Personalising your gifts

Adding a homemade touch to a gift, whether something freshly baked or custom wrapping, makes the gift much more unique and can also save money in the process.

If the constant talk about the state of the economy is weighing on your mind during gift-giving season, don’t stress. With a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of detail, it’s easy to whip up the perfect present with the right personal touch.

Adding a homemade touch to a gift, whether something freshly baked or custom wrapping, makes the gift much more unique and can also save money in the process.

Whether you’re trying to find the perfect gift for an outdoorsy friend or the host of a holiday gathering, a couple of simple gift ideas can make it easy to give something personal and memorable without denting the budget too heavily.

For the movie fan
Choose a colourful popcorn bowl, add a bag of gourmet popcorn kernels, a herb-infused olive oil, a favourite light-bodied white wine like Pinot Grigio, and a classic movie on DVD. This ‘movie night in a box’ is sure to be a hit with any movie buff, and the herb-infused olive oil adds a gourmet touch without breaking the bank.

For the travel enthusiast
In a canvas tote bag, pop in a popular travel book, a portable clock, a pocket translator and a batch of your favourite biscotti. You can even sprinkle green and red sugar crystals on top of the biscotti for a festive garnish. A crisp, fruity wine like a Moscato can be the perfect pairing with the biscotti.

For the epicurean
A cookbook is a classic choice to give your favourite foodie, but spicing it up with a finished product of one of the recipes in the book not only makes it more personal but also ensures that the person receiving the gift will get a taste of what’s inside.

Pair the dish with an appropriate wine, place everything in a decorative wicker basket with a colourful ribbon, and your epicurean gift is cooked to perfection.
For the outdoor adventurist

A portable butane camping stove is a must-have for every outdoor enthusiast. Accompany it with cooking utensils, a sturdy skillet, a batch of homemade Italian flat bread and a versatile red wine like Merlot, and you’ve created the ultimate camping cookout gift.

For the romantic
Whether you’re gifting a hopelessly romantic friend or a newlywed couple, anything relating to chocolate will be a winner. Freshly baked chocolate desserts, a pair of wine glasses, and a bottle of red wine can kick off a romantic evening to perfection. WH

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