A Christmas present made by someone with their own hands, just for you, is always the one you treasure the most. Whilst Christmas is a time for family, for cosiness, for choirs singing carols which evoke childhood memories from deep within, for authenticity, it has also become a time of heaving, overheated department stores and hectic high streets, and on the big day itself, of mountains of shiny paper and short-lived plastic tat, or gifts you never really get around to returning. Perhaps Attenborough’s immensely successful Blue Planet will change all of that. Everyone we know now worries about the amount of unnecessary waste they are creating. What better way to avoid all of this, and to show someone real appreciation, whilst also avoiding the horrors of Christmas shopping for pointless gizmos that don’t last and which nobody really wants anyway, than to get busy at home making them something they’ll adore. Tis the season after all, we find ourselves with a late afternoon free- oven and radio a blast and singing old festive songs and busying away in the kitchen. For us Christmas is always about something delicious to eat. Our favourites are buttery cardamom shortbreads, glowing and shimmering tart fruit preserves, Christmas spiced chutneys and chilli jams, mince pies, and of course our own homemade truffle chocolates. Such a joy to make, rolling the balls to your perfect size and then perhaps rolling them in something salty and crunchy or dipping into melted chocolate or simply dusted in cocoa. If giving as a gift for someone, then we order a little assortment chocolate cardboard box online, one with little sections for each truffle. This for us is the perfect gift- and you get to decorate the box to go that extra thoughtful mile.