Wednesday, 27 December 2017

December 27th and What was in the Hampers

Now they've been given to sisters and husbands I can show a picture of  what my hampers looked like in 2017. I think  the Christmas candles and crackers fill the gaps nicely between the jams,chutneys, marmalade and strawberry Vodka.. I'm glad I found that box of candles at a car boot sale in the summer as there are still several left and they can do the same job next year.

It will soon be time to make a note of ideas for the 2018 hampers...................

But then I came across a list in a free magazine I picked up in a local shop. A survey done by Marmite has come up with a list of the Most Loved and Most Hated gifts and 5th was home made jam and chutneys - oh dear!
 Of course they hadn't printed the most loved gifts - why look on the bright side!?

Some good blue sky on Boxing Day morning and the sun shone on our Poplars

and cast long shadows over the field of Oil Seed Rape

Back Tomorrow
Sue


27 comments:

  1. Doesn't say much for some people that they hate getting something that was made with love and care, I reckon.
    Your hamper looks fantastic.
    J x

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  2. I don’t think you can take any notice of those lists. My daughter ASKED for slippers, and I’m sure she would have loved a hamper like that. In fact, I’m thinking of pinching your idea for next year! Hope Col continues to improve and Happy New Year to you both x

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  3. I do a small hamper for friends and family. They are asked for each year and are well received, made with love.

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  4. Home made jam and chutney are perfectly acceptable if they come my way as presents.

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  5. What was the age range of the survey? Young single people would want technology and bling, mature people are not so materialistic and love receiving home-made jams, chutneys and cordials.
    Keep on giving your hampers as the recipients have shown you how much they appreciate being included to receive them.

    Joan (Devon)

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  6. looks like a made up list of things they imagine people not to like. I noticed one item was a half empty bottle of wine. Well duh! No one would want that would they?!
    Your hampers go down a treat because they are filled with homemade goodies. Stay warm and cosy today, the weather is pretty grim! x

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    1. Had to leave home at 7am to get to Addenbrooks. Awful weather in Cambridgeshire drove back through snow,slush and then huge lakes of water nearer to home.

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  7. It can be said that sometimes one ends up with jars and jars of honeys and pickles and jams in the cupboard but one doesn't like to hurt the feelings of the giver and suggest a stop. I am in this category. I am fussy about what pickles I eat and only like certain ones or my own homemade. I do not eat jam sandwiches or make jam roly polys or jam tarts or Victoria sponges. So I do not use jam. I use honey when I have a cold but I have not had a cold for years. It is all a very fine line. x

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  8. I'd have been very grateful to receive that hamper full of love. I tried to knit/sew or make a gift for the people I wanted to know how much I appreciate their contribution to my life. It was mainly children's things or wreaths, hankie holders etc. The most of our Christmas gift went to a local charity in Glasgow which feeds the homeless as DH and I exchanged very small gifts on the day. Catriona

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  9. Everyone loves a hamper, and home made items are even better, I'm sure they loved them.

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  10. Well I would love a hamper that is thoughtfully been put together, home made jam, how lovely. Incidentally, my mum thinks homemade, hand crafted cards are cheap, only given to save money! I know! I now buy her a big, tasteless card, she loves it. People huh?

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  11. I think that is a really sad statement, but also agree with it, because my hampers of home grown, home made jams, chutneys and pickles are never as well received as a Mrs Bridges {or similar} bought set of preserves. I wonder if people just expect to be given a pot of jam when you are making it? Nowt so queer as folk!

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  12. Your hampers look lovely Sue. I think these magazine articles are written by idiots. I absolutely love receiving nice bars of scented soap but recently read they should never be given as gifts!

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  13. The hampers are lovely Sue, and will be greatly appreciated.

    My opinion on those list things is that they are just formulated by people or companies that just want you to spend your money.

    God bless.

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  14. Great hamper and as for that list...bah humbug. My family love the jams, chutney's and sauces we make.

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  15. I do believe that some of that is an 'age' thing. I used to scoff at homemade presents. Nowadays (in my late 40s) I gift hm liqueurs, jams and chutneys (and in years before, soaps and bath bombs and salts) and like receiving some in return.
    Stay safe when travelling

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  16. Well I wouldn't turn my nose up at homemade jams and chutneys and would love to receive a hamper full of homemade things.
    Yours looks lovely.
    Hugs-x-

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  17. I always ask for useful things as gifts like slippers and socks as people always buy me nicer ones than I would get for myself so it always seems like such a treat. I suggested homemade gifts as Secret Santa for work this year and the creativity of people was fantastic! We had cakes, biscuits, gloves, scarves, decorated jumpers and all sorts :)

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  18. I think people have lost the true idea of Christmas. We were encouraged to make gifts when we were at home and I always made calender's to give. I can imagine my lot if I gave them a home made calender.
    As for jam and chutney, I would rather have that given to me than some of the stuff that gets given out.
    You carry on, the hamper's look brilliant.
    Briony
    x

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  19. I would be delighted to receive a hamper of home made goodies!

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  20. I've done hamper type gifts, usually on a theme, the girls got spa at home items one year, cooking another. I've always hoped someone would do one for me and this year my daughter in law did, a box of small gifts, some home made, all in tune with my interests. It was lovely. Picked up my first gift for giving next Christmas today, $1 at the charity shop.

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  21. I love homemade jams and such. It shows that somebody has put love and thought into a gift and not just purchased it. Homemade gifts are best. Perhaps it's just me and I'm weird lol. I think more of my gifts will be homemade next year. The calendars and photo books I made for people were much loved (thankfully!)

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  22. Your hampers looked lovely, I for one would love to receive a hamper made with such love, care and thoughtfulness. I don't know where they manufacture those sorts of lists from .... most likely just a miserable mind with nothing else to do.

    Although I do remember a few years back after us giving hampers the previous year for Christmas one relative saying to me very forthrightly when asked what they would like for Christmas 'well I don't want any of your chutneys and jams again thank you'... what can you say to that, wounds were licked later in private :-(

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  23. I love home made items and especially jams and jelly!! I'm sure yours is the best!!!!

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  24. Wonderful hamper...thanks for posting the picture! As for me, I love receiving pressies made by the loving hands of the giver.
    Happy New Year to you and Col! May all be well with you in 2018.

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  25. I enjoy handmade gifts. My son and dil do that as it's less expensive and the gifts are nice. I love homemade jam as gifts. Erin knits. I was sad that the hat she made on a look didn't fit my big head. That was the Christmas I bought my husband a hat. Found he's got a smaller head than me! He was able to exchange it for the right size. Erin made me a different hat from yarn I had sitting idle. Live and learn!

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