personal touch to Christmas time, and can act as stocking fillers, Kris Kringle ideas, or the obligatory awkward present you have to give your best friend’s mum.

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My first DIY gift is edible, delicious, customisable, and as an added extra can be wrapped in a box (because we all know how hard wrapping strange shaped objects can be). Woohoo!

I am talking about homemade delicious fudge. When I make this fudge, I usually start with a plain chocolate base then add any extras I particularly desire on that day (white chocolate and coconut is a personal favourite). Today, I opted for plain dark chocolate, but it’s an incredibly forgiving recipe that is easily adapted to whatever your favourite flavours are.

I’m not even sure where the original recipe for this came from, but I found it on a piece of cardboard along with all of the other handwritten recipes in our pantry.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 400gm chocolate of your choice (the only problem I’ve ever had is with aerated or ‘bubbly’ chocolate, it doesn’t seem to work as well)
  • 1 tin of condensed milk (around 400gm)
  • 75gm butter

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METHOD

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and place over another bowl of hot water (making sure the water does not touch the ingredients bowl).
  • Stir until melted and combined. This is where you can add extra flavourings – nuts, dried fruit, or flavoured essences.
  • Pour into a lined slice tin, and refrigerate until set – about 3 hours.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy! Simple, delicious, and a wonderful quick gift or Christmas party offering.

I usually place mine in a box with tissue paper and tie it with some festive ribbon, but it looks equally as lovely on a platter, in a cellophane bag or however your heart desires. Just try not to eat it all before you wrap it 😉

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What’s your favourite Christmas treat?

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