It’s so hard to buy presents these days. We all have everything we could wish for. When we want something – we just go out and buy it.
So, what do you get a close friend for a special birthday?
Personalised gifts are the new ‘in’ thing. These can be things you have commissioned someone else to personalise: linens embroidered with initials, stationery and so on. Or, it can be something you’ve made.
When my close friend Ben had a significant birthday recently, I spent several happy hours creating something just for him. A lot more fun than spending several desperate hours traipsing round a shopping mall…
This time I painted the interior gold. Once that was dry, I prepped the outside and used a spray enamel paint in a lovely masculine Burgundy colour. I love how smart it looks suddenly.
Then, to make it specially for Ben, I designed a flouncy letter ‘B’ (not that Ben is flouncy) and stencilled that onto the lid.
Of course, you should never give an empty box. So I set about making some delicious goodies to go inside. I already had Quince Paste that I had made, so I wrapped this carefully. To add to the fun, I decided to label everything as though it was from a speciality store (old marketing habits die hard). So the paste was labelled “Clare’s Quality Quince Paste”.
Plums are just coming into season, so I made jam: Clare’s Frightfully Plummy Jam. (to be read in a frightfully plummy English accent).
And then to top it off, I made Fudge. This is one of those things that I love making, and that I’ve made so often that I’ve become proficient. I always take a big box to my family where it is consumed in record time.
I made chocolate and walnut fudge and labelled it Clare’s Fabulous Fudge. Actually, there was another adjective there, but for those of you with a more sensitive disposition, I leave you to work it out yourselves from the photo. Because the fudge really is that fabulous.
I would never have had the luxury of so much time in my role as Head of Marketing. What a delight it is to be able to give that to a dear friend.
I’ll show you how to make the fudge later in the week. Although don’t read it unless you’re prepared to eat a lot of fudge in a short space of time. It is very hard to be strong-willed around it…..