I have always wanted to make Christmas presents by myself… I mean, to make them with my own hands. But I never really got around to doing it. I just thought it would be too hard or time consuming and when you have a busy life (with 2 very young children), you just cannot “waste” your time with “superfluous” activities.
This year though, I was in a particularly creative mood. My youngest daughter was turning 1 in December and we had 2 parties to celebrate this special event. I made 2 fondant decorated cakes for the birthday parties, so I decided to put my creativity to another test and I took the plunge. I just thought the parties would be the right occasion to give our closest friends something special for Christmas.
After thinking a bit about it, I decided to make some sweets. They had to be easy and fast to prepare (I still had 2 parties to organize!), but yummy and presentable at the same time. In the end I chose Baci di Dama (Lady’s kisses), Salame di cioccolato (Chocolate salami), and Beijinhos de Coco (Little coconut kisses). The first 2 are Italian, while the latter is Brazilian… but they have 1 crucial common trait: they are very fast to make!
I then purchased some take-away-like transparent boxes and some red transparent cellophane paper from a local party shop. I also got some presents tags and ribbons, to personalize each parcel. Almost all our friends have very young children, so I included a small musical Christmas tree decoration for each child. I also wrote a note explaining what was inside the parcels and what ingredients l had used to make the sweets, just in case our friends had any food intolerance that I was not aware of.
I put some Baci di Dama and Beijinhos de Coco in a box each. I wrapped the Chocolate salamis in foil…
and then made the parcels with the cellophane paper and the ribbons. I wrote the names of our friends on the tags and attached them to the parcels. Here is the final result:
It didn’t take much time at all. The only time consuming activity was searching for the right boxes and paper! Now that I know where to find them… it is going to be even easier and faster to make my own presents. In fact, l already have a few ideas in mind for the next time!
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