"Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates to invention. It shocks us out of sheeplike passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving. "
- John Dewey
Making your own Christmas hamper for friends and family guarantees it will be a one-of-a-kind gift and definitely delicious.
Christmas hampers, packed to the brim with indulgent treats you otherwise wouldn’t consider purchasing outside the festive season, are a seasonal tradition for many families. But hampers, filled with the best festive and seasonal goodies on the market, don’t always come cheap. And if you are a passionate baker you might want to explore all the options and try all your skills to make your hamper THE BEST.
The presentation of your hamper is as important as your content. Make sure you choose a nice hamper basket or box to place your content paired with a colourful bow or ribbon. A handful of colourful shredded paper with a mesh or net to cover makes your hamper look more elegant and classier.
You can choose to make your hamper in small, medium, large size and add contents according to it. Over the years we have considered only plum cake and ginger cookies to be a part of the Christmas hamper. But there’s much more t it.
Christmas hampers can contain seasonal classics like mince pies, Christmas pudding, spiced preserves, biscuits, chocolate, and cheese. Among the sweets and savouries, many also contain bottles of wine or, for non-alcoholic hampers, tea, coffee or cocoa depending on the budget. It’s always good to have a combination of sweet and savoury contents to make your hamper look attractive and complete.
- White Chocolate Truffles
- Pecan Snowflake Cookies
- Santa Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
- Ginger Bread Pear Loaf
- Ginger Bread Rolls
- Candied Popcorn Stars
- Fruit Cake Cookies
- Fig Cookies
- Fruit n Nut Trifles
- Glazed Blueberry Rolls
- Cranberry Tarts
- Chocolate Pretzel Snowman
- Edible Candy Cane Cups
- Peppermint Reindeer Bark
- Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies
And the list is never ending. You can compile your own hamper with some of these treats, which are perennial favourites.
I always find baking during Christmas to be fun. There’s something special about this season when the days get darker fast and yet you keep wide awake with light Christmas music and flour all over the place. So, go ahead and spend the season whipping up Christmas cookies, Christmas cakes, and more. It’s one of the best parts of the season.