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Creative food gifts for Diwali
November 11, 2015, 4:25 pm

Nothing pleases food-lovers like edible gifts, especially during festive seasons. However, gone are the days of turning up at the homes of loved ones with simply sweets and nuts, even chocolates have become boring. If you have got edible gifts on your mind but do not want to go down the traditional route, try out these ideas to make this Diwali not only brighter but also greener by reusing some of the material the gifts come in. The recipients will thank you even long after the festive season has passed.

Wooden chocolate boxes: Although it might be time to break away from chocolate, if the chocolate is hand-picked and comes in a beautiful wooden box, what is not to be excited about?

Reuse: Trinket boxes

Once the plastic moulds that hold the chocolates in place have been removed, line the base of the box with a soft, decorative and use to store jewelry. They look good on the dressing table and are thrifty.

Mug cakes

Handing out sets of cups and saucers may be old school, but that does not mean you cannot attempt a new spin. Buy mugs instead, and bake ‘mug cakes’, that do not take more than five minutes in microwave — edible and thoughtful.

Reuse: Mugs

Cookies cutters filled with candy

Buy cookie cutters in interesting shapes, place on a base or inside a see-through, compact plastic bag and fill the cutters with jelly beans or M&Ms. They look attractive and will impress the bakers among your friends.

Reuse: Cookie cutters or to cut soft cakes into shapes.

Cinnamon aroma candles

Do not go on the lookout for candles with a cinnamon aroma. Just buy regular candles, and wrap cinnamon sticks around them and fasten them securely with a string. Once lit, the fresh aroma will be unlike a readymade candle.

Reuse: This one is a reverse of the rest. The ‘food’ bit is leftover as the inedible part of the gift. It is no secret that cinnamon sticks are indispensible in the kitchen.

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