Oh, those homemade gifts... I always want to make something, but there have been a few years without. Sometimes I just don't have the time (or energy). Traditionally Sinterklaas (December 5th) is time for giftgiving in our family, but that was not an option this year.
So when inspiration struck, I decided to change the rules (that are just traditions anyway) this year and play Sinterklaas at Christmas (that would be Santa Clause I guess...)
For my brother and his wife, who weren't at our Sinterklaas celebration, I knit some wash (scrub) cloths out of some white, uneven spun cotton that I had in my stash. I put it in a nice box with some shower gel. I thought it looked quite nice (I think I'll make more of these)...
I was already knitting potholders with the same cotton (I had a lot). For me, actually. But I already made some potholders for my mother once and I remembered she liked them very much. So I thought they might make a nice gift. Much to my surprise what I planned worked, and smoothly too. One side is knitted, the other side is cotton (cheap tea towels that are too thin to dry well, but make an excellent source for small pieces of cotton). It's lined with molton.
And since I was getting so much inspiration from Soulemama I decided to try and make peppermintbark this year. Of course I had to adapt the recipe and make it lactose free (we wanted to taste some of it too). I used coconut milk instead of cream (if you let the can stand for a while, the thick part floats to the top, and that is comparable to cream), and I used dark chocolate instead of white (since I couldn't find lactose free white chocolate).
Oh my. That tastes so good. We all ate a lot of it. A lot. Luckily I made enough to fill three jars, that made a nice little gift with the potholders. And there's still some left. (Hmn, losing weight will have to wait a little while longer).