This year my gift bags contain Rhubarb and Vanilla infused Vodka that I made some months ago. Assorted cordials include, Wild Nettle, Rhubarb and Blackcurrant.
These are lovely with chilled sparkling water but can also be used as syrups for desserts. The blackcurrant is particularly good with hot water for a bedtime soother.
As for last year, I have used the chalkboard look labels and very sorry to say that I have sourced the last of these bottles. I love being able to keep everything uniform in the goodie bag.
I made some "Tranquillity" room sprays for a soft calming fragrance (sometimes Christmas gets a little tense don't you find). These atomisers are about 50ml. I filled 3/4 of the way with witch hazel and added 9 drops of my blend (lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium and chamomile) and then topped with distilled water.
Last month I made a series of soy wax candles and named their different fragrances for local areas that they inspired.
I can make jam but I bow down before Miss Kate, a true artisan of preserves, and I am so excited to share some of these creations with loved ones and colleagues. As you can tell from the labels, she sources local produce and blends the most incredible flavours. But even beyond the flavours, she works with the textures of the fruit and the moisture contents that vary from season to season and even the weather on the day plays a part in her delicious science.
Her label name is...
My all time favourite is Blue Raja and to be honest I even just eat it off the spoon!
Kate's creations were also in keeping with a natural and black colour theme so I kept carrying that through with stamped tags and plain brown bags and silky black cord.
A little bit of this and a little bit of that.
They are not created overnight and are the product of seasonal selection and preserving.
Made with thought and love.
I have done several posts on cordial making and you can find them all by simply typing "cordial" into the search box on the right somewhere over there.
All Kate's contact info can be read easily from the labels in the pictures above.
You can re-read last years' gift bag post here
So what have you made for gifts this year? I'm looking already for new ideas for next year...