Prior to visiting friends or family we can all so very easily walk into a shop, say a supermarket such as Tesco or Sainsbury, and spend say £5.99 on some half price wine and then hand that over on our arrival. Our little contribution.
But home-made stuff – whether it’s food, clothing, jewellery – anything at all so long as it is home made – is soooo much more meaningful, both for the giver and the receiver.
I appreciate that this sentiment sounds a little ‘holier than thou’ – but as someone who has morphed from shelling out a few quid on chocolate/wine when visiting friends/family – to instead MAKING something, and seeing people’s faces light up, it’s safe to say I am now a convert. Spending money on something is meaningless. Making something by hand, however, is not.
Context: I spent the weekend with family, baked 2 loaves of bread to take down, one of which was for direct family, the other for aunt/uncle – and they were all v.chuffed. Added to which it tastes d*mn good, if I do say so myself.