Now I won’t lie. I did this partially because of the environment, probably a little bit more partially about my bank balance. Saving for a wedding and buying a house this year has left me pretty poor bitch broke. However, this is okay because I keep reminding myself to remember when all I wanted was what I had right now, a lovely home with my lovely fiancé and I’ve got it so quit the stress fool.
I know everyone says it, but maybe we really have forgotten what Christmas is all about. If I had to think about what Christmas meant for me this year I’d probably say family, small thoughtful gifts, cheese and wine. And that’s only because I’m in a different situation this time around where I haven’t got any disposable income whatsoever. Like none. Really. I need money for a black coat so please donate.
This year I decided to be a bit more organised, shop locally and take a little more time on my gifts. Which in turn I hoped would reduce some of the nasty waste that comes along side Christmas. This meaning a happier environment and not spending an extortionate amount of money meaning a happier credit card.
Below is a gift that I’ve put together that is less expensive, not too time consuming and I think look pretty darn cute. I mean when you take one hundred photos of your jars of chutney you must think they are the shit right?
Cheeky chilli pepper chutney gift
I stole this recipe from the God that is, Jamie Oliver. It’s spicy, sweet and amazing on a cracker with some cheese from your local market. I have been saving jars up for the wedding to decorate so recycled a few of them into chutney jars. I decorated with florist string and made my labels which I think are cute as hell but you guys are probably more creative than me so do your worst.
The ingredients cost about a tenner, jars we’re reused as was the string I had at home. The recipe made six jars, pair that up with a bottle of wine and a piece of cheese and you’ve got the perfect gift for under £15.
Putting the time into making something that is much better for the environment and has little waste when it’s finished is always a good thing and someone will love you for it. For me this gift includes all my favourite things. Wine, cheese and love. And, on a more selfish note, it made me feel like a Kirstie Allsop which I very much liked.
Happy Christmas you lovely lot.
Lots of love,