Avoid the shopping

If like me, you’ve still got most of your Christmas shopping to do, the chances are this weekend might involve a dash to the shops.

Much as I love soaking up the atmosphere around town during the festive season, I don’t like buying gifts under pressure. Instead I tend to shop online, and also make homemade gifts.

To start off my festive preparations this year, I made a batch of shortbread biscuits and dipped them in chocolate to make them look a little fancier. This weekend, I’m planning to make another batch, with a bit of a twist: a pistachio shortbread dipped in dark chocolate and lime zest.

For me, pretty packaging is key to giving gifts. I have a box full of bits and bobs: assorted ribbons, bags, stickers and so on. Etsy is a great place for picking up packaging for your baked goods without breaking the bank. I love these stickers and cellophane bags, pictured in the gallery above.

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