Its definitely starting to look a whole lot like Christmas and before you know it the holidays will be here and everyone will be scrambling for last minute gift ideas. But it needn't be a stress fest, especially with these quick and easy gift ideas the kids can help with.
Every year in our house we try to make a little something special to give out to the kids at school. I find that it makes the festive season just that little more special and it gets the kids in the kitchen being creative rather than on ipads playing minecraft. A whole lot more in the spirit of the season don't you think?
A great and very simple idea for the kids to give as class gifts is a simple pillow favour box filled with christmas sweets. Like we have done in the pic above.
Tie them up with festive twine and tag and you have a cheap and fun gift for all the little monsters at school.
Last year we made these gorgeous chocolate puddings, popped in little cellophane bags and tied with twine and a tag. They didn't last long which is a pretty good sign they were a hit.
All you need is a packet or two (depending on the quantity you need) of Arnotts Chocolate Royal biscuits, white chocolate melts, Jaffas and a packet of mint leaf lollies. All available at your local supermarket.
Simply melt the white chocolate, drizzle over biscuits and arrange jaffa and mint leaf and there you have it - one snazzy little gift.
Another great and easy idea for the kids is the traditional gingerbread biscuit. They're super easy to make and the kids will love decorating them.
Of course you can choose any shape you like. Most home wares stores at this time of year have an array of festive cutters. Obviously the more simple the shape, the easier for younger children to decorate.
125g softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
For Royal Icing
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 eggwhite, lightly whisked.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line an oven tray with baking paper. * Using an electric mixer beat the brown sugar, butter and golden syrup until creamy. Add the egg and beat till combined. Sift in slowly the flour, bicarb, cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves. Stir in using a wooden spoon till thoroughly combined. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead till smooth. * Roll the dough out to desired thickness. The thinner the dough the crisper the biscuits will be. Using a cutter, cut out shapes and place on baking paper. * Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and set aside till the biscuits are totally cooled. *To make the royal icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, adding the lemon juice and just enough egg white to form a thick consistency. The icing can be placed into a piping bag fitted with a 1mm nozzle for the kids to make patterns or can be smoothed over the whole surface of the biscuit to provide an adhesive surface for silver balls, edible glitter, colourful sprinkels etc to be used. * Biscuits can be stored for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container.
Of course to make it even easier, you could give your gift as dry ingredients in a mason jar. Simply tie with twine or ribbon and attach a gift card. What could be simpler!
Image courtesy of Betty Crocker.
Let us know if you have any Christmas treat ideas that you and your family enjoy making. We'd love to hear about them.