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Yes I know, but it'll be here soon...Christmas!


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Initial post: 28 Sep 2013 16:12:58 BDT
pixie says:
This is the place for Christmas gift ideas...food, websites, ideas!

Please use this as a platform for the Christmas season. Presents are hard enough to think of year after year so this just may give some of us inspiration. Any suggestions welcome....free, paid, homemade gifts, anything.......

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2013 16:57:33 BDT
Don't make me use the CapsLock again...

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2013 17:20:16 BDT
pixie says:
You know you love it...you tease you!x

Posted on 29 Sep 2013 08:39:51 BDT
pixie says:
I put it on New books but will add it here....

The Higgidy Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Pies and More

Also if you have a Factory Outlet near you, one of the "Villages" I mean and rthere is a M&S outlet they are selling their talcs, shower gels and Bath stuff for £1-£2 and they make nice sets for pressies.

Posted on 1 Oct 2013 19:14:49 BDT
Charlie says:
Ooo now here's a question I would love to ask. What do you all think of giving cookbooks as Christmas pressies? I sometimes wonder if people just smile politely when I give them but I honestly can't think of anything that's a better present than a book and I always know which books are a good price???

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2013 19:28:45 BDT
pixie says:
Gimmee !Gimmmee!.......

I always do Charlie...converted quite a few pals to home cooking. As long as the right one is chosen.x

Posted on 1 Oct 2013 19:38:08 BDT
Charlie says:
Haha, ok pix. Will send a couple along. Are there any you don't own?????? Delia's Cakes and Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course seem a bargain at a fiver including dekivery

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2013 19:49:33 BDT
pixie says:
Blimey...I missed that one!...just going to click!xx

Posted on 1 Oct 2013 20:05:27 BDT
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Posted on 1 Oct 2013 20:06:37 BDT
Charlie says:
Nice to see Sam back on here too

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2013 20:26:14 BDT
pixie says:
It is ! Wondered where he'd got to.

Deleted above, bet it was rude....he! he!

Posted on 1 Oct 2013 20:30:34 BDT
Charlie says:
It wasn't I put my Facebook details for you so I could show you the foodie pages bit didn't like leaving it on here :-P

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2013 20:34:37 BDT
Thanks, Charlie. :-)

Posted on 1 Oct 2013 20:39:55 BDT
Charlie says:
Hey Sam. How's you?? Please excuse all my typos. Have no tinternet at home so on my phone and I think it may be a teenager since it seems to think it knows better about everything.
How are you keeping? Glad you back around. Still use your apricot stuffing recipe

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2013 20:52:51 BDT
I'm okay, thanks. Things are fine.
Tell your phone that you'll upgrade to a new handset if it doesn't behave, or send it up to its room without its evening recharge. That should do it.
Glad you like the stuffing. It's nice to know that other people are enjoying it.
How are you?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 08:36:33 BDT
If you give some thought to the recipient, and know they like cooking or want to learn, then a cookbook is fine. Or like if they went to Morocco and loved the food there, or something. I wouldn't just give out cookbooks to all and sundry because it might look like you couldn't be bothered to find something they liked. Especially if your family and friends know you're a cookbook junkie, they might feel that you just bought a joblot to hand out.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 09:12:20 BDT
pixie says:
Ori! How very dare you...joblot indeed! We are "Refined" cookbook lovers! Lol!x

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 09:29:45 BDT
Bearman says:
Yeah right ;-) we all know that you use a wheel barrow and shovel when you go shopping for cookery books.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 09:46:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Oct 2013 09:46:19 BDT
pixie says:
No...that's only when I'm hiding them...to be dug up later and say " This old thang? I've had it ages!"

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 09:59:15 BDT
Bearman says:
That line doesn't work for me anymore - I've been sussed :-(

Posted on 2 Oct 2013 16:27:41 BDT
It's just that there's nothing worse than being given a "christmas present" that you know cost the giver not a moment's thought or consideration and then you're expected to be properly grateful.

Oh, yes there is, I just thought of what's worse. What's worse is putting a lot of thought and consideration into a handmade gift and then having them make fun of it. Or buying a present and seeing it be sold on.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 17:02:31 BDT
Bearman says:
I could happily have slapped my sister's new husband, when he was complaining about her son making them a homemade present, rather than going out and buying a proper gift. The homemade present in question, was a beautiful mirror set in a frame made from skillfully joined (proper carpentry) driftwood - the sort of thing you see in fancy design shops going for hundreds of £s. The son in question was unemployed, having just come back from doing voluntary work with the poor in India. My sister's new husband is a self employed and fairly unsuccessful musician who, as far as I am aware, has yet to contribute to gifts for the rest of the family. Since leaving her first husband, my sister has been penniless and I arranged with her some years ago, that she and I would only swap homemade presents at Christmas. This year is the first time for about 7 years that this will not be happening. Her husband, doesn't like the jars of poached pears in spiced wine, the homemade chocolates are too rich, the fudge is too sweet, the sloe gin is good (more please), but he doesn't like the saffron gin. That was just last years hamper. My sister doesn't say anything, and just looks embarrassed. So when she called me at the weekend to say let's not do it anymore, I felt very sad. I will also miss her cranberry vodka which is very very good.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 17:21:22 BDT
pixie says:
I can top that Bearman...my X! Brother in law wrote me a nasty letter explaining why him and my sister wouldn't be opening their Christmas presents that I sent...he felt I wasn't a "good" sister...the fact that he stopped me and her having a relationship! Proper control freak! jealous that their was someone else in her life she cared for....She died so I wonder who he'll control now?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 17:24:38 BDT
pixie says:
I always give books that I feel the recipient will enjoy, I would never just send anything...that's why I start early so I can buy the right thing....the student kids I have bought cookery books for have all gone on to have a real interest in food. I was pleased when one said it had saved them a lot of money food shopping and their friends all enjoyed the nosh they cooked and bought the wine for them all to enjoy rather than go out to eat.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 18:38:30 BDT
The last time I bought presents for DH's sister and family, I went out of my way to find nice, upmarkety-sort of gifts for them, wrapped in nice festive paper (shiny black like patent leather and gold ribbon). Nice stuff, like bath scent for her etc...she ran a little hole-in-corner stall in a local supermarket that sold sewing notions etc. and only gave us bottles of cologne marked "Tester Not to be Sold"...a week or so after Christmas I found my gifts for sale in her stall!

The next year I made hand-knitted slippers for everyone, out of good quality soft angora blend wool. SIL proceeded to hang her slippers from her ears...and leave them there all evening.

I don't give them presents anymore. We don't see them anymore. Not because of that incident, but that's how they roll.
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