'tis the season.
the season for drop-ins, holiday parties and getting together with friends and family.
'tis the season of the hostess gift.
a good bottle of wine is always a great gift to my mind, but it is a handmade gratitude that helps to spread favourite family recipes, creativity and slow living.
Wild and Wise Pinterest page is a great place to see what is inspiring me and i love this idea of a diy sangria kit! it could be easily changed up to suit the season - maybe a pot for the stove filled with ingredients for mulled wine, hot apple cider, or one of my favourites - a glogg.
but this blog is about putting everything from the last two posts together to make a gift basket for the season.
along with a selection of homemade truffles and sweets, i added a bit of light with a hand dipped candle, a bit of whimsy with a seasonal vignette in a jar, and everything needed to make an amazing hot chocolate.
an assortment of homemade truffles. you can find out more about the method and flavours here.
yummy hot chocolate. a perfect indulgence after a winter walk or snowball fight.
for the hot chocolate:
- i used Jamie Oliver's recipe because it is favourite of mine, but you could use any recipe or use a canned dry hot chocolate from the store.
- three jars - i love the mini dairy bottles, but anything would work. in one jar, i added the hot chocolate mix, in one some mini marshmallows and in the last some dark chocolate chunks and some shavings. (i mix the chunks and shavings because, well, who doesn't want a little extra chocolate in their hot chocolate but also to save time and space! shaving chocolate is time consuming and it takes a lot of flakes to fill a bottle.)
- candy canes, paper straws, or even a teaspoon or iced-beverage spoon.
- something to cover - lids, plastic, aluminum foil, fabric, ribbon etc. I used a small square of wax paper (to keep any burlap fuzz out) under a piece of burlap tied with a ribbon.
- a recipe card - so your recipient knows how much to use!