Most say that foodie gift isn't a good idea, while for me is one of favourite gift to receive and do, plus every home made products is welcome, and with a nice packacging-always diy- is great choiche so those are ideas that I found on magazines:

PEPPERMINT CREAMS: receipe make about 80

  • 1 large egg white
  • Few drops peppermint extract 
  • 325 g iceing sugar, plus extra to dust
  • Plain chocolate
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the egg white and peppermint extract until frthy but not stiff. Sift in the icing sugar and stir to make a stiff mixture.
  2. Tip the mixture on to a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar and knead until smooth. Re-dust the surface with more icing sugar and roll out the mixture til it's 5 mm thick.
  3. Use a selection of cutters to cut out shapes and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. re-roll the mixture as necessary. Leave the shapes to harden in warm place overnight.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the base doesn't touch the water. Once melted, remove from the heat. Half -dip some of the creams in the melted chocolate and leave to harden-about 3 hours.
(Store in an airtight container for up 2 months)


  • Pared zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 1 spring each thyme, rosemary and oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, quartered
  • 300 g mixed black and green olives
  • 100 gr soft goat's cheese, roughly crumbled
  • 450 ml extra virgin oil
  • 1/2 tbsp peppercorns
  1. Prepare a small bowl of iced water. Bring a small pan of water to the boil and cook the lemon zest,herbs, chilli and garlic for 1 minute. Lift out using a slotted sspoon and plunge into the iced water. Drain and dry on kitchen paper.
  2. Mix together with the olives, cheese, oil and peppercorns. Spoon into 2 x 500 ml sterilised jars. Make sure everything is covered with oil (top with extra if needed). Chill.
( it will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks)

Then you can try to make some interesting Xmas drinks as Eggnog and this year I am going to include a bottle of a delicious extra virgin olive oil, that I discover because the owner and creator is a friend of my brother.

What you need is time to dedicate to the person who'll reeive the basket, have nie basket, ribbon and other materials to do also a very nice giftwrap!!!

This is a good ideas half sweet and half salt, but aleways amazing delicious!!!